Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will both have 2,000 fans at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final on April 25.
But fans under the age of 18 cannot attend, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable or pregnant have also been urged not to apply for tickets.
To enter Wembley, fans must pass a side-stream coronavirus test at a designated site – not at home – within 24 hours of the match.
And they must provide proof of a negative result, whether it’s a text or an email.
Fans who get a ticket must sign a consent form, as the match is part of the government’s Events Research Program, which assesses how major events can safely reopen to the public as restrictions on coronavirus s ‘attenuate.
Additionally, fans are asked if they will take two PCR tests, designed to show whether a person with symptoms of coronavirus currently has the virus. Both tests must be taken at home, the first before the match and the second five days after. Fans who secure tickets to the final will be told how to register for PCR testing, which will be free.
SpursAbility, Tottenham’s disabled supporters’ club, said they were “extremely disappointed” with the decision that clinically extremely vulnerable supporters should not attend the final.
“Most of our members and supporters will have had their first and second vaccinations and are at considerably lower risk than those who have not yet been vaccinated,” the statement said.
“Government guidelines place people aged 70 and over in an equal or greater risk category, but there is no exclusion problem for anyone in these higher risk groups.
“We ask that this criterion of the government-led research program for reopening live events to the general public be examined in terms of actual research to date and the reality of the priorities of the government-defined immunization program. “
There will be 8,000 fans in total at Wembley – the most at an outdoor sporting event in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic caused the first lockdown in March 2020 – with the remaining allocation split between groups including Brent residents and NHS staff.
Earlier in April, Rick Parry, president of the English Football League (EFL), said the supporters’ return was an “important step”.
On April 18, the semi-final of the FA Cup between Leicester City and Southampton will see 4,000 spectators while the final on May 15 will welcome 21,000 spectators.
The matches are three of nine events across sports and the arts – which also includes the Snooker World Championship – which will be used to provide “key science and research” on how events can safely reopen to fans in accordance with the release of coronavirus restrictions.
Researchers at these events “will bring together evidence associated with different contexts and approaches to managing and mitigating the risk of transmission.”
Manchester City, EFL Cup holders after beating Aston Villa 2-1 in last season’s final, said 1,750 tickets would be available for fans who live in Greater Manchester and the immediate area, with the remaining 250 being on sale to fans. in London and the South East of England.