ALL grassroots football is to be suspended in England during the national lockdown, which starts on Thursday.

All adult and children's 'non-elite' football will temporarily be halted during the Covid-19 restrictions, which will run from November 5 until Wednesday, December 2.

It means a suspension of all fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System, tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, the Barclays FA WSL Academy League, the FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs and indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

Maldon and Tiptree's FA Cup first-round tie against Morecambe on Sunday will take place, under elite protocols.

The Football Association will soon make an announcement on their plans for the FA Trophy, FA Vase, Women's FA Cup and FA Youth Cup.

An FA statement read: 'The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

'The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.

'In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6th and Monday 9th November 2020.

'The ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols.

'In-line with the new national Covid-19 restrictions, these ‘non-elite’ teams are only permitted to train together until Wednesday 4th November 2020.

'Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

'Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and The FA would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions.

'However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions during this period.

'The FA remains in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow.'