2019 / 2020 Competition Rules

Greater Manchester County Competitions Season 2019 – 2020

For fixture issues and queries, please email competition@gmcsfa.org.uk

To submit results and fixture dates go to submitmyscore@gmcsfa.org.uk

12 ESFA NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

34 COUNTY COMPETITIONS

3 DISTRICT COMPETITIONS

57 SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

16 PRIMARY SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

WELCOME TO ANOTHER SEASON OF SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL

Many thanks for joining us for another season of Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association (GMCSFA) Leagues and Cups! We are delighted to have you aboard.

We will be running the forty-second season of the GMCSFA County Cup, Inter Association Leagues, and schools programme with your continued support of Manchester FA we will be able to strengthen and enhance our already excellent portfolio of footballing activities across the county which will generate additional, exciting opportunities and activities for schools to get involved with.

It is pleasing to note that the number of school teams that have registered for the Girls’ Cup competitions is up for a second consecutive season.

We understand that volunteers’ time, mounting financial pressure being placed upon our schools, Colleges, PE departments and District Associations is making this increasingly difficult together with the impact on mental health and Wellbeing of our young people, so you are commended for your commitment in helping develop a football programme For ALL.

What do we offer?

The GMCSFA has developed a framework of County and School Competitions that is designed to promote participation at all levels of the game. This programme encourages activity and enable all footballers to participate within our school football pyramid, from school, to district, to county, to national, to international honours.

GMCSFA Girls’ Schools’ Cups

These competitions are specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football. Therefore, boys are not eligible to participate in this competition. Girls can compete in boys’ football (mixed football) up to and including the Under 18 age group and should not be prevented from doing so if the player is of the required ability to be selected.

GMCSFA Girls’ and Boys’ Schools’ Cups

These competitions are for what we would classify as school football teams. Teams are limited to year group, which will hopefully, give those schools a chance to compete at a level that is appropriate to their players’ ability. Players register with a professional club academy are eligible to take part in this Cup.

GMCSFA Girls’ and Boys’ Plate Team Cups

This category of competition is designed to increase participation amongst our member schools. To be eligible to enter a team into the Girls’ and Boys’ Plate Team Cups, the school concerned must have entered into the Girls’ and Boys’ Team Cups. Players register with a professional club academy are eligible to take part in this Cup.

GMCSFA Inter Association League and Cups

This category of competition is designed to increase participation amongst our member schools. To be eligible to enter a team into the Girls’ and Boys’ Plate Team Cups, the school concerned must have entered into the Girls’ and Boys’ Team Cups. Players register with a professional club academy are eligible to take part in this Cup.

GMCSFA School District League and Cups

This category of competition is designed to increase participation amongst our member schools. To be eligible to enter a team into a District League and Cup, the school concerned must be a member school. Players register with a professional club academy are eligible to take part in this League and Cup Activity.

GMCSFA School League and Cups

This category of competition is designed to increase participation amongst our member schools. To be eligible to enter a team into a District League and Cup, the school concerned must be a member school. Players register with a professional club academy are eligible to take part in this League and Cup Activity.

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Planning Fixtures and Reporting Results

To view your GMCSFA Inter Association and School County Cup fixtures go to your account at www.gmcsfa.org.uk or the appropriate district association website please contact your local fixture secretary

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

You schools can view your fixtures by clicking the correct link on the right-hand margin menu. Please contact your opponents at the earliest opportunity to make arrangements to play County, Inter Association and School League and Cup matches before the published deadline dates. Both Home and Away team managers have equal responsibility for initiating contact to arrange fixtures. We strongly recommend that date offers are made via email so that you have some evidence available should a dispute arise further down the line.

Reporting fixtures & results: Please report the date, venue and kick-off details in advance of your fixtures and submit results promptly after each match (with goal scorers’ names for both teams) by logging into your school’s account. This facility will also allow you to view your next opponents as well as your previous results in the competition. If you have colleagues in your PE Department that help run teams, please advise them of the facility and login details. You can also submit results via email to submitmyscore@gmcsfa.org.uk

When accessing fixtures via your account, clicking on the name of the team you are drawn against will bring up the contact details for the team manager / secretary, which in many cases, makes contacting opponents much easier than looking through a copy of the handbook.

Deadline Dates

Deadline dates for completing each round are published online and in the handbook. The deadline dates must be strictly adhered to as failure to comply with them may result in your Inter Association team, School team or College team being withdrawn from the competition or being charged an admin fee for submitting a late result. Any requests for an extension to a deadline date must be made via email to competition@gmcsfa.org.uk detailing the reasons why the match cannot go ahead on time or if you have any issues regarding your fixtures. Permission to play during the week following a published deadline date will only be considered if both teams are mutually agreed to go beyond the deadline date. The GMCSFA reserves the right to decide the winning team via a computer-generated win if no result has been received by the deadline date. This is to ensure that the competition can move forward in a timely manner.

Summary of Rules

The complete rules for the competitions are published online at www.gmcsfa.org.uk/rules and printed in the handbook. You will need to refer to the ‘General Competition Rules’ and also the rules stated under the specific competition title. Please pay particular attention to the age qualifications for each competition!

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

  • Rules cater for a Saturday competition; teams can play in midweek if mutually agreed
  • All matches are played on grass (3G and 4G pitches can be used where the ‘home’ team gives sufficient notice to the ‘visiting’ team and the venue holds a valid test certificate and appears on The FA’s national FTP register)
  • No financial assistance is available towards travel in any round of GMCSFA Competitions
  • Appointing Match Officials and team sheets: The appointment officers of GMCSFA are responsible to appoint Match Officials to all GMCSFA Competitions.

The appointing of Match Officials is the responsibility of the ‘home’ team. You may be supported by your local Referees’ Association Secretary or County FA Referees’ Officer may be available to assist with the appointment of Match Officials. For ESFA appointments, please view the ESFA website.

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If you are unable to appoint a neutral and qualified referee, then you must inform your opponents before they travel as a matter of courtesy. Team sheets are available to download from the GMCSFA website. The forms should be completed and submitted to the match referee at least fifteen minutes before kick-off.

Safeguarding notice for Match Official

It is important to note that all match officials, if they are not part of your school staff, must hold a current and valid FA DBS / Criminal Record Check to enable them to officiate any school, Inter Association, ESFA fixture at your school.

Discipline: Full information regarding discipline procedures is available to view via the discipline section of the GMCSFA website.

3G and 4G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs): In accordance with FA rules, it is important to understand that competition fixtures are not permitted to be played on any 3G or 4G pitch unless it has been tested and appears on the FA register which can be found at http://3g.thefa.me.uk/. It is the responsibility of both teams to ensure the playing surface is registered and therefore safe to use.

Temporary Dismissals for Players (Sin Bins): Sin Bins (Temporary Dismissals) are being introduced to improve the match experience for everyone involved with the game. This will also apply to the understand more about the process you can undertake a quick course by visiting https://www.fareferees.co.uk/temporary-dismissals/ – this course looks at why the scheme was introduced, and how referees will apply it on the field of play for players and team officials. These MUST be recorded on all team sheets.

Get social – to keep up to date with competitions, information and to share your football season with us, you can follow @gmcsfa on Twitter and check our news pages of the gmcsfa website – www.gmcsfa.org.uk If you would like to submit videos of match highlights, you can email them to competition@gmcsfa.org.uk which we will upload to our GMCSFA TV channel on You Tube.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your students the very best of luck for the forthcoming season!

THE GMCSFA Competition Team

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GMCSFA GENERAL COUNTY COMPETITION RULES

INTRODUCTION

The rules detailed below apply to all GMCSFA competitions except where stated under the heading of any specific competition.

  1. THE TROPHY
    1. The Trophy is the property of the Greater Manchester Schools’ Football Association.
    2. The Trophy shall be presented to the captain of the winning team immediately after the match, or at the match function should that be held after the match.
    3. The winning School, College, or Association shall be responsible for suitable engraving and for the maintenance of the Trophy in good order. Arrangements for display of the Trophy must be agreed by Council.
    4. It shall be the responsibility of the school and/or District Association concerned to ensure the return of the Trophy in time for presentation at the Final.
  2. CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES

Council will determine closing dates for GMCSFA Competitions and indicate this on the competition entry forms.

  1. MEMENTOES
  1. 11-a-side Competitions

Eighteen mementoes (16 players and 2 team officials) shall be awarded to each School or Association taking part in a final tie. Additional identical mementoes may be purchased by the finalist’s subject to the approval of the GMCSFA Council. Four mementoes shall be awarded to the match officials (referee, two assistant referees and reserve official), officiating at a final tie.

Small-Sided Competitions

      1. Each County Champion School / Association (Under 11 7-a-side) will receive a suitable memento. There will be Championship Shields for each team winning a County Competition (Under 12 5-a-side).
      2. Certificates or other suitable mementoes will be presented to each player participating in the County Competitions (Under 11).
      3. Mementoes will be awarded to all participants (players, team officials – two per team, and match officials) in the National Finals.
  1. CONTROL
    1. The entire control and management of the competitions shall be vested in GMCSFA Council, or such committees that shall be appointed by GMCSFA Council.
    2. The rules of the game shall be those of the International Football Association Board, except as otherwise stated.
    3. All teams must be under the ultimate control of either
      1. A practising teacher, recognised as such by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, or
      2. A retired teacher, or present or past employee of the education service who has received direct approval in writing from the appropriate Local District Schools’ Football Association to undertake such responsibilities and has undergone a (FA DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check – any payment associated with this shall be the responsibility of the Local/County Schools’ Football Association.
      3. A person who has direct approval in writing from the appropriate Local or District Schools’ Football Association who:
        1. has at least a level 1 FA coaching qualification.
        2. has undergone a (FA DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check – any payment associated with this shall be the responsibility of the Local/County Schools’ Football Association. Approval may be withdrawn by the GMCSFA, or the Local District Schools’ Football Association, at any time.

Any other person assisting with or coaching a team must operate in the presence of a person who is qualified under (i) or (ii) above.

    1. All District representative teams must be under the ultimate control of either: –
      1. A practising teacher, recognised as such by the Department for Education, current employee of education service OR
      2. A retired teacher, or past employee of the education service or an Adult other than a Teacher (AOTT) who has received direct approval in writing from the appropriate the County Schools’ Football Association to undertake such responsibilities and has undergone a (FA DBS)

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      Disclosure & Barring Service check – any payment associated with this shall be the responsibility of the District Schools’ Football Association.

      (d)

      (i) Approval may be withdrawing by GMCSFA, by ESFA, by Manchester FA, at any time

      1. Any person assisting with or coaching a team must have an FA RC check and safeguarding training within the previous 3 years (either though an educational establishment or the F.A.) and operate in the presence of a person who is qualified under rule 4 (c)
      2. Associations must, at all times, comply with the FA’s/GMCSFA Safeguarding Criteria. Compliance must always be in place.
      1. An individual cannot be the named manager/coach for more than two teams within the same Association, although they can be named as assistant manager/assistant coach for more than two teams.
      1. All District Associations who run representative teams must register all team personnel with the GMCSFA as a requirement of the affiliation and must be registered with the ESFA as part of their affiliation process, prior to affiliation being approved.
      2. Any District officials and officers must undergo a (FA DBS) Disclosure & Barring Service check and must be registered with GMCSFA – any payment associated with this shall be the responsibility of the District Schools’ Football Association.
      1. THE FIELD OF PLAY

The following recommended pitch sizes for 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 youth football:

Age Group Type Length (yards) Width (yards) Goal (Height (ft) Goal Width (ft)
U9/U10/ U11 7 v 7 60 40 6 12
U11 / U12 / U13 9 v 9 80 50 7 16
U13 / U14   11 v 11 90 55 7 21*
U15 / U16   11 v 11 100 60 8 24
U17 / U18   11 v 11 110 70 8 24

If a pitch is provided for U13 / U14 it is recommended that 7 x 21 goalposts are provided. However, it should be noted that 8 x 24 would also be acceptable as not all sites will be able to provide specifically for this age group.

Artificial Turf Pitches (3G Artificial Pitches) are allowed in this Competition providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the register and must be tested (by an accredited test institute) every three years and the results passed to The FA. The home team is also responsible for advising participants of footwear requirements when confirming the match arrangements.

      1. SUBSTITUTES

‘Repeated’ substitutions are allowed in all competitions up to and including the Under 18 age group. In these age groups, a player who has been substituted during a match becomes a substitute and may, in turn, replace another player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

      1. SUBSTITUTES

‘Repeated’ substitutions are allowed in all competitions up to and including the Under 18 age group. In these age groups, a player who has been substituted during a match becomes a substitute and may, in turn, replace another player at any time subject to the substitution being carried out in accordance with Law 3 of the laws of the Game.

9 v 9 and 11 v 11 matches

Teams are permitted to use 5 substitutes from five named players.

Small-sided matches

Indoor 5-a-side – 3 named substitutes

7-a-side – 3 named substitutes

      1. PROTEST for GMCSFA Competitions
        1. Protests against decisions made in GMCSFA, shall be considered under paragraphs (d) and (e) below.

