Summer Tournaments and Festivals
Clarification regarding FA Rule 4A (iii) - Summer Tournaments for Youth Clubs and Commercial Providers
Further to several queries with regard to FA Rule 4A (iii), linked to competition formats for young players in the U7 to U10 age groups, questions have arisen about the summer tournaments organised by grassroots clubs and commercial companies. The query relates to whether these events can be run as a competition, for a trophy, with a published winner.
The FA Rule states that leagues can organise a maximum of three trophy events during the season, lasting a variety of different weeks according to age. The 'league season' in youth football typically runs from September to April/May and then there is a period of about eight weeks that grassroots clubs and companies run tournaments, often with the purpose of generating income to fund the following season. These one-day club events are usually separated sanctioned events, via a Form D, at the County FA.
Therefore, these one-day club/commercial events can be run for a trophy with a published winner, at all ages, if the organising club/company choose to operate in this way. However, if they choose to run the younger age groups in a festival format this is permissible.
We will continue to monitor the impact of these events, when run as a trophy competition, to ascertain whether this method is in the best interests of the young person participating and player development.
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