Competition Rules 2021-2022
ESFA PLAYSTATION UNDER 12 9-A-SIDE SCHOOLS’ CUPS
The rules stated below shall be in addition to those entitle “General Competition Rules”.
- ESFA PlayStation 9-a-side Under 12 Schools’ Cup
- ESFA PlayStation 9-a-side Under 12 Schools' Cup for 'B' Teams
a. Schools' Cup: The Cup shall be offered for annual competition to schools in affiliated membership with the English Schools’ Football Association. Council has the right to fill any vacancy that may occur in the first national round.
b. 'B' Team Cup: The cup shall be offered for annual competition to B teams of Schools in affiliated membership with the ESFA, and which have entered an A team in the ESFA PlayStation Under 12 Cup
3. 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 ESFA and who are over age 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 these competitions (Year 7 only).
- Only players who have not represented their school in the ESFA PlayStation Under 12 Cup are eligible to take part in the 'B' Team Cup. Schools that enter this competition must, on request from the ESFA, provide evidence that they have adhered to this rule. Schools that infringe this rule will be removed from both competitions. Players registered with the programme for excellence are not eligible to take part in the ‘B’ Team Cup
4. THE COMPETITION
- The matches shall be played on a cup tie principle and shall take precedence over all other school games.
- The draw will be published on the ESFA website (www.esfa.co.uk) and will be arranged so that the travelling by the away team is kept to a minimum.
- The ball shall be size 4.
5. 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).