PROTEST for any District Association Schools Competitions

      1. Protests arising from competitions organised for schools by a District Schools’ Football Association shall be submitted to that District in line with the GMCSFA policy for protests, which shall apply as follows:
      2. All protests shall be in writing and shall be received at the DSFA nominated address within 2 working days of the match concerned.

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      1. No protest relative to the ground, goalposts, or other appurtenances of the game shall be considered unless a protest in writing was made to the referee before the start of the match.
      2. Any protest shall be signed by the Headteacher/Principal as acknowledgment of their approval of its submission.
      3. The (insert responsible person/committee) will gather any evidence they wish to have before making their decision.
      4. The District Schools Football Association (DSFA) will gather any evidence they wish to have before making their decision
      5. A copy of this decision must be relayed to both schools’ / teams in writing.

BOARD of APPEAL

      1. Should the complainant not be satisfied with the decision of the District Association, an appeal shall be submitted to GMCSFA in line with the ESFA policy for appeals, which shall apply as follows:
        1. Any appeal against the decision of a District Schools’ FA within the CSFA boundaries must be made within 2 working days of the receipt of the ruling that the DSFA has made.
        2. The appeal must arrive at the CSFA headquarters by letter, countersigned by the Headteacher/Principal/Association Secretary and accompanied by a School/College/Association cheque for £50. This will be returned if the appeal is upheld.
        3. The appeal will be considered by (insert responsible person/committee) and shall be final and binding on all participants.
      2. Greater Manchester County Schools (GMCSFA) will gather any additional evidence they wish to have before making their decision

PROTEST for any GMCSFA County District and Schools Competitions

      1. Protests arising from competitions organised for schools by a County Schools’ Football Association shall be submitted to GMCSFA in line with the ESFA policy for protests, which shall apply as follows:
        1. All protests shall be in writing and shall be received at the CSFA nominated address within 2 working days of the match concerned.
        2. No protest relative to the ground, goalposts, or other appurtenances of the game shall be considered unless a protest in writing was made to the referee before the start of the match.
        3. Any protest shall be signed by the Headteacher/Principal as acknowledgment of their approval of its submission.
        4. The (insert responsible person/committee) will gather any evidence they wish to have before making their decision.
        5. The District Schools Football Association (DSFA) will gather any evidence they wish to have before making their decision
        6. A copy of this decision must be relayed to both schools / District teams in writing.

BOARD of APPEAL

Should the complainant not be satisfied with the decision of the County School Association, an appeal shall be submitted to

ESFA in line with the ESFA policy for appeals, which shall apply as follows:

      1. Any appeal against the decision of a County Schools’ FA within the CSFA boundaries must be made within 2 working days of the receipt of the ruling that the CSFA has made.
      2. The appeal must arrive at the ESFA headquarters by letter, countersigned by the Headteacher/Principal/Association Secretary and accompanied by a School/College/Association cheque for £50. This will be returned if the appeal is upheld.
      3. The appeal will be considered by the ESFA Governance Committee and shall be final and binding on all participants.
      1. Protests arising from competitions organised for schools, districts or counties by the English Schools’ Football Association shall be submitted to the ESFA in line with the ESFA policy for protests, stated below;

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    1. All protests regarding ESFA national competitions shall be in writing and shall be received at the ESFA headquarters within 2 working days of the match concerned.
    2. No protest relative to the ground, goalposts, or other appurtenances of the game shall be considered unless a protest in writing was made to the referee before the start of the match.
    3. Any protest shall be signed by the Headteacher / Principal or the relevant Association Secretary as acknowledgment of their approval of its submission.
    4. The National Competitions Department (NCD) will gather any evidence they wish to have before making their decision.
    5. A copy of this decision must be relayed to both teams in writing.
    1. Should the complainant not be satisfied with the decision of the ESFA, an appeal shall be submitted to the ESFA in line with the ESFA policy for appeals, as stated below:
      1. Any appeal against the National Competitions Department (NCD) decision must be made within 2 working days of the receipt of the ruling that the NCD has made.
      2. The appeal must arrive at the ESFA headquarters by letter, countersigned by the Headteacher / Principal / Association Secretary and accompanied by a School / College / Association cheque for £50. This will be returned if the appeal is upheld.
      3. The appeal will be considered by members of a panel appointed by the ESFA Competitions Committee Chairman. The Competitions Committee shall have the power of Council to make all decisions in relation to the organisation, control, and management of any ESFA competition which shall be deemed to be the decision(s) of Council and shall be final and binding on all participants.
      1. TARGET DATES

      GMCSFAl shall fix target dates by which all matches shall be played. Failure to keep to those dates may lead to disqualification. In the event that the team secretaries are unable to agree a mutually convenient date to play the fixture, the default date for playing the match becomes the published deadline date.

      The GMCSFA Competitions Committee, access to which is via the GMCSFA office, shall have the power to

      1. Order a match to be played on, or by, the given date
      2. Grant a reasonable extension to the target deadline
      3. Expel any team from the competition.
      1. PLAYERS’ ATTIRE
        1. Where Schools or Associations have similar colours, the home team shall be entitled to retain their colours and the visiting team shall change to colours that provide a satisfactory contrast.
        2. Teams must not wear shirt advertising of a conflicting interest to that of the competition’s sponsor.
        3. Players’ shirts shall be numbered.
        4. Attire worn by players and staff must only reflect their School, College or Association and not make any reference to other football organisations.
      2. PLAYERS
        1. If GMCSFA has any doubt over the qualification of a player taking part in any competition, it shall have the power to call upon the player’s Association or School to which he or she belongs to prove that he or she is qualified according to the rules, and failing satisfactory proof the offending School or Association shall be disqualified from the competition.
        2. Mixed-gender matches shall be played in line with current FA regulations. However, in all ESFA competition matches in the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18 age groups which may involve players of mixed gender then only players from the same chronological academic year group shall take part.
        3. A player may only play for the School or College he/she is currently attending and on whose roll he/she appears at the time of the game in which he/she is playing.

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      1. A pupil shall not play for more than one School / Association / County in the same competition during any season, except by permission of GMCSFA.
      2. Pupils under the statutory school leaving age who are not on the roll of a school may apply to the ESFA to participate in representative football for the County Schools Association in which they reside.
      3. A pupil on a managed move referral is not eligible to participate in a GMCSFA / District / School competition fixtures without the permission of the GMCSFA and English Schools’ FA.
      1. MATCH ARRANGEMENTS
        1. In the National Rounds of all 11-a-side and 9-a-side competitions, extra time of 10 minutes each way (7 minutes at under 12 and 13) shall be played if the match ends in a draw. Should the scores remain equal after the conclusion of extra time, then the result shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark (taken in accordance with the recommendations of FIFA and published in the Laws of the Game).
        2. If, in the opinion of the referee, for circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, scheduled extra time in a match cannot be started or completed, a match shall be deemed to have been completed at the end of normal playing time. Penalties, if scheduled, shall then follow.
        3. Postponed or abandoned matches in the GMCSFA Schools’ or Inter Association competitions shall be played by the Saturday following the target date. Where schools are not mutually agreed on a date, then the matter will be referred to the Competitions Committee (via the GMCSFA Office).
        4. Postponed or abandoned matches in Inter Association Competitions shall be played as GMCSFA directs.
        5. In the event of any match being abandoned for any reason stated under Law 5 of The Laws of the Game, GMCSFA shall have the power to allow the score at the time of the abandonment to stand and to remove from any competition any team found guilty of causing such abandonment.
        6. There shall be a half time interval of ten minutes in all 11-a-side matches which can only be altered with the consent of the referee.
        7. All arrangements for Finals shall be subject to the approval of GMCSFA.
      2. MATCH OFFICIALS
        1. The Match Officials shall be appointed as GMCSFA shall direct. Their duties shall be accordance with the Laws of the Game as sanctioned and enforced by the International Football Association Board.
        2. In the event of a referee failing to appear, the teams involved must agree in writing upon one on the ground so that the game shall be conducted in accordance with the rules. The official so acting shall have the powers of a duly appointed referee.
        3. Match Officials for National Competitions shall be arranged by ESFA Council Members in accordance with the rules of the competition.
      3. MATCH DAYS
        1. Matches will be played on Saturdays, but a match may be played midweek where teams are mutually agreed, or, where on the application of the home team, GMCSFA considers it desirable. In the case of emergency, matches must be played on any date ordered by GMCSFA.
      4. ALTERATION OF RULES

      These rules may be altered only at a General Meeting of the Association in accordance with the principles laid down in General Rule 15.

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      Greater Manchester CSFA Schools Private Provider Application Form

      To apply for Greater Manchester CSFA Schools Private Provider Membership, please complete the below form:

      Section 1: Organisation Details

      Name of Organisation:

      Lead Contact:

      Organisation Address & Postcode:

      Contact Telephone:

      Email Address:

      FA Number (FAN):

      Section 2: Coaches Details

      Please list all coaches that currently work for your organisation in the table below (Please insert more rows if necessary):

      Coach Name Coach FA DBS Number & FA Safeguarding FA Level 1
        Number (FAN) Issuing Children Completion
          Organisation Workshop (Date Date
            Achieved)  
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               

      Section 3: Welfare Officer

      Please list individuals who are responsible for the welfare of participants within your organisation:

      Welfare Welfare DBS Number & FA FA Welfare FA
      Officer Officer FA Issuing Safeguarding Officer Safeguarding
      Name Number Organisation Children Workshop for
        (FAN)   Workshop (Date Committee
            (Date Achieved) Members
            Achieved)   (Date
                Achieved)
                 
                 

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      Section 4: Participation

      Please provide details of the sessions that you run

      Venue (Including Day Coach(s) delivering the Number of Participants
      Address)   Session  
             
             
             
             
             
             
             

      Section 5: Policies

      Insurance

      Please attach a copy of your Public Liability Insurance up to the value of £10,000,000 to your application form.

      Organisational Structure

      Please provide a copy of your organisational structure that displays shows clear reporting lines.

      Safeguarding

      Safeguarding is at the heart of what we do and it’s paramount within football provision in Greater Manchester.

      It is our expectation that private providers will at all times act in the best interest of children and young people under the age of 18. The welfare of children and young people must always be paramount.

      Please provide copies of the following documents:

      • Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy
      • Safeguarding Codes of Conducts
      • Safer Recruitment Policy

      Section 6: Business Bank Account

      Please provide the details of your Business Bank Account including Bank Name and Address.

      Section 7: Declaration

      By signing this declaration our organisation agrees to:

      • Commit to the requirements of Manchester FA’s Private Provider membership

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      • Commit to ensure that all staff and coaches that are delivering sessions are listed with Manchester FA and adhere to all safeguarding requirements including having an in-date FA DBS
      • All information provided in this application is accurate to the best of our knowledge
      • Understand that if any of the required criteria is met or information is inaccurate then our Private Provider membership may be removed.

      Name

      Role

      Signed

      Date

      Please return your completed form to membership@manchesterfa.com If you have any questions please contact Joel Buckle on membership@manchesterfa.com or 0161 225 1966.

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      Greater Manchester County Schools FA 2019 / 2020

      OFFICIAL TEAM SHEET

      Competition Title: Greater Manchester County Schools Under ___ League / Cup * delete as required

      Date:

      Home Team: : Result:

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      Away Team: :

      Venue:

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      Signed Manager of

      Result:

      Player Sin Binned, Cautioned / Sent Indicate your
      Off. To be completed by the referee Goal Scorer
         

      Referee Name:_________________________________

      Marks out of 10: /

      Please returned within 48 hours after completion of the game to:

      Mr Paul Roots

      Greater Mancheter County Schools FA

      C/o Manchester FA

      Manchester Tennis Football Centre

      9 Sportcity, Etihad Campus, Manchester Greater Manchester M11 3DU

      Are you a football fan? Would you like to get involved in some exercise or activity? Have you considered disability

      football? If not, you will now.

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      If you’ve always loved cheering for your favourite team from the stands and showing off your team’s colours, but you also want to get more active, then maybe playing disability football is the thing you need to consider.

      In the UK, the Football Association – more commonly known as the FA – has begun to support disability football initiatives in the last 20 years or so. In 1999, they established the Football Development Programme and that, combined with the launch of the English Federation of Disability Sports (EFDS) in 1998, saw the first real steps towards identifying and embracing disabled footballers and encouraging them to be a part of the beautiful game we all love.

      Disabled people who want to get involved in playing football first need to figure out which category of accessible football they want and can be a part of. The options include:

      Visually impaired and blind football

      Players of visually impaired football are classified according to the vision they have in categories B2, B3 and B4.

      Once classified, the players play the game a little differently to conventional football. For blind players, there are five players on each team and the match is played on a solid surface. Unlike the non-disabled football, there is no offside rule in blind football, and outfield players have to wear blindfolds and eye patches.

