Irish Soccer Referees Society Dublin

Founded 1959

Co. Dublin

Fai Safe Return To Football Protocol

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Hi All,

Last night we received an updated from the F.A.I. regarding the return to play & Training Protocol.

I have just taken out some bullet points which you must adhered to while officiating or Training in Groups.

If you require any further assistance please contact any committee member of the Dublin Branch.

Remember because you are an official on the day this does not give you any different protection from this virus, stay safe, think safe and protect your families.


Dave Fitzsimons






  • This Protocol applies to all training sessions and matches from Monday 7th June 2021.
  • The primary aim of this Protocol is to support the clubs affiliated to the FAI and to protect the health & safety of their players, coaches, all essential personnel, and volunteers in a safer return to training and matches.
  • This Protocol will be in line with Department of Health and Public Health Policy at all times.  
  • This Protocol will follow all Government updates on the Resilience and Recovery:
  • The Path Ahead guidelines. - The Protocol will be utilised in line with all other FAI policy documents including Child Welfare & Safeguarding Policy.

Club Management COVID-19 Compliance:

  • No indoor dressing rooms to be used until further notice.
  • No shower facilities can be used.
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning products should be available in the sanitary facilities for use during training sessions.
  • Officials must bring their own hand sanitiser
  • Only essential personnel are permitted access onto the training pitch/match pitch.
  • Travel in your gear.
  • No hand greetings are permitted.
  • After the game please adhere to social distancing guidelines and leave the complex as quickly as possible

Training sessions:

  • Access and egress to and from the training pitch or area must be coordinated and is subject to social distancing guidelines.
  • A 15 minute gap between sessions must be implemented if consecutive training sessions are scheduled on the same training area.
  • All activity must take place only on the training pitch or area.
  • Players and coaches must practice good coughing & sneezing etiquette.  
  • Players and coaches must adhere to HSE guidelines on hand hygiene at all times.  
  • Any meeting which may need to take place must take place on the training pitch area and should last no longer than 10 minutes.  
  • All meetings and briefings on the training pitch or area must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Please avoid players queueing within activities.
  • Contact must be made with a parent/guardian of any underage player who is suspected of contracting COVID-19.
  • Players in need of attention, where possible, should be treated on the pitch.
  • A coach or Club Physiotherapist can attend an injured player on the pitch.  
  • They should wear a face mask and gloves.  
  • A designated room – where applicable and necessary – can be used for treating an injured player.
  • Physiotherapists – where applicable – must wear PPE.  
  • A player or coach suspected of a new onset of COVID-19 must be given a face mask and must be isolated immediately from the rest of the attendees.
  • Contact must be made with a parent/guardian of any underage player who is suspected of contracting COVID-19.
  • All stakeholders, including players, match officials, coaches, administrators and parents and spectators have a responsibility in ensuring the above guidelines are adhered to at all times. In turn, this will ensure that our players can continue to participate safely in sport.

Regards to all our members and families and once again a big thank you to all our members that provide frontline services.

Dave Fitzsimons.

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