THE FA PEOPLE’ S CUP, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BBC GET INSPIRED TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The following Terms and Conditions apply to The FA People’s Cup 2018 Competition (the “Competition”). The promoter of the Competition is The Football Association Limited (“The FA”), Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HA9 0WS. The Competition is also being run in conjunction with the BBC and partners from Small Sided Football Providers (“SSPs”), University Sites (“HE”) and College Sites (“FE”).
By entering the Competition, entrants (including all Team Members (as defined below) agree to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions and any and all other associated promotional materials published by The FA, the BBC and/or the SSPs.
1. Entry to the Competition opens on 1st December 2017 (the “Opening Date”) and will close at midnight on 18th February 2018 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received before the Opening Date or after the Closing Date will not be accepted.
2. The Competition is free to enter and is only open to male and female residents of the United Kingdom who are aged twelve (12) or above on the Closing Date. Under The FA’s Guidelines, players participating in a match, who are over the age of sixteen (16), must be of the same gender unless participating within the Walking Football competition. The FA reserves the right to request an entrant’s proof of age and residency at their stated address for verification purposes before accepting their entry.
3. Each team entered into the Competition must be made up of at least five (5) and no more than seven (7) team players (the “Team Members”) and must nominate a manager (the “Team Manager”).
4. Entries are on a first come, first served basis.
5. Entries not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions are invalid.
6. In order to enter the Competition as a team, one Team Member (the Team Manager) must register the Team by:
• visiting TheFA.com/playfootball (the “Website”);
• searching for a session to play in; and
• completing the entry journey (including creating a team, registering as an individual player, manager or both, providing date of birth, contact email and phone number of the Team Manager, and inviting players to join the team).
All mandatory fields must be completed.
7. The Team Manager will act as the primary point of contact with The FA and/or the SSPs (together the “Organising Parties”) throughout the duration of the Competition, unless otherwise specified by the Team Members and agreed to by one of the Organising Parties.
8. All Team Members registering for a team will need to sign up to The FA People’s Cup individually by completing the entry journey. All Team Members signing up to a team will be kept informed individually if changes or updates to their event take place between signing up and the first match being played.
9. Any player under the age of 16 at the point of registration must be registered by a parent or guardian.
10. Individual entrants (“Individual Players”) can also sign up to take part in the Competition and will be treated as Team Members for the purposes of these Terms and Conditions. To enter as an Individual Player you will register in the same way as a team via theFA.com/playfootball.co.uk and follow the instructions. Individual players will be placed into a team by The FA where possible.
11. The Organising Parties reserve the right to expel any team or Team Member from the Competition if either of them deems that team or Team Member to be acting:
• In an unsportsmanlike fashion;
• Outside the principles of fair play;
• In a way that damages the image of the Competition; or
• Fielding a player or players who do not meet the eligibility criteria.
12. The Organising Parties hold sole and absolute discretion in this regard and their decision will be final.
13. Any team or Team Member that fails or refuses to comply with these Terms and Conditions may be disqualified from the Competition by the Organising Parties. Any such decision will be at the sole and absolute discretion of either of the Organising Parties and will be final.
14. Teams will be made up of a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of seven (7) Team Members, and will be registered by The FA under a team name of the team’s choice (subject to clause 18 below).
15. Team Managers must select their final team for The FA People’s Cup before the start of the Competition.
16. Any Team Member that is not selected for a final team will be informed of his manager’s decision by email.
17. Once the Competition has started The FA and Organising Parties may permit up to two Team Members of any team to be replaced between rounds. The FA and Organising Parties’ decision will be final. If a team qualify for a Semi-Final, no Team Members from that team are permitted to go on and play for any other team.
18. A team name must be chosen by each team at the start of the Competition. At their sole and absolute discretion the Organising Parties reserve the right to reject team names that they consider to be unsuitable, inappropriate, obscene, derogatory; that reference trade marks, or known personalities; or that are derogatory towards the Organising Parties or any entities associated with them.
1. Each completion will be age specific and is open to all teams who are classified within these age classifications.
• U14 Male – The player must be over the age of 12 and under the age of 14 as at midnight on 31st August 2017
• U14 Female – The player must be over the age of 12 and under the age of 14 as at midnight on 31st August 2017
• U16 Male – The player must be over the age of 14 and under the age of 16 as at midnight on 31st August 2017
• U16 Female– The player must be over the age of 14 and under the age of 16 as at midnight on 31st August 2017
• Youth Disability – The player must be over the age of 11 and under the age of 16 as at midnight on 31st August 2017
• Open Age Male – Attained the age of 16 on the day of the local qualifying heat
• Open Age Female – Attained the age of 16 on the day of the local qualifying heat
• Male Vets – Attained the age of 35 on the day of the local qualifying heat
• Female Vets – Attained the age of 35 on the day of the local qualifying heat
• Adult Disability - Attained the age of 16 on the day of the local qualifying heat
• Walking – Attained the age of 50 on the day of the local qualifying heat
2. All Team Members must be of full amateur status.
3. Below outlines the eligibility criteria for each of the categories within the Competition.
Adult Male and Male Vets categories
• No Professional or Semi-Professional football player(s) are permitted to enter the competition. For the avoidance of doubt, any player(s) that have played in the top 8 levels (as set out below) of English Football in the last 6 months leading up to [23rd February 2018] (the “Tournament Opening Date”) are not permitted to play in the Competition.
