The Largest Youth 5-A-Side Football Tournament in Suffolk

BIG 5-A-SIDE

8TH & 9TH JUNE 2024

FAQ’s

How much is it to park?

Parking is £3 (cash only) per car, which includes a tournament programme.

We do not have cashpoints on site, we reccommend bringing cash with you.

The nearest cashpoint is at the Co-Op which is a 2-minute drive or a 5 minute walk. Alternatively, Tesco at Stowmarket is the next closest.

What is the start time?

KO time is 10:00am for all youth competitions, we ask you to arrive at the venue to park from 8-45am onwards.

What is the finish time?

For youth, the initial group stages will finish around 2pm to 2-30pm. Knockout stages will then complete around 3pm.

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.

Are refreshments available?

Yes, we operate a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices, including BBQ, Ice-creams, cakes and snacks, hot & cold drinks.

Do you take cards for payment?

The carpark is cash only – £3, the stalls will take card including BBQ and refreshments.

We do not have cashpoints on site, we reccommend bringing cash with you.

The nearest cashpoint is at the Co-Op which is a 2-minute drive or a 5 minute walk. Alternatively, Tesco at Stowmarket is the next closest.

Can mixed teams enter?

Yes, the Big 5-A-SIDE is running as a boys and mixed teams event, we have a girls team event – ‘Ladies Day’ on the 14th July 2024, find more details here: MORE DETAILS >

Can all girls teams enter?

Due to parking restrictions this year we are running our inaugural Ladies Day on 14th July, a celebration of girls and womens football at Stowupland Falcons FC, this will include the girls only 5-A-Side tournament and much more. Find out more HERE >

Where can I find the rules?

We will 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.

How many players can each team have?

7 players per team maximum. A minimum of 5 is required, with one of those players as a goalkeeper.

How many Subs are 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 than one 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 do I pay to enter a team?

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 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. Fixtures are not published in advance.

How much is it to enter a team?

It’s £30 per team to enter, fee’s must be paid by 10th May 2024 to sucure your place.

How to I withdraw a team?

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.

If the league is full can I still enter a team?

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.

Can I advertise within the programme?

Yes we have different size spaces available from £50.00, please contact fundraising@stowuplandfalconsfc.co.uk to find out more.

What's the postcode?

The nearest postcode is IP14 4BQ. But please follow signs to car park which is a short walk away from the playing pitches. Unfortunately, due to health and safety reasons, parking is prohibited at Stowupland Village Hall and Social Club on the day to allow for emergency services access. Note also, parking in the school grounds is also prohibited.