The Army Football Association is fully aware that questions remain regarding whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.
Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, the advice provided by our governing body, the Football Association, is that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future. The risk to our players, coaches and officials must remain the primary consideration throughout.
We have been working closely with the Army Sports Control Board who have also provided guidance and a risk assessment template which was to be promulgated through the chain of command for all Army sport including football.
However for the avoidance of doubt the announcement from the Football Association means that all Army football activity including representative, corps, unit and coaching courses is postponed until further notice.
This includes Inter Service matches between the Army and Royal Navy scheduled to be played in Aldershot on Wed 25 March and the Army Women Development (Amazons) match at the Metropolitan Police. The Army Reserve match at Annan Athletic, scheduled for April, was postponed earlier this week. Also postponed are the Goalkeeping Level 1 (20 to 22 April), Level 2 B2 course (27/29 April) and the Referees course in Catterick at the end of March.
The UK Armed Forces have also cancelled the Womens Presidents Cup match in the Netherlands and Mens visit to play the Irish Defence Force in April and May respectively.
Please also note that grass roots football in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has already been suspended through direction from the respective governing bodies.
Once the situation becomes clearer further updates will be provided with regards to all Army football planning moving forward and we ask for your patience at this difficult period for all.