Ten non-elite clubs can play in FA Cup first round

The FA Cup

The ten clubs from the non-elite levels of Non League football who have reached the FA Cup first round proper have been granted permission to play their ties.

This includes Skelmersdale United from the North West Counties who are due to visit Harrogate Town and Tonbridge Angels who take on Bradford City.

The FA have said: “The UK Government has confirmed that the ten non-elite clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their matches under elite protocols.”

The FA have yet to release guidance on whether Steps 3-6 and grassroots sport can continue during the lockdown which starts on Thursday and is due to last a month.

Senior reporters from the BBC say it is extremely unlikely it will be allowed to. According to their BBC News sports editor Dan Roan, Public Health England are even firmly against golf courses and tennis courts staying open.

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