Grassroots football will be able to return on July 13th, subject to guidance, after Nicola Sturgeon announced an advancement of easing lockdown measures.

The first batch of new guidelines for Phase Three were confirmed by the First Minister on June 24 as she addressed the Scottish Parliament.

Sturgeon stated that she hopes to implement “some changes that will give young people the opportunity to mix with their friends.

“I can confirm now that organised outdoor sports for children and young people can, subject to guidance, resume from the July 13th.”

The First Minister went on to reiterate that such changes will only take place if we are successful in continuing to suppress the virus.

This is the first formal mention of organised outdoor contact sports at any point in the Scottish Government’s route map as teams now have time to prepare for a return to the field, subject to government guidance.

All football in Scotland was suspended with immediate effect on March 13th and only professional clubs have been able to return to training thus far.

The exact guidance for a safe return to football is yet to be sanctioned, however, it is unlikely that teams will be able to engage in full contact matches immediately.

The First Minister’s announcement reinforces comments made by the SFA’s Head of Football Development, Andy Gould, to Sky Sports Scotland yesterday that Phase Three “offers hope for grassroots football”.

Additionally, from June 29th, outdoor sports courts can re-open and from July 3rd the distance of travel for leisure and exercise will be relaxed.

The news was followed by the announcement of the reopening of restaurants, beer gardens and hairdressers among others that promise to return Scotland to an adapted normality.


Written by Adam Binnie.