An update on the impact of Coronavirus on football in Surrey from Surrey FA

We (Surrey FA) have received a high volume of enquires from people seeking guidance with regards to the current outbreak of Coronavirus and attempts to control its spread, specifically in relation to the use of pre/post-match handshakes at grassroots football matches.

We (Surrey FA) are continuing to monitor the situation and follow the advice provided by the Government. While at the time of writing this does highlight and emphasise the need for good hand hygiene at all times as a preventative measure, it does not offer any directive to say that people should not shake hands.

We (Surrey FA) urge everyone involved to take a common sense approach to this issue.  If teams feel happier not to shake hands, then that is their choice and we (Surrey FA) encourage Leagues to be understanding of teams making this choice at this time.

Should teams decide not to shake hands or opt for an alternative method this must be conveyed to the match referee before the teams enter the field of play.

Leagues themselves may choose to issue a policy to remove the procedural pre/post match handshake, but this would be solely at their discretion.

What if the Situation Changes?

We (Surrey FA) are actively monitoring Government advice in case the situation changes and additional measures become necessary.

As a matter of good practice we (Surrey FA) would recommend that Leagues and Clubs adopt the same approach.

Further updates will be added to this page as appropriate.

Getting the Latest Government Advice

Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.  Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help