Football in play.

Competition Sanction


Hosting a tournament?

All Tournament, Festival, Charity Matches or Small Sided Competitions due to be played in Northamptonshire must be sanctioned by Northamptonshire FA. 

In order to be sanctioned, The NFA require:

- One completed tournament sanction form
- A copy of the competition Rules
- £30.00 fee (Can be waived for charity events following submission of accounts)

The benefits of tournament sanction include:

- Permitted to use registered referees (registered referees are not permitted to officiate in un-affiliated football)
- Coverage under public liability insurance
- County FA approval of rules
- County FA assistance - if you wish CFA representation at your event, please consult with our Football Development Team.
- Promotion of your tournament via CFA
- Ensure that the tournament meets club/CFA safeguarding requirements

It must be understood that if sanction is not approved, then all competing clubs and participating referees will not be covered by their insurances and are liable to disciplinary action.

In the case of charity matches, the Association is happy to sanction the match free of charge providing the organising club provides a copy of the accounts for the day.

We recognise it may be difficult for club secretarys to know which tournaments are sanctioned and which are not. Please find below a list of tournaments which are currently undergoing the sanction process and the County FA are aware of.

The list will be updated as and when additional tournaments are sanctioned, so please check back regularly.

If you are organising an event, please send the sanction form which can be downloaded below, to:

An important reminder to clubs that no ‘Under 6’ tournaments will be sanctioned

The FA regulations are clear and state “A child who has not attained the age of 6 shall not play and shall not be permitted or encouraged to play in a match of any kind”. 

In addition, the County FA cannot affiliate or sanction any Under 6 age groups to play in competitive matches; all children who have attained the age of 6 can therefore only play in Under 7 age groups.

Process for sanction:

- 1 Sanction form, A copy of the rules and £30.00 fee sent in by tournament organiser 
- CFA Competition Secretary confirms that all sections of the form is complete 
- CFA confirms that all clubs are affiliated with their respective CFA 
- CFA verifies the rules and cross-references against SCOR/SCORY 
- Tournament organiser is informed if the competition is sanctioned by the CFA 



Jack Patmore

County Administrator

01604 679221


Roy Ainge Memorial: Roy Ainge Memorial Match - 02/08/2018, Cogenhoe United

Northampton Town & District League Town League - 6 A Side 30/06/2018 + 01/07/2018, Broughton Old Boys

Thrapston Town Juniors: TTJFC Tournament - 08/07/2018, Woodford Playing Fields

Hackleton Harriers: Hackleton U8 Tournament - 07/07/2018, Grendon Sapphires FC

OG's Youth: Ogs Youth Tournament - 26+27/08/2018, OG's Sports, Wboro 

Kettering Town: Youth Tournament - 12/5/18 + 13/5/18

Kettering Town:  Schools Tournament - 23/05/2018

GLK United

Northampton Town FC: Niahms Next Step - 01/04/2018

Wollaston Victoria FC: 125 Anniversary Match - 24/03/2018

Santos Panthers: Santos Cup - 30/06/18 + 01/07/18

Wooton St George: Wooton World Cup - 30/06/18 + 01/07/18

Roade FC: Roade FC Tournament - 09/06/18 + 10/06/18

Santos Panthers: Santos cup - 09/06/18 + 10/06/18

Daventry Town: Daventry Super 6 - 14/07/18 + 15/07/18

Higham Town: Development Tournament - 07/07/18 + 08/07/18

Long Buckby: Long Buckby Tournament - 09/06/18 + 10/06/18

Blisworth FC: Blisworth Youth Football Tournament - 16/06/18 + 17/06/18

Parklands Tigerts: Parklands Tournament - 09/06/18 + 10/06/18

Northants United: Mexicasa SuperCup - 25/03/2018

UKBFC: UKBFC Vets Tournament - 22/04/18 + 07/05/18

Northampton Town FC: Cobblers Cup - 26/27 05/18

Opus energy: Opus Cup - 17/05/2018

Towcester Town: Summer Tournament -09/06/18 + 10/06/18

FC Aztec: Aztec Pre-Season Tournament  - 01/09/18 + 02/09/18

Corby Strip Mills: Summer 6's - 02/06/2018

Welland Valley: Summer Tournament - 14/07/2018 + 15/07/18

Vicarage Farm: Vic Farm Tournament - 03/06/2018

Peterborough United: Fairplay Tournament - 19/05/2018

Nationwide Charity FC: Charity Match - 24/05/2018

Pro Play: Sports Tournament - 28/05/2018

Kislingbury FC: Tournament - 02/06/18 + 03/06

Corby S&L: Thomas Mcnamee - 09/06/18 + 10/06/18

Kingsthorpe Jets: Youth Tournament - 23/06/18 + 24/06/18

Stanwick Rovers: Stanwick - 23/06/18 +24/06/18

Thrapston Venturas: Summer 6 Aside - 01/07/2018

Grange Park Rangers: Summer Tournament - 30/06/2018