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Are you aware of the sanctioning conditions?

The Summer Tournament Guide is now available to download. This is a guide of how to help organise an effective and successful tournament.

Tournament Guidance

Organisers of football tournaments this summer should be aware of the conditions for the sanction of tournaments and festivals that apply.

Gloucestershire FA is permitted to sanctions festivals and tournaments involving Gloucestershire teams plus teams from other English County FAs.  Applications for these tournaments must be received at least 10 working days in advance to guarantee that sanction will be given. 

County FAs are not able to sanction festivals and tournaments which involve teams from different countries, including Wales.  Approval for these must be requested from The FA.  Information of arrangements including team details must be provided at least 28 days before the date of the start of the competition in order to guarantee sanction from the national association.  In respect of multi-country festivals and tournaments this is achieved by the completion and submission of Form D along with the payment of Ā£90.00 to The FA. 


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Organisers of football festivals and tournaments this summer are reminded to plan well in advance when it comes to requesting sanction from the Gloucestershire FA. The advice is offered to ensure that the affiliation of one-off competitions can be completed in time for events to go ahead.

It is important that organisers of festivals and tournaments receive the appropriate sanction from either The FA or Gloucestershire FA. Failure to do so could void the respective Legal Liability and Group Personal Accident Insurance of the organisers, teams and referees involved.  Should Gloucestershire FA receive discipline reports or complaints regarding any non-sanctioned event, then the Association does not have the duty to follow these up.

Copies of Application Form D to request the sanction of a festival or tournament from both The FA and Gloucestershire FA are available to download on the Tournaments webpage. Further advice and information about the organisation of one-off competitions and those that have received sanction through Gloucestershire FA are also published on the same webpage.

In order to receive sanction, organisers must provide evidence that a COVID-19 Risk Assessment is in place for the event. To find the latest FA guidance on COVID-19 Risk Assessment and grassroots football please click here.

Gloucestershire FA reserves the right to refuse and return an application for sanction if the information provided on Form D is not complete and if the sanction requires approval from The FA.

Clubs organising and taking part in Football Tournaments after the 30 June each year are reminded that their affiliation must be completed and approved for the following season in order to be permitted to run or play in any Football Tournament being held on or after 1 July.

It is recommended that teams and referees involved in tournaments and festivals request to see proof of sanction from the organisers before taking part.

gfa sanctioned tournaments 2021

Take a look at the current sanctioned Tournaments 

Bishops Cleeve FC - Festival of Football. Saturday 26 June, Bishops Cleeve FC, GL52 3PD. Contact Nicky DeBonis,

5 - 13 June 2021 at The Creek, Portway, Bristol. Contact for details.

Bristol Rovers Supporters Boys Tournament 9 July to 17 July at Southey Playing Fields, Kingswood, Bristol. Contact is

24 - 25 July, at Southey Park Kingswood, Bristol BS15 1TN. Contact for details.

25 July, at Cotswold Civil Service Club, Cheltenham. Contact for details.

1 May - 12 June - Glos Champions League (organised by Rising Stars Youth FC). For details, contact

Hallen Youth U15 Tournament. Sunday, 15 August 2021 at Hallen AFC, BS10 7RU. Contact for details.

20-22 August at PBA Sports & Social Club, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9XW. Contact for detials.

Severn Sport Shield 13 July - 17 July at Cinderford Town FC. Contact for details.

Southside Star Youth Summer Mini Tournament 17 July at Bournside Sports Centre, Cheltenham. Contact is  

10 April to 15 May - The Gloster Cup & Plate (organised by Gloster Rovers FC).  For details, contact

17 April to 25 April - The Steve Hillier Memorial Cup (at Bristol Manor Farm FC).  For details, contact

Wickwar Wanderers Invitational 18 July to 8 August at various venues. Contact is

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