      The football contains a lot of small ball bearings. This means it makes a noise, helping the players to identify where on the pitch it is. Finally, the goalkeeper is usually not blind but she or he can’t leave their area.

      Hearing impaired and deaf football

      Unlike the other types of disability football, the rules for deaf football are no different to the rules for non-disabled players. To qualify, players must have lost 41 decibels or more of their hearing, and hearing aids must be removed before a match starts.

      Amputee football

      In amputee football, players use two elbow crutches to get around the pitch, while usually dispensing with their prosthetic limbs. Amputee football goalkeepers are normally single arm amputees.

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      Cerebral palsy football

      For this type of disability football, players with cerebral palsy who can stand up and walk gather together in teams of seven a side and play their matches on a smaller pitch. The size of the goals is also made smaller for cerebral palsy football matches.

      There is a total number of 60 minutes of match play in cerebral palsy football, divided into two halves of 30 minutes each. The offside rule is not in play in this game, and the ball can be rolled back into play as well as thrown, if preferred.

      People with cerebral palsy who are wheelchair users would play wheelchair football rather than with the cerebral palsy-specific rules.

      Dwarf football

      Similarly to cerebral palsy football, restricted growth individuals play matches on a smaller pitch, eight a side, with the match being divided into two halves of 25 minutes each. Also, a few specific rules apply – headers and sliding tackles are prohibited.

      Learning disability football

      For football players with a learning disability, a game is usually played with five players on each side. There are different organising bodies that oversee learning disability football, and each has slightly different rules, so do check the relevant rules for the type of learning disability football you will be playing.

      Wheelchair and powerchair football

      For football players who are wheelchair users, specially adapted chairs are used to engage in play. It is an indoor game, played on a pitch for five a side, and each match has two halves of 20 minutes, totalling 40 minutes altogether.

      Players can only be tackled by one player from the opposing team at a time, and there are rules about the size of the football and of the goals. Only two defending players can enter the penalty area at once.

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      Pan-disability football clubs

      Disabled football players can group together to create teams that include individuals with a range of disabilities and impairments.

      Get involved

      To find teams and clubs to join and start playing disability football across Europe, check out the disability football directory website for guidance. If there are no teams near you, find likeminded individuals and start playing. Who knows, maybe you can start your own team or a club. The point is – if you like football, there’s no excuse not to play it

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      Greater Manchester County Schools Regulations for Disability Football

      1. Scope

      REGULATIONS FOR DISABILITY FOOTBALL IN GREATER MANCHESTER

      These Regulations govern the playing of Disability Football in Greater Manchester.

      1. Structure

      GMCSFA recognises the following categories of disability:

      2.1 Learning Disability

      Players must have an intellectual disability, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). To meet this standard, the player’s IQ score must be below 75. Their intellectual disability must have been evident during the developmental period (0-18 years). Players must be in receipt of at least two of the following: special education; special accommodation; special employment, special protection; respite care; financial support. Written proof is required.

      2.2 Blind

      People who take part in blind football are classified, according to their level of sight, as B1, B2 or B3. Players in the B1 classification are considered blind (while those rated B2 and B3 are classified as visually impaired or partially sighted).

      2.2.1 B1 – From no light perception in either eye to light perception, but inability to recognise the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.

      2.2.2 B2 – From ability to recognise the shape of a hand to a visual acuity of 2/60 and/or visual field of less than 5 degrees.

      2.2.3 B3 – From visual acuity above 2/60 to visual acuity of 6/60 and/or visual field of more than 5 degrees and less than 20 degrees.

      2.3 Partially Sighted

      Players whose eyesight is classified B2 or B3 qualify as partially sighted.

      2.4 Deaf/Hearing Impaired

      Players must have an average hearing loss of 55 decibels in their better ear.

      2.5 Amputee

      Outfield players are either above or below knee single-leg amputees. They must play without prostheses on aluminium wrist-crutches. The goalkeepers must be single-arm amputees.

      2.6 Cerebral Palsy

      Players must be ambulant. Eligible participants must have a diagnosis of non- progressive brain damage with motor control dysfunction such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or similar conditions.

      1. Age Grouping

      3.1Players must be over the age of 8 years on the 1st September in any playing season in order to be eligible for Disability Football in Greater Manchester.

      3.2Disability Football will consist of the following age groupings:

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      • Under 12;
      • Under 16; and
      • Post 16.

      3.3 A player must be within the relevant age grouping as of the 1st September,

      this being the beginning of the playing season, in order to qualify for that age grouping.

      3.4 Under 12 and Under 16 age grouping will be considered as Junior Football.

      3.5 Post 16 age grouping will be considered as Senior Football.

      1. Mixed Gender

      4.1Mixed gender matches are permitted at all ages in accordance with FA

      1. Junior Football

      5.1A player aged Under 16 can only register for one club.

      5.2A junior player under the age of 16 years old shall only play within their own domestic area; any exception to be approved by the Area Association concerned.

      1. Senior Football

      6.1Senior Football will be considered as Recreational Level.

      6.2A player not holding a written contract with their club will only be registered for one disability school at a time.

      6.3 A player not holding a written contract may transfer to another school freely using the prescribed form up until the last Thursday in March inclusive.

      6.4 Players with a written contract may only transfer during the registration periods imposed by the Football Association.

      6.5These Regulations do not prevent a player with a disability being registered with a School to play in a league for Players with a disability at the same time as being registered with the same (or a different) School to play in a league which is not a league for Players with a disability.

      1. Schools

      7.1All schools must affiliate to the Greater Manchester County Schools FA.

      7.2All players must be registered with the relevant league catering for players with a disability and District Association.

      7.3All players must complete a standard registration form detailing the category of disability to ensure they meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

      7.4Upon completion of the registration form, the player must submit this to the relevant league secretary. The league will process the registration form in line with the GMCSFA registration requirements that they may, from time to time, impose.

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      7.5 All schools must participate in the GMCSFA School and District Accreditation Scheme and its requirements.

      1. Competitions

      8.1Competitions will be based on a festival structure. A festival structure is defined as a competition which schools are invited to attend over a period of one or two days.

      8.2All leagues and competitions must, in the first instance, be sanctioned by GMCSFA. Such applications shall be made direct to Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association.

      8.3In the case of annual leagues or competitions, the sanction must be renewed annually, and such applications shall be lodged with the District Association in which the league or competition is situated.

      8.4The District Association shall forward the application to Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association for their acceptance or rejection. Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association shall have absolute discretion to accept or reject an application for sanctioning of a league or competition.

      8.5Upon being sanctioned, the league or competition must provide the relevant District Association with the proposed dates of the fixtures. The details of the participants in the competition must be forwarded to the relevant District Association in advance of

      the fixture date.

      8.6Competitions will be organised on a North, West, East or South basis. North is defined as Schools within the North of Greater Manchester and the East of Greater Manchester. South is defined as the South of Greater Manchester. West is defined as the West Greater Manchester. Schools who affiliate to Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association will be permitted to participate in any North, South, East or West based festivals.

      1. Competition Rules

      9.1All games will be small sided and must be a maximum of 8 v 8.

      9.2The format of the game must be that of Under 11 Mini Football as outlined in the Mini Football Regulations.

      9.3The Under 12 age group must be non-competitive.

      9.4The Under 16 and Post 16 age groups are permitted to use a size 5 football.

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      Greater Manchester County Disability Schools Bye Laws

      Bye Law 1 When a team accrues a 3 goal advantage (3 – 0), (4 – 1), ( 5 – 2) etc then the Manager / Coach of the winning team or the referee in charge will invite the manager / Coach of the losing team to place an additional player onto his team, if not offered the manager / coach of the losing team can raise the issue with the official in charge.

      If the losing team has insufficient players to increase their team, the winning team will either

      1. Make relevant substitutions to their team to balance the skill levels, or
      2. Reduce the number of players on the pitch until the goal difference is less than 3 in front.

      Bye Law 2 When a ball goes out of play over the ‘touch line’ play may be restarted by a underarm throw in from where the ball went out of play.

      Throw ins will be on national rules, however providing the player makes best efforts to comply then a ‘foul throw’ will not be awarded unless the player seeks an unfair advantage. The opposing team will be expected to give 3 yards clearance until the ball is played. A goal cannot be scored direct from a throw in. However, as in national rules a goal can be scored direct from a corner kick.

      Bye Law 3 A goal cannot be scored direct from a kick by any player. The goalkeeper cannot score a goal direct from a kick or throw out.

      A goal kick will be awarded to the defending team should the above occur. This bye law is to encourage skills and to avoid teams playing ‘ping pong’ with the ball due to the reduced size of the pitches.

      Bye Law 4 All spectators, parents and non-players are to stand behind the official standing areas with no exceptions.

      Only players and coaches are allowed pitch side.

      Bye Law 5 Shin pads must be worn in both Open Age and Youth Leagues. Anyone not wearing them will not be allowed to play until they have them on. The referee can stop a player from entering the field of play, if no shin pads are worn.

      The coach / manager / teacher in charge is responsible for fielding players who have shin pads in place.

      No claim for injury can be made against Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association or District Association or School for injury sustained if the player is injured due to the fact the he / she is playing without shin pads.

      Bye Law 6 It is the coach / manager / teacher responsibility to inform / register their arrival and readiness to play with a committee member present. Failure to register could / may result in the loss of fixtures.

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      Teams not attending fixtures

      Cancellation of a complete evening fixtures

      If it is necessary for the committee to cancel an event, the games will be classed as postponed and will be rearranged as a ‘catch up’ event before the end of the season. (where possible)

      No points or penalties will be imposed as a result of the cancellation.

      One / both teams not attending a fixture

      The non-attending team will forfeit the points and the attending team will be awarded a home / away win, giving them the 3 points for a won game.

      If both teams do not attend the fixture will stand as being played but no teams will be awarded points. (no catch-up game will be played)

      No games will be replayed.

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      Greater Manchester County Schools football Association 2019 / 2020

      District Association sanctioned competitions

      Competitions receive sanction from Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association to demonstrate that each Competition comprises Schools and /or Districts that are affiliated to Greater Manchester County Schools FA; that each set of rules complies with FA requirements and that the Competitions may benefit from the use of registered match officials, may play against other affiliated Schools and /or District within Greater Manchester only and benefit from other services offered by The FA, The ESFA, Manchester And Greater Manchester County FAs. All Affiliated Greater Manchester CSFA sanctioning Competitions and all Competitions shall observe the Rules and Regulations of The FA. Any rule, regulation or practice of any such Association or Competition that is inconsistent with the Rules and Regulations of The FA shall be void and unenforceable. For further avoidance of doubt, the fact that a Competition has been sanctioned whether directly or indirectly by GMCSFA shall not render enforceable any such rule, regulation or practice that would otherwise be void and unenforceable under the Rules of The FA.

      In order to receive sanction from Greater Manchester County Schools Football, a Competition must have its Rules approved by the sanctioning Association and provide a list of its member schools, district and teams, all of which must be affiliated to an Affiliated Association for the appropriate season.

      Applications to form new Competitions should be directed to the Affiliated Association which has the majority of schools and /or Districts expected to participate. The application must state whether the Competition comprises new school/ district /teams or whether it proposes to invite school/ district/teams from existing Competitions. Applications to form a new Competition involving schools/district/teams from existing Competitions must allow time for the sanctioning Association to consult with the existing Competitions and relevant Associations in order to assess the impact of the new Competition before deciding whether to approve or reject the application.

