Clarification on Permitted U18 and Disability Football in Tier 4

The following as been received from Surrey FA today in relation to grassroots football in Tier4

Further to the government’s announcement on Saturday 19 December with regards to the introduction of Tier 4 areas within Surrey (excluding Waverley) and surrounding areas we thought it would be prudent to issue some clarity on the participation of outdoor sport for under-18s and disabled people. Government guidance permits these forms of football to continue, but please note the following:

  • You should not travel between neighbouring Tier 4 areas, even if they share a border. Each

Tier 4 area is seen as separate, they are not one continuous area. All 32 London Boroughs, Surrey (excluding Waverley) and Kent are all considered separate Tier 4 areas. The full list can be found here –

  • You can only travel in your tier 4 area and cannot travel between tier 4 areas. So Surrey based players in tier 4 can travel anywhere within Surrey (excluding Waverley) but cannot move in or out of Surrey to train or play. They cannot travel to another tier 4 area (London, Kent etc) and vice versa.
  • Individuals who live in tier 1,2,3 areas should not travel to a Tier 4 area to play but may travel to another Tier 1,2,3 area to play
  • We would like to keep attendance at youth football to a minimum to minimise the risk of transmission, so if you are taking your child to football please can you refrain for taking extended families to watch your child play (unless absolutely necessary)


A list of the local tier restrictions by area can be found here.

FAQs for U18 and disability football in Tier 4


Can teams in a Surrey Tier 4 area play against other Tier 4 areas like London or Kent?

No, you must not travel between Tier 4 areas.


I live in a London Borough but play for a Surrey Club. Can I still play/train with them?

No, you must not travel outside of your Tier area. Even if your team plays/trains within Surrey you cannot travel in from another area (i.e. a London Borough) to participate and vice versa.


If my club has multiple match/training venues that may cross the Tier areas can I still participate?

As above you will only be able to play or train at the venues that sit within your tiered area. You will not be able to train or play in other tier 4 areas.


Can we continue to play friendlies?

Friendlies can be played if Government guidance is followed. You can only play a team within the same areas as you, and all participants are also from the same Tier 4 area including players and parents. Try to keep friendlies local.


Is there any restriction on how far I can travel within a Tier 4 area? 

No, there is no limit on distance, but we would recommend that travelling distance is kept to a minimum where possible. Government guidance states that If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (e.g. for work or education purposes). If you need to travel you should stay local, avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

Surrey County FA – 23/Dec/20

FA Respect awards given to the Surrey youth league