The FA have announced how the upcoming lockdown period will affect ‘non-elite’ football in England.
All ‘non-elite’ football in England has been suspended, the Football Association has announced. Hull City Ladies FC have fallen under this bracket, as we compete in tier 3 of the football pyramid and therefore all our fixtures and training between 5th November to 2nd December, have been suspended.
We want everyone to stay safe during these challenging and uncertain times and hopefully we can return back to playing football again soon.
As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:
• All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
• All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.
Our aim is to ensure that the 2020-21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.
This season, the Tigresses have won one, drew two and lost three. A fantastic draw against Middlesbrough away, a brilliant victory against Sunderland Ladies and a hard-fought draw against top of the league Nottingham Forest away.
Following the latest news our upcoming games in the FA Women’s National League have been suspended. We will update, once we have the relevant information about our scheduled fixture in December, away against Loughborough Foxes and about our previous suspended game’s versus Burnley and Stoke Ladies.
The FA continues to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Sport England and we will be communicating with the FAWNL and FA as the weeks/months progress.
Haworth Park has been a safe place for fans to watch live football, with special thanks to our Covid Officer, our staff, players, HRR Chairman and supporters who have all abided by the measures put in place. We look forward to the resumption of the season, when it’s safe to do so and look forward to being back playing in front of fans again.
Once again, we cannot thank everyone enough who has turned up to support the Tigresses. We are thankful not only to our loyal fans but our key partners and sponsors who are all part of the Tigress family. We will always welcome any new support and hope to grow further with new partnerships, sponsors and fans across the city.
Hull City Ladies FC Managing Director, Danny Johnson said:
“The health and well-being of everyone remains the ultimate priority, therefore it is extremely important that everyone one of us adhere to the UK Government new national COVID-19 restrictions during this period.
It is a challenging time for everyone, therefore we cannot lose sight of what is really important to us, the health and wellbeing of all. If we don’t want any further disruptions to football and our ‘normal lives’ then it is paramount that we stay safe and follow the guidelines.
I urge everyone to look after each-other in this lock-down, prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now during these difficult times, it’s crucial to remember your mental health still matters. I speak on behalf of everyone connected to the club, that we want everyone to continue to be safe, look after yourself, those close to you and to follow government guidelines.
I’m aware that there are many youth players who will now be missing out on football, if so please contact us. We will be doing all we can to help support clubs, coaches, parents and players.”
Best Wishes, Danny.