AMATEUR Worcestershire football clubs have been given positive news regarding restarting league fixtures after the government confirmed grassroots football could return from March 29.

The Football Association released the following statement on Monday; “We welcome the UK Government’s update today regarding the Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions which means we can look forward to the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March for both adults and children.

“With this new clarity around timings, we will continue to work with Government on plans for a safe return for grassroots football across England and will communicate updated guidance as soon as we can.

“We can also confirm that the 2020-21 grassroots season has been extended until the end of June in order to provide additional flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures this season if they wish to do so.”

Local clubs such as New Dales Vale FC and Worcester City Royals FC will be waiting to hear news from the Cheltenham Association Football League’s (CAFL) meeting this evening to discover when and how the league’s will recommence at the end of next month.

In January the CAFL discussed ways in which the seasons could be finished, with the preferred option being every team would play once each other once and all three cup competitions would also be fulfilled.

Following the government announcement, the CAFL released the following statement via email to all clubs across the four leagues: “For your information, we have a League Management Meeting on Wednesday evening for us to digest the latest on the lifting of lock-down.

“It looks like Grassroots football can be restarted on the 29th March, but hopefully that will be confirmed later.”

It is hoped news will be forthcoming in the next 24 hours.

This news does not apply to non-league levels 3-6, with the outcome of their meeting on Tuesday morning still yet to be released.

Clubs had voted on whether they wanted to null and void the season or continue and it is hoped that an update will come sooner rather than later.