Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will have 2,000 fans at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final on April 25th.
But fans under the age of 18 cannot attend, and people who are clinically extremely sensitive or pregnant are also told not to apply for tickets.
To enter Wembley, fans must take a lateral flow test for coronavirus at a specific location – not at home – within 24 hours before the game.
They must bring proof of a negative result, either text or email.
Fans who receive a ticket must sign a consent form, as the match is part of the government’s event research program, which assesses how major events can be safely opened to the public as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
In addition, fans are asking if they will take two PCR tests designed to show if anyone who is showing symptoms of coronavirus currently has the virus. Both tests should be taken at home, the first before the match and the second five days after. Fans who receive tickets for the finals will be told how to apply for PCR tests, which will be free.
SpursAbility, a Tottenham fan club, said it was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling that clinically extremely vulnerable fans should not attend the final.
“Most of our members and supporters have had their first and second vaccinations and are at significantly lower risk than those yet to be vaccinated,” the statement said.
“Government guidelines place people over the age of 70 in the category of equal or higher risk, but there is no question of exclusion for anyone in those riskier groups.
“We request that these criteria in the government’s research program to reopen live events to the general public be reviewed in terms of actual research to date and the reality of priorities in the government’s vaccination program.”
Equal Fields – a charity that advocates for an inclusive match experience and equal access to all sports fans – said she was “very disappointed” with the decision.
There will be a total of 8,000 fans at Wembley – the most at an outdoor sporting event in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic led to its first closure in March 2020, with the remaining distribution split into groups, including Brent residents and NHS employees.
Earlier in April, Rick Parry, president of the English Football League (EFL), said the return of fans was an “important milestone”.
On April 18, the FA Cup semifinals between Leicester City and Southampton will have 4,000 fans, while the May 15 finals will host 21,000 spectators.
Matches are three of nine events in sports and the arts – which also includes World Snooker Championship – which will be used to provide “key scientific data and research” on how events can be safely opened to fans in line with the exit from coronavirus restrictions.
Researchers at these events “will gather evidence related to different settings and approaches to manage and mitigate transmission risk”.
Manchester City, who won the EFL Cup after beating Aston Villa 2-1 in last season’s final, said 1,750 tickets would be available to fans living in the wider Manchester and immediate area, and the remaining 250 to be sold to fans in London and the south-east. England.