      The following area of Greater Manchester which have received sanction for 2019 / 2020 are:

      Bolton

      Manchester

      Rochdale

      Salford

      Tameside

      Manchester FA

      Secondary Schools Only

      Primary and Secondary Schools Only

      Secondary Schools Only

      Primary and Secondary Schools Only

      Primary and Secondary Schools Only

      The following areas of Greater Manchester which have not submitted an application to date are:

      Bury

      Oldham

      Stockport

      Trafford

      Wigan

      Applications to be supplied to gmcsfa1@gmail.com

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      ESFA NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

      ESFA Futsal Schools’ CUP – County and District Championship

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      ESFA U13 Futsal for Boys *

      ESFA U13 Futsal for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) – District Championship* ESFA U15 Futsal for Boys Teams *

      ESFA U15 Futsal for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) – District Championship*

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Bolton Year 7 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Bolton Year 8 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Bolton Year 9 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed)

      Bolton Year 10 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Bolton Year 11 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed)

      *All the above competition shall be coordinated by Manchester FA on behalf of GMCSFA

      1. ENTRIES
        1. Schools’ Futsal Boys Cups, and Futsal Schools’ Girls’ Cups: The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association. GMCSFA has the right to fill any vacancy that may occur in the first County round.
        2. The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to Schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association. * Please this will be subject to number of entries received. GMCSFA reserves the right to remove this competition at short notice
      2. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Under 12 Only boys/girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and to their Local Association and who are under the age of 10 and who are over the age of 11 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in these competitions. (Year 7 only)
        2. Under 13 Only boys/girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and to their Local Association and who are under the age of 11 and who are over the age of 12 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in these competitions. (Year 8 only)
        3. Under 14 Only boys/girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and to their Local Association and who are under the age of 13 and who are over the age of 14 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in these competitions. (Year 9 only)
        4. Under 15 Only boys/girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and to their Local Association and who are under the age of 14 and who are over the age of 15 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in these competitions. (Year 10 only)
        5. Under 16 Only boys/girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and to their Local Association and who are under the age of 15 and who are over the age of 16 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in these competitions. (Year 11 only)
        6. Each School/Association will select a squad of 9 or 10 players.
        7. These competitions are available to mixed teams except for the 5-a-side Girls’ Cup. Note: this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football.
      3. THE COMPETITION
        1. All games throughout this competition will be played outdoors.
        2. Local Associations: For Individual Schools’ Competitions, each Local Association shall stage its own competition, providing its own Champion School to the County Competition. Full details of these District Championships must be sent to GMCSFA and to the ESFA by the 8th December

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      1. County Associations Championships will be played in the December / January in each season. The County Champions School/Association to represent the County in the appropriate ESFA Regional Competition.
      1. MATCH OFFICIALS
        1. District Championship – The Secretary of the Association shall appoint the match officials.
        2. County Championship – The Appointments Officers of the Association shall appoint the match officials.
      2. DURATION OF MATCHES – see futsal rules
      3. OTHER MATCH REGULATIONS
        1. A size of football see Futsal law 2
        2. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        3. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)

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      General Rules for Futsal

      All referee decisions are final. This includes all tournament games. There will be no confronting of any referees. Any individual who threatens a referee shall be expelled from the GMCSFA and/or Indoor facilities for a minimum of one (1) year. Management will not hear complaints concerning referees, except in writing to GMCSFA. Only coaches or captains of the team may voice a complaint. Management and the referee assignor will review all referee complaints.

      1. Violent Play: The referees are instructed to be wary of fouls (pushes, attempts to kick the opponent’s legs, etc.) downfield away from the primary action. Any player being called for any foul under these conditions will be given a yellow card and the game will restart with a direct free kick. A second offense by the same player will result in a red card.
      2. All red cards issued for fighting will result in a minimum five game suspension. The suspension begins on the day the red card is given and is served for consecutive weeks for the duration of the suspension. The player with a suspension will not be allowed to play in any other league or facility in the Indoor Sports organization.
      3. Any team that clears its bench area to become engaged in a fight with the opposing team will forfeit that game and its next regularly scheduled game. The term “bench clearing” means one or more players leaving the bench area during an altercation. A second offense by the same team will result in an ejection from GMCSFA and/or Indoor Sports for at least the remainder of the season without refund of applicable league fees.
      4. A fight that starts after the conclusion of a game will result in a forfeit for both teams of their next regularly scheduled game and possible further suspension.
      5. Due to time constraints, the clock will not be stopped for any reason except for a serious injury incurred in the last three minutes of the game if the score is within three goals and at the referee’s discretion. As player safety is our primary concern, an injury will be treated after play has been stopped, while the clock is running. The referee may put up to two minutes back on the clock after the injury is treated.
        • A referee may stop the clock in the last minute of the game for obvious game delaying tactics (i.e. kicking the ball away, standing in front of the ball, etc.). The clock will restart when the ball is kicked.
      6. Board of Appeals: Any long-term suspension may be appealed and will go through an appeals process. The appeal must be in writing. GMCSFA will make the final decision on all suspensions.
      7. If a player accumulates multiple red cards, they are subject to severe suspensions and possible banishment from GMCSFA Competitions

      Rules Specific to Youth Soccer

      1. GMCSFA reserve the right to move teams into different age group brackets for the purpose of maintaining parity. (Ex: U10B to U10A)
      2. Role of the Coach
        1. Coaches must carry with them, a copy of their current GMCSFA and/or Indoor Centre. GMCSFA approved fixture, and signed travel papers if necessary.
        2. Only two coaches per team will be allowed in the team bench area per game.
        3. All coaches are required to sign the Game Report at the conclusion of their game to acknowledge the score and winning team. Game Reports not signed by the coaches at the end of their game will be considered correct and no changes will be made to the game report.
      3. All fixtures must be submitted prior to the first game. Fixture changes MUST be made PRIOR to the 3rd game. Each team’s fixture will be FROZEN at the start of their 3rd game.
      4. The home team must change shirts if both teams are wearing the same colour. Pinnies will be available at each field by the timekeeper. Pinnies must be returned to the timekeeper at the end of the game.
      5. A forfeit will occur when:
        1. A team has less than four (4) players at the start of the game. Any team without four players at their designated game time will be given a five (5) minute grace period. The clock will start on the hour and continue to run. If other team members arrive the game will begin with the clock in progress. If at the end of the five (5) minute grace period (at the twenty-minute mark) a team still cannot field at least four (4) players, the game will be a forfeit.
        2. Forfeited games will be scored 5-0.
      6. Scheduling changes, standings, notices etc. will be posted on the website www.gmcsfa.org.uk Players/coaches are responsible for checking the website for any changes on a daily basis. Failure to check the website is not a valid excuse for missing a rescheduled game, play-off game, etc.
      7. During inclement weather all teams will be expected to report to GMCSFA and/or Indoor centre. Cancellation information will be made available on the website.
      8. No heading for U12 and below. If a ball is intentionally headed, an indirect kick is awarded for the other team.

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      “Laws of the Game” for Futsal

      All basic rules of play as described by FIFA will be used by GMCSFA and Indoor Sports venues with adaptations and exceptions as noted below.

      Law I The Field of play at GMCSFA

      Field 4: Synthetic Flooring (Elastipus Hybrid Athletic Surface) 82×65

      Law II The Ball  
      The game ball will be supplied by home team
        Division Ball Size
      Under 6 through Under 12 3
      Under 14 through Adults 4

      Law III Fixtures and Standings:

      League Standings and Tie Breaker:

      • Standings are determined by Accumulated Points (2 for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss)

      • If two teams finish with the same record and points the following, in this order determine the tie breaker:

      *Head to Head (if split then go to second tie breaker)

      *Goals Against

      *Goals For

      *Coin Flip

      Teams & Fixtures

      • The first team listed on the schedule is the home team. If both teams are wearing the same colour, each team will provide pinnies for the AWAY team to wear.
      • Fixtures are locked on week 3 of the session. GMCSFA has the right to lock the current Fixture on file if the fixture are not turned in.
      • Only players on the fixture are allowed to play.
      • A team may challenge a fixture BEFORE the start of a game. If the challenge is done at half time or after the game, the result of the game will stand.
      • Players must have a valid Membership ID in order to play.
      • If your team is short players, you may ask the Referee and opposing team if it’s ok to “Borrow” players for the day/evening. This is a gentlemen’s rule, and only is allowed if there are not enough players to play.
      • Fixture size is 10 players.

      Players on the Field

      • Each team consists of four (4) field players and a goalkeeper.
      • Minimum number of players needed to start play will be four (4), three (3) field players and a goalie.
      • Coed: At least one of the four players needed to start the game must be a female.

      Substitutions

      • Substitutions are allowed “on the fly” at any time. During substitutions the following conditions shall be observed: the player leaving the field must be off the field before the player entering the field can come on. If the official deems that the rule is violated, play is restarted with an indirect free kick.

      Changing the Goalkeeper

      • Any of the other players on a team may change places with the goalkeeper during a stoppage of play and/or provided that the referee is informed before the change is made.

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      Law IV Player Equipment:

      • Each team must have matching coloured jerseys. It is at the referee’s discretion if a team is considered to have matching jerseys.
      • Shin guards are mandatory
      • Either sneakers or soccer flats are allowed. No turf shoes or cleats.

      Law V Referees:

      • A referee will be appointed to officiate each game at all levels. Their power of penalizing shall extend to offenses committed when play has been temporarily suspended and when the ball is out of play. Their decisions connected with the game shall be final, unquestionable and shall be extended to players, coaches, and spectators. Referees have the discretionary power to stop the game for any violation (at his/her opinion) and to suspend or terminate the game whenever, by reason of the elements, interference by spectators, or other cause, he/she deems it necessary.
      • A referee shall refrain from penalizing in cases where he is satisfied that, by doing so, he would be giving an “advantage” to the offending team. If the referee applies the advantage clause and the advantage which was anticipated does not develop at that time the referee shall penalize the original.

      Law VI Timekeeper/Scorekeeper:

      • The referee will be assisted by a timekeeper supplied by TEAMWORKS and/or Indoor Sports. The timekeeper shall: (a) control the clock as instructed by the referee, (b) keep an accurate account of the score (c) supervise the timing of all “in box” penalties, (d) assist the referee (timekeeper will act as second official when necessary) and (e) prepare the game report to be signed by the referee and coach/team captain.
      • The timekeeper will receive the Referee Ticket prior to the game. No game shall start until the Referee Ticket has been turned into the timekeeper. This assures TEAMWORKS and/or Indoor Sports that the team is cleared to be on the field.
      • The timekeeper will not add additional goals to the scoreboard when there is a 5-goal difference in the score. Any additional goals scored will be kept on the game report only.

      Law VII The Duration of the Game:

      • All league matches will consist of two (2) twenty-five (25) minute “running time” halves with a two (2) minute break at half-time. No timeouts.
      • All playoff games will be a twenty-five (25) minute game. All finals will be two (2) twenty (20) minute halves.
      • A referee may stop the clock in the last minute of the game for obvious game delaying tactics (i.e. kicking the ball away, standing in front of the ball, etc.) in which the goal differential between the two teams is 2 goals or less. The clock will restart when the ball is kicked.
      • All playoff games must declare a winner. In the case of a tie at the end of regulation time, the teams will play one (five) 5-minute overtime period. The first one to score will win the game. If necessary, penalty kicks (as stated by FIFA) will then be taken to declare a winner. Penalty Kicks will be 3 players. Any player can be amongst the 3 shooters whether they were on the field or not. Anyone on the fixture may shoot. Shooters can only go again once a team has gone through the entire fixture. If it is a Co-ed game, then 1 of the 5 shooters must be female. If still tied after the 5 shooters, then it is sudden death penalty kicks.

      Law VIII Start of Play:

      • The team listed first on the schedule will be considered the home team.
      • The home team will kick off the ball.
      • The ball may be kicked either forward or backward. Every player shall be on their own side of the field and at least five yards from the ball or outside the centre circle. The kicker may not play the ball again until it has been touched by another player.
        1. Kick-offs are Direct Kicks. (A goal can be scored directly from the kick-off.)
        2. The teams shall switch sides at half-time.
        3. Stoppages of play for any unforeseen reason shall be restarted by an indirect kick by the team that, in the referee’s discretion, last had possession of the ball.

      Law IX Ball In and Out of Play:

      • The ball is out of play when it crosses the end line or side-line in whole. Restarts for balls going out of bounds shall be an indirect free kick from the point closest to where the ball went out of bounds.

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      • Balls kicked up into and touching the ceiling will be restarted by an indirect free kick from the place where the ball hit the ceiling.
      • The defending team shall stand at least three (3) yards from the ball for all free kicks and kick-ins.
      • The offensive team, including the goalkeeper, shall have five (5) seconds to put the ball back into play once they are in possession of the ball. Failure to do so will result in the ball being turned over to the opposing team with an indirect free kick. If the goalkeeper does not play the ball in five (5) seconds the opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick outside the penalty area.
      • After a save, the goalkeeper must put the ball back into play by a goalie throw to another player or by playing it to his/her feet. There will be no punting or drop kicking of the ball by a goalkeeper. If this occurs, the result will be an indirect kick for the opposing team at the closest spot outside the goal box.
      • Goalkeeper may not dribble back into the sphere and pick it up.

      Law X Method of Scoring:

      • A goal is scored when the ball passes completely over the goal line between the goal posts and under the cross bar.
      • The team with the greatest number of goals shall be declared the winner. If at the end of play, teams have the same number of goals the game shall be considered a draw.

      Law XI Off-sides:

      • There is no off-sides rule in the game of futsal

      Law XII Fouls and Misconduct:

      1. A direct free kick will be awarded if a player:
        • Fixture size is 10 players.
        • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
        • Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
        • Jumps at an opponent
        • Charges an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner • Charges an opponent from behind
        • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
        • Holds an opponent
        • Pushes an opponent
        • Charges the goalkeeper while he/she possesses the ball in their hands
        • Slides or slide tackles – any sort of slide by a field player whether going for the ball or not, no matter if contact is made or not, is considered a slide

      If any of the above is committed by a defending player within the penalty area, a penalty kick should be awarded against their team.

      1. Starting in September of 2019 the following will be a direct free kick.
        • Kicks the ball while on the ground (Dangerous play)
        • Obstructs an opponent with no attempt to play the ball
      2. An indirect free kick will be awarded if a player:
        • When playing as a goalkeeper and within their own penalty area;
        • The goalie picks up the ball if the ball is deliberately passed back to the goalkeeper by their own teammate.
        • Goalkeeper may not dribble back into penalty/goal kick area and pick up the ball. This will result in an indirect free kick for the opponent at the top of the penalty / goal area of at the side, etc. closest to where the GK committed the infraction.
        • Indulges in time-wasting tactics.

