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Games Behind Closed Doors - GAA Guidelines Updated 26th August

Updated: Aug 28, 2020


The GAA  have issued new regulations in the interest of Covid 19 safety.

All games are to be played BEHIND CLOSED DOORS .The Government has now confirmed that ONE parent/guardian from U 18's and lower ages is permitted to attend at a match in the safeguarding or supervisory capacity only but is not classified as a spectator, while upholding the public health guidelines at all times. NO OTHER SPECTATORS are allowed to attend games unless they fall under this category.

These guidelines will be in place for all our upcoming fixtures. We would ask all members, visiting clubs and people in our community to work with us and adhere to these strict guidelines and help protect our communities. Our entrance gates and access to the pitches will be manned by stewards and covid officers.People who do turn up to the game and not permitted to do so will be REFUSED entry.

Covid Advisory Group – Updated advice on attendance at underage games  26 August 2020 

The GAA’s Covid Advisory committee have issued updated guidance to all clubs in relation to attendance at underage games. This advice is based on updated guidelines issued on behalf of the Government by Sport Ireland: 

Clubs should note that:  

  • No more than 1 designated individual should attend a training session or game per child/family/group of children. 

  • The GAA Health Questionnaires MUST be completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance. Register at

  • Overall numbers should be kept to a minimum and in line with the space available in the venue/facility. 

Parents are NOT permitted to be in attendance at adult games where their child (U18) is participating. However, provision can be made to allow an adult to be in close proximity (e.g. in the car park etc) in case medical or other emergency needs require their presence.

  It has also been clarified that a parent/guardian attending an underage game in these circumstances shall not be subject to vetting as they are only the supervisor in a guardianship role for their own child and not any other child on the team.

As games must now be played "behind closed doors", no more than 40 official personnel per team should be allowed access to games for the moment. This figure should include (and only include) all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and team officials

The 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to essential match day personnel such as Match officials (Referees, Linesmen, Umpires), Media and event officials (stewards etc.) We would ask all teams not to abuse this figure and teams should only turn up with their typical panel as would be normal pre-Covid restrictions.

Further information will be announced when we are given updated direction and information from the GAA.

Advisory Note:

We are currently making improvements to our grounds so whilst visiting our grounds we ask you to take notice of the ongoing works and to take care.

Fingal Ravens Management

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