FA announce return to competitive football

The Football Association have today given the green light for 11-a-side football in the National League System to return.

In communication with football leagues, The FA have proposed the following dates for the start of competitive football:

  • Steps 1 and 2: No earlier than Saturday 5 September 2020
  • Steps 3 and 4: Saturday 19 September 2020
  • Steps 5 and 6: From Saturday 5 September

There will be discussion with step 5 and 6 leagues to determine start dates, as the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup has been scheduled for Tuesday 1 September.

Friendlies have been permitted from the start of August. We will confirm our list of friendly opponents in the near future. Following current guidelines, these will most likely be played behind closed doors.

There will no doubt be a lot of work between now and the start of the season to ensure everyone involved in our game can remain as safe as possible, and Walthamstow FC will be working closely with the FA and the Essex Senior League to ensure this.

This is extremely exciting and positive news, and we can’t wait to get going.

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