FAI Safer Return To Play Protocol
The FAI has issued a second edition of the Safer Return to Training Protocol that will apply to all clubs under its jurisdiction from June 29th.
- The COVID-19 Compliance Officer must keep a register of ALL Players, Match Officials, Coaches, Parents/Guardians, Volunteers and Administrators attending the match.
- Each club is responsible for providing its own COVID-19 Compliance Officer with a list of attendees for every game, home or away.
- This will include name and contact details.
- Referee must ensure the covid contact for each club is written into the match card, with name and contact number.
We will list some of the changes that are new:
- Showers cannot be used.
- Changing rooms can be used if 2 meters distance can be observed. We are not professionals, just travel in your gear, or change in your car....stay out of dressing rooms entirely.
- Bring your own labelled water. No sharing of water.
- No spitting allowed.
- Competition is run by Ger Ryan and Tommy Murphy.
- Players must be age 35 on the day of the match.
- Matches are mid-week, every week, normally Wednesdays.
- Roll-on, roll-off, unlimited substitutions, 45 minutes a side.
- Both teams come to an agreement for every group game, as long as they are played that week.
- Home team arranges time and day of match with away manager, and then appoints official referee.
- Home teams arrange and pay for referee, set fee of €50 per game.
- Match Cards to be Completed by both teams and the referee.
- Red cards will have 1 match automatic ban.
- More serious bans for more serious bad conduct, which may also include points reduction for the team.
- "Sin Bin".
- 10 minutes.
- Team will be down by 1 player (substitute not allowed to replace the player that is in the bin; but can choose to put another player on after the 10 minutes is up)
- It is designed to allow a referee to get a player to leave the field having done something stupid; to cool down.
- The referee should always use the Yellow Card and Red Card as normal. Players should be sent off if there is any violent conduct and reported to me.
- No junior players can play in the "O35s Division 1" for 2020 - for the avoidance of doubt this must exclude any player who will be registered on FAInet for any junior team in any division (Premier, Division 1/2/3/4, Reserve) for the new 2020-2021 season. This is because the O35s in 2020 directly clashes with Junior competitions; and players who play Junior must put Junior as a higher priority.
- All teams must comply with government and FAI guidelines on covid-19.
- Any team who does not supply a covid officer on the day will forfeit the match and must pay the referee fee.