Tournament ’24

Message from the Committee

Please arrive in good time for registration at least 30 minutes before the start of play, as matches will start promptly.  Parking is available at the Steyning Grammar School through the green gates plus overflow at the Primary School and other available car parks in the Town.  Should you be at all delayed then please contact the STCFC Age Group Manager to advise.    

Tournament rules will be in the programme on the day as well as below. 

For the U9’s to U16’s there will be a final with the winners and runners up receiving medals.  We will not be awarding a cup this year, but we do have one which can be used for photos on the day. 

Please advise parents and players that refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day. We have a fantastic facility & state of the art 3G Pitch, but unfortunately only Managers/Coaches, Players & Officials will be allowed onto the pitch with correct footwear.  There will be plenty of room and areas all around the outside of the pitch for spectators to support their teams and to watch the matches.  

We hereby give notice that some photographs may be taken for promotional purposes of STCFC. It is therefore assumed that by taking part in the tournament this is acceptable to parents or guardians of the visiting teams.

Please be sure you have advised your Parents/Guardians/Players of the rules in place to try and keep everybody as safe as we can.

Thank you for entering the STCFC Tournament.  We hope that you and your team enjoy the day. 


The Steyning Town Community Committee



The tournament is held at Steyning Town CFC, The Birchwood Ground, Shooting Field, Steyning. Limited car parking is available in Steyning Primary School, adjacent to the Club.  There are plenty of alternative parking areas in the Town such as Tanyard Lane BN44 3RJ and Fletchers Croft BN44 3XZ.  Alternatively you can park in a nearby street, but please park considerately at all times.

Please allow enough time to get parked up and back to the club for registration 30 minutes before KO.

We would ask that you DO NOT park in Coxham Lane, or on the yellow lines/curbs down the road where the football club is.  Please consider our neighbours!

Steyning Town Community Football Club, The Birchwood Ground,
Shooting Field, Steyning, West Sussex 
BN44 3RX

Tournament Rules


  1. Maximum of up to 9 x players per squad, for each age group.
    For Under 7, 8, 15 and 16 mixed, this is a 5-a-side tournament.
    For Under 9 to 14 Mixed and U10 Girls to U16 Girls, this is a 6-a-side tournament.
    Roll on/roll off substitutes allowed, when the ball is out of play.
    Ideally, all players must have been registered with their team entry for season 2023/24 and play in the correct age group. We appreciate you may need to fill any last-minute dropouts but would ask you to try and keep to this rule if possible. All teams must register their team entries at the registration area 30 minutes before first match KO. Each team entered must have a completed entry form. No elite teams will be allowed entry.
  2. All matches are 10 minutes long, no half time. Under 7s & 8s is non-competitive, with no semi-finals or finals.
  3. A match ball will be provided for each pitch but please bring your own balls for warming up and as a back up should a ball be lost during play.
  4. It is the away teams responsibility to provide bibs if there is a clash of kit,
  5. The group phase of the competition is played on a league basis with teams divided in Group A and Group B, 8 x Teams in each group. Please ensure bibs are ready if there is a clash of kits.
  6. Where two or more teams are equal on points, the team with the best goal difference go through.
  7. Where goal difference is equal the team that scored the most goals will go through.
  8. If these measures fail to separate the teams the result of the match between the teams will decide. If this was a draw a penalty competition will be played (see Penalty Shootout Rules).
  9. After the Group stage a knockout competition will be played between the top two teams from each Group. Winner of A v Runner up B and Winner B v Runner Up A.
  10. In the event of a draw in the knockout competition, extra-time of 5 minutes straight through shall be played. A “Golden Goal” at any time during this period of play will finish the match and that team will be declared the winner of the game. After ET, if the scores remain level, then a penalty competition will apply (see Penalty Shootout Rules).
  11. The semi-final winners will contest the final. The winner of that match will be the “Age Group Tournament Winners”.
  12. Issuing of Cautions and ‘Timed Suspensions’: In Small Sided Football yellow cards and associated cautions are not employed. Referees should instead issue a blue card for a cautionable offence. The issuing of a blue card indicates that the recipient will serve an immediate ‘timed suspension’ (‘sin bin’). The options for disciplining off enders are therefore as follows:
    Player shown a blue card and temporarily suspended from play
    Player issued with a discretionary second blue card and temporarily excluded from play
    Player issued with a red card and permanently excluded from play
  13. A blue card offence should always be accompanied by a temporary suspension from play. The period of timed suspension in Small Sided Football shall be two minutes. The release of players from a temporary suspension should be at the direction of the Referee.
  14. Recording of Blue Cards: In Small Sided Football cautionable offences that result in a blue card and a timed suspension from the match shall not be recorded and reported by the match official or Small Sided Football provider. Blue card offences should not be reported back to the County FA, and no disciplinary fine shall be incurred by the player.
  15. Disciplinary Procedures for Red Card Offences: Serious’ Red Card Offences not classified in Table 1 below will be the responsibility of the local County FA. Once the County FA has reviewed the case the Small Sided Football provider along with the player will be informed of the outcome and any disciplinary action. For these offences match officials are required to complete the Disciplinary Report in appendix A and submit a copy to the Small Sided Football provider and the relevant County FA.
  16. ‘Less Serious’ Red Card Offences (as outlined below): Offences classified within Table 1 should be dealt with by the Small Sided Football provider under the delegated-authority of the County FA covered in Section 1 above. The match official should complete a ‘Disciplinary Report’ (appendix A) and ensure that it is sent to the Small Sided Football provider. The Small Sided Football provider should employ the following disciplinary tariff of suspensions in such cases as outlined below. The provider shall not fine the player. Match Suspension Table (to be administered by Small Sided Provider):
    Receiving a second ‘blue card’ in the same match = 1 Match suspension
    Denying a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity = 1 Match suspension
    Use of offensive, insulting or abusive gestures = 2 Match suspension
    Attempting to kick or strike another Player Violent Conduct Serious Foul Play = 3 Match suspension
  17. If a team is found to have played an ineligible player, the match and points will be awarded to its opponents. Any team found to have played an over age player in breach of the rules of the competition will be expelled and their record expunged.
  18. Steyning Town CFC Junior Tournament Committee will be the governing body in the application of these rules.
  19. Referees: Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws for Mini-Soccer in 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. Under 7 & 8 players will be allowed a second chance on throw ins at referees’ discretion. The referee’s decision is final. No assistant referees required, no offside.
  20. Goal kicks: For Under 7-10, all 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. For Under 11 up, all opponents can be anywhere outside of the penalty area. Goal kicks for Under 7 & 8 will take place anywhere on the edge of penalty area. Goal kicks for the other age groups will be from the back/goal line, either side of the goal where the ball left the field. We would like to encourage playing out from the back for all age groups. All Goalkeepers cannot kick from the hand or drop kick. A Roll or Throw by the GK is permitted. However, for U7/8 GKs, this is at the discretion of the individual managers & referees…if the GK needs to then they can kick from their hand. At other times, kick from hand will result in an indirect free kick on edge of area close to infringement. Goalkeepers cannot pick up a deliberate back pass. In the event of this, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposition.
  21. Penalty Shootout: The manager will pick 3 players with each team taking 3 penalties with the best of 3 rule. Players must be on the pitch when ET ends. If it is still a draw after the three penalties have been taken, then player 1 goes again and shootout will take on a sudden death basis. This will repeat and continue until a team is declared the winner of that game. No player shall take more than one penalty kick until each team member has taken one penalty kick. If further kicks are required, the same principle applies, and the sequence will remain the same.
  22. Shirt/Kit Colours: In the event of two teams having the same or similar colours, the team named second on the fixture shall be deemed the AWAY side and change their colours or wear bibs. All players must wear shin guards covered entirely by the socks. Goalkeepers must wear a distinguishing playing strip or bib.
  23. Start of Play: The first named team (the home team) will start the game with a kick-off from the centre spot.
  24. Provision of Match Ball: The home team in the fixture list will provide the match ball. Size 3 Ball for Under 7/8/9/10. Size 4 Ball for Under 11/12/13/14, Size 5 for Under 15/16.
  25. Those of us who are spectators, parents or carers can make a big difference to the experiences our children have when playing football. This is the Code of Conduct the FA sets out for clubs, and it is the standard we expect for our tournament. Parents or Carers or Spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards other players, officials, managers and spectators. Clubs need to ensure that parents/carers/spectators are always positive and encouraging towards all the children (not just their own) and should encourage everyone to do the same.

