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Rules for Primary Competitions


1.    The competitions shall be open to all duly constituted Primary Schools' Associations affiliated to Durham County Schools' Football Association.

2.    The Primary Committee shall govern the competitions

3.    Players to be eligible must not have completed their 11th year before 1st Sept of the current season.

4.    DCSFA Primary competitions will be played according to the FA Laws for Mini-Soccer (7 v 7) or the FA Laws for 9v9 Football.

5.    All rounds of the Primary Competitions to be played on a date and venue set by the Primary Cups Committee and a result reported to the Primary Secretary in accordance with DCSFA Cup rules 8 and 9.

6.    Protests must be lodged within 7 days, in accordance with DCSFA Cup Rule 10.

7.    The entry fee per school/association shall be £5.

8.    No alterations shall he made to these rules except at the AGM of the Primary Committee.

9.    A Primary Cups' Committee shall be appointed to assist in the running of the various competitions. The committee shall consist of the officials (chairman, vice-chairman, secretary) and four other representatives.

10.    The Primary Cups Committee will appoint a person(s) to administer the competitions and report to DCSFA Council.


1.   Each school will select a squad of 10 players, 7 of whom will form the team, the other 3 being substitutes.

2.   Matches shall consist of 2 periods of 7 minutes.

3.   A win will gain 3 points and a draw 1 point.

4.   Should teams have the same number of points the highest placed team shall be decided as follows:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Most goals scored
  3. Won most matches
  4. Result(s) of matches between the teams concerned.
  5. Should teams share a qualifying position in the group and the playing records are identical, then a play-off match may be arranged if time permits. If this is impossible, the position will be decided by penalty kicks.

5.   If the scores are level at the end of normal time in a play-off, play will continue for a further period of 6 minutes, 3 minutes each way. If this fails to determine the winning team, the position will be decided by penalty kicks, taken in accordance with the regulation of FIFA, as published in the Laws of the Game.

6.   DCSFA will provide mementoes for winners and runners-up.

All DCSFA Primary 7-a-side competitions will be played according to the FA Laws for Mini-Soccer (7 v 7).