MAN v FAT Football Coronavirus Protocol

Page last updated: Monday 7th March

The safety of our Players, Referees and Coaches will always be our #1 priority and we will take guidance from the government and the FA for any COVID-19 related changes.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 policies, please email the Player Support Team on By helping us with the below, you will play your part in keeping our clubs safe.


  • Use the sanitiser and/or handwashing facilities provided at every opportunity.
  • Arrive at the instructed time ahead of your fixture, and leave the site immediately after your game.
  • Avoid sharing equipment such as shin pads, bibs or gloves, and minimise your contact with the ball. You don’t need to avoid the ball, just try not to pick it up.


ENGLAND: No longer mandatory but encouraged in indoor spaces (personal responsibility)

SCOTLAND: Mandatory indoors

WALES: Mandatory indoors


ENGLAND: No longer mandatory

SCOTLAND: Businesses/providers must take reasonable measures to enforce

WALES: Businesses/providers must take reasonable measures to enforce

What if I test positive for coronavirus?

As many of you will be aware, the government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England. This means that you are not legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

However as staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you have tested positive still remains an effective way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, MAN v FAT will continue to advise players and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 to not attend MAN v FAT Football sessions.

How long is it recommended that you stay at home for?

If you have COVID-19, you should stay at home while you’re infectious to others. This can be for up to 10 days from when your symptoms start. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days. You can do a rapid lateral flow test from 5 days after your symptoms started (or the day you had the test if you do not have symptoms) and another the next day. If both tests are negative and you do not have a high temperature, you’re less likely to pass COVID-19 to others and you can go back to your normal routine. If your test result is positive on day 5, you can carry on doing rapid lateral flow tests every day until you get 2 negative test results in a row.

The above information is applicable to all MAN v FAT Football Clubs in England. The key takeaway is that although there have been further changes to legal requirements regarding COVID-19, due to the increased vulnerability of some MAN v FAT members and the limitations with wearing face coverings during matches; there will be no change to MAN v FAT Football sessions for the time being.

There are also further changes to restrictions in Wales and Scotland due later this month. MAN v FAT HQ will send and update on how this will impact sessions to those clubs affected over the coming weeks.

Please do regularly visit this page as it is constantly being updated with new information as the circumstances and guidance for COVID-19 is changing regularly.

*Please note our clubs in Wales and Scotland will continue to follow their Government and FA advice.

The following protocols MUST be followed should you wish to return to MAN v FAT Football clubs. MAN v FAT will look to remove members who do not adhere to these guidelines.