Following the latest update from Scottish Government on Thursday, 7 October, the Scottish FA can today confirm the impact on Scottish football as a result of government guidance.
ALL football activity for those aged 18 and over is not permitted in the following areas:
- Ayrshire & Arran Health Board, comprising East, North, and South Ayrshire;
- Forth Valley Health Board, comprising Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, and Stirling;
- Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board, comprising Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, and West Dunbartonshire;
- Lanarkshire Health Board, comprising North and South Lanarkshire; and
- Lothian Health Board, comprising the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, and West Lothian.
Scottish Government travel guidance is that individuals who live in a high risk local health board area should not travel outside their health board area. This guidance applies for players travelling for training or matches.
Clubs NOT located within the five high risk local health board areas noted above can continue to train and play in line with the current Phase 3 Route Map Guidance. However, matches cannot be organised with any clubs located within the five high risk local Health Board areas.
Exemptions for over-18s are outlined below.
Please note, Scottish Government have advised of an exemption for professional sport. This covers teams who take part in the following competitions - Scottish Professional Football League, Highland League, Lowland League, SWF PL 1 & 2, West of Scotland Leagues, East of Scotland Leagues, South of Scotland League, North Caledonian League and SJFA Leagues. These competitions can continue in line with relevant guidance and protocols. This exemption also covers Scotland National Team fixtures at Men’s A, SWNT and Under-21 level.
Teams, with players aged 17 and under, located within the five high risk local Health Board areas can only take part in training or matches within the same local health board area.
Players who live within a high risk local health board area should not travel out with that local health board area for training or matches as per Scottish Government guidance.
Teams, with players aged 17 and under, located in any non-high risk local Health Board areas can organise training or matches within any other non-high risk local health board area.
Players who live within a non-high risk local health board area can travel into other non-high risk local health board areas for training or matches.
Players who live within a non-high risk local health board area should not travel into a high risk local health board area for training or matches.
These restrictions are in place from Saturday 10 October and will remain in place until midnight on Sunday 25 October at the earliest.
Further information can be found in our FAQ's document here.