he Football Association has confirmed that non-league clubs competing in tiers seven to 10 of the English football pyramid that are situated in tier-three Covid-restriction areas will be permitted to admit a limited number of fans.
The FA has received approval from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for such clubs – at steps three to six of the National League system – to accommodate home spectators up to 15 per cent of ground capacity.
The new regulations will also apply to clubs in tiers three to six of the women’s football pyramid if they are in tier-three areas, as well as selected Buildbase FA Vase fixtures.
Clubhouses must remain closed under UK government guidelines on bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in tier-three areas.
Men’s clubs in tier-three areas competing in tiers one to six of the pyramid – from the Premier League down to the National League North or South – must continue to play behind closed doors, along with tier-three sides in the Women’s Super League and Championship.
Clubs in tier-one and two areas have already been permitted to accommodate a phased and limited return of spectators.