Rules and Regulations

Eligibility of Players
Any girl in full time education at a participating school, who falls into the correct age range:
Age Groups – U11 | U12 | U13 | U14 | U15 | U16 | Seniors
All Players must play within their Age Group as at 11:59 pm on 31st August. To play in the U14 age group players must be at least 11 years old.
Players over 14 can play in any age category from U15 upwards. Pupils may only represent their school in one age category.  Should a pupil move school during the academic year she may still be eligible for her new school, even having previously represented her previous school.
During finals team managers should carry proof of age for all players.

Control
Decisions regarding any point of contention will be made by Sisters n Sport.

Organisation
The competition shall be played on a knock-out basis with all matches to be decided on the day, with no replays.
The team highlighted pink will have the home advantage.

1st Round – to be played by 19th September
2nd Round – to be played by 24th October
3rd Round – to be played by 21st November
4th round – to be played by 19th December
Regional Finals – must be played by 23rd January
Semi-Final – must be played by 11th February
English School Finals – 24/25th March 2020
Scottish School Finals – March 2020
Welsh School Finals – March 2020

Timings
U12/U13 – 4 x 12 minutes, 7 a side
U14/U15/U16 and U19 – 4 x 15 minutes, 7 a side
In case of a draw at full time, 5 minutes each way should be played. If the game is still drawn after extra time, play will continue until a goal is scored. Please note that the full time whistle will be blown to signal the ‘golden goal’ period is starting and play will continue until a goal is scored. There will be no reset to a centre pass and no stoppage in play.
TEAMS NOT COMPLETING MATCHES BY THE STIPULATED DATE MAY BE LIABLE TO DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE
COMPETITION

Arrangement of Matches
Teams must agree on a date and start time for the first round matches by 20th July 2018. For following rounds the match should be arranged within 7 days of the previous round being completed – see dates above.

Teams unable to agree a date by the deadline must both inform the organiser during this 7 day period.

Sisters n Sport will then decide the date and start time of the match. Any decision Sisters n Sport make will be final
and binding.

Matches should be played at a venue decided by the home team. This should be an indoor venue*, or alternatively, agreed by the away team on arrangement of the fixture.

*For the U11 age group – matches are allowed to be played outside as the majority of schools do not have the indoor facilities.

NB. Matches must be umpired by 2 neutral umpires, with a minimum C award qualification. Do NOT use teaching/coaching staff from your own school as this is not deemed neutral. In the Regional final and semi-final
stages, B award umpires should be used.

Each team is responsible for supplying their own umpire, or arranging with
the home team to supply both umpires if deemed more appropriate. The final responsibility however lies with both teams to provide at least one appropriate umpire.

Registration and Payment of Entry
All registrations must be made online via the Sisters n Sport Website

Regions
Following feedback from teachers and coaches and to ensure more schools are able to enter the competitions we have broken out the four regions.   This will mean the first four rounds will be more local and this will stop travelling distance being a barrier to schools entering.
If you are unsure of which region to enter we have listed the counties below:

North
North West –Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire
North East – County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
Yorkshire
– West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and South Yorkshire

Midlands
East Midlands –
Derbyshire, , Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.
West Midlands – Herefordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and  Staffordshire.

South East
Greater London – London
South East – West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex
East – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk

South West
South West 1 – Bournemouth, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset, Dorset, South Gloucestershire and Poole
South West 2 – Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
South – Berkshire, Brighton & Hove, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

If not listed please contact us snsnationalcup@sistersnsport.com

Sharing of Data for Fixtures
By entering the Sisters n Sport National Cup Competitions, we will need to share your contact details (Name, Email and Contact Number) with the other schools within the competitions for you to be able to organise fixtures.
Please let us know if there is a problem – snsnationalcup@sistersnsport.com

Publicity
Competing schools shall use the proper name of the competition ‘inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup’ or #inspiresportsnsnationalcup when using social media.
Please feel free to tweet us scores/photographs etc to @sistersnsport

Trophy Ownership
The trophies shall be the property of Sisters n Sport. The schools winning such trophies shall be responsible for the safe keeping of the trophies whilst under the care and custody of that school and shall be responsible for its return to Sisters n Sport by March 1st in the year following their victory.

Sisters n Sport reserve any right to deal with any matters not specifically provided for in the Rules of Competition and to take whatever action they deem to be appropriate.

Sisters n Sport are not responsible for any injury or loss experienced during the competition.