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      • Six Foul Rule – If a team accumulates six fouls within a game, a penalty kick is awarded from the spot. Accumulated fouls are only direct free kick fouls.
      1. A two-minute penalty will be awarded if a player: • Persistently infringes the laws of the game
        • Delays the restart of play
        • Shows dissent by word or action
        • Enters the field before the player they are substituting for is within one (1) yard of the bench
        • In the opinion of the referee commits a foul that is reckless or uses disproportionate force
        • Holds an opponent or opponents clothing in order to impede their movement
        • Steps onto the field of play with inappropriate or missing equipment (such as playing without shin-guards, dangerous jewellery etc.)

      When a player receives a two-minute penalty, that player will serve the two minutes in the penalty box, and his/her team will play short-handed for the two minutes. In the event of a goal by the opposing team, the team is no longer required to play short-handed.

      If a goalkeeper is given a two-minute penalty, another player from the team may serve the penalty for the goalkeeper.

      If players from each team simultaneously receive two-minute penalties, both players must serve the entire penalty regardless of any goal being scored during that time.

      1. A yellow card will be awarded if a player:
        • Persistently infringes the laws of the game and has already received a two-minute penalty for this action
        • Shows by word or action, dissent with any decision by the referee
        • Is being guilty of ungentlemanly conduct.

      After a yellow card offense, play will resume with a direct free kick. The team plays shorthanded for 5 minutes regardless of how many goals the other team scores.

      1. A red card will be awarded if a player:
        • Is guilty of serious foul play
        • Is guilty of violent conduct
        • Uses foul or abusive language
        • Is guilty for the second time of a caution able offense.

      The red card must be shown to the player, the player must leave the field, the bench area and facility. The expelled player will automatically be suspended for one week and may receive additional suspension depending on the severity of the incident. After a red card offense, play will resume with a direct free kick. (If the expelled player is involved with other teams in other leagues and/or nights that player will not be able to play until the suspension has expired.)

      After a red card offense, play will resume with a direct free kick. The team plays shorthanded for 5 minutes regardless of how many goals the other team scores.

      Any player who has been shown a red card before the match begins may be replaced by another player.

      Players/coaches may not sit in the team’s bench area when they are serving a suspension.

      Law XIII Free Kick:

      • As stated by FIFA with the following additions:
      • All players on the opposing team must be at least three (3) yards from the ball when the free kick is being taken.
      • If the team taking the free kick takes more than six (6) seconds the opposing team gets an indirect kick.
      • If a foul resulting in an indirect free kick is called within the defending team’s goalie box, the ball shall be placed at the closest point on the edge of the goalie box.
      • Whoever kicks the ball into play on a free kick may not play the ball again until another player has played the ball. (Ex. Players cannot use the boards to play the ball to themselves.)

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      Law XIV Penalty Kick:

      • Penalty kicks will be taken from the penalty spot on each field, which is the penalty kick spot
      • The designated shooter must shoot towards the goal. They cannot pass it to a teammate. If they do pass it to a teammate and indirect kick will be awarded to the other team from the penalty kick spot.
      • A goal keeper is permitted to move his feet while remaining on the line (i.e. moving sideways or up and down), but is not permitted to come off the line by stepping or lunging forward until the ball has been played. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward.

      Law XV Throw-In:

      • There will be no throw-ins. There will only be kick-ins which are indirect free kicks.

      Law XVI Goal Kick:

      • A goal kick will be taken by the defending team any time a ball leaves the area of play over the end line and was last touched by the attacking team. The goal kick is taken from the ground.
      • The goal kick may be taken from anywhere within the penalty area.
      • Goal Kicks are INDIRECT kicks.

      Law XVII Corner Kick:

      • A corner kick will be taken by the attacking team any time a ball leaves the area of play over the end line and was last touched by the attacking team
      • The corner kick shall be taken from the designated spot on each field.
      • Corner kicks are DIRECT kicks.

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      ESFA NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

      ESFA DANONE NATIONS’ CUP – County and District Championship

      (UNDER 11 SMALL SIDED COMPETITIONS)

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Stockport Primary Schools Competition Tameside Primary Schools Competition

      B, D and F

      B, D and F

      1. NAME
        1. ESFA Danone Nations U11 7-a-side Schools’ Cup for School Teams – County Championship
        2. ESFA Danone Nations U11 7-a-side Schools’ Cup for School Teams – District Championship
        3. ESFA Danone Nations U11 7-a-side Schools’ Cup for Girls – County Championship
        4. ESFA Danone Nations U11 7-a-side Schools’ Cup for Girls – District Championship
        5. ESFA Danone Nations U11 Small Schools’ Soccer Sevens – County Championship
        6. ESFA Danone Nations U11 Small Schools’ Soccer Sevens – District Championship
        7. ESFA Danone Nations U11 7-a-side Inter Association Trophy – County Championship
        8. ESFA Danone Nations U11 7-a-side Inter Association Trophy – District Championship
      2. ENTRIES
      1. Schools/Associations in affiliated membership with the English Schools’ Football Association.
      2. To be eligible to enter the Small Schools’ Soccer Sevens, the affiliated school must have fewer than 100 pupils on Roll in Key Stage

      Two, and not more than 30 pupils in Year 6 as of 1st September. Schools that qualify for the Small Schools’ Soccer Sevens may enter that competition OR the Schools’ Cup for School Teams – not both.

      1. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
      2. Only boys/girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and to their Local Association and who are under the age of 11 and who are over the age of 9 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in these competitions. (Year 5 and 6 only)
      3. Each School/Association will select a squad of 10 players.
      4. These competitions are available to mixed teams except for the 7-a-side Girls’ Cup. Note: this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football.
      5. THE COMPETITION
      6. All games throughout this competition will be played outdoors.
      7. Local Associations: For Individual Schools’ Competitions, each Local Association shall stage its own competition, providing its own Champion School to the County Competition. Full details of these District Championships must be sent to GMCSFA and to the ESFA by the 8th December
      8. County Associations Championships will be played in the December / January in each season. The County Champions School/Association to represent the County in the appropriate ESFA Regional Competition.
      9. MATCH OFFICIALS
        1. District Championship – The Secretary of the Association shall appoint the match officials.
        2. County Championship – The Appointments Officers of the Association shall appoint the match officials.
      10. DURATION OF MATCHES
        1. Matches will consist of two periods of seven minutes with the teams changing straight round at half time.
        2. Teams should play in “league format”, followed by a “knock-out” section to determine the Champion School/Association. This two-section competition will ensure that every team will play more than one game. In the League Section, a win will gain 3 points, and a draw will gain 1 point. Should teams share a qualifying position in the league the position shall be decided on goal difference. Should points and goal difference be equal the winners shall be the team scoring the most goals. If this fails to determine the winning team, the position shall be decided by a play-off in accordance with 6(c).
        3. If the scores are level at the end of normal time in a “knock-out” section of the Competition, play will continue for a period of six minutes, three minutes each way. If this fails to determine the winning team, the position will be decided by penalty kicks, taken in accordance with the regulation of FIFA, as published in the Laws of the Game.

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      Where the National Final ends in a draw, extra-time shall be played. If the game remains a draw, the Trophy shall be shared.

      1. OTHER MATCH REGULATIONS
        1. A size 4 football shall be used.
        2. ESFA recommends that (i) the pitch sizes should follow the FA regulations for mini soccer for children age ten years or over and (ii) goalposts should be 12 ft wide and 6 ft high. It is recognised that local conditions may require of compromise in dimensions.
        3. Offside: The law relating to Offside does not apply in these competitions.
        4. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        5. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)

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      ESFA UNDER 12 INDOOR 5-A-SIDE CUPS – District Championship

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitle “General Competition Rules”.

      • NAME

      ESFA Under 12 Indoor 5-a-side Cup for Boys – District Championship

      ESFA Under 12 Indoor 5-a-side Cup for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) – District Championship

      • ENTRIES

      The Trophies shall be offered for annual competition to schools’ in affiliated membership with the English Schools’ FA.

      • ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Only bona-fide boys and girls receiving full-time education in accordance with the Education Acts, on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and who are over the age of 11 and under the age of 12 at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this Competition. (Year 7 only)
        2. Each school will select a squad of 8 players (see playing rules).
      • THE COMPETITION
        1. All games throughout this Competition will be played indoors.
        2. District Associations: Each District Association shall stage its own Competition, providing its Champion School to the Council Member concerned by 8th December
      • MATCH OFFICIALS
        1. District Association shall appoint the Match Officials for the District Association Competition.

      7DURATION OF MATCHES

        1. Matches will consist of two periods of 5 (five) minutes, with teams changing straight round at half-time.
        2. Teams should play in a “league” format, followed by a “knock-out” section to determine the Champion School. This two section Competition will ensure that every team plays more than one game. In the League Section, a win will gain 3 points, and a draw will gain 1 point. Should teams share the first position in the league the position will be decided on goal difference. Should points and goal difference be equal the winners shall be the team scoring the most goals. If this fails to determine the winning team, the position shall be decided by a play-off in accordance with

      (c).

        1. If the scores are level at the end of normal time in a “knock-out” section of the Competition, play will continue for a further period of six minutes, three minutes each way. If this fails to determine the winning team, the position will be decided by penalty kicks, taken in accordance with the recommendations of FIFA, as published in the Laws of the Game.
      1. OTHER MATCH REGULATIONS
        1. Size of ball: A size 4 indoor ball shall be used.
        2. Goal Posts: Should be 16 feet long and 4 feet high (5 metres by 1.4 metres).
        3. Pitch: The goal area should be a semi-circle of 25 feet (7.5 metres) radius, with the penalty spot placed 20 feet (6 metres) from the centre of each goal. The playing area will vary according to the facilities available.
        4. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        5. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)

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      5-A-SIDE INDOOR COMPETITION – PLAYING RULES

      The Laws of the Game shall apply, except where noted, as follows:

      1.

      (a) Each game is to be played by two teams of five players. Three substitutes shall be allowed at any time. A player who has been substituted during a match becomes a substitute and may, in turn, replace another player at any time.

      1. One player from each team shall be the goalkeeper, whose dress must be distinct from that of the other players and the referee.
      2. Players must wear shin pads and training shoes. Normal “outdoor” football boots or boots with blades are not allowed.
      1. The time of the game shall be controlled either by the referee or by an independent timekeeper.
      2. Play is started or restarted by the referee dropping the ball on the centre mark between one player of each team. The ball is not in play until it has reached the floor.
        1. (a)The ball shall not intentionally be played above a height of two metres. Infringement of

      this rule will result in an indirect free kick being awarded to the opposing team from the place ball was last played.

      where the

      1. Should a goalkeeper propel the ball above a height of two metres in the course of making a save then, providing the ball remains within the goal area, the goalkeeper shall have possession of the ball for him to release it into play in the normal fashion.
      2. Only the goalkeeper is allowed inside the penalty area.
      1. (a)Only the goalkeeper is allowed inside the penalty area
        1. Defending players entering this area intentionally and gaining to seek an advantage will be penalized by a penalty kick.
        2. The goalkeeper must not come out of the area and play the ball. If infringed a penalty shall be awarded and taken from 30 centimetres outside of the goal area.
        3. The goalkeeper must release the ball into play by rolling it underarm with the arm below horizontal. Otherwise the goalkeeper must comply with the Laws of the Game (i.e. release the ball into play with his feet provided that the ball has not been controlled with the hands or arms or release the ball with his feet if he has received the ball directly from one of his colleagues). Any infringement of this rule shall be the award of an indirect free kick taken three metres outside the goal area.

      (e) When a goalkeeper passes the ball to a colleague (either by throwing or kicking), the ball cannot be played directly back to the goalkeeper – it has to be via a third party. Any infringement of this rule shall be the award of an indirect free kick taken two metres outside the goal area.

      (f) If the ball is played over the boundary line behind the goal by any player, then the ball will be

      returned to

      the goalkeeper for play to be restarted by an underarm throw.

      1. (a)Players shall stand at least three metres away from the ball when an opponent is taking a free

      kick.

      (b) In the event of a free kick being awarded adjacent to the penalty area or to a rebound surface shall be moved to a point one metre from that boundary, but not nearer to the opponent’s goal.

      then the ball

      (c) If the ball is played over the boundary line behind the goal by any player, then the ball will be the goalkeeper for play to be restarted by an underarm throw.

      returned to

      1. (a) Penalty kicks shall be taken from the penalty mark or, if necessary, from a point one metre outside the penalty area (where no appropriate penalty mark is indicated)
        1. A player taking a penalty kick may not take more than two steps before striking the ball.
      2. Sliding tackles on an opponent shall be deemed as foul play punished by a free kick to the opposing team.
      3. The Law regarding offside shall not apply.
      4. Ideally the pitch will be surrounded by a rebound surface off which the ball can be played without penalty. If such a surface is not available, or the ball is played over the surround without the playing rules being infringed, the ball shall be returned into play by the referee dropping the ball between two opponents at a point one metre into the playing area from where the ball left the playing area boundary.

