The Football Association has told its county branches that there will be no spectators or changing room access allowed when grassroots football returns next week.

From Monday, outdoor youth and adult football is cleared to resume as part of the government roadmap for easing lockdown.

In ‘step one’, the touchline will be reserved for coaches and players.

Whilst changing rooms cannot be used, toilets will be allowed to open for a period of 30 minutes either side of training and matches.

The FA has also issued a reminder that indoor sport will not be permitted any earlier than 17 May, except for disabled football.

Significant funding has been made available to support the game’s return.

The National Lottery has provided £2.1million to encourage ‘low-participation groups’ to start playing again and to cover the cost of adapting to restrictions.

Elsewhere, £14million has been made available to improve the quality of grass pitches.

And grassroots clubs can apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to upgrade their facilities.

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