Planning to Play

Planning To Play

3 Phase Strategy to Restart Football

Last Updated: 6 July 2020

Cumberland FA's 3 phase strategy for the re-commencement of football when it is safe to do so....

The 3 Phases Will Be As Follows:

Phase 1 – Planning To Play 
Phase 2 – Preparing To Play 
Phase 3 –Progressing To Playing 

Phase 1 – Planning To Play  

Planning to Play

The foundation of Phase 1, 'Planning to Play’ will be to undertake the basic administration processes that underpin grassroots football, whilst at the same continuing to update, inform and engage with all those involved within the grassroots game.  

The Coaches Virtual Coffee Club, The Refs Room, Online Core Group Meetings, Toilet Roll and Crossbar Challenges, as well as numerous online competitions will persist in some capacity as we continue to engage with the grassroots game.  

We will also continue to advise and promote good practice around the current restrictions and how they can be best implemented by the grassroots game to ensure the safeguarding, safety and well -being of all those involved. 

The Online Affiliation Window will open To All Clubs From 15th June 2020

The CFA Board has agreed a package for season 2020-21 that will see:
FREE Club Affiliation
FREE Public Liability Insurance 
FREE Team Personal Accident Insurance (through the National Game Insurance Scheme and Bluefin Sport)
FREE County Cup Entry

The Player Registration process for Leagues will begin in July
Referee Registration will begin in July (Referees will not require to make payment until such time as we better understand when and how football will return)

This page will provide online support and an information platform for different groups of the grassroots game, including a Facebook community (Cumberland Grassroots Noticeboard), which will collate all useful information, self-help guides and online tools all into one easy to follow and easy to find place. 

As a Business we have been significantly impacted by Covid -19 and the restrictions placed upon the National Game.  However, we are aware that we are not alone and that right across the County local businesses that are often the backbone of the grassroots game will be impacted.  This pandemic has highlighted the need for community and the support and hope that this collectiveness can bring.  Therefore, The CFA Business Club will soon be launched which we hope will not only provide a platform for local businesses, that support local football, but also keep spending within the local community and in doing so help those who help the game.  


Cumberland FA have produced a Step-By-Step Guide to Club Affiliation

Guidance & Support

Setting Up a New Club

With Eyes Turning Towards Season 2020-21 Cumberland FA Would Like To Hear From You If You’re Keen To Set Up A New Club To Play Football In The County.

Watch the presentation and find out more - Click on the link below
New Club Support
Referee Registration
Season 2020-21

Referee Registration

The Referee Registration Process for Season 2020-21 in Cumberland is NOW OPEN

Referees are now invited to register electronically for next season.

Click on the link and get #ReadyToRef

#PlanningToPlay #BehindTheScenes

Player Registration

As Clubs are #PlanningToPlay now is the perfect time to work on football admin as Teams are preparing for Player Registration.

Click the Link to see Step-By-Step Guides to:
Create New Players
Add ID Checks
Upload Photos 
Detach Players 
Linking Parent/Guardian with Email for U16 and below player
Gaining Consent

Player Registration

On Monday 15 June, Cumberland FA held a support session for Clubs relating to the updated FA Guidance.

Catch up on the information by clicking below:

15 June Presentation & Information


 Risk assessment template and examples

 Risk Assessment Template and Examples

 First Aid 

Now that small training sessions are able to take place in groups of no more than six, with social distancing in place, the potential of needing to administer first aid increases.
Please click HERE to visit the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance page regarding first aid during the coronavirus pandemic in non-healthcare settings.

 First Aid Guidance


IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Clubs who take out their policies through Bluefin Sport. The following feedback has been provided:

Personal Accident and Liability insurances remain in force, for Clubs wishing to resume their footballing activities, subject to the standard terms, conditions and exclusions, and adherence to The FA’s guidelines and Government protocols.

Download the Statement from Bluefin Sport - 4 June 2020


View the Infographic Bluefin Sport have produced for Cumberland FA members

Clubs should therefore familiarise themselves with the terms, conditions and exclusions and raise any specific concerns regarding insurance and Covid-19 with their insurance providers. 

Bluefin Sport Insurance

Season 2020/21 

Personal Accident & Public Liability Insurance

Download the 'Personal Accident' brochure below for the full range of benefits included in the group policy arranged via CFA, which also provides the top-up options and premiums available to Clubs. There is an application form included should any clubs wish to arrange payment by cheque, alternatively you can arrange the top-up cover on-line at Bluefin


Download the personal accident Brochure for 2020 21


Download the Public Liability info for 2020 21



Following a number of queries regarding the administration process for Cumberland FA member teams for the forthcoming season, Bluefin Sport have released the following statement


Bluefin Insurance

A Guide to creating a COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Clubs in Cumberland can access a comprehensive guide to creating a COVID-19 Risk Assessment from our partners at Bluefin Insurance

Download the Guide
bluefin considerations

Return To Play

Mental health guidance to support the return of sport & physical activity

It includes guidance, good practice, tools and insight that supports the mental health of the people working, volunteering and participating in sport and physical activity.

Return to Play