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This event is for qualifying cluster schools only (top four schools from each cluster event).

Format & Rules

  • The first 4 schools from each cluster event will progress to the Borough Finals.

  • 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.

  • 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 allowed, however, an outfield player who has received a throw from a goalkeeper cannot pass the ball back directly to the goalkeeper for them to pick it up (the ball must be touched by a second outfield player). Such action would result in the award of a direct free kick one metre outside the penalty area in line with the position of the infringement.

  • Outfield players are permitted in the goal area.

  • All free kicks are direct.

  • Ball is allowed overhead height.

  • Substitutions can be made at any stage but to be kept to a minimum.

  • Children must not slide tackle.

  • No off-sides and all general FA rules apply.

  • Trainers/astro and moulded boots are allowed. No metal blades or studded boots will be permitted.

  • Shin pads are compulsory.

Photo Consent

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.

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but staff may not be available to tend to less urgent first aid if they are preoccupied delivering the event. It is important that schools also provide their own first aid kit and qualified person to tend to their children at our events. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should also be with the travelling group to and from any events.


All MSSP staff at the event are 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.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a safe, enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we are launching our REF-SPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. For more information about REF-SPECT please click here.

Winner's Pathway

The winner of the Borough Finals will represent Merton at the London Youth Games.