For the period during which we’re still in a pandemic situation, the BFA recommends that organisers and players adhere to the following guidelines when playing table football:
For each session, someone needs to be accountable for ensuring that protocols are in place so that players can feel safe to play.
– A registration system should be in place so that players can book sessions in advance.
– The number of attendees should be restricted such that each player has sufficient floor space.
– A reasonable distance should be maintained between tables, and a one-way system should be in place to avoid the need to cross paths.
– Hand sanitiser should be available for players to use, and wraps and balls also available for sale.
– Tables should be cleaned / disinfected after each session.
– The table zones should be clearly marked out and well ventilated. Only registered players can enter the table zones.
– Under the principles of track and trace, ensure you keep a log of who has played, and have their contact details, in the event they need to be notified later.
– Government restrictions apply, currently for adult indoor sports the maximum number of participants is 6.
Do not come out to play if you are ill, or you have been in contact with anyone who is ill.
– Competitors are less than 2m apart, and play can be energetic. You may want to insist that your opponent wears a face covering for your own safety.
– Respect social distancing protocols. Keep your distance from others when not playing.
– Avoid touching things as much as you can, in particular your face.
– All competition should be singles format only. Doubles is not appropriate for now.
– Wash your hands before and after playing.
– Disposable gloves may be worn, but should be disposed of afterwards. Non-disposable gloves should be disinfected before and after play.
– Only use your own wraps. After you finish, be sure to remove them and disinfect the handles.
– Where possible, use your own balls. Wash them before and after playing.
– Avoid touching the table apart from the handles.
– No handshakes or fist bumps. Try an emphatic thumbs up instead.