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The event takes place at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy on 12th July 2014
- For a map and directions to the venue click here: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
- There is free parking on site
- You all need to be there by 7.30am for registration before kick off at 8am
- When you arrive, head to the central marquee. You’ll be given a team sign in form and then your t-shirts and match schedule
- You all need to play all day – no latecomers or ringers allowed! You’ll be given wristbands at the start of the day
RULES AND TOURNAMENT FORMAT
It’ll be 6 aside with rolling subs on a 30m x 50m pitch with 6ft by 12ft goals. Game rules are the same as 11aside football with the following exceptions:
- No offsides
- Underam roll ins instead of throws
- 5 yard retreat at set pieces
- 1 step run up for penalties
Games will be centrally timed and last approximately 20-25 minutes (no half times). Knockout games will go straight to penalties, with 3 per team followed by sudden death.
There will be two group stages followed by a series of knockout rounds. Performance in the group stages, combined with fundraising bonus points, will determine seeding for the knockouts. Winning teams will progress to an eventual final; losers will playoff for final positions. All teams will play the same number of games (approx 20) and finish the tournament at the same time.
Teams will play roughly 5 games on to every one game off. During off games, some players from each team will referee other games.
WHAT TO BRING
Clothing – You’ll be provided with a Football Marathon t-shirt, but you’ll need to bring shorts, socks, shinpads and footwear. Studs are not recommended – mouldies, blades or astros are usually best depending on the recent weather. Something warm, a cap or sun-hat and something waterproof are recommended.
Food and Drink – you’ll need a LOT of water and/or sports drinks, as well as enough food for a very tiring food.
Other useful stuff – Sun cream is absolutely essential even if it’s overcast. Camping chairs, towels, blister plasters, spare socks and blankets may come in useful. We’ll provide tournament footballs but bring your own if you want one to warm up with.
We will provide: T-shirts, physios/first aid, marquees for shelter, pitches, goalposts, footballs and toilets.
It’s a charity event and you’ll be wearing a TackleAfrica branded t-shirt so we will be required to behave ourselves all day. Moaning, cheating, violence, intimidation, drinking alcohol and disrespect are all unacceptable; sporting behaviour, helpfulness, a sense of humour and a focus on having fun are all encouraged.
What time do I need to get there?
Your whole team needs to arrive and register by 7.30am so that we can kick off at 8am. If we kick off late we’ll be playing in the dark later on!
What shall I bring?
We’ll send you a full list – but the important stuff is football kit, water, food, waterproofs and suncream. Prepare for all weather!
What do I do with my stuff?
We’ll provide gazebos for you to put your bags in and use as a base. Some people bring popup tents or their own gazebos as well
How much football will I play?
Each team will play about 20 games of 20-30 minute football – so somewhere between 8 and 10 hours depending on how smoothly the day goes. The average person runs about 40km – the same as running a Marathon
What if we get knocked out?
You can’t get knocked out. There are two group stages to determine seeding for the final tournament. If you lose in the final tournament you play off against other losing teams to determine your final position.
What time will it finish?