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      GMCSFA UNDER 12 and UNDER 13 9-A-SIDE SCHOOLS’ CUPS

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 12 9-a-side Schools’ Cup GMCSFA Under 12 9-a-side Schools’ Plate *

      GMCSFA Under 12 9-a-side Schools’ Cup for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) GMCSFA Under 12 9-a-side Schools’ Plate for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) * GMCSFA Under 13 9-a-side Schools’ Cup

      GMCSFA Under 13 9-a-side Schools’ Plate*

      GMCSFA Under 12 9-a-side Schools’ Cup for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) GMCSFA Under 13 9-a-side Schools’ Plate for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) *

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Bolton Year 7 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Bolton Year 8 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 7 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 7 Schools’ League (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 7 Schools’ League for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Manchester Year 8 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 8 Schools’ League (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 8 Schools’ League for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Rochdale Year 7 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Rochdale Year 7 Schools’ League (Mixed) Rochdale Year 8 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Rochdale Year 8 Schools’ League (Mixed) Salford Year 7 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Salford Year 7 Schools’ Plate (Mixed) Tameside Schools’ Year 7 League (Mixed) Tameside Schools’ Year 8 League (Mixed)

      1. ENTRIES
        1. Schools’ Cups/Plates, and Schools’ Girls’ Cups/Plates: The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association. GMCSFA has the right to fill any vacancy that may occur in the first County round.
        2. The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to Schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association. * Please this will be subject to number of entries received. GMCSFA reserves the right to remove this competition at short notice
      2. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Schools’ Cup and Schools’ Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the GMCSFA and who are over the age of 11 years and under the age of 12 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition.

      (Year 7 only)

      1. Girls’ Schools’ Cup and Girls Schools’ Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the ESFA and who are over the age of 10 years and under the age of 12 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Years 6 & 7 girls only)
      1. THE COMPETITION
        1. The matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all other school games.
        2. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        3. The ball shall be size 4.
        4. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        5. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      2. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 30 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 60 minutes, the Team Managers of the competing teams and the referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 50 minutes (25 minutes each way).

      Goalpost and pitch size guide

      The correct size goal posts for this format of football is 16 ft x 7 ft, although 21 ft x 7 ft can be used. Pitch size should be no greater than 80 x 50 yards.

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      GMCSFA UNDER 13 INTER ASSOCIATION TROPHIES

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 13 Inter Association League Championship GMCSFA Under 13 Inter Association Trophy

      1. ENTRIES

      The League Championship and Trophy shall be offered for annual competition amongst affiliated District Associations in Greater Manchester.

      1. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

      Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts, who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the District Association, over the age of 12 years and under the age of 13 years at midnight between 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to play in this Competition. (Years 8)

      1. THE COMPETITION
        1. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        2. Matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all other Inter Association matches with the exception of the ESFA Under 13 Inter Association Trophy.
        3. The ball shall be size 4.
      1. The Semi Finals and Final shall be played on grounds approved by GMCSFA.
      2. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
      3. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      1. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 35 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 70 minutes the Secretaries of the competing teams and the referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 60 minutes (30 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 13 SCHOOLS’ CUPS

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 13 Schools’ Cup GMCSFA Under 13 Schools’ Plate

      GMCSFA Under 13 9-a-side Schools’ Cup for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) GMCSFA Under 13 9-a-side Schools’ Plate for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) *

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Bolton Schools Year 8 Town Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 8 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 8 Schools’ League (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 8 Schools’ League for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Rochdale Year 8 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Rochdale Year 8 Schools’ League (Mixed) Salford Year 8 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Salford Year 8 Schools’ Plate (Mixed) Tameside Schools Year 8 League (Mixed)

      1. ENTRIES
        1. Schools’ Cup, Schools’ Plate: The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools’ Football Association. GMCSFA has the right to fill any vacancy that may occur in the first national round.
      2. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Schools’ Cup and Small Schools’ Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the GMCSFA and who are over the age of 12 years and under the age of 13 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Year 8 only)
      3. THE COMPETITIONS
        1. The matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all school games.
        2. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        3. The ball shall be size 4.
        4. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        5. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      4. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 35 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 70 minutes, the team managers of the competing teams and the referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 60 minutes (30 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 14 INTER ASSOCIATION TROPHIES

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 14 Inter Association League Championship GMCSFA Under 14 Inter Association Trophy

      1. ENTRIES

      The League Championship and Trophy shall be offered for annual competition amongst affiliated District Associations in Greater Manchester.

      1. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

      Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts, who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the District Association, over the age of 13 years and under the age of 14 years at midnight between 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to play in this Competition. (Years 9 only)

      1. THE COMPETITION
        1. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        2. Matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all other Inter Association matches with the exception of the ESFA Under 15 Inter Association Trophy.
        3. The ball shall be size 4.
      1. The Semi Finals and Final shall be played on grounds approved by GMCSFA.
      2. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
      3. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      1. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 35 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 70 minutes the Secretaries of the competing teams and the referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 60 minutes (30 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 14 SCHOOLS’ CUPS

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 14 Schools’ Cup GMCSFA Under 14 Schools’ Plate

      GMCSFA Under 14 Schools’ Cup for Girls 9-a-side (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) GMCSFA Under 14 Schools’ Plate for Girls 9-a-side (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) *

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Bolton Year 9 Schools Town Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 9 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 9 Schools’ League (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 9 Schools’ League for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Rochdale Year 9 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Rochdale Year 9 Schools’ League (Mixed) Salford Year 9 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Salford Year 9 Schools’ Plate (Mixed) Tameside Year 9 Schools League (Mixed)

      1. ENTRIES

      (a) Schools’ Cup, Schools’ Plate; The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated with the Greater Manchester County Schools’ Football Association. GMCSFA has the right to fill any may occur in the first national round.

      membership vacancy that

      1. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Schools’ Cup, Schools’ Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the GMCSFA and who are over the age of 13 years

      and under the age of 14 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Year 9 only)

      1. THE COMPETITION
        1. The matches shall be played on the cup tie principle and shall take place over all other school games.
        2. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        3. The ball shall be a size 4.
        4. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        5. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      2. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 35 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 70 minutes, the Secretaries of the competing teams and the Referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 60 minutes (30 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 15 INTER ASSOCIATION TROPHY

      INTRODUCTION

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA M.E.N Under 15 Inter Association League GMCSFA Under 15 Inter Association County Cup GMCSFA Under 15 Inter Association Woodhead Cup

      1. ENTRIES

      The Trophy shall be offered for annual competition amongst affiliated District Associations in Greater Manchester.

      1. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

      Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts, who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the local Association, over the age of 14 years and under the age of 15 years at midnight between 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to play in this Competition. (Years 10 only)

      1. THE COMPETITION
        1. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        2. Matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all other Inter Association matches with the exception of the ESFA under 15 Inter Association Trophy
        3. The ball shall be size 5.
        4. The Semi Finals and Final shall be played on grounds approved by GMCSFA.
        5. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        6. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      2. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 40 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 80 minutes the Secretaries of the competing teams and the referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 70 minutes (35 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 15 SCHOOLS’ CUPS

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 15 Schools’ Cup GMCSFA Under 15 Schools’ Plate

      GMCSFA Under 15 Schools’ Cup for Girls 9-a-side (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) GMCSFA Under 15 Schools’ Plate for Girls 9-a-side (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) *

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Bolton Year 10 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 10 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 10 Schools’ League (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 10 Schools’ League for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Rochdale Year 10 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Rochdale Year 10 Schools’ League (Mixed) Salford Year 10 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Salford Year 10 Schools’ Plate (Mixed) Tameside Schools Year 10 League (Mixed)

      1. ENTRIES
        1. Schools’ Cup, Schools’ Plate: The Cup and plate shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools’ Football Association. GMCSFA has the right to fill any vacancy that may occur in the first round.
      2. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Schools’ Cup, Schools’ Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the GMCSFA and who are over the age of 14 years and under the age of 15 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Year 10 only)
        2. Girls’ Cup: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to GMCSFA and who are over the age of 13 years and under the age of 15 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Years 9 & 10 girls only)
      3. THE COMPETITIONS
        1. The matches shall be played on a cup tie principal and shall take precedence over all other school games.
        2. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        3. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        4. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      4. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 40 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 80 minutes, the Secretaries of the competing teams and the Referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 70 minutes (35 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 16 SCHOOLS’ CUPS

      Introduction

      The rules stated below shall be addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 16 Schools’ Cup for Boys GMCSFA Under 16 Schools’ Plate for Boys

      GMCSFA Under 16 Schools’ Cup for Girls 9-a-side (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) GMCSFA Under 16 Schools’ Plate for Girls 9-a-side (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) *

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      Bolton Year 11 Schools’ Town Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 11 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Manchester Year 11 Schools’ League (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 11 Schools’ League for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Rochdale Year 11 Schools’ Cup (Mixed)

      Rochdale Year 11 Schools’ League (Mixed) Salford Year 11 Schools’ Cup (Mixed) Salford Year 11 Schools’ Plate (Mixed) Tameside Schools Year 11 League (Mixed)

      1. ENTRIES

      Schools’ Cup, Schools’ Plate: The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the Greater Manchester County Schools’ Football Association. GMCSFA has the right to fill any vacancy that may occur in the first round.

      1. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Schools’ Cup and Schools’ Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the GMCSFA and who are over the age of 15 years and under the age of 16 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Year 11 only)
        2. Girls’ Cup and Girls Plate: Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to the GMCSFA and who are over the age of 14 years and under the age of 16 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition. (Years 10 & 11 girls only)
      2. THE COMPETITIONS
        1. The matches shall be played on a cup tie principal and shall take precedence over all other school games.
        2. The draw will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk) DURATION OF MATCHES
        3. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        4. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      3. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 40 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 80 minutes, the Secretaries of the competing teams and the Referee may decide that the duration of play shall be 70 minutes (35 minutes each way).

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      GMCSFA UNDER 19 SCHOOLS’ TROPHIES (BOYS & GIRLS)

      INTRODUCTION

      The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitled “General Competition Rules”.

      1. NAME

      GMCSFA Under 19 Schools’ Trophy for Boys GMCSFA Under 19 Schools’ Trophy for Girls GMCSFA Under 19 Colleges’ Trophy for Boys GMCSFA Under 19 Colleges’ Trophy for Girls

      Greater Manchester County Schools FA has sanctioned the following 2019 / 2020 Schools’ competitions:

      1. ENTRIES
        1. The Trophies shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the GMCSFA.
        2. Schools entering this competition will not be allowed to enter the Under 18 Colleges’ Trophy.
        3. Colleges entering this competition will not be allowed to enter the Under 18 Schools’ Trophy
      2. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
        1. Only bona-fide scholars receiving full time education in accordance with the Education Acts who are on the roll of a school affiliated to GMCSFA and who are over the age of 16 years and under the age of 19 years at midnight between the previous 31st August and 1st September shall be allowed to take part in this competition (Year 12 to 14). Students on courses based upon day- release are ineligible to take part in this competition.
      3. THE COMPETITIONS
        1. The matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all other school games.
        2. The draws will be published on the GMCSFA website (www.gmcsfa.org.uk)
        3. Equipment: Shin guards are mandatory
        4. Player Electronic registration – see SCORY Rule 6 (b) and (e)
      4. DURATION OF MATCHES

      The duration of each match shall be 45 minutes each way. If it is deemed inadvisable to play for 90 minutes, the Secretaries of the competing teams and the Referee may decide that the duration of play shall be no less than 80 minutes (40 minutes each way).

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      Mini Football Rules & Regulations

      Greater Manchester County Schools’ Football Association sanctioned Primary School Competitions for 2019 / 2020

      Manchester Year 3 and Year 4 (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 3 and Year 4 for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football)

      Manchester Year 5 and Year 6 (Mixed)

      Manchester Year 5 and Year 6 for Girls (this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football)

      Salford Primary School League

      Tameside Year 1 and Year 2 (Mixed) Festival

      Tameside Year 1 and Year 2 for Girls Festival this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Tameside Year 3 and Year 4 (Mixed) Festival

      Tameside Year 3 and Year 4 for Girls Festival this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Tameside Year 5 and Year 6 for Girls Festival this competition is specifically designed to aid the development of girls’ football) Tameside (North) Holmes Cup

      Tameside (South) Kiley Cup

      Tameside Heywood Cup

      Tameside Milea Supplementary Cup

      Tameside Kate Stonehewer Supplementary Cup

      Tameside Emma Toone Trophy

      MINI FOOTBALL INTRODUCTION

      Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association (GMCSFA) recognises that children do not perform the same as adults in an 11-a-side game. Therefore, a modified version is required to meet the developmental needs of young players while maintaining all the features and essence of the full game. Mini Football is recognised by the FA as the only form of football in England for children Under 11 years of age.

