What precautions will you be taking in light of the Covid Pandemic?
We will be following Government and FA guidelines to make sure the event is as safe as possible.
What if I am showing symptoms on the morning of the tournament?
We will be taking the temperature and requesting a signed self-screen form from every player before the event starts. If you have a temperature or show any signs of Covid related symptoms we will send you home immediately.
Does this precaution include the track and trace?
We will be taking everyone’s details and complying with all legal measures in place.
How will teams be split and can we still speak to other teams?
Each team will be given a set space for their gazebo and chairs which we will place 1m apart from each other. Interactions with other teams and their players will be from a distance of 2m.
Some of your tournaments go up to 64 teams? How will you manage this?
This year we are changing the formats to minimize risk. We will have much smaller tournaments with 10-12 teams per day. We feel this is the right move to make sure all of our players are as safe as possible on the day.
What about sharing equipment and drinks?
We will have dedicated volunteers who will go around disinfecting all surfaces, equipment and balls etc for the duration of the event. TackleAfrica. Each team will be encouraged to use their own personal water bottles, sun cream, food or other items are kept and used by the person who brought them.
Will there still be throw ins?
No, to reduce risk we are changing the rules this year to have kick ins only. Whilst encouraging players not to pick up any balls throughout the day.
Can my friends and family come to watch?
Depending on the guidelines we may have to limit supporters. If we allow them then they will have to socially distance at 2m. This will be decided closer to the time of the event.
Do we have to have individual goalie gloves?
Yes, if your team are taking it in turns to go in goal, each player must bring their own gloves, there will be no swapping.
What other differences are there this year which will help players be safer?
There will be no whistles at this year’s tournaments so referees do not cross contaminate.
Instead of group registrations we will come to you for this stage of the event.
There will be no group photo, instead we will be doing individual team photos.
We will not be having sports therapists deliver sports massages this year.
Scores will be delivered verbally to the central station rather than written down pitch side.
How can you ensure all of the above will take place?
During the tournament we will have devoted volunteers making sure all these rules are upheld. They will be wearing red tops and will be visible for the duration of the tournament. Also we will be sending out hourly updates through our PA system. Anyone who does not obey the guidelines will be asked to leave the event.
We will also be encouraging all captains and players to help us keep this tournament as safe as possible during the day by adhering and following our guidelines.