2019/2020 Rules for County Cup/ Presidents Trophy Competitions 

Rules for County Cup/ Presidents Trophy/Under 19 League Competitions Season 2019-20

1. AGE LIMITS will be Under-12 through to Under-18 as of the 1st September 2019. 

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 repeated substitutes permitted using smaller goal posts and a reduced size of pitch. All other age group competitions will be 11 v 11 with 5 repeated substitutes permitted.

The U19 league is open to full-time male/female students, under the age of 19 years on September 1st.2019, in post-16 educational centres in Shropshire, or within easy travel time if out-of-county. Schools may, at their discretion, select year 11 players, but careful consideration should be given to their suitability.

3. PLAYING REGULATIONS: Please see below the recommended playing regulations for each relevant age group for all SSCFA League/Cup/Trophy matches, in accordance with the laws laid down by the FA: 

Age group




Goal height (ft)

Goal width (ft)


Under 12

9 v 9






Under 13 & 14

11 v 11






Under 15 & 16

11 v 11






Under 17 & 18

11 v 11






SUBSTITUTES: In all SSCFA 13-18 boys and Girls competitive matches including the Under 19 league 16 players may be used. Repeated substitutions are permitted (i.e. roll on roll off subs). 

4. THE DRAW/TARGET DATES. The team drawn first at each round of the SSCFA competitions will play at home (except in the final). 

It is the home team's responsibility to contact the opposing team at least two weeks prior to the play by date  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. If there is a COLOUR CLASH, then the AWAY team should make the necessary change. 

5. 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.

SSCFA shall fix all play by dates by which all matches shall be played. Failure to keep to these dates may lead to disqualification. In the event that the School staff are unable to agree a mutually convenient date to play the fixture, the default date for playing the match becomes the published play by date.

If a school is having issues prior to the deadline date in contacting relevant opposition staff to arrange a date they should ensure that all email correspondences with opponents are Cc’d to the Competition Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any match which remains un played by the deadline for any round will be decided as follows: 
(a) If, in the opinion of the competition co-ordinator, 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. 
(b) If, in the opinion of the competition co-ordinator, 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 or in certain cases, by the toss of a coin. 

The competition co-ordinator, access to which is via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  shall have the power to:

  1. Order a match to be played on, or by, the given date
  2. Grant a reasonable extension to the target date – In EXCEPTIONAL Circumstances. Schools may be asked to provide sufficient evidence to support their request, for example email communications between the two relevant schools.
  3. Expel any team in the competition

Schools have the right to appeal the competition Co-ordinator’s decision. Please refer to point 13 for the Associations protests procedure.

It is the responsibility of the home to team to contact their opponents a minimum of two weeks prior to the play by date. It is unacceptable to expect Schools to organise games at a weeks’ notice.  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.

6. APPOINTING MATCH OFFICIALS: the appointment of the match officials for games is the responsibility of the home team/School. SSCFA would recommend that all matches played in County Cup competitions should be officiated by a neutral referee. SSCFA may be able to assist with the appointment of a match official if Schools are struggling to appoint. If schools are unable to appoint a neutral or qualified referee, then a suitable qualified teacher should take charge of the game. If this is the case you need to inform your opponents as a matter of courtesy at least 1 day prior to the game.

Shropshire Schools & Colleges F.A. will arrange referees for all matches played on neutral venues, including all finals. At the Quarter-final stage, a fully qualified independent referee must be appointed (the appointee should not be a teacher, student classroom assistant or anyone associated in any way with the participating school/college). 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.  who will arrange a referee with the cost to be shared by both schools.

We are aware that certain schools currently use qualified referees that have gained their qualification and registration in another country, such as Wales. If this is the case the official concerned must register with the Shropshire County FA. It will be their responsibility to do so if they wish to continue to officiate games in Shropshire. This will safeguard them as an official if an incident was to occur in a game they were officiating in our County competitions. Any referee that has not registered with the Shropshire FA will be ineligible to referee SSCFA County cup fixtures.