English Pyramid System
Level 1: Premier League
Level 2: Football League Championship
Level 3: Football League One
Level 4: Football League Two
Level 5: National League (Vanarama)
Level 6: National League North, National League South (Vanarama)
Level 7: Northern (Evo-Stik) Premier League Premier Division, Southern Football League Premier Division, Isthmian (Ryman) League Premier Division
Level 8: Northern (Evo-Stik) Premier League Division One North, Northern (Evo-Stik) Premier League Division One South, Southern Football League Division One East, Southern Football League Division One West, Isthmian League (Ryman) Division One North, Isthmian League (Ryman) Division One South
Adult Female and Female Vets categories
• No Professional or Semi-Professional football player(s) are permitted to enter the competition. For the avoidance of doubt, any player(s) that have played in the levels (as set out below) of English Football in the last 6 months leading up to [23rd February 2018] (the “Tournament Opening Date”) are not permitted to play in the Competition.
FA Women’s Super League Season
FA Women’s Super League Development League Season
FA Women’s Premier League Season - Northern and/or Southern Divisions
Higher Education (University) Categories
• No British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Football or Futsal players registered for the 2017/18 season are permitted to enter the competition in the University Male category. Two BUCS Football or Futsal players are permitted per team in the University Female category. In addition the local heats for the Higher Education category are only open to students currently attending the host university in question.
Further Education (College) Categories
• A maximum of two Category 1-3 Association of Colleges Sport (AoC Sport) Football players registered for the 2017/18 season are permitted to enter the competition per team in the Male & Female College categories. In addition the local heats for the Further Education category are only open to students currently attending the host college in question.
4. Any team(s) found to be fielding ineligible players will be immediately disqualified from the tournament and removed. This applies to all levels of the tournament; local heats, semi-finals and the national final.
5. The FA shall have the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withdraw the Prize if winning teams are found to be fielding ineligible players.
6. Teams arriving late for a fixture may forfeit the fixture and be disqualified from the Competition. This shall be at the discretion of the Organising Parties.
7. Teams will be expected to provide themselves, for each of their Team Members, the following (including but not limited to):
• Football kits; shirts, shorts, socks; shin pads and football boots with moulded or astro turf trainers. Team Members will not be permitted to wear football boots with blades or non-moulded studs (wet or dry weather); and
• Team Members will be liable for all travel and costs associated with their participation in the Local Heats, the Semi Finals and the National Final. For the avoidance of doubt the Organising Parties will not contribute to these costs in any way.
• Individual players will be provided with bibs for their wild card team on the day of their local heat.
8. Save for as expressly amended or modified by the Terms and Conditions, the applicable laws of the game for The FA People’s Cup shall be The Football Association’s Small Sided Football Rules 2017-2018 (the “Tournament Rules”) (//www.thefa.com/my-football/player/5-a-side-and-futsal). The only exception to this is Walking Football which shall be played in accordance with The FA’s Walking Football Laws of the Game (//www.thefa.com/news/2017/feb/22/laws-of-walking-football-launched-220217). For the avoidance of doubt the Tournament Rules shall include The FA’s Discipline Process for Small Sided Football or such other process as issued by The FA to participating teams from time to time.
9. Participants are reminded of the General Principle of the Tournament Rules that where not otherwise stated in the Tournament Rules, the Rules of the Association 2017-18 (the “FA Rules”) apply with exceptions (e.g. there is no offside in Small Sided Football).
10. Local heats will consist of a group stage, followed by a knockout stage (the “Local Heats”). A minimum of one (1) Team from each Local Heat will progress to semi-finals that will be organised on a regional basis (the “Semi-Finals”).
11. Teams will be notified of their Semi-Finals venues via email following the weekend of 23rd – 25th February 2018:
12. Teams may not enter into more than one (1) Local Heat. Any team that is found to have entered into more than one Local Heat will have any subsequent entries cancelled and will be removed from the Competition.
13. The Semi-Finals will consist of a group stage, followed by a knockout stage. The winning team from each Semi-Final shall progress to a national final (the “National Final”).
14. In the event of a draw in the knockout stages of each round in the Semi-Finals, the match will be decided by penalties. The penalties will consist of three (3) rounds followed by ‘sudden death’ penalties if necessary.
