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BAFA update on season suspension – 10 July

Friday, July 10, 2020

Suspension to be extended until 24 July

The current season suspension for all American football related activity runs until Sunday 12 July 2020, and I want to update you on what happens next following the Government’s announcement of a framework for the return of recreational team sport.

BAFA action plan
We welcome this development and it is a positive move towards the return of some form of competitive American football. The next step is for us to now develop our own BAFA return to play action plan, which takes into account all mitigations and adaptations that may be required to allow safe play.

Given the nature of our sport, this is a complex process where we need to assess, for example, how many times players are likely to be in contact closer than 1 metre during the course of games across the different formats.

We will consult public health guidance and seek expert medical advice to help develop this plan, which will then need to be agreed by the Government.

Season suspension extended to 24 July
In the meantime, I can confirm that the season suspension will be extended until Friday 24 July 2020. Outdoor based individual and small group training can continue as mentioned in my last update, subject to respecting relevant country guidance.

Until we have our return to play action plan finalised and signed off by the Government, we simply cannot lift the suspension with player and coach safety still the number one priority.
  And although the suspension is being extended to 24 July 2020, we do not envisage being in a position to sanction games being played until the end of August at the earliest, given the time we expect it will take for the Government to review and agree our action plan.

There may be an opportunity for expanded versions of practice before the end of August, depending on latest guidelines, which is why we are continuing to extend the suspension in shorter blocks.
  We will keep this under regular review.

Thank you again for your continued understanding.

Pete Ackerley, BAFA Chief Executive


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