Team Requirements & Eligibility
- Age: Year 3 & 4
- Mixed gender event. Teams must have 3 girls on the pitch at all times.
- Squad Size: Maximum of 10 players in a squad.
- 7 players on the pitch at any time (one of which will be the goal keeper).
- Duration of matches will be dependent on entries and determined at the time of the draw.
- The festival is primarily focused on fun, participation and skill development.
- There will be no scores or placings recorded.
- For supporting football in your school please visit http://www.esfa.co.uk/
- Round robin groups. Teams will play against as many of the teams in their assigned group as scheduled in event brochure or as time allows.
- No seedings.
- Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.
Kit & Equipment
- Please provide own warm up balls. Match balls are provided.
- Trainers/astro and moulded boots are allowed. No metal blades or studded boots will be permitted.
- Shin pads are compulsory.
- Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.
- First team on pitch will take kick-off.
- A goal cannot be scored direct from a kick off.
- After a goal is scored there will be a restart with a centre kick by the team who did not score the goal.
- Goalkeepers can only handle the ball in the penalty area.
- The goalkeeper may leave the goal area however a penalty kick will be awarded against the keeper if he handles the ball outside this area.
- When the goalkeeper takes a goal kick all players must be outside the goal area.
- The goalkeeper cannot kick the ball from hand or drop the ball from hand to kick.
- Overhead or underarm throws can be made for any re-introduction to play EXCEPT corners, where the ball is placed and kicked in.
- Opposition players must be five yards away from where corners and throw-ins are taken.
- Pass backs are not allowed.
- Outfield players are permitted in the goal area.
- All free kicks are direct.
- Ball is allowed overhead height.
- The taking of ANY penalties will be subject to the ‘one step’ rule.
- The ‘roll-on-roll-off’ rule applies to substitutions. Substitutions can only be made during stoppages in play and with the approval of the referee.
- Children must not slide tackle.
- No off-sides and all general FA rules apply.
- The festival is a non-scoring format where no results or placings are recorded. The event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending
Safeguarding and DBS
MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.
We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:
• have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events
All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.
Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.
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If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here
Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.
MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.
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Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.
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MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.
Comments, Compliments and Complaints
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