15. The National Final will be held in April/May 2018 (the “National Final Date”) at a location to be confirmed at the first round weekend (Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th February 2018).
16. If any Team is unable to attend the National Final, The FA reserves the right to select a replacement team to take their place.
17. The FA reserves the right to move the location of the National Final at any time prior to the National Final Date.
18. The winning teams from each category will each receive one ticket per Team Member to attend The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19st May 2018 (the “Prize”). Winning youth teams (U14s and U16s) will receive one extra ticket which must be used by an adult over the age of 18 to accompany the Team. The winning youth disability team will receive three extra tickets which must be used by adults over the age of 18 to accompany the team. Winning adult disability teams will receive two extra tickets which must be used by adults over the age of 18 to accompany the team. For all other teams the maximum number of tickets that a team will receive will be seven (7).
19. The Prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and not redeemable for cash or other prizes (in whole or in part). In the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside The FA’s control, The FA reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value. Travel and accommodation are not included in the Prize and The FA accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the Prize including, without limitation, meals, personal expenses and insurance in connection with the Prize. Winners are strictly prohibited from selling or giving away the Prize to any other person.
20. The FA will provide the winners with further details of how to claim their Prize on or around the date of the National Final.
21. The winners’ names and counties will be made available after the end of the Competition to those who send a self-addressed envelope to ‘FA People’s Cup 2018 Competition’ to The FA’s address set out at the top of these Terms and Conditions.
19. As the prize involves attendance at the 2018 FA Cup Final none of the winners can be subject to any Football Banning Order or equivalent court order and/or criminal conviction which restricts their ability to attend matches and/or makes them unsuitable to accept the prize. Any winner subject to such an order or conviction will not be able to receive the prize and will be treated as having been disqualified from the Competition. Such decision shall be at the sole discretion of The FA and will be final.
22. Winners must also comply with all of The FA or Wembley Stadium’s conditions for entry and any applicable ground or health and safety regulations (including those available on the Wembley Stadium website).
23. Team Members hereby consent to participate in any reasonable publicity accompanying and resulting from the Competition required on behalf of The FA and/or any other broadcast or media partners if so requested with no further recompense.
24. Each Team Member hereby agrees that the Organising Parties (and third parties authorised by The FA) may now and in the future use, exploit and make available the names, details, and images of all Team Members in any medium whatsoever including (but not limited to) a website (include the Organising Parties and broadcast partners main websites, and any social media sites), television, mobile media platforms and/or radio and any other media, whether now known or in the future, for the purposes of advertising and publicity of the Competition and/or The FA People’s Cup brand without restriction as to manner, frequency or duration of usage or any other purpose whatsoever in connection with the sale and marketing of The FA People’s Cup brand.
25. Neither of the Organising Parties will accept any responsibility for lost, delayed, incomplete, misdirected, mislaid, damaged or corrupted Entries (due to whatever reason, including but not limited to malfunction of the Website), or Entries that do not comply with these Terms and Conditions in any way.
26. The FA accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities (including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damage) injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition, not being able to enter into the Competition or accepting any prize. The FA further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer, tablet, mobile phone or other device or IT system relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading of any materials in connection with the Competition. Nothing shall exclude the liability of The FA for fraud or for death or personal injury as a result of that party's negligence.
27. In no event shall The FA or any of its Group Company’s total liability for all damages, losses, or causes of action exceed the price of the Prize. Without limiting the foregoing, this Competition and the Prize are provided "as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement.
28. The FA reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control or to amend or modify these terms and conditions at any time.
29. Team Members agree that their personal information will be collected, stored and processed in a database for the purposes of administering the Competition and in connection with any advertising mentioned in these Terms and Conditions. Such information will not be used for any other purpose other than as stated in these Terms and Conditions or as separately accepted by Team Members. If Team Members have separately agreed to receive communications from either of the Organising Parties then their personal data may be used for such purposes, including direct marketing. Please note that in processing the information in this way, The Organising Parties may disclose the information to other companies in its group or to third parties employed by the Promoter and/or the Sponsor. The Organising Parties shall at all times comply with applicable Data Protection regulations currently in force in the UK.
30. If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of the Terms and Conditions, or incorrect, illegible, fraudulent or other invalid or improper information has been provided, either of the Organising Parties may, at their discretion, refuse to process an entry or provide the Prize.
31. The Organising Parties reserve the right to verify all Team Members.
32. A decision of either of the Organising Parties will be final in all Competition circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into.
33. The FA reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time by publishing an updated version on The FA’s website. Any amendments will have immediate effect on publication unless otherwise specified.
34. If any of these Clauses should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable then it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and conditions and the remaining Clauses shall survive, remain in full force and effect.
35. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes arising under or in connection with them shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England, save for that any disputes or differences regarding the Tournament Rules shall be resolved in accordance with the FA Rules.