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COVID-19 rules and protocols

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Following the announcement of a third national lockdown, the PFA would like to reinforce the message that players must follow the current COVID-19 rules and club protocols as a matter of vital importance.

In a close-knit football environment, the ramifications of any rule breaches are potentially hugely damaging for fellow players, clubs and the game as a whole. It is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved that the vast majority of matches have gone ahead as scheduled and the risks to players, staff and their families have been well managed and kept to a minimum.

Football has provided temporary relief for many fans during the lockdown. PFA members, alongside millions of people, have worked hard and played a positive role throughout the pandemic.

 Valérie Gauvin and Theo Walcott

Your support has been a major factor in getting football up and running again, and we commend your collective efforts so far. We are now entering another critical stage of the pandemic. Although prospects are brighter due to the vaccine's imminent rollout, players must continue to take the lead and act responsibly and professionally.

Between now and the end of the season, we ask that you continue to take personal responsibility and follow the lockdown rules, without exception.

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that players have a unique position to inspire and influence society positively. Your compliance with the national restrictions sets the right example to millions of fans and young people. Following the rules is also the best way to protect your loved ones, your colleagues and their families from harm.

Wellbeing support

The current restrictions will be challenging and may also impact your personal wellbeing. If you are struggling with lockdown restrictions, isolation or anything else, you can call our 24/7 helpline, 365 days a year, for free, confidential support. Our experienced team can connect you with a network of national counsellors who understand the unique pressures of professional sport.

  • 24/7/365 Counselling Helpline: 07500 000 777

 If you have any questions about how the Covid guidelines affect you or want to raise any issues, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

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