      WHAT IS MINI FOOTBALL

      Mini Football is a modified version of the 11-a-side game. It gives children the chance to play real football, for a real team, whilst experiencing an enjoyable and fun introduction to football through small sided games.

      MEETING THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN

      All available research shows that children have more fun and learn more playing a game within smaller teams. Mini Football is therefore ideal for girls and boys under 11 years of age in terms of maximizing their enjoyment and technical/skill development.

      IF CHILDREN ARE TO ENJOY AND TAKE PART IN FOOTBALL THEY NEED TO:

      Take an active part in the game and have fun without any pressure from parents, coaches or managers.

      Learn to play within a team.

      Understand and observe the rules of football.

      Develop the skills and techniques to play football.

      Be able to take part whatever their ability.

      Have plenty of contact with the ball.

      KEY VALUES OF MINI FOOTBALL

      Mini football is for girls and boys aged 5 to 11 of all abilities who are interested in football (all children of primary school age). The GMCSFA believes that children should learn how to compete to win fairly, skilfully and within the rules of the game. At this age striving to win is more important than the outcome, winning is not everything, making the effort is.

      Mini Football:

      Recognises that children do not perform and compete as adults and therefore its rules are adapted to meet the needs of children. Has all the features of real football for children. Recognises the value of competitiveness for children and provides an appropriate environment. Sets a standard and a framework of behaviour on and off the pitch. Is for boys and girls regardless of their ability.

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      SKILL DEVELOPMENT

      There is more contact with the ball in Mini Football leading to a better technique. In 11v11 the ratio of ball to outfield players is 1:20, because there are fewer players in Mini Football each player has more regular contact with the ball. More contact with the ball helps players practice technique and develop technique into a skill through 1v1 competition.

      Decision making is easier and occurs more often because of the small numbers involved. As a result, the players will gain a greater understanding of the game. The basic football situations are easier to see and simpler to solve.

      Because the ball is never far away from the player, the chance of developing concentration is greatly increased. Playing 11-a-side football, many children lose interest in the game because the ball goes out of their immediate vicinity and they quickly become bored spectators.

      Fewer players, more space and simpler decisions will encourage more movement of players whatever the situation.

      More contact leads to more participation and usually, more enjoyment, success is easier to achieve.

      MINI FOOTBALL IS THE BASIS OF ALL FOOTBALL

      Small sided games have been played for hundreds of years in the street, the playground, or on the beach and many professional teams use them as the basis for their coaching. They invariably lead to basic football situations, such as, 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 so typical of the 11-a-side game. Mini-football, through its dynamic tempo, produces more vigorous exercise than 11-a-side football and so helps to improve children’s core components of fitness – speed, agility, balance and coordination.

      ORGANISATION OF MINI FOOTBALL

      The general aim of Mini Football is to provide a safe, supervised environment for children to enjoy their introduction to the game.

      1 Playing Surface

      1.1 Mini football pitches must be specifically laid out on any suitable open spaces or conventional grass or Astroturf football pitches which can be converted for Mini-Football.

      1.2 There must be no debris or dangerous hazards either on the field of play or in the immediate surrounding area.

      1.3 Markings must be laid out with the use of conventional lines, marker discs or small cones.

      2. Playing Equipment

      2.1 Children must wear footwear suitable to the surface being played on.

      2.2 All children must wear suitable shin guards. (mandatory)

      2.3 All jewellery must be removed.

      3. Organisation of Games, Festivals and Fun Days

      3.1 The GMCSFA believe that the game of Mini Football provides children with the necessary introduction to competition. The game itself is a sufficient skill development challenge for children.

      3.2 As a consequence no league competition must be organised (or will be sanctioned) involving Mini Football, save for the exemption set out under clause 3.5 below.

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      3.3 Matches can be scheduled in a number of different ways to be determined by the Junior League:

      3.3.1 On a ‘Home and Away’ basis as determined by the organising junior school league.

      3.3.2 On a round robin basis where 3 or 4 teams play at one venue against each other, teams can rotate on and off the pitch having rest breaks when not playing.

      3.3.3 On a festival basis where a number of teams play round robin games at a central venue. Each team plays against each of the other teams, until all of the teams have played against each other OR have played a suitable number of games in line with point 11.

      3.4 Schools affiliated to GMCSFA or its District Associations may organise one- or two-day competitive tournaments with the approval of the relevant association and with the written consent of the players’ parents or guardians.

      3.5 League and Knockout competitions may be organised for the 9v9 Mini Football format where children from Academic Year seven (7) are involved.

      1. ‘Behind the Line, Behind the Team’ Campaign.

      This is mandatory at all Mini Football age groups. As a consequence, at all Mini Football games school and districts must: –

      4.1 Create a ‘Buffer zone’ that runs parallel to pitch, ideally 2 metres from both touchlines, a smaller buffer zone can be used where space doesn’t allow 2 metres.

      4.2 Buffer zone should be marked by cones or additional marked line.

      4.3 Only players, designated coaches and 1st Aider allowed within zone.

      4.4 All other spectators must watch from behind the buffer zone lines.

      4.5 NO spectators are allowed to stand on the goal line or behind the goal.

      THE RULES OF MINI FOOTBALL

      The rules are simple and as near to real football as possible. A game leader, who is urged to be as flexible as possible with the players must supervise the game from the touchline.

      Rules are explained as the game proceeds (for example hand ball). It may also be necessary to demonstrate in certain instances how to restart the game (e.g. throw in, corner kicks).

      1. Players Eligible

      1.1 Mini Football is for boys and girls in Academic Years one (1) to six (6).

      1.2 An Area Association can extend in its area the scope and application of the Mini Football Regulations to cover Academic Year seven (7) (refer to FAW Rules 67 and 69.4). For the format and rules for Academic Year 7 refer to clause 18. (9v9 Mini Football) in these regulations.

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      1.3 Mixed football (girls and boys playing together) is permitted for Academic Years one (1) to six (6).

      2. Age Groups

      2.1 Must be a minimum of a one academic year and a maximum of two academic years.

      2.2 A mini player must participate in the age group relevant to their academic year as defined by these regulations and the structure of the league they play in.

      2.3 For the purposes of age groupings, an academic year begins on the 1st September and ends on the 31st August of the following year.

      Academic year one is the year in which a player reaches his / her 6th birthday.

      1. Team Size, Pitch Size and Ball Size

      3.1 Must be implemented as below in the table:

      Age Group Number of Size of Pitch Size of Ball Goal Size
        Players (length x width)    
        (Maximum      
        number of players      
        per team)      
      Under 7 5 x 5 30 x 40 yards 3 6 x 12 ft
          27 x 37 m   1.83 x 3.66 m
      Under 8 5 x 5 30 x 40 yards 3 6 x 12 ft
          27 x 37 m   1.83 x 3.66 m
      Under 9 7 x 7 40 x 60 yards 3 6 x 12 ft
          37 x 55 m   1.83 x 3.66 m
      Under 10 9 v 9 40 x 60 yards 4 6 x 12 ft
          37 x 55 m   1.83 x 3.66 m
      Under 11 9 v 9 50 x 80 yards 4 7 x 16 ft
          46 x 73 m   2.13 x 4.88 m

      4. Goal Size

      4.1 The maximum goal size for all age groups is 12ft x 6ft.

      4.2 It is highly recommended that at Under 7 and 8 a smaller goal is utilized. This can be achieved through using cones, placing a 12ft x 6ft Mini Goal face down or using specific smaller goals (such as pop up goals).

      5. The Goal Area

      5.1 Must be marked by conventional lines or cones on the touchline and a small number of marker discs on the playing area.

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      5.2 The goal area extends a set distance from the goal line and is also a specified width. See table below:

      Age Group Distance from Goal Line to Edge of Width of Penalty Area
        Area (Length)  
      Under 7 NO Goal Area NO Goal Area
      Under 8 5 yards 10 yards
      Under 9 8 yards 15 yards
      Under 10 10 yards 20 yards
      Under 11 10 yards 20 yards
      1. Match Duration

      6.1 A Mini Player must only play a maximum of 60 minutes sanctioned match time in one 24-hour period.

      6.2 For under 7 and under 8 players this must be broken down into a maximum of either 15 minutes individual periods of play or games.

      1. Substitutes

      7.1 Any number of substitutes may be used at any time (Rolling substitutes).

      7.2 Players may re-enter the game and all substitutes must have a period of play.

      7.3 As far as possible there should be equal playing time for each player.

      1. Kick Off

      8.1 Is taken in the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored.

      8.2 The opposition must be 3 yards away from where the ball is placed.

      1. Ball In and Out of Play and the Method of Scoring

      9.1 Laws 9 (Ball in and out of play) and 10 (The method of scoring) apply to Mini Football.

      10. Off-Side

      10.1 There is no offside (Law 11) in Mini Football.

      11. Throw In

      11.1 Although Law 15 (The Throw In) applies and the throw in should be taken in the normal way, game leaders can show flexibility.

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      1. Corner Kicks

      12.1 Law 17 (The Corner Kick) applies to corner kicks except the opposition must be at least three yards away.

      1. Free Kicks

      13.1 Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct) applies to free kicks although they are all indirect and the opposition must be at least three yards away.

      1. Goalkeepers

      14.1 Can handle the ball in their goal area and there are no restrictions on the number of steps they may take holding the ball.

      14.2 The Goalkeeper can leave the goal area but cannot handle the ball outside the goal area.

      14.3 When handling the ball in the goal area:

      14.3.1 Under 8’s and 9’s can either throw or kick the ball out of their hands.

      14.3.2 Under 10’s and 11’s can throw the ball out of their hands or kick the ball on the ground but can then be challenged by opponents.

      1. Goal-Kicks

      15.1 Under 7 – are taken anywhere on the goal line from the ground.

      15.2 Under 8, 9, 10 11 and 12 – are taken from the edge of the goal area.

      15.3 Under 8, 9, 10 11 and 12 – the ball must be kicked out of the goal area before another player touches it.

      15.4 Under 8 and 9 – Goalkeepers may take the goal-kick from their hands.

      15.5 In all age groups the opposition players must be a minimum of 5 yards away from the point the goal-kick is taken.

      1. Players in the Goal Area

      16.1. There are no restrictions regarding the number of players allowed in the goal area during open play.

      1. Pass Back to Goalkeeper

      17.1 Players can pass the ball to their own goalkeeper, for the goalkeeper to handle the ball.

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      18 9 x 9 Mini Football      
      18.1 Team Size, Pitch Size and Ball Size      
        18.1.1 Must be implemented as below in the table: –    
                   
        Age Group   Number of Players Size of Pitch Size of Ball Goal Size
            (Maximum number of (length x width)    
            players per team)      
        Under 11   9 x 9 50x 80 yards 4 7 x 16 Ft
              46 x 73 m   2.13 x 4.88 m
        Under 12   9 x 9 50x 80 yards 4 7 x 16 Ft
              46 x 73 m   2.13 x 4.88 m
        Under 13   9 x 9 50x 80 yards 4 7 x 16 Ft
              46 x 73 m   2.13 x 4.88 m
        Under 14   9 x 9 50x 80 yards 4 7 x 16 Ft
              46 x 73 m   2.13 x 4.88 m

      18.1.2 An 11 x 11 pitch can be adapted for the 9 x 9 format, utilizing the width of the penalty area (44 yards) for the 9 x 9 pitch width and the distance from penalty box to penalty box for the 9 x 9 pitch length. See diagrams below for guidance:

      18.2 Goal Size

      18.2.1 The goal size is 16-foot (width) x 7 feet (height).

      18.3 Penalty & Goal Area

      18.3.1 The Penalty Area must be 28 yards wide and 12 yards from the goal line. A penalty spot should be marked 9 yards from the goal line.

      18.3.2 A Goal Area is not necessary, but goal kicks are to be taken approximately 4 yards from the goal line. A painted marker 4 yards from each post is sufficient for guidance.

      18.3.3 For dedicated 9×9 pitches, a goal area can be marked out. This is to be 4 yards from the goal line and 4 yards from each goal post towards the corner.

      18.4 Match Duration

      18.4.1 A game must be a maximum of 70 minutes, split into two halves of 35 minutes. The duration of half time should not exceed

      15 minutes.

      18.5 Substitutes

      18.5.1 Any number of substitutes may be used at appropriate breaks in play with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may re-enter the game (rolling substitutes).

      18.5.2 All players should have a period of play.

      18.6 Kick off

      18.6.1 Is taken in the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored.

      18.6.2 The opposition must be a minimum of 7 yards away from where the ball is placed.

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      18.7 Ball In & Out of Play and the Method of Scoring.

