Covid-19 Risk Assessment



Further to the FA’s latest publication of 18th July, every club must carry out a risk assessment specific to Covid-19. The potential risks to club members and the measures proposed to counter these risks are outlined below.

This assessment is intended to complement the one recently prepared by Caroline Davies, our club Covid-19 Officer, and is specifically aimed at managers, coaches and players (participants) of our adult and youth teams as they enter the period where outdoor competitive football matches, such as pre-season friendlies, are about to begin.

As a general rule, all participants (managers, coaches and players) are asked to read the current FA guidelines thoroughly before attending any football activity.

At this point in time, all training and match activities are taking place outdoors; no changing facilities or showers are available, our clubhouse will be open only for access to toilets.

As new guidelines are published, this risk assessment will be revised accordingly and re-published.

If you have any queries regarding this risk assessment, please contact either Caroline Davies ( or Alan Black (, who are acting as our Covid-19 Officers.

Risk: Participants do not understand or have not read the current Covid-19 guidelines.


  • Coaches are encouraged to reinforce the guidelines in person to the whole group before the first session and participants encouraged to ask questions of anything they are unsure of.
  • This exercise may have to be repeated if the guidelines are not being followed.
  • The Covid-19 Officers will be available to assist with any queries as and when required.


Risk: Someone either exhibits Covid-19 symptoms before football activity, has tested positive for Covid-19 or is asked to self-isolate due to potential contact with Covid-19


  • Contact details are to be maintained for all participants and attendance at all training sessions or matches noted.
  • All participants are encouraged to report any Covid-19 symptoms, positive Covid-19 test results or contact from the health services asking that they self-isolate to their manager/coach immediately. This also needs to be reported to the club Covid-19 Officers asap, who will contact the health services and take advice from them.
  • Participants with either Covid-19 symptoms, having tested positive or advised to self-isolate should NOT attend any football activity.


Risk: A participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during football activity


  • The participant needs to immediately socially distance themselves from all others in line with government guidelines and report to the NHS test and trace system.
  • The club Covid-19 Officers are also to be advised immediately to enable advice to be sought from the health services.


Risk: Participants feel pressured into returning to football before they are ready


  • Coaches are to make it quite clear that players are under no pressure to return to football if they do not feel it’s safe. It’s entirely their decision and that decision must be respected by the club.
  • Equally, if a coach does not feel ready to return at this stage, they are under no pressure to do so and under no obligation to provide training sessions.


Risk: Participants may have health conditions that make them particularly at risk from Covid-19


  • Participant must make the coach aware of any health conditions that may put them at higher risk of contracting Covid-19.
  • The club Covid-19 Officers are also to be notified so that they can seek advice from the health services.


Risk: Transmission of Covid-19 through close contact with others, either during football activity or travel to/from the venue.


  • All participants are asked to maintain social distancing, in line with the current FA and government guidance, when not on the field of play (ie. during warmups, drinks breaks, before and after training sessions or matches or observing play from within the technical area or touchline).
  • In line with FA guidelines, training group sizes will not exceed 30 (including coaches).
  • Participants and officials should sanitise their hands before and after a game, as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session.
  • There should be no more than 6 people maximum in the technical area at any one time and a 2m social distance rule should always be observed . Therefore, if there are 2 coaches on the touchline there must be no more than 4 substitutes.  If you have more than 4 substitutes, they must be positioned away from the group of 6 further along the touchline.  Substitutes can be brought on at the regular hand sanitizer breaks.
  • Participants must not spit and should avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other. Goal celebrations should be avoided.
  • Participants and match officials should arrive changed and shower at home.
  • Participants should follow best practice for travel, minimising the use of public transport and car sharing (unless from the same household or support bubble).
  • First aiders are to be provided with the appropriate PPE (including face coverings and gloves) to protect themselves and others if they need to compromise social distancing guidelines to provide medical assistance. After contact with an injured participant, the first aider should clean their hands thoroughly with soap and water or apply hand sanitiser at the earliest opportunity.
  • A one way system is in operation within the clubhouse for using toilets. Signage is in place reminding participants of good hygiene and social distancing practices.
  • Supporters and spectators are to remain socially distanced when attending events. Groups are restricted to no more than six and must be spread out, in line with government guidelines.


Risk: Transmission of Covid-19 through touching shared equipment.


  • Ideally participants should bring their own hand sanitiser and drinks bottle. Coaches will have a separate supply of hand sanitisers and can apply where someone has forgotten to bring theirs.
  • Coaches are to ensure equipment is not shared unnecessarily and that any shared equipment is sanitised before and after all football activity (ie. footballs, poles, cones and portable goals) as well as during activity if required (i.e. a ball prior to throw ins).
  • Match day equipment, such as flagpoles, goal posts and pitch barriers, also have to be sanitised before and after matches and at half time.
  • Participants are asked to store personal items, kit and drinks separately from other participants.
  • If bibs or warm up tops are used, they must be washed before and after each session/match. Bibs and other kit must NOT be shared between players without being thoroughly washed in between.
  • The team first aider has sole responsibility for handling the first aid bag, which must be sanitised before and after each session/match.
  • Participants must regularly use hand sanitiser, especially before and after handling equipment.
  • The clubhouse will be de-sanitised and cleaned after use by each team or group.