Laws of the Game


The normal rules of football, as laid down by the FIFA Laws of the game, apply to all games. 


The match is under the jurisdiction of the match referee, and decisions made by the referee are final. 


Age Groups and Restrictions


Only registered PRIMARY school pupils at the respective school, up to and including Grade 7 pupils, are eligible for the competitions


Although it is an open league, there is an age restriction of Under 14 for this age group. This excludes 15 year olds i.e. children who will be turning 15 during the year of 2013. 


It is the responsibility of the designated team official to ensure all information is up to date, accurate and that all necessary permissions have been obtained for each player and the Team to participate in the Tournament. All decisions regarding eligibility are at the absolute discretion of the Tournament Executive Committee. The team Manager is responsible for all required documents, as well as the authenticity of the documents. 


Under 10 Boys – Born in the year 2003 or after


Under 12 Boys – Born in the year 2001 or after


Under 14 Boys – Born in the year 1999 or after


Under 13 Girls  - Born in the year 2000 or after


Duration of Matches:


Under 10 Boys – 2 x 15 minutes each way


Under 12, 14 Boys and 13 Girls – 2 x 20 minutes each way 


In the case of a match ending in a draw at the end of play, the game will be decided on a penalty shootout (best of 3 penalty kicks).


Match Ball


A size 4 ball is to be used for U10 age group.  


A size 5 ball is to be used for the U12, U14 Boys as well as the U13 Girls.


Match Format 


U10 Matches: will be played using a 7-a-side format in one half of a football field including one goal keeper + six outfield players. The off side rule will not apply to these games. 


U12, 14 and U13 Girls Matches: will be played using a 11-a-side format on a full sized football pitch. The normal laws of the game will apply.


Playing Kit


Each school will be responsible for ensuring that their players are dressed in their school kit for their respective matches.


Home teams are mentioned first in the fixture list.


Where the colours of two competing teams are similar, the visiting team must change. Goalkeepers must wear colours to distinguish them from other players and the referee. The referee’s decision as to whether colours are similar shall be final. 


If there is not an alternative kit available the Away team will play with bibs. 


Kit is to be provided for teams participating in the finals.


Match Venues


All matches will take place at the Lentelus Football Centre, unless otherwise stated.


Tournament Format


The competition takes the form of a knockout tournament with the last two teams in each of the age categories participating in the final 


Match Day Squads


For the 7 vs. 7 matches, a possible 12 players (5 substitutes) may be selected for the match squad, and their names are to appear on the team returns. 


For the 11 vs. 11 matches, a possible 16 players (5 substitutes) may be selected for the match squad, and their names are to appear on the team returns. 


Prior to each game the team official must hand to the referee 2 team sheets that must give each player’s name, jersey number (if applicable) and date of birth. 


Team sheets are to be handed to the match referee at least 10min before the scheduled start of the match. 


Teams are expected to be prepared and ready to play 5mins before kick.


Team Managers have the right to scrutinise the documentation of the opposing team before each match. 


If no proof of identification (certified copy of ID and photo) can be produced, a player will not be allowed to play.


The tournament committee have the right to scrutinise the documentation of any team at any time.


A grace period of 10minutes will be allowed for a team arriving late for their fixture. In this case, the Tournament Executive Committee will investigate the matter and will have the final decision on the outcome.   




In both the 7 vs. 7 and 11 vs. 11 formats, a total of 5 substitutions may be made. 


In the case of a substitution the referee shall be informed of the proposed substitution, before it is made. A substitution can only be made during a stoppage in play according to the Laws of the Game. 


A player who has been replaced shall not take any further part in the game.




When a player is cautioned (shown a yellow card) or sent from the field (shown a red card), the referee will notify the tournament committee immediately after the match. 


Any player, who has received two cautions (yellow cards) in the tournament, will be suspended from the team’s next game. If a player has been sent off (shown a red card), the tournament committee will decide what penalty will be given in addition to a minimum suspension from the team’s next game. 


The Tournament Committee shall review all abandoned matches and in a case where it is to the advantage of the Competition and does no injustice to either School, shall be empowered to order the score at the time of the abandonment to stand. In all cases where the Tournament Committee are satisfied that a match was abandoned owing to the conduct of one team or its member(s) they shall be empowered to award the points for the match to the opponents and/or take what other action they may deem necessary. In cases where a match is abandoned owing to the conduct of either teams or their members, the Tournament Committee shall take such action as they consider appropriate. 


All misconduct reports arising from the tournament will be forwarded by the tournament committee.




Protest regarding the eligibility of player/s to be lodged with the match referee before the start of the match. 


The referee is to inform the opposing Team Manager and/or Coach of such protest being lodged. 


The match should however still be played, irrespective of the protest lodged. 


The referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play are final and binding. Protests involving such decisions will therefore not be considered. All other protests should be made only by the responsible team official to the tournament committee no later than 15 minutes after the match.

The tournaments committee’s decision is final and binding.


Additional Regulations


The tournament committee decides in the above-mentioned cases and in matters not covered by these tournament rules, according to the as issued by FIFA. 




It is the responsibility of each team to make sure that adequate insurance cover is provided for their players. The tournament organiser are not responsible for any personal injury or injury to others caused by the player or team official, damage or theft of belongings - such as equipment or money nor for any error, accident or failure caused to or by any person or company. 




1.     Age Groups

  • Please ensure that age groups are adhered to. The onus is then on the coach to ensure that all players play in their correct age-groups.

2.     Dress

  • It is the duty of the coach to ensure that players are turned-out neatly and correctly. Shin guards are compulsory.

3.     Organisation

  • Critical to the success and smooth running of the tournament is that teams and officials are punctual and organised for their fixtures, and matches need to start on time. Time wasting during half time and after games should be avoided
  • Schools should remember that some pupils need use public transport after school matches.

4.     General Behaviour

4.1.  Coaches

  • The coach sets the tone for his team. While everyone sets out to win each match it is important that coaches encourage their teams in a positive and constructive manner. This attitude should encompass the team, the opposition and the referee.

4.2.  Players

  • Players must, at all times, play in the spirit of the game and avoid criticizing their team mates and the opposition. They should acknowledge good play of all players. Teams should greet each other before the game and thank each other after the game. Criticism of referee’s decisions will not be tolerated at school matches.

4.3  Parents

  • Parents must be informed by schools that while their support is valued any criticism and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Each school to be responsible for the behaviour of its parents and spectators.

5.    Safety

  • It is the duty of coaches and referees to ensure the safety of players at all times. In this regard the size of boys creates difficulties which can be avoided through appropriate discussion between coaches prior to the games.