Cork Business League COVID-19 Support Page

Return to Play | Return to Training | COVID-19 Compliance Officer | Risk Assessment | Checklist for Clubs

The following page provides one source of information in relation to COVID-19 and how the Cork Business League plans to return to football for the 2020/2021 season. The page layout shows the most recent updates first, followed by older details. Therefore, from newest to oldest in descending order.

“A home team’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer must attend every home fixture, check that the FAI Safer Return to Play Protocol is observed and maintain a full record of attendance for contact tracing purposes. The away team’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer is not compelled to attend the fixture but must be provided with a list of the travelling attendees to keep on record for contact tracing purposes.”

Last Updated Thursday 17th September 2020

Thursday 17th September 2020

The Football Association of Ireland has today updated its Safer Return to Training and Safer Return to Play Protocols in accordance with the new Government guidelines announced earlier this week

These can be viewed here:

The main changes to the above protocols are the actions to take around a suspected COVID-19 case and the definition of what close contact is.

Spectators are now permitted to attend games but strictly in line with the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 – Plan for Living with COVID-19 policy document.

Thursday 27th August 2020

Please see below the approved match attendance form that has been created to help leagues inform clubs of who can attend matches since the latest set of guidelines were introduced last week. These include:

  • No spectators are permitted at any match under the jurisdiction of the FAI.
  • Only those essential to a fixture may attend, this attendance form covers all essential to a fixture.
  • Both clubs can then hold on to this form for contract tracing purposes but a copy of the form be emailed to the CBL’s Honorary Secretary to when there has been a risk outlined.

➡️ CBL COVID-19 Attendance Form  ⬅️

It is imperative that clubs adhere to FAI & HSE guidelines and by using this attendance sheet it guides clubs as to who can attend fixtures on matchdays, so it is advised to adopt this approach.

Contact Numbers

  • Contact numbers will be needed for contact tracing by the Home & Away teams.
  • The Contact Number section does not have to be forwarded to the league when returning the sheet but at the same time everyone who would be attending fixtures as essential persons, their contact number would already be in Leagues databases whether it be on the FAI Net, Referee Contact Number List or Contact Number for the essential role that they hold.
  • The only persons who would not be on record would be management & media/streaming companies.


  • Essential has been imputed so that if the person in the said role wishes to attend the game they are entitled to, they are not compelled to attend the game.
  • It would not be good practice if any one of these club officers were to attend a game and not be granted entry.

Saturday 22nd August 2020

As part of the new government guidelines, the FAI has outlined has updated their Safer Return to Matches and Safer Return to Training protocols. These updates are as follows:

  • No spectators are permitted to any match under the jurisdiction of the FAI.
  • Only those essential to a fixture may attend a match. In addition to players, coaches, match officials and the home team’s COVID-19 compliance officer, the following essential personnel can include:
    • Medical support
    • Grounds maintenance staff
    • Club children’s officer
    • Club liaison officer/representative of each team
    • FAI representative
    • League representative/tournament organiser
    • Accredited media
  • More than one team can train at a venue at any given time provided there is a clear buffer zone between each group.
  • The maximum number per group at adult training is 15 (14 players and a minimum 1 coach.)
  • For further details please see the updated protocols in full here:

Tuesday 18th August 2020

The Football Association of Ireland notes the Government announcement today of new restrictions on indoor and outdoor events as the country continues the fight against COVID-19 and we acknowledge the part that our sport can play in this ongoing battle.

The FAI informs all affiliates of the following directives, effective from midnight tonight until further notice:

  • Adult Amateur Football  will continue, subject to updated Government and FAI guidelines
  • No spectators are permitted at any match under the jurisdiction of the FAI
  • Only those essential to a fixture may attend as per updated Protocols to be released by the FAI on Wednesday.
  • Outdoor training is permitted in groups of up to 15 maximum under the new Government guidelines
    • More than one training session can take part at a venue provided the training pods are no larger than 15
    • Adult training groups must include one coach and up to 14 players
  • Indoor club meetings must adhere to the new Government guideline of a maximum of six people in attendance

The Football Association of Ireland wishes to acknowledge the hard work to date of all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians and their dedication to our Protocols in ensuring the safer return to football.

The FAI urges all members to remain aware of their personal responsibility to abide by Government guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic. We again thank all frontline workers for their efforts and commitment during this difficult time.

The FAI will remain in discussion with Government agencies in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Full Statement can be viewed here

Saturday 15th August 2020

The Football Association of Ireland is inviting affiliated clubs to complete Expression of Interest forms for the recently announced Government funding to be made available to sports clubs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to express your interest click here.

Monday 10th August 2020

FAI Press Release | Restrictions on movement in Kildare, Laois and Offaly

The FAI immediately suspended all football activity in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois following last Friday’s announcement by An Taoiseach Micheal Martin introducing local restrictions in those counties during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a number of requests for further clarification from clubs, the FAI would like to confirm the following:

  • This suspension includes ALL matches and ALL organised training in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois until further notice
  • Only players with SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League adult teams are allowed to travel outside their homes in Kildare, Offaly or Laois for training or matches
  • All underage players resident in counties Kildare, Offaly or Laois are not permitted to travel to training or matches with clubs or programmes outside their home county
  • The FAI has called off all INTERSPORT Elverys Summer Soccer Schools in the affected counties for the next two weeks

In addition, the FAI again confirms that anyone arriving into Ireland from a country outside the government’s Green List must restrict their movements for 14 days before taking part in any football activities.

