Each team must be registered at least 30 minutes before their first game using an official registration form. The form must be completed by an adult coach/manager who takes responsibility for safeguarding their team throughout the day.

Registration forms will be emailed to team coaches prior to the Tournament. To support the sustainability of this event, please complete the registration form electronically and return it to before the Tournament. Alternatively, a small number of registration forms will be available on the day, at the registration desk located in the Control Tent.

Teams may register a maximum of 8 players for 5-a-side or 10 players for 7-a-side. Players are only allowed to be registered in one team in the Tournament. Proof of D.O.B may be required if any disputes are raised.

Duration of Matches and Match Balls

Match duration is 12 minutes straight through, with no half-time break or change of ends. For each match the first named team in the programme chooses ends, the second named team takes kick off. The Football Schedule and Grouping will be distributed at registration.

All match balls will be provided by CCYFC. A size-3 ball will be used for U7, U8, U9 and U10; a size-4 ball will be used for U11, U12 and U14/U15.

In the event of a clash of colours, the second named team should provide alternative shirts/bibs.

Scoring and Results

For Boys U7 and U8, and Girls U8 and U9, all Tournament matches will be friendly football. This means that results will not be recorded, nor league tables constructed. All players at these age groups will receive medals for participation.

For all other age groups, the Tournament will be played on a normal league basis. Teams will be put into groups for a preliminary ‘Round Robin’ competition. Within each group, every team will play each other once.

In the preliminary group rounds, matches will be scored as follows:

3 points for a win

1 point for a draw

0 points for a loss

At the end of the ‘Round Robin’ competition, the top two teams in each group will go through to the Cup competition and those placed third and fourth will proceed to the Plate competition. The Cup and Plate competitions will be played on a knockout basis.

If two or more teams finish with the same number of points, the highest placed team will be decided as follows, in this order:

1. Goal difference (averaged if the number of games played is different)

2. Then the result of any previous match between the teams involved

3. Then the team that has scored the most goals (averaged if the number of games played is different)

4. A toss of a coin

In the knockout phase, if a match is drawn it will move straight to penalties with no extra time. If a penalty shoot-out is required, 5 players will be nominated to take alternate kicks. If scores are still level after this, the match will move to a sudden death shoot-out. Only those players on the pitch at the final whistle may take part in the penalty shoot-out.

Rules of Play

The Tournament shall be played according to the Football Association laws for Mini–Soccer, other than where stated below.

1. There shall be no offsides.

2. In U9-U12 Boys and U10-U14 Girls, after the ball is passed back to the goalkeeper by their own team, the goalkeeper may not use their hands, and will be penalised by an indirect free kick.

3. If the goalkeeper picks the ball up from the opposition, they must throw the ball to their players, not kick it (overarm throws are allowed).

4. If the ball goes out for a goal kick, the restart is taken as a throw AND the opposition players are to retreat to their own half. However, the team may choose to take the goal kick quickly before the opposition has retreated. Any transgression of these rules will result in the throw being retaken.

5. Goalkeeper throws may be taken from anywhere inside the penalty area.


Anyone dismissed for a misconduct offence shall not be permitted to take any further part in the tournament. This tournament uses the yellow and red card system. Any player who accumulates two yellow cards throughout the tournament will be required to miss their next match. If a third yellow card is received, the player will not be permitted to take further part in the tournament. A player who receives a red card (either straight red or for two yellow cards in the same match) will not be permitted to take any further part in the competition. Appointed Referees will control all matches and report all misconduct to the Hertfordshire FA.

Disputes and Appeals

Any protests about player eligibility, interpretation of the rules, or any matter not covered elsewhere shall be referred to the organising committee (based at the Control Tent) whose decision shall be final in all matters. In the event of a dispute concerning this tournament, appeals can be lodged with the Hertfordshire FA (

If you have any questions on the day of the Tournament, please either refer to a CCYFC Rep (wearing a red polo shirt with CCYFC on the back) or go to the Control Tent by the Club House.

If you have any queries regarding the Tournament, please contact Lisa Marheineke at