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Community Teams to Play at Anfield

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Sometimes adjustments forced by the pandemic can be good things.

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A general external aerial view of Anfield, home stadium of Liverpool showing the close proximity of Goodison Park
A general external aerial view of Anfield, home stadium of Liverpool showing the close proximity of Goodison Park
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A number of community and grassroots teams had been scheduled to play at Melwood, but the pandemic closures of the training ground disrupted these plans.

Instead, six teams — AFC Liverpool, City of Liverpool FC, Homeless FC, Liverpool Ramblers AFC, South Liverpool FC and Spion Kop 1906 — will play instead on the pitch at Anfield after the end of the present season.

The teams will emerge from the players’ tunnel onto the pitch as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” plays for what Liverpoolfc.com calls a “goosebumps moment.”

The six clubs will join a roster of matches on Anfield’s turf, including LFC Foundation, James Milner Foundation, 23 Foundation, Ian Rush Foundation, Marina Dalglish Foundation and the Red Neighbours-supported Walking Football teams. Some of these plans have themselves been moved from the training ground to Anfield, giving the players a really special experience.

All plans will naturally go ahead in tandem with government guidances, but currently have the green light given some restrictions have allowed indoor events at venues to return, and grassroots football will return in stage two.