      18.7.1 As defined per the ‘FIFA Laws of the Game’ – Law 9 & Law 10 apply to 9×9 Mini Football.

      18.8 Off-Side

      18.8.1 As defined per the ‘FIFA Laws of the Game’- Law 11 to apply.

      18.9 Throw In

      18.9.1 As defined per the ‘FIFA Laws of the Game’- Law 15 to apply.

      18.10 Corner Kicks

      18.10.1 As defined per the ‘FIFA Laws of the Game’ – Law 17 to apply.

      18.11 Free Kicks

      18.11.1 As defined per the ‘FIFA Laws of the Game’ – Law 12 to apply.

      18.12 Goalkeepers

      18.12.1 Can handle the ball in their penalty area and there are no restrictions on the number of steps they may take holding the ball.

      18.12.2 The Goalkeeper can leave the penalty area but cannot handle the ball outside the penalty area.

      18.12.3 The Goalkeeper can throw or kick the ball out of their hands; the Goalkeeper can also kick the ball on the ground but can then be challenged by the opponent.

      18.12.4 Pass Back to Goalkeeper – players cannot pass the ball to their own goalkeeper, for the Goalkeeper to handle the ball.

      18.13 Goal Kicks

      18.13.1 All goal kicks must be taken from the ground (refer 18.3.2 for location).

      18.13.2 The ball must be kicked out of the penalty area before another players touches it.

      18.14 Players in the Goal Area

      18.14.1 There are no restrictions regarding the number of players allowed in the goal area during open play.

      18.15 The Referee

      18.15.1 Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the rules of 9×9 Mini Football and the FIFA ‘Laws of the Game’.

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      The Football Association Laws for Mini-Soccer

      This guide provides the Laws for Under 7 and Under 8 versions of the game, with children playing a maximum of 5v5.

      Please remember:

      Under 7’s or Under 8’s are not permitted to play in leagues where results are collected or published or winner trophies are presented, this is deemed to be detrimental to the development of the player and the game and will not be sanctioned.

      From season 2013/14, Under 7’s and Under 8’s can play in a maximum of three trophy events during the season, lasting a maximum of two weeks each. These are short-term experiences helping children learn about winning and losing in an appropriate environment. The winners of these events can be published, and trophies can be presented.

      Except where other provision, in these Laws are made, the Laws of Association Football apply. Each Law is numbered to correspond with the appropriate Law of the Game. These Laws are mandatory unless special permission is granted by The Football Association.

      Law 1 Playing Area

      Halfway Line

      The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the mid-point of the halfway line. This is also used as the retreat line when restarting play with a goal kick.

      Goal Size

      The distance between the posts is 12ft and the distance between the lower edge of the cross bar and the ground is 6ft.

      Law 2 The Ball

      • The ball should be size 3 for U7 and U8
      • It should be safe and made of leather or another suitable material

      Law 3 Number of Players

      The above table indicates the maximum number of players per team at that age group. If the competition would like to have smaller numbers, e.g. 4v4 at U7 or U8, this is allowed within this framework.

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      A match may not START if either team consists of fewer than four players. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to CONTINUE is also four. Matches can begin with 5v4, but the importance and ethos of Mini-Soccer should be upheld wherever possible and the development of the children should come before the score line.

      Players must play with and against players only from their own age range, as per Football Association and Competition rules.

      Each team must not have a squad greater than double the size of the team per age.

      Any number of substitutes, without being named, may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player.

      All team members should receive equal playing time where possible, with a best practice recommendation of at least 50% per player for each game.

      Law 4 Playing Equipment

      Players must wear shin guards and goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing playing strip. Shin guards must be covered entirely by the socks.

      Players must wear the appropriate clothing dependant on the weather.

      Correct footwear must be worn for the surface of the pitch e.g. no metal studs on artificial grass pitches.

      Law 5 Referees

      The Authority of the Referee

      Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws for Mini-Soccer in connection with the match to which they have been appointed.

      Furthermore, referees should also recognise their role is to facilitate learning of the players, for example, allow young children to take a second attempt at a throw-in if the first is not within the Laws.

      Law 6 Assistant Referee

      Assistant referees are not required.

      Law 7 Duration of the Game

      In any one day, no player shall play more than 40 minutes. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer or organisation to ensure the child does not exceed this. Each league/competition will determine its own playing time within the maximum time permitted however the maximum duration will be two halves of 20 minutes.

      It is permitted during development matches that the periods of play can be split into equal quarters.

      The half time interval must not exceed 5 minutes.

      Please refer to the Standard Code of Rules for Youth Competitions.

      Law 8 Start and Restart of Play

      Procedure – A kick-off is taken at the centre of the playing area to start the game and after a goal has been scored.

      Opponents must be 5 yards away from the ball and in their own half of the field. The ball must be played forward. In Mini-Soccer a goal cannot be scored directly from a start or restart of play.

      Special Circumstances

      A dropped ball to restart the match, after play has been temporarily stopped inside the penalty area, takes place on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when the play stopped. No goal can be scored direct from a dropped ball.

      Law 9 Ball In and Out of Play

      Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

      Law 10 Method of Scoring

      Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

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      Law 11 Offside

      There is no offside.

      Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct

      Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football. However, in Mini-Soccer all free kicks are direct.

      A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the goalkeeper:

      • Takes more than 6 seconds to release the ball from his/her hands
      • Touches the ball again with his/her hands after it has been released from his/her possession and has not touched any other player
      • Touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a team mate
      • Touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received it directly from a throw in taken by a team mate

      For all these offences, the free kick should be taken from the penalty area line, parallel with the goal line, at the nearest point to the offence.

      Law 13 Free Kicks

      For all free kick’s opponents must be 5 yards from the ball.

      Law 14 Penalty Kicks

      Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

      Position of the Ball and the Players

      All players except the defending goalkeeper and kicker must be outside the penalty area and at least 5 yards from the penalty mark.

      The ball must be kicked forward.

      Law 15 Throw-in

      Normal rules apply, as per Laws of Association Football.

      In addition, U7 and U8 children are permitted to roll the ball underarm with one or both hands into the field of play.

      The role of the referee is to also allow young players to learn the game. This may involve letting players take throw-ins again, if incorrect technique is used. The referee should ensure the same player attempts a second time, with guidance and help from the match official.

      Law 16 Goal Kick

      Procedure – A player of the defending team kicks the ball from any point within the penalty area.

      Opponents must retreat to their own half until the ball is in play. The defending team does not have to wait for the opposition to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose to.

      The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out the penalty area.

      Law 17 Corner Kicks

      The opposing players must remain at least 5yards from the ball until it is in play. The kicker may not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. If he/she does, a free kick is awarded against them.

      The ball is in play immediately when it enters the field of play.

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      ORDER OF PRECEDENCE RELATING TO SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL FIXTURES

      The order of precedence regarding schools’ football fixtures, as agreed by the ESFA Council, is as follows:

      1. ESFA International matches and International selection weekends
      2. ESFA Inter-County matches
      3. ESFA Inter-District matches
      4. ESFA Inter-School matches
      5. Non-ESFA Inter-County competition matches
      6. Non-ESFA Inter-District competition matches
      7. Non-ESFA Inter-School competition matches
      8. Inter-County non-competition matches
      9. Inter-District non-competition matches
      10. Inter-School non-competition matches

      The most likely clashes are between counties and districts, particularly when a district has a game in the ESFA Inter-District Trophy, and a county has a non-ESFA competition match. In such an instance, the ESFA Inter-District game would take precedence.

      Updated: November 2016

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      POLICY RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF MATCH OFFICIALS

      Competition Rule 13 – Match Officials:

      1. The Match Officials shall be appointed as GMCSFA shall direct. Their duties shall be accordance with the Laws of the Game as sanctioned and enforced by the International Football Association Board.
      2. In the event of a referee failing to appear, the teams involved must agree in writing upon one on the ground so that the game shall be conducted in accordance with the rules. The official so acting shall have the powers of a duly appointed referee.
      3. Match Officials for GMCSFA Competitions shall be arranged by GMCSFA in accordance with the rules of the competition

      Policy for all Rounds up to and including GMCSFA Quarter Finals:

      The GMCSFA Council directs that the appointment of Match Officials is the responsibility of the ‘home’ team in all rounds of GMCSFA Cup and League competitions, up to and including the Quarter Finals. The local Referees’ Association Secretary or District Association FA / the County FA Referees’ Officer may be available to assist with the appointment of Match Officials.

      All appointed referees must hold and valid and current DBS Criminal Record Check and be registered with the County FA. If the home team is unable to appoint a neutral and qualified referee, then the away team must be informed before they travel as a matter of courtesy and to agree upon whom will referee the match.

      Policy for GMCSFA Semi-Finals and GMCSFA Finals:

      In the GMCSFA Semi-Final and Final, the appointment of Match Officials shall be the responsibility of the GMCSFA appointments Officer’s. The GMCSFA, at its discretion, may delegate the responsibility of the appointment to a local County or District Schools’ FA. The following will be taken into consideration when appointing match officials:

      • The match officials will not reside in either county of the home or away team
      • The location of the match and the journey times involved to save on travel and cost
      • All match officials will hold a valid and current DBS Criminal Record Check
      • All match officials will be registered with their County FA and must have declared that they are available to officiate in Youth and School matches
      • For GMCSFA Finals, best endeavours will be used to appoint a referee that is qualified to a minimum of Level 4
      • Match officials are role models for the young children involved, so must be athletic and of a suitable profile to officiate
      • The GMCSFA encourages young male and female officials to be involved, but also suitably skilled and experienced enough to take charge of the fixture
      • Referees will be required to wear the GMCSFA badge and Tie that will be sent to them in the post before the event
      • GMCSFA Finals are formal occasions so match officials will be expected to arrive and depart from the stadium, suitably attired. If officials require an GMCSFA referees’ tie, then we can arrange for this to be sent in advance of the event

      The Greater Manchester County Schools’ FA will pay travel expenses at £0.25 pence per mile for GMCSFA Final fixtures. Match officials are encouraged to travel together where possible. This policy will be reviewed from time to time and subject to financial decisions made as deemed necessary by the GMCSFA. The GMCSFA recommends that a fee of £25 is offered to the referee and £15 for each assistant referee, save for those that have been invited to officiate at a GMCSFA Finals where they will be presented with a suitable memento.

      Updated; January 2018

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      ESFA / GMCSFA POLICY RELATING TO THE POSTPONEMENT OF MATCHES

      Consideration should always be given to securing a certified 3G or 4G pitch, at least as a backup, to increase the chances of the fixture being played. Communication between both teams is imperative particularly when a long journey is involved. If the weather forecast or conditions give reason for suspecting a pitch might be unplayable then these guidelines should be followed to minimise wasted journeys and to allow the away team to potentially avoid incurring unnecessary travel costs. In such cases, the home team must use best endeavours to make an early morning pitch inspection to decide whether the pitch is “Unplayable”, “Playable” or “In Doubt”. This inspection could be done by a referee, by a team official or venue official. Where the weather forecast is inclement during the days leading up to the fixture and it is extremely unlikely that the game will go ahead, then an earlier decision may be required if a particularly long journey will be involved.

      • With “Unplayable” pitches that are not going to be playable by the KO time, a home team representative should telephone the away team manager / official to cancel immediately so unnecessary journeys are not made. This call should be made before contacting home team players
      • With “Playable” pitches (including pitches that will obviously thaw in time), the Home Team need not do anything. The away team manager will presume the match is on unless he/she is called
      • With pitches “In Doubt” (and unlikely to thaw in time) then a home team representative should telephone and advise the away team manager of the possibility of abandonment. It is then up to the away team manager to decide whether his team makes the journey or not, taking into account how far the journey is

      The Inspection

      • Take some time to consider all that you have seen and heard (if relevant)
      • If you are in doubt about whether to play the game or not – postpone the game

      It is better to postpone the game and be wrong, than play the game and be wrong!

      • Make a decision in your mind and stick to it (unless something really drastic occurs that would need you to change it i.e.: the weather completely changes in a very short space of time)
      • Discuss the situation as you see it with the team(s) and explain your decision as to whether the game can go ahead or not. Refer to the evidence you have i.e.: weather forecasts/actual things you have seen whilst inspecting the pitch
      • Be positive in your approach to people who are seeking your opinion and show a degree of empathy if the game cannot go ahead, especially if others disagree
      • If the game can go ahead, ensure you remind all those concerned that if for some reason things do change that cause you a real concern for the safety of players and yourself… you do reserve the right to reverse your decision to preserve the safety of the players and yourself

      This is just a caveat in case of need; if you are in doubt about whether to play the game or not – postpone the game.

      • The reference point for your decision is always the safety of the players and yourself

      If this cannot be guaranteed for the whole of the game re: the playing surface/pitch conditions, then postpone the game

      • If you don’t think you will finish the game… don’t start the game
      • Make a brief note of your discussions and with whom… so that you can accurately report the circumstances around your decision. This will be required by the organiser of the competition the game was due to take place in if the game is postponed

      If the home team fails to communicate that a match has been postponed and the visiting team has travelled a significant distance or undertaken a good proportion of the journey, then the ESFA may switch the re-arranged fixture in order to share the cost of travel for the game. Note: In relation to Inter-District and Inter-County fixtures, the ESFA will only pay out travel and staging grants for matches that have taken place and not those that have been postponed or cancelled.

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