Football Coaching

Affiliating a Tournament or Competition

Holding a summer football tournament? Find out about how to get it sanctioned.

All tournaments, festivals friendlies and competitions must be sanctioned. This includes summer tournaments, mid-week competitions and charity games.

It is important to recognise that an un-affiliated tournament, friendly or competition renders a club’s insurance invalid, with participating teams and referees at risk of not being covered by their existing public liability or personal accident cover. Un-affiliated competitions are also not governed by the Amateur FA's disciplinary process which means players, coaches and referees are potentially at risk.

Benefits of sanctioning:

- Permitted to use registered referees (registered referees are not permitted to officiate in un-affiliated football)
- Coverage under club public liability insurance
- County FA approval of rules
- Ensure that the tournament meets AmateurFA safeguarding requirements

How to apply to get your tournament sanctioned:

Please fill in the online form by clicking HERE.

Each tournament costs £25.00 to sanction. Once we have approved your sanction we will invoice you via the Whole Game System.

If you have any questions, please email