2018 SCI Football Tournament Information


How A Typical SCI Youth Football Festival Works

DAY 1 – DAY OF ARRIVAL
Arrive at your chosen resort anytime from 12.30pm onwards. Check in for accommodation generally starts at 4pm, where SCI Staff will be in attendance. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the various facilities & entertainment at your leisure. There will be a team managers meeting at all festivals on the day of arrival – the time of this will be advised prior to the festival.
 
DAY 2 – THE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS
The football festival will begin on Saturday where each team will generally play either a morning or afternoon session of football. All 7-a-side teams can expect to play between 3 to 6 matches on Saturday, all 9-a-side teams can expect to play between 3 to 5 matches on Saturday, & all 11-a-side teams can expect to play between 2 to 5 matches on Saturday.
The length of all matches will depend on the final format of the festival. SCI will group each teams matches as close together as possible so that you are not at the football ground all day. This will enable all members of your party to enjoy the extensive facilities at your chosen holiday resort.

DAY 3 – THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES
The tournament continues with all age groups being played to completion. All teams will play between 2 to 5 games on Sunday depending on the final format of the festival. This will be supplied to you around 7 days prior to the event. Once the football is complete all teams will then be invited to attend the SCI Celebrity Presentation Evening, where all teams go up on stage & receive an individual competitors momento from a famous footballing personality. Of course there are individual Winners & Runners-Up trophies for teams that have finished 1st & 2nd in all age groups, plus the SCI Fair Play Award Trophy for the most sporting team, as well the SCI Mitre Ultimatch Cup which will be presented to the winning team in each age group.

DAY 4 – DAY OF DEPARTURE
No football is played on the day of departure, & all accommodation must be vacated by 10am.

*The above details are only a guideline as to how the festivals operate & may be subject to change.


SCI Youth Football Festivals – Your Questions Answered

TEAM QUALIFICATION


SCI Youth Football Festivals are officially sanctioned by The Football Association, The Scottish Youth Football Association and The Football Association of Wales. In order to participate, teams must be affiliated to a County or Schools Football Association.

Any team participating in a festival outside their own country must obtain permission from their Home National Association to participate. For example, this includes teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland playing in festivals in England & Wales and teams from Wales playing in festivals in England.

Centre of Excellence and Academy teams affiliated to professional clubs and "representative" sides are not permitted to enter SCI Youth Football Festivals.

TEAM REGISTRATION FEES

All teams must pay a team registration fee in order to participate:
  • All 5-a-side age groups (max. Squad 10 players) = £145
  • All 7-a-side age groups (max. Squad 12 players) = £150
  • All 9-a-side age groups (max. Squad 14 players) = £159
  • U/12's – U/14's – 11-a-side (max. Squad 18 players) = £205
  • 11-a-side Under 15's & 16's Boys (max. Squad 18 players) = £235
(Assistant Referee's provided for all Boys under 15's & 16's matches)

AGE QUALIFICATIONS FOR SCI YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVALS 2017
  • Under 7's   Born on or after 1st September 2009
  • Under 8's   Born on or after 1st September 2008
  • Under 9's   Born on or after 1st September 2007
  • Under 10's Born on or after 1st September 2006
  • Under 11's Born on or after 1st September 2005
  • Under 12's Born on or after 1st September 2004
  • Under 13's Born on or after 1st September 2003
  • Under 14's Born on or after 1st September 2002
  • Under 15's Born on or after 1st September 2001
  • Under 16's Born on or after 1st September 2000

Teams travelling from Scotland, Ireland and The Rest of Europe will play in an age group 1 year above their respective own age group due to the birth date qualifications of The Football Association & The Football Association of Wales.

Boys & Girls are only permitted to play in the same team in the under 16's age group and below in England and Wales. New FA Rule for 2014/15 season!!

TEAM & PLAYER REGISTRATION

All teams are required to complete an official SCI Youth Football Festival Team Registration Card. The name and date of birth of all players in the team squad must be entered alongside an affixed passport size photo of the appropriate player. SCI Youth Football Festival Team Registration Cards will be accepted without a supporting affixed passport size photo providing alternative player verification, in the form of an official league identification card or 10 year passport, is provided and signed off by an SCI Festival Official. Guest players are eligible. Only players registered before the Festival Commences will be eligible to play. Additional players cannot be registered after the teams first match has started. Only players on the SCI group accommodation form can take part in the festival, there will be no exceptions. If a player is found to be breaking this rule then both teams that he or she has played for will be disqualified from the festival.

