Sanctioning all competitions and tournaments
18/03/2021: Hampshire FA update regarding tournaments and festivals
In common with the whole of the grassroots football family in Hampshire, we are eagerly awaiting details from the Football Association around the conditions under which football can return from March 29th. These details remain subject to discussion between The FA and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
We have been in regular dialogue with our leagues to gain an understanding of their intentions and we are aware there have been consultations with clubs to gain maximum consensus.
Since the roadmap was revealed by government last month, we are conscious that a number of clubs across the region have been exploring the potential for tournaments and festivals from Easter, through the May bank holiday weekends, into the summer months.
We fully understand the footballing and financial arguments in favour of such events. However, we need to be clear that until the FA guidance is published, and we have had the opportunity to look at the rules around mass gatherings, and discussed these with local partners, Hampshire FA will NOT be sanctioning any tournament or festival. To help all Hampshire leagues to complete their respective seasons, it has been agreed that any tournaments scheduled before 1st July will not be approved either.
Hampshire FA’s advice, therefore, is to wait for the clarity we are all seeking and then see if such events are logistically, and even morally feasible. We remain of the firm opinion that we have a wider social responsibility beyond football to play our part in the minimisation or even eradication of Covid-19.
We would remind all clubs and potential organisers that there is a prescribed process to follow in arranging a festival and having it sanctioned by the County FA. We would also point out that even if the FA guidance allows such events to take place, they would still be subject to any additional conditions that may be put into effect by local authorities or site operators.
We will make a further statement once the FA guidance is published, and will strive to ensure our position is aligned with that of our neighbouring County FAs.
Sanctioning competitions and tournaments safeguards everyone
After the process has been completed, Hampshire FA will advertise your competitions and tournaments on this page.
All Adult and Youth tournaments require sanctioning by Hampshire FA in order for affiliated teams to participate in the tournament, and for all necessary insurances to be valid. To sanction a tournament, please download the Tournament Sanction Form (see bottom of the page). You will then need to fill out points 1-18 and return the form to Sam.Charles@HampshireFA.com, along with a copy of your own tournament rules.
Clubs are also now required to complete a safeguarding risk assessment form which must be sent alongside the tournament sanction form and tournament rules to Sam Charles.
Please see the FA Standard code of rules for your reference when creating your tournament rules. Once the application has been reviewed, you will receive an invoice for £76.80. After this has been paid the tournament sanction will be confirmed and added to our website for advertisement.
2020 Tournaments Sanctioned by Hampshire FA
No current dates available
You/The Club will need to provide and complete the following:
Risk Assessment (this can be completed nearer the time but will be a mandatory document this year and will need to be completed and sent to Hampshire FA at least 2 weeks before the tournament- If you use your own template then this is okay - as long as it has been carried out and completed/sent). It will not need to be carried out by someone that specialises in Risk Assessments/Health and Safety, as long as it is completed by someone who is in the Club/Tournament process.
Team List- This will need to be sent to Hampshire FA a week before the tournament runs- all clubs will be sent by a reminder by Sam.Charles@HampshireFA.com that this will need to be sent. Clubs will receive this on the Monday of the week of their tournament.
An Invoice of £76.80 will be visible to pay on Whole Game once the Sanction Form has been completed- the invoice can be sent directly if needed, please just email to ask this to be sent. Once the Sanction form and Tournament rules have been sent over, and the invoice has been paid, we will issue a Sanction letter. This Sanction letter is on the provision that a Risk Assessment and Team List will be completed and sent to Hampshire FA at a later date, if these conditions are not met then we will have to remove the Sanction for the Tournament.
It costs £76.80 to sanction a tournament with the county. There can be exceptions if it is a charity tournament.
Football clubs need to be affiliated to sanction a tournament. Organisations can also sanction tournaments with the county and have affiliated teams participate in the tournament without being an affiliated club.