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more than 30 years of 5 a-side tournamentsWelcome to the home of the BIG 5 a-side. Suffolks largest all 5 a-side tournament in 2019 . We regularly attract more than 180 teams competing over two days of competition, including mixed and girls only competitions.
Come and join in the fun!
Our tournament is one of the largest all 5 a-side tournaments, designed and run to be a celebration of football at the end of the season. We have teams that enter from Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, as well as our own local clubs playing in the local youth and adult leagues. Our under 7 and Under 8 tournaments are FREE to enter. Our entry prices can be seen below. We attract more than 180 teams across all the age ranges, and we provide on site catering and entertainment for players and their families. Our tournament caters for :
We also provide tournaments for Adults, but these are only scheduled when enough support from teams and volunteers exist. Please check the table below to see if they are running this year, or get in touch with us.Enter NOW!
A BIG THANK YOU to all our SPONSORS this year.
How to Enter our tournament
You can enter our tournament on-line in 4 easy steps. Just follow the steps below to enter as many teams as your would like.
Create an account in order to enter your teams.
Select the age group and enter your teams. You can enter as many teams as you like subject to availability.
You can pay on-line via PayPal or BACS on line transfer. You can also send us a cheque. All team must be paid for prior to the tournament.
Nearer the tournament, you can register your players on line to save time on the morning of the tournament.
What time should I arrive?
All Youth competitions Kick off at 10am sharp. Aim to be at the venue from 9:30am onwards on the day you are playing. It is a short 5 minute walk from the car park to the playing pitches.
What's the postcode?
The nearest postcode is IP14 4BQ. But please follow signs to car park which is a short walk away form the playing pitches. Unfortunately due to health and safety reasons, parking is prohibited at the Village Hall and Social Club on the day to allow for emergency services access. Note also, parking in the School grounds is also prohibited.
How much is it to park?
Parking is £2 per car, which includes a tournament programme.
What time will it end?
For youth, the initial group stages will finish around 1:30pm. Knockout stages will then complete by 3pm. For adults, the competition will finish around 8pm.
What footwear do players need?
We recommend that players come equipped with both boots and trainers. They will be playing on grass and the ground can get quite hard in the summer.
Will I be able to get food and drink?
Yes, we operate a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices.
Is there a cash machine on site?
No. the nearest is at the Post Office which is a 10 minutes drive. Alternatively, Tesco at Stowmarket is the next closest. We recommend you bring cash as none of our concession take card payments.
What is the start time?
KO time is 10:00am for all youth competitions
Where can I find the rules?
Please log in, by pressing the "Enter the tournament" button at the top of the page and you find the rules on that page. We also sent you a personal copy of the rules when you registered with us, please refer to your e-mail. Rules are also included in the tournament programme.
What is the format of the tournament?
All age groups play 5 a-side. There is typically a group stage followed by a knock-out stage to determine the Champions of each age group. The only exception to this is Under 7, Under 8 and Under 10 Girls age groups which consists of just a group stage where no scores are recorded (all players receive a participation medal in these three age groups).
How many players per team am I allowed?
7 players per team maximum. A minimum of 5 is required, with one of those players as a goal keeper.
How many subs am I allowed?
Up to 2 out of your 7 players are subs, which can be rolled on and off during the matches.
How many teams can I enter?
As many as you like.
Do all players need to be signed to my Club or normal league team?
No. You are welcome to bring players who meet the age qualifying criteria, but who have not played for your team through the season.
Can a player play in more that 1 team?
No. You also cannot bring additional players and add then to your team should one of your initial 7 players become injured. Players are registered to a single entered team prior to the competition and therefore cannot be moved to other teams during the competition.
How can I see what team are entered?
You can see the status of your own teams when you login. About two weeks prior to the competition the entered teams will be available on the website.
How do I pay?
Details of how and what to pay were sent to you when you added a team. Please refer to the e-mail for details how to pay by PayPal, Cheque, or via BACS(On-line bank transfer).
How many teams will be in a league?
A maximum of 6 will be in each league.
Where can I find the fixtures?
The fixtures will be published in the programme, available to purchase on the day for £2, this includes a free entry to the Grand prize draw.
Will you send out the fixtures in advance to me?
No, they will be available on the day in the programme.
How much is it to enter a team?
Entry fees for each team can be seen in the table below/above. We do offer some age groups free of charge as they are non competitive and there is no winner for these age groups. No shows will not receive refunds. No shows in FREE age groups will be charged a £20 fee.
Can I withdraw a team at any time?
You can withdraw teams until 14 days prior to the tournament date and receive a full refund. If you withdraw after that time, unless we can fill your space you will not receive a refund. We usually have a reserve list, so most teams will get refunds if they have to withdraw, but please do rely on this. Please tell us as soon as you are able if you intend to withdraw. Contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.
What happens if a league is full, can I still enter?
Yes, we operate a reserve list system. We also adjust the number of leagues in age groups as we get nearer the tournament to give extra spaces as some age groups may not fill up as quickly as others. We try our best to give every opportunity to teams. If you are on a reserve list we will TEXT or CALL you should a space become available. You will have 24 hours to respond otherwise we will offer it to the next team on the reserve list. Teams will be contacted in the order of team entry date and time.