CLUBS in the Costcutter Football League are hoping that plans to start playing friendly games next month do not change due to the coronavirus surge.

Under phase three of the Football Association of Wales ‘Safer Return to Play’, friendly matches will be permitted between fellow league clubs.

But games will be played without spectators, a maximum of one coach and first-aider per team, limited number of substitutes and game length.

Friendlies will be allowed to take place as from Monday, October 19 for three weeks, after which the FAW is expected to make an announcement that could give an indication when the 2020-2021 season can get underway in leagues below the JD Cymru Premier.

Local clubs have already provisionally arranged friendlies as players express the desire to get some game time before and if the serious action returns.

An FAW spokesperson said: “Rules are subject to the latest Public Health Wales and Welsh Government policy and guidelines relating to Covid-19, given their changing nature.

“We will continue to work with Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Welsh Sports Association, the primary aim being to protect the health and safety of those involved.”