The FA has been liaising with Government regarding attendance of spectators at FA Cup fixtures in light of the recent Government announcements. Following The FA’s latest discussions with Government, the agreed position for matches in the Second Round Qualifying will be as follows:-
For the avoidance of doubt, as at the date of this communication, 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 prior to the Third Round Qualifying.
The FA will be publishing a COVID-19 Protocol, which all relevant Clubs must comply with in accordance with Rule 35(b) of the Competition Rules, containing additional requirements for the purposes of the Second Round Qualifying in order to enhance the safety and security of the relevant fixtures. This will be communicated by The FA later today.