These are the organised sports that are exempt to the government's new rule of six

The full list of sports and activities you can do in groups of more than six

Around 30 sports and physical activities have been listed in government guidance outlining exemptions to the rule of six


New laws which make it illegal to gather in groups of more than six people in England come into force from today.

Government guidelines outline a number of exemptions to the new law - including for groups of people playing organised sports.

There are around 30 sports on the list, including football, netball, climbing and even ultimate frisbee, that can be carried out in groups of more than six.

However, activities must be organised by an official club, business or charity or involve someone who has received an official license to use equipment relevant to the activity.

Activities may take place in any public place – indoors or outdoors – or a private outdoor space like a garden - but not inside a private home.

The organiser must also conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 Secure guidance.

Before and after the activity, participants should not gather in groups of more than six before and after the activity.

You should also try and distance yourself from other people you do not live with during the activity wherever possible.

If you are playing any of the below sports informally, rather than as organised or licensed activity, you must only do it in groups of up to six - otherwise you will be breaking the law.

The list of organised sport or licensed outdoor physical activity that you can do in groups of more than six includes:  

Other exemptions to the rule of six include groups of people gatherings for wedding ceremonies or support groups.

You can find the full list of exemptions here.

Those who are found to be breaking the rules can be dispersed by police and issued with a fine.

Fines start at £100 and will double for each further offence up to £3,200.