NEW Rules for Presidents Trophy/ County Cup Competitions Season 2016-17

1. AGE LIMITS will be Under-12 through to Under-18 as of the  1st September 2016. 

2. TEAM MEMBERS In order to comply with FA and  ESFA policy the U12 Boys President's Trophy competition and the U12 Girls and Boys County Cup Competitions will be a  9 v 9 competition with 5 substitutes permitted using smaller goal posts and a reduced size of pitch. If schools do not possess the smaller goal posts then they will have to play 9 v 9 the on a normal size pitch with normal size goals until such a time that they have the recommended goal size and the reduced pitch size. All other age group competitions will be 11 v 11 with 5 substitutes permitted.

3. The SIZE OF BALL used in County Cup matches will be: 

      Boys U12 Size 3 or 4

      Boys U13,14 Size 4

      Boys U15,U16,U18 Size 5

      Girls U12,U13,U14 Size 4

      Girls U15,U16, U18 Size 5

4. THE DRAW. The team drawn first at each round of the SSCFA cup competitions will play at home (except in the final). It is the home team's responsibility to contact the opposing team in good time to arrange the match venue, date, time, colours etc. and ensure the fixture play date complies with the competition's play date deadlines. SSCFA will arrange all finals at neutral venues. The venue and date of all finals is at the discretion of the SSCFA whose decision will be final.

5. If there is a COLOUR CLASH, then the AWAY team should make the necessary change. 

6. REFEREES: The home team is responsible for arranging the match referee. Shropshire Schools & Colleges F.A. will arrange referees for matches played on neutral venues, including all finals. At the semi-final stage, a fully qualified independent referee should be appointed (the appointee should not be a teacher, student classroom assistant or anyone associated in any way with the participating school/college). Should any costs be incurred these are to be shared between both schools. Should schools be unable to organise a neutral ref then they should contact Lisa Sandford ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) who will arrange a referee with the cost to be shared by both schools.

7. The recommended DURATION OF PLAY in SSFCA  Cup/Trophy matches are: 

Boys and Girls
U12, -30 mins. each way + 7mins e/w extra time
U13, U14 - 35 mins. each way + 10 mins
U15, U16 - 40 mins. each way + 10 mins e/w extra time
U18  - 45 mins. each way + 10 mins e/w extra time

8. SUBSTITUTES: In all SSCFA 13-18 boys and Girls competitive matches 16 players may be used. Repeated substitutions are permitted (i.e. roll on roll off subs).. 

9. DRAWN MATCHES: There will be no replays. In the event of a match being drawn at full-time, extra-time, as indicated in rule 6, will be played. If the tie remains drawn at the end of extra-time, then a penalty shoot-out will take place in all rounds, including the final, of SSCFA competitions. Schools must ensure KO times allow for the possibility of extra time and penalties if time doesn't allow for extra time or penalties then the result must be decided by a toss of a coin.

10. ANY PLAYER SENT OFF MUST BE REPORTED TO THE SSCFA office manager and will serve a minimum of a one match ban in the next round of any SSCFA competition. The suspension is to be "rolled over" into the next season if the ban was unable to be served in the preceding season.  A referee's report must be sent to the SSCFA Office manager ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). In cases of severe misconduct and violent behaviour the SSCFA may decide on further match bans. Notice of the ban will be sent to schools who have players booked or sent off and a £10.00 admin fee levied. Appeals need to be directed to the SSCFA Office manager

11. PLAY DATE DEADLINES. Schools must complete matches by the dates stated. County Cup/President's Trophy  matches take precedence over other district inter/intra school matches.  Having to play with a weakened team is not an acceptable reason for postponing a match. Any match which remains unplayed by the deadline for any round will be decided as follows: 

(a) In most cases, by the toss of a coin 
(b) If, in the opinion of the competition secretary, the failure to play was mainly or entirely the fault of one school, the Association may decide that the other school be awarded the tie if this is considered appropriate. 
(c) If, in the opinion of the competition secretary, the failure to play was a result of negligence by both schools, the Association may decide to disqualify both schools from the competition if this is considered appropriate.  

In order to meet play date deadlines it is strongly advised that schools arrange to play their fixtures early in the play date window and not leave it to the final week.

12. The WINNING TEAM should return the trophy to the SSCFA Office in a clean condition by 31st March the following year and the trophy must have been engraved. 

13. AGE GROUPS. In order to comply with FA/ESFA policy concerning AGE GROUPS, boys and girls may only play within a two year age band up to the age of 16. This means that U12 pupils may also play at U13 level, U13 at U14 level, U14 at U15 level and U15 at U16 level. On no occasion should a pupil be allowed to play in two competitive matches on the same day. However, in the ESFA U16 Individual Schools Trophy, only Year 11 pupils may play  in the boy's competitions and only Years 10 and 11 pupils may play in the girl's competitions In the SSCFA Boys and Girls County U18 Schools & Colleges Cup, U16 (Year 11) players may be selected, but U15 (Yr 10) pupils are ineligible.

Girls are eligible to play in boys teams up to and including the u16 age group. This means that girls and boys will be able to play in the same team up to and including Year 11.

14. Except when FLOODLIGHTING is available, matches played in the winter months MUST kick-off no later than the following times: 

1st – 14th November: 3.00 p.m. 
15th Nov – 10th.January: 2.30 pm 
11th - 20th January: 2.45 pm 
21st January - 8th February: 3.00 pm 
9th February - 20th February: 3.30 pm 

16. ARTIFICIAL PITCHES:  Whilst SSCFA prefer county cup/trophy fixtures to be played on grass it is permitted to play fixtures on an artificial pitch.  However, the home team must ensure they notify the opposition, immediately, that the game is to be played on an artificial surface.

17. SHIRT NUMBERING: Teams competing in all county cup finals must ensure that all players, including substitutes, wear a differently numbered shirt (not required on shorts). Schools/colleges should submit a numbered team sheet to the schools' office by the deadline date so that an accurate match programme can be produced.

18: PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:  In the interests of achieving good sporting and fair competition in the U12 to U18  SSCFA Boys County Cup and President's Trophy Competitions each school on a match by match basis play the same amount of academy players (those players attached to a Premier League or Football League club). The number would be agreed by the schools taking part. Once the number has been agreed, schools can only have that number of academy players on the pitch at any one time. Substitutes with other academy players are permissible but the number on the pitch cannot exceed the number agreed by the two schools.

Revised July 2015/RMc

Share this article