If you’re not playing in the SSE Airtricity leagues or the Women’s National League, you won’t be kicking a football any time soon.
Granted, it is post-season so there won’t be too much kicking done across the winter, but the FAI has acknowledged the latest guidelines from the Government around the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Thursday it was announced the country would be moving back to Level 5 restrictions with a review due on 12 January.
While the review date has been agreed upon, it is expected that restrictions will last until February/March.
Per the FAI
“Based on these new guidelines, the FAI now advises all stakeholders that the only football permitted from December 24th until further guidance from Government is as follows:
- SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League football at adult level only
- Non-contact training in pods of 15 for all other footballers but only within their county of residence
- All other football activity – including assessments and trials – is prohibited until further notice
The FAI will remain in communication with Government regarding these guidelines and will update all affiliates at the earliest opportunity.”
Travel restrictions around the country come into effect from 27 December with people being asked to stay within their own counties.
From 1 January, households will not be allowed mix unless in exceptional circumstances in caring for family members, providing childcare or emergency situations.