The government’s announcement yesterday regarding the new Tier 4 levels have had an immediate impact on football at our level with 13 Isthmian League North Division clubs being placed into the new tier meaning that those clubs can no longer train or play.

The Isthmian League 2020/21 season remains paused with the league committed to giving clubs 14 days notice of any re-start although when that may be possible is anybody’s guess at the moment.

The FAs statement from yesterday, December 19th 2020 is below in full:



An update for ‘Non-Elite’ football in England following latest Covid-19 Tier 4 restrictions

Further to the government’s announcement this evening with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on Covid-19, football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures.

This immediate advice in place from 20 December applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas:

  • Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
  • Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
  • Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
  • The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
  • FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs [unless under elite status]
  • Indoor and outdoor adult grassroots football.
  • The Vitality Women’s FA Cup is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition.

The Government’s Tier 4 guidance states organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people will be allowed. The Government’s guidelines on travel between Tiers should be adhered to. These players cannot move in or out of Tier 4 to train or play.

The Government’s Tier 4 guidance confirms that elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) are able to compete and train.

It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers in Tiers 1-3 (and permitted football in Tier 4) continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from the FA. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association.

If there are any further updates from Government we will communicate these in due course.