BOOKING YOUR ACCOMMODATION

It is a condition of entry to an SCI Youth Football Festival that travelling/touring teams book accommodation for all members of their party through and in conjunction with SCI Youth Football Festivals and that the whole party stays at the Holiday Park listed in this brochure. Only players listed on the SCI group accommodation form can take part in the festival, there will be no exceptions. Any player staying in accommodation that has not been provided by SCI Football Festivals will not be permitted to play in the festival under any circumstances.

IMPORTANT: With the exception of local teams invited into the festival at the discretion of SCI Youth Football Festivals, people not booking their accommodation through and in conjunction with SCI will NOT BE PERMITTED to play in the football festival, attend the presentation evening and in some instances access to the football pitches, even as a spectator, may be denied.

Upon receiving your team registration form, you will be sent an accommodation booking form on which to detail all your party's accommodation requirements. You will then have 3 weeks to complete and return your accommodation booking form(s), along with accommodation deposits of £30 per person.

TROPHIES & MEDALS
There are superb individual memento's for every player at every SCI Youth Football Festival.

Winners & Runners Up trophies will be awarded to players along with the SCI Championship Cup for the Winning team to keep. All other players will receive the individual SCI Competitor memento. There is also the Prestigious SCI Fair Play Award for each age group which is voted for by the tournament referee's.

LOCAL TEAMS
Teams from the local area where the festivals are staged are permitted to apply to participate by returning a team registration form and the appropriate team registration fee. However all local team entries are at the invitation & discretion of SCI. SCI cannot guarantee a place for local teams until numbers of travelling / touring teams are finalised in each age group when applications from local teams will be assessed and accepted on a first-come first-served basis. As such, travelling / touring teams may well play against local teams, who are not staying in accommodation at the event's designated Holiday Park, at an SCI Youth Football Festival.

TOURNAMENT RULES
A full set of tournament rules is available from SCI 7 days prior to the event, once they have been sanctioned by the respective County Football Association.

MATCH OFFICIALS
All SCI Youth Football Festival matches are refereed by independent match officials qualified by their respective County Football Association.

FOOTBALL PITCHES
All SCI Youth Football Festival matches take place on grass pitches with changing, toilet & catering facilities and are situated near to your Holiday Park.

TRANSPORT
Prices in this brochure DO NOT include any transport between the Holiday Park and the football pitches.

OFFICIAL SCI YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVAL MATCH BALL: MITRE ULTIMATCH
Ultimatch. The most popular academy match ball , earning it's reputation for providing performance, feel and reliability over many years. The non woven PU provides excellent durability and feel on either grass or astro turf. Available in sizes 3, 4 and 5, the Ultimatch brings exceptional Mitre match performance to all ages. www.mitre.com

OFFICIAL SCI YOUTH FOOTBALL FESTIVAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

JGB Photo’s. JGB Photo’s will be photographing the majority of the festivals for SCI in 2016. They will take photos of the players & teams at the football pitches and at the presentation evening. The photographs will be available to buy at the festival and online at www.jgbphotos.co.uk or you can email them at john@ukphotos.net.
For details of the official photographer fo each venue in 2017 please see the SCI Schedules page on this website for official details just prior to the festival you are attending.

SCI EVENT FIRST AID COVER
SCI Youth Football Festivals, provide fully qualified First Aid Personnel, who will be located at the Control Point, available to deal with any issues that cannot be dealt with by the Team First Aider.

CHILD PROTECTION
SCI Youth Football Festivals follow and support Football Association guidelines on Child Protection. SCI recommend that all participating clubs have a Child Protection policy.

RESPECT BARRIERS
SCI is committed to following FA Guidelines on youth football and with this in mind we are continuing to have respect barriers at all of our 2017 SCI Youth Football Festivals. This will create a great playing atmosphere for all players to enjoy their football in.

COACH DRIVER ACCOMMODATION
SCI are unable to provide free accommodation for coach drivers. This applies to all of our 2017 resorts.

ISLE OF WIGHT FERRY
Please note that the free ferry offer to the Isle of Wight Football Festival is for cars up to 5.5 metres only. Any other vehicle will be subject to the normal ferry charges levied by Wightlink. You will receive 1 free return ferry crossing from either Portsmouth or Lymington for each caravan you book, and the car can contain up to 6 passengers. SCI cannot book vans, mini buses or foot passengers on to the ferry.

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