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General Invite

TO: Team Managers

Steyning Town Community Football Club Annual Youth Tournament

June 2024

Tournament team entry is £55.  16 x teams per session.  U15’s will be running separate Cup and Plate tournaments. Gate price will be £3 per adult on the day with U16’s free. Two coaches per team have free entry.

The tournament will take place on our 3G Pitch at Steyning Town CFC, The Birchwood Ground, Shooting Field, Steyning, BN44 3RQ.  On site, we have our Clubhouse with Fully Licensed Bar, Ice Creams, Sweets, Dugout Shack serving hold/cold food & drink and Simon Roe Photography will be there to capture your memories of the day. 

Age groups will be from the start of the current 2023/24 Season.     

Format will be:

  • 5 a-side for U7, U8, U15 and U16 mixed.  
  • 6 a-side for all other age groups.
  • Maximum squad size for all age groups will be 9 players.
  • Fully Qualified Referees for every age group & match.
  • All age groups with 16 x teams, 2 x groups of 8.

U7 & U8 teams will be 2 x non-competitive leagues (no semi-finals/finals), with all players receiving a medal. U9 and above will compete for a winner’s Cup/Plate, with individual winners and runners-up trophies. Age groups and kick off times will be as follows:  Cups must be returned before the following years tournament, or a charge will be made of £35.

 Saturday 8th – U7 9:30am KO.  U15 Plate 2:30pm KO

  • Sunday 9th – U8 9:30am KO.  U12 2:30pm KO
  • Saturday 15th – U9 9:30am KO.  U14 2:30pm KO
  • Sunday 16th – U13 Girls 9:30am KO.  U13 2:30pm KO
  • Saturday 22nd – U11 9:30am KO.  U11 Girls 2:30pm KO
  • Sunday 23rd – U16 9:30am KO.  U16 Girls 2:30pm KO 
  • Saturday 29th – U10 Girls 9:30am KO.  U10 2:30pm KO
  • Sunday 30th – U15 Girls 9:30am KO.  U15 Cup 2:30pm KO


Steyning Town CFC

Tournament Co-Ordinator

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