The Jersey FA is optimistic that friendly matches will be permitted in the island, when the Government of Jersey approves the move to Level One of the Safe Exit Framework. This is expected to be in early August.
In anticipation of the relaxing of guidelines, which will hopefully permit the resumption of physical contact for football, we understand that clubs and their teams will wish to plan fixtures and get them in the diary.
The JFA is therefore now able to sanction friendlies, on the condition that they only go ahead when Government of Jersey and FA guidelines allow.
Why do I need to get my friendly sanctioned by the JFA?
Firstly, for insurance reasons. For insurance to cover your fixture, we need to know it's happening, and both teams need to have affiliated to the Jersey FA for the 2020-21 season. If either team has not affiliated, or you do not intend to play in the correct format for the age group, you will not be covered by our public liability or personal accident insurance.
We also need to know that your club is taking the COVID-19 guidance seriously, and has followed FA guidelines by appointing a COVID Officer. Risk assessments should also be in place, considering issues such as maximum numbers in changing room, cleaning schedules and spectator management.
How do i get a referee for my friendly?
If your friendly has been sanctioned you will be able to appoint a Jersey FA registered referee. Fourteen referees have so far registered for the new season.
You can contact a referee directly, if you have their contact details, confirming to them that your fixture has been sanctioned. If you are struggling to find an official, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will circulate your fixture information.
Registered referees are reminded they should only officiate sanctioned matches.
How do i sanction My Friendly?
The form, which should be completed by the "home" club, takes just two minutes to complete. Please submit at least 48 hours prior to your fixture.
Friendly Sanctioning Form