Ahead of the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round this weekend the FA have clarified the situation regarding the attendance of spectators to some of the fixtures.
3 SCEFL sides are left in the competition and 2 of them have been drawn at home to Step 2 sides, known as ‘Elite’ Clubs and therefore not currently allowed fans into their games.
The FA Statement reads:
We have been liaising with Government regarding attendance of spectators at Emirates FA Cup fixtures in light of the recent Government announcements.
Following our latest discussions with Government, the agreed position for matches in the second round qualifying will be as follows:-
• Where an Elite Club is playing another Elite Club, the match must be played behind closed doors (i.e. with no spectators permitted to be in attendance)
• Where an Elite Club is playing a Non-Elite Club:
o Where the match is played at the Elite Club’s ground, the match must be played behind closed doors (i.e. with no spectators permitted to be in attendance)
o Where the match is played at the Non-Elite Club’s ground, spectators of the home club only shall be permitted to attend the match in accordance with the latest applicable National League System Spectator Guidance.
Both clubs shall ensure that spectators of the visiting club are not in attendance at the match.
• Where a Non-Elite Club is playing another Non-Elite Club, spectators (of both the home and visiting clubs) shall be permitted to attend the match in accordance with the latest applicable National League System Spectator Guidance.
For clarity, clubs in Steps 1 & 2 of the FA National League System are considered to be “Elite Clubs” and clubs in Step 3 and below of the FA National League System are considered to be “Non-Elite Clubs”.
This position shall apply for matches in the Emirates FA Cup second round qualifying and will be reviewed again prior to the third round qualifying.
Saturday 3rd October
FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Corinthian v Hampton & Richmond (Elite)
Sheppey United v Welling United (Elite)
Folkestone Inv v Chatham Town