THE Football Association have clarified what grassroots football activities can take place during covid-19.

On Wednesday, the government lifted the barrier on allowing individuals to participate in unlimited exercise.

This includes playing football with the people living in your household and one other person who is living elsewhere.

The FA issued this statement outlining what is/not allowed to occur under government guidelines:

"Consistent with government advice, published on Wednesday 13 May, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted.

Playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities), playing football with your family or other people living in your household, an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household, and coaching an adult player one-to-one.

All social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.

If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible covid-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.

The following football activity is not permitted at this time, consistent with Government guidelines. Coaching a child (U18) from a different household one-to-one.

In order to comply with our safeguarding policy, a child must have a parent/carer with them, which doesn’t comply with government social distancing requirements; two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household.

We will continue to work with the Government and Sport England in order to provide guidance to grassroots football as the Government’s covid-19 recovery strategy moves to the next phase.