Sports, leisure and the Arts Grassroots football season 2019-20 announcement

Following the recent announcement from the FA confirming that the 2019-20 grassroots football season, including national league up to Step 3, will not continue and the season has now closed with no promotions or relegations, MCRactive, Manchester City Council and Manchester FA have worked closely to understand our current position and collectively agree how to move forward and commence planning for next season.

With regard to 2019-20 charges, we can confirm that Manchester City Council will only charge for weeks played up to Monday 16 March, when the first announcement was made.

All Half and Full Permit holders can apply for a rebate for matches not completed prior to The FA announcement.

Half Permits provide clubs / leagues with up to 15 matches per season and Full Permits up to 30 matches per season. Rebates will be based on the percentage of matches not played.

Some teams may already have been invoiced for the 2019-20 in which case Manchester City Council will need to arrange a refund. If you have not already been invoiced for the 2019-20 season, then a reduced invoice will be raised.

If you have any queries regarding your permit within a Park, please email

Manchester City Council is only carrying out essential works in Parks, prioritising litter picking, bin emptying and Arboriculture works, which means that mowing is not taking place. The Council is responding to Government advice and whilst Parks are still open to facilitate daily exercise, once a day, observing social distancing, all facilities, including football pitches, are closed until further notice.

As you can appreciate, these are challenging circumstances for the sport and leisure sector and these decisions are taken in the best interests of everyone involved, with our primary concern being for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters across Manchester during this unprecedented time.

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