Junior 7-a-side Football Festival 2022

Tournament Information

It is a preference that all teams contain players that are registered to their club. Closer to the tournament, an entry list of players for each team will be requested along with their date of birth. You will also be required to indicate if your team does contain any players that are not registered to your club, purely for our information only. Teams and their players must only play for their grade that they have been registered to play for in this year’s junior football season (or eligible to play for in the case of those unregistered players).
 
TOURNAMENT DATE
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October
 
HOW TO REGISTER
To register Your Team/Club – Complete the online form.
 
ENTRY FEE:  $50 per team
Once you have registered your team and the entry fee has been paid, you will then receive a confirmation of your booking via e-mail.
In the event the festival is cancelled the entry fee will be refunded.
 
TOURNAMENT ITINERARY
When:  Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October
Saturday 1st October: 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th grades
Sunday 2nd October: 9th, 11th, 13th, 15/16th grades
 
Where: Turnbull Thomson Park – both ILT Football Turf and its surrounding grounds (grass fields).
Saturday & Sunday:  Group games may start at 9am on both Saturday and Sunday. The first kickoff time of the day will be determined by the number of entries across each grade. The start time of the first game will be no earlier than 9am, but maybe 9:30am. Group games will be played in the morning. All teams qualify for playoff and place-decider games, that will be played in the afternoon. We are optimistic that we can guarantee all teams at least 4, but hopefully 5 games over the day.
 
TOURNAMENT RULES, FIXTURES & FINAL BRIEFING
A full final briefing email will be sent to the Managers of all participating teams 7-10 days before the tournament takes place. The final briefing will include fixtures, schedules and the festival rules, which have been sanctioned by Southland Football. 
 
MAXIMUM SQUAD SIZES
All games are 7-a-side (including a goalkeeper).  Please note that games are only 8-minute halves. There will be no rule implemented for a maximum squad size.  But, in the interest of players getting more playing time, to feel included, to have fun, and to maximise their experience of the tournament, it would be highly recommended that each team has a maximum of 10 players in their squad.
 
ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
All teams must only contain players that are registered to their club. Closer to the tournament, an entry list of players for each team will be requested, along with their Comet ID number and their date of birth.  Teams and their players must only play for their grade that they have been registered to play for in this year’s junior football season.
 
TROPHIES & AWARDS
The Champion team of each grade will receive a trophy medals as a memento of the Old Boys’ Junior 7-a-side Football Festival.
A Fair Play Award may also be presented in each grade – details of how this will be decided and the prize for this will be updated soon.
 
REFEREES
Independent referees will be appointed for all matches. These will mainly be experienced senior players. Please be mindful that all referees will be volunteers and that all games in the tournament must be played in an enjoyable and respectful manner.
 
FIELDS
Field numbers will be clearly marked and will also be identifiable by each field’s sponsors flags/banners.
 
INFORMATION ON THE DAY

• Members of the organising committee for the Football Festival will be located at the Southland Football lounge, and will be available to address any queries or concerns.

• All results will be collated at the Southland Football lounge.

• A noticeboard by the Southland Football clubrooms will show results, final group placings, and the amended draw for the afternoon playoff games.

FIRST AID

Please report to the organising committee at the Southland Football lounge for any First Aid requirements.

 
LOST PROPERTY
Please hand in any found property or claim any lost property from the organising committee at the Southland Football lounge.
 
FOOD
The following food vendors will be on-site for the duration of the tournament:
• Kava Food
• More to be confirmed soon
 
CANCELLATIONS
We do not have any planned back-up cancellations dates.  So, the event will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or if the condition of the grounds create an unsafe field of play.  If there is extreme weather forecast, we will endeavour to notify all teams of any cancellations on the day prior to the event (Friday 30th September).  Once the event has started, we will hope to complete all games.  However, the safety of the players will be paramount.
 
ACCOMMODATION
For any teams travelling from out of town and if you would like some advice on possible accommodation options, email:  juniors@oldboysafc.co.nz