It is important to note that all match officials, if they are not part of the school staff, must hold a current and valid FA DBS / Criminal Record Check to officiate a fixture at your School

7. DRAWN MATCHES: There will be no replays in County Cup/Presidents Plate knock out fixtures. In the event of a match being drawn at full-time, extra-time 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.

If in the opinion of the referee, for circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, scheduled extra time in a match cannot be started or completed, a match shall be deemed to have been completed at the end of normal playing time. Penalties, if scheduled, shall then follow.

8.  REPORTING OF RESULTS:  It is the responsibility of both teams to email the match result to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 48 hours of the match taking place.


All football now operates under the MATCH BASED disciplinary procedures of The Football Association.

Discipline in Schools’ Football is split into two separate categories: (1) Representative Football and (2) Inter-School Football. Therefore, if a player is dismissed from the field of play for a standard red card offence whilst representing his/her District or County SFA, then the suspension will only apply to representative football competition matches (Inter-District or Inter-County). Moreover, if the player is sent off whilst playing for his/her school football team, then the suspension will only apply Inter-School competition matches. Any County Schools’ FA managing their own discipline cases must amend their paperwork accordingly to cater for this new procedure.

A player sent off for a standard red card offence, the suspension will automatically commence 7 days after the date of the game from which the players was sent off.  This is mandatory and there is no right of appeal except under claims for mistaken identity or if video evidence can be supplied to prove that an obvious error has been made by the match referee. If you have not received a suspension notice from the ESFA within 10 days of a red card, then you must contact the ESFA immediately. Non-receipt of paperwork is not a valid defence and a charge will be issued if a student plays whilst under suspension to both the School/College and the player.

A Misconduct Charge will be issued where an incident is reported which does not fall under standard dismissal offences or is a serious offence. A Discipline Commission will convene to consider all Misconduct Cases, whether the response to the charge is accepted or denied. If you receive a Misconduct Charge and it is found proven, the suspension is from ALL football. If you are issued with a Misconduct Charge you will receive a charge letter, response form and any evidence that the ESFA has received which we have based our charge upon. You must ensure you respond to the charge within 14 days.

An administration fee of £10 is applied to all discipline cases. For further information on the new discipline process look at the The FA’s Discipline Handbook which can be viewed by using the following link; 

Contact:  For further information please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10. 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. 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 U18 age group. This means that girls and boys will be able to play in the same team up to and including Year 11.

 ARTIFICIAL PITCHES:  Whilst SSCFA prefer county cup/trophy fixtures to be played on grass it is permitted to play fixtures on an artificial 3G/4G pitch providing they meet the required performance standards and are listed on the FA register   However, the home team must ensure they notify the opposition immediately, that the game is to be played on an artificial surface.

12: 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 an English Premier League or English 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.

In the event that a School makes an active choice to not select any of their registered academy players this will not preclude their opponents from fielding their registered players.

13: PROTESTS:  Protests arising from County Cup competitions should be submitted to SSCFA in line with ESFA’s policy for protests (see and apply as follows:

      I.        Protests should be in writing and sent to SSCFA Office Manager within two working days of the game

     II.        A complaint re standard of pitch, goal posts, or other appurtenances of the game will not be considered unless a written protest in writing is made to the referee before the game kicks off.

   III.        Any complaint must be signed by the Headteacher/Principals as approval of submission

   IV.        The relevant SSCFA committee will gather as much information as possible to assist their decision making

    V.        Your complaint will usually be acknowledged within three working days and we aim to complete our investigations within seven working days. Where matters are complex and are likely to take longer to resolve, we will inform of the specific timescales within the original 7-day timescale.

   VI.        A written copy of the decision will be relayed to both teams.

To appeal, please write to SSCFA noting the grounds for the appeal and submit it either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to SSCFA Chairman, c/o SSCFA, Shropshire FA Headquarters, Montgomery Waters Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury. SY2 6ST.

  VII.        The outcome of the appeal concludes the SSCFA’s complaints process.

Revised June 2019/SSCFA

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