GRASSROOTS football is set to resume next month, but the league format could look very different.

The game for adults and children is set to resume from March 29 as part of the Government's Covid-19 roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions.

Other organised sports outside will also continue on March 29 with tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor facilities re-opened.

The FA have also extended the season for grassroots leagues including the Herefordshire County League until the end of June to 'provide extra flexibility and time for leagues to complete their fixtures'.

Herefordshire FA chief executive Alan Darfi says the league is awaiting confirmation from the FA of what restrictions will be in place when football returns.

This would see Clee Hill United, Ludlow Town Colts, Tenbury Town, Tenbury United, Ludlow Town Colts Reserves and Woofferton all return to action.

"The FA are working closely with the Government to put forward a scheme and the restrictions to adhere too," said Darfi.

He added the grass roots junior leagues are due to return at the same time as their adult counterparts.

The Herefordshire FA County League management committee is meeting on Monday to discuss how the leagues will look.

Darfi says that after liaising with clubs they have found an 'overwhelmingly positive response' to try and finish this season in some form or another.

"We want people to enjoy football and not feel obliged to play three or four times a week," added Darfi.

"People want competitive football and without over-burdening them that involves some out of the box thinking.

"We've got to work out how to satisfy that without putting too much pressure on people to play so it's striking that balance.

"I'm confident we can finish the season with some competitive action.

"There is also a desire to complete the cup competitions.

"There are a number of different options in terms of how we can finish the season and the format of that.

"We want to finish the season in some format. Nothing is off the table, people want to play football and we have got a limited amount of time to do it.

"The junior leagues are also working closely to have a format which is enjoyable for everybody and to ensure people finish the season.

"We have some busy weeks ahead but I think it's a really good opportunity to work with clubs and it's all about everybody pulling in the same direction together."

Darfi has had the role of chief executive since April last year.

During this time he has been 'massively impressed' by the dedication of the volunteers in the Herefordshire leagues.

He added: "You have to remember that clubs are ran by volunteers and when we come back there will be a lot of restrictions and challenges.

"It has been a good opportunity for us to listen to people and clubs. We are there to listen to what everybody wants and give people what they want.

"Part of our role is regulatory which can create contention but in the end we are there for the club's benefit."