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.

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

sanctioned events

24/03/2018, Wollaston Playing Fields

01/04/2018, Northampton Town FC, Sixfields Stadium

events currently undergoing sanction

12/05/2018 + 13/05/2018, Latimer Park 

23/05/2018, Latimer Park

Awaiting further details

30/06/2018 + 01/07/2018, Kettering Buccleaugh Academy

30/06/2018 + 01/07/2018, Wootton Community Playing Fields

09/06/2018 + 10/06/2018, Roade FC

09/06/2018 + 10/06/2018, Northampton College

14/07/2018 + 15/07/2018, Sports Park Daventry