The current season suspension for all American football related
activity runs until Sunday 12 July 2020, and I want to update you on what
happens next following the Government’s announcement of a framework for the
return of recreational team sport.
BAFA action plan
We welcome this development and it is a positive move towards the
return of some form of competitive American football. The next step is for us
to now develop our own BAFA return to play action plan, which takes into
account all mitigations and adaptations that may be required to allow safe
Given the nature of our sport, this is a complex process where we
need to assess, for example, how many times players are likely to be in contact
closer than 1 metre during the course of games across the different formats.
We will consult public health guidance and seek expert medical
advice to help develop this plan, which will then need to be agreed by the
Season suspension extended to 24 July
In the meantime, I can confirm that the season suspension will be
extended until Friday 24 July 2020. Outdoor based individual and small group
training can continue as mentioned in my last update, subject to respecting
relevant country guidance.
Until we have our return to play action plan finalised and signed
off by the Government, we simply cannot lift the suspension with player and
coach safety still the number one priority.
And although the suspension is
being extended to 24 July 2020, we do not envisage being in a position to
sanction games being played until the end of August at the earliest, given the
time we expect it will take for the Government to review and agree our action
There may be an opportunity for expanded versions of practice
before the end of August, depending on latest guidelines, which is why we are
continuing to extend the suspension in shorter blocks. We will keep this under regular review.
Thank you again for your continued understanding.
Pete Ackerley, BAFA Chief Executive