Tuesday 28th July 2020

Please see below the FAI’s Safer Return To Play FAQ document

Friday 24th July 2020

The below guidance from the FAI is intended to offer the required support to Leagues and Match Officials, should the issue arise that a home team does not have a COVID-19 Compliance Officer in attendance at a fixture.

  • Q: What steps should be taken if a COVID-19 Compliance Officer is not present at a fixture
  • A: If the Match Official feels that they, the players, or coaching staff are at risk in proceeding with the fixture, they are not compelled to officiate the fixture. Otherwise, the Match Official should proceed with the fixture and report the matter to the League thereafter. The League can then address the matter directly with the club in question.

In support of the above, and in addressing non-compliance with the appointment and attendance of a COVID-19 Compliance Officer at a fixture, Affiliates and Leagues are referred to FAI Rule 28.3, Part D which states:

  • The right is reserved to impose certain sanctions for safety reasons, even if no infringement has been committed.

Leagues are also referred to FAI Rule 32.2, Part D:

  • The following sanctions are applicable only to legal persons:
    • a) transfer ban;
    • b) playing a match without spectators;
    • c) playing a match on neutral territory;
    • d) ban on playing in a particular stadium;
    • e) annulment of the result of a match;
    • f) exclusion;
    • g) forfeit;
    • h) deduction of points;
    • i) demotion to a lower division;
    • j) suspension from membership of the FAI;
    • k) replaying a match.

Thursday 16th July 2020

Please see below the most recent protocols released by the FAI.

Thursday 25th June

The Football Association of Ireland has launched a Safer Return to Play Protocol

Important information for adult amateur & underage football to return to full-contact training & training games can be found here:

Wednesday 24th June

Friday 19th June

The Football Association of Ireland has today approved a new Safer Return to Football Pathway that will see Adult Amateur and Underage football permitted to return to full-contact training, including training games between teams from the same club, from June 29th and authorised to make a full return to playing friendly games from July 11th and competitive matches from July 18th. Full press release can be found here.
The CBL is currently reviewing this information and will advise further on when we can begin our 2020 / 2021 season. Also, we will be scheduling our AGM to take place between now and August.

Friday 19th June

Today, the government confirmed that all sport can return on 29th June, including competitive league action. However, the CBL will await further communication from the FAI on when we can start our 2020 / 2021 season. Read more on the government announcement here .

Monday 15th June 2020

All clubs under the jurisdiction of the FAI can make a Safer Return to Training from today, June 15th, in line with the FAI’s Protocol and Government guidelines.

To help clubs get back to training, FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne addresses your FAQs on FAI TV.

Saturday 13th June 2020

The FAI have published a SMART checklist for all stakeholders in football to ensure training returns safely.

This includes:
– Clubs
– Compliance Officers
– Coaches
– Adult Players

See graphics below.


Friday 12th June

Safety First on Return to Training | Top Tips

All you need to know to prepare for a safe return to training with expert advice, detailed guidelines and recommended coaching practices. Read more here: FAI Safe Return To Training Coaching

Monday 8th June 2020

  • The Football Association of Ireland has today launched a “Safer Return to Training Protocol” document for all adult amateur clubs, ahead of a return to training from Monday, June 15th 2020.
  • The primary aim of the protocol is to support clubs affiliated with the FAI in protecting the health and safety of the players, coaches and essential personnel within the clubs as they return to the training ground. Department of Health guidelines and Public Health Policy will be followed at all times.
  • Today’s protocol publication provides a thorough and comprehensive step-by-step explanation to the pathway that permits all adult amateur clubs, to return to training on or after next Monday, June 15th 2020.
  • All clubs must appoint a COVID-19 Compliance Officer and carry out a risk assessment before any return is authorised.

Note: Subject to Government guidelines, no matches, competitive or friendly, are allowed until further notice under the jurisdiction of the FAI.

Please download, read and submit the following documents made available today:

All queries should be directed to but CBL secretary Peter Travers will assist where necessary.

Friday 5th June 2020

FAI welcomes new Government measures on return for Irish sport

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Thanks, to FansVoiceTV for having our secretary Peter Travers on the show to discuss the decision to cancel the 2019 / 2020 season!
The show consisted of input from the other leagues in Cork too – Munster Senior League, the AUL, West Cork League, Cork Youth League, Cork Schoolboys League and Cork Women’s Soccer.

Sunday 24th May 2020

Today, Sunday 24th May 2020, the Cork Business League & CR Coaching announce a new partnership for the 2020 / 2021 season. Read more here.

Sunday 24th May 2020

Following a Management Committee meeting this evening, the Cork Business League can confirm the 2019 / 2020 season will not be completed. Read more here.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

The Cork Business League 2020 AGM that was due to the held at the end of May / beginning of June 2020, has now been postponed. Read more here.

Monday 18th May 2020

FAQ with FAI Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne – Pathway for a safer return to Football

Friday 15th May 2020

FAI announce pathway for a safer return to football. Read more here.


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