Tournament Sanctions

All the information you need to know regarding tournaments you may be hosting.

Sanction Your Tournament!

Many clubs host tournaments at various points of the season.

If you are a Manchester FA (MFA) member club then tournament sanction has already been paid for as part of your membership and as such there is no extra charge. If your club is not a member then tournament sanction can still be arranged, however, an administration charge of £32.20 will be applied.

The Benefits:

Once your tournament is sanctioned you are entitled to the following:

  • Permitted to use registered referees (these are not allowed to officiate in unsanctioned football).
  • Covered for public liability insurance (if you are a MFA member club).
  • County FA guidance on rules and regulations of the tournament.
  • County FA assistance - for CFA representation at your event, please contact us.

What We Need From You...

Please send the following to

  • Completed tournament affiliation form (see documents section below).
  • Competition rules - these must conform with FA Rules & Regulations.
  • List of referees selected to officiate at the tournament or advise us if you need assistance.
  • A copy of your public liability insurance.

All of this information must be sent at least 14 days before your event.

Entering A Tournament...

When entering tournaments, MFA clubs must be aware of whether or not the tournament is sanctioned. MFA member clubs are reminded that they may only play in sanctioned tournaments. It is against FA rules for affiliated teams to play in non-sanctioned competitions.

To find out if a tournament is sanctioned or not, see the table below. If it does not appear, please contact or call 0161 225 1966.


Tournament Name



Age Groups



Swinton FC 

Swinton FC Summer Tournament 2017

Paul Andrews

5v5, 7v7, 9v9


20, 21, 27 & 28 May

24 & 25 June

Sanction Issued

Moss Lane Rovers FC 

Moss Lane Rovers FC Girls Tournament 2017

Keith Bagnall

5v5, 6v6


3 June

Sanction Issued

AFC Urmston Meadowside

AFC Urmston Meadowside Summer Tournament

Damian Preston

5v5, 7v7, 9v9


20 & 21 May

Sanction Issued

Trafford FC Youth

Trafford FC Youth - Mini Soccer Festival

Simon Hamlett



20 & 21 May

Sanction Issued

Droylsden Youth Centre

Droylsden Juniors Summer Tournament

Brendon Robinson

6v6, 9v9

U8 & U11

27 May 

Sanction Issued

JP League

Salford Grassroots Mini Soccer Festival

Colin Richardson



3 June

Sanction Issued

Cadishead Sports JFC

Cadishead Sports JFC U13 Girls 9v9 Tournament

Phil Mitchell



10 June

In Progress

Heaton Mersey Vipers

The Vipers JFC Celebration of Kids

Keith Robertson

5v5, 7v7


10 & 11 June

In Progress

Flixton Juniors





10, 11, 17 & 18 June

In Progress

Urmston Town Juniors





24 & 25 June

In Progress

FA Rule 4a (iii) Clarification (Youth Club Summer Tournaments):

Further to several queries with regards to FA Rule 4A (iii), linked to competition formats for young players in the U7 to U10 age groups, questions have arisen about the summer tournaments organized by grassroots clubs and commercial companies. The query relates to whether these events can be run as a competition, for a trophy, with a published winner.

The FA Rule states that leagues can organise a maximum of three trophy events during the season, lasting a variety of different weeks according to age. The 'league season' in youth football typically runs from September to April/May and then there is a period of about eight weeks that grassroots clubs and companies run tournaments, often with the purpose of generating income to fund the following season. These one-day club events are usually separate sanctioned events, via Form D, at the County FA.

Therefore,, these one-day club/commercial events can be run for a trophy with a published winner, at all ages, if the organizing club/company chooses to operate in this way. However, if they choose to run the younger age groups in a festival format this is permissible.

We will continue to monitor the impact of these events, when run as a trophy competition, to ascertain whether this method is in the best interests of the young person participating and player development.