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COVID-19: Latest football updates

Following the latest guidance from the Football Association (FA) and Public Health Rochdale, outdoor football can recommence across the borough. Council football pitches will be open soon.

  • In line with national guidance clubs registered with formal bodies will need to complete a risk assessment and send a copy to the FA and the council.
  • No more than 30 people including players, coaches and spectators can gather to a sporting event.
  • Pavilions and changing room facilities will remain closed until further notice.

We will monitor the situation closely and update this page if further guidance is issued.

Heywood Sports Village and Littleborough Sports Centre: outdoor football has re-started at Heywood Sports Village and Littleborough Sports Centre.

The same guidance as above applies but a completed COViID-19 risk assessment must be provided to the centre when booking.

To book, please contact:
Heywood Sports Village: 01706 924000
Littleborough Sports Centre: 01706 927560

Link4Life logo.


Our arts, sport and heritage services are run by our partners Link4Life. Link4Life is the trading name for the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust.

Find prices, opening times and how to book a pitch to play football at centres run by our partner
Link4Life as well as at other leisure centres. And get details of local clubs and a league for over 40s.

5-a-side football

7-a-side football

8-a-side football

11-a-side football

Football league for over 40s

Lancashire FA is introducing a 'Veteran's Summer League' with basic rules and regulations to suit the 'older player'. Games will be hosted at Heywood Sports Village and officiated by FA qualified referees.

It is FREE to register with the league although teams must provide proof of their own personal accident insurance cover. If you are interested in playing veterans football in Lancashire, or have any more questions on other formats of football in Lancashire please contact Shaun Burke on 01772 624000 or email

Football clubs

If you want to play regular competitive football, join a club based in Rochdale. Find your local football club.