Lockdown is easing which means many amateur sports teams are getting back up and running. However, so is Ramadan and the FA is back with their annual guide about fasting and football.

The Football Association [The FA] has today published guidance to support participants and employees across the footballing community during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week.

“Ensuring football is truly welcoming for individuals from all faiths and belief backgrounds remains a key priority for us,” said Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. “By sharing information, we can help to support an environment throughout the game where people are encouraged and empowered to be themselves. We acknowledge that Ramadan is the most important time of year for practising Muslims and this guidance aims to raise awareness and encourage increased inclusivity during this holy period.”

As always, the guide includes information about how lifestyle changes such as fasting during the holy month might affect anyone taking part in football. It also has guidance for non muslim players and staff to ensure the environment is as inclusive as possible.

The guidance was create with help from the Al-Khoei Foundation, the Ramadan Tent Project and Crystal Palace FC’s Dr Zaf Iqbal, and is supported by Kick It Out and the PFA.