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 upwards. 


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. 

Please note that the two top girls teams will go through to the Cup competition however there will be no Plate competition, just a play off for 5th and 6th position; this will still be called a Plate competition.

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


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.



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.

Please note the Club reserve the right to make changes to the rules should it be necessary. 

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