Frequently asked questions
What is the One Tournament Nationals Road to St Georges Park?
One Tournament Nationals is a grassroots football tournament for U8 to U15 teams in the 19/20 season. There are 4 regional events and the winner of each age group at each region will meet in the grand final at St Georges Park National Football Centre.
The regional tournaments are held at high-quality football facilities (See Locations) in Yorkshire, Shropshire, London and Bristol.
Each regional will have only have 12 teams or under competing so teams entering have a real chance of qualifying for the finals.
Every player attending the regional events will receive a medal, and there will be multimedia coverage at each event.
* U14 and U15 have 2 regional events rather than 4.
What is the One Tournament England Experience?
Our One Tournament England Experience is a grassroots football tournament held at St Georges Park National Football Centre. Teams aged U7 to U12 in the 19/20 season can enter, no qualification is necessary.
Teams will play in a 12 or 16 team tournament, and the tournament usually last between 4 or 5 hours long. Teams from across the UK enter and all abilities are welcome.
Every player gets a medal and weather permitting teams get to sing the national anthem before a match and one of their matches are covered by our love multi media coverage.
We have hosted 500 teams at St Georges Park National Football Centre since 2017. For 2020 we are advising teams to book early as we have limited spaces due to the Euros being held in the UK. Each age group will sell out well in advance.
How many players are you allowed in a team?
In 5-a-side age sections, a maximum of 5 substitutes can be listed in a playing squad. In, 7-a-side, 9-a-side and 11-a-side age sections, a maximum of 7 substitutes can be listed in a playing squad.
Can we bring guest players to the tournament?
Teams are permitted to register a maximum of two ‘guest players’ at our tournaments.Guest players are players who are not currently registered with your club. They must produce documentary evidence to your club secretary to prove that they are the correct age and they must bring these documents with them to the festival.
Can unaffiliated teams play in the tournaments?
All teams attending One Tournament must be affiliated to a County, Area or School Football Association. Academy teams affiliated to professional clubs and ‘representative’ sides are not permitted to enter our tournaments.
What is the length of the games?
5v5 games are 10 minutes long and played straight through
7v7 games are 10 minutes long and played straight through
9v9 games are 14 minutes long and played straight through
11v11 games are 20 minutes long and played straight through
What is the format on the day?
For the One Tournament Nationals, the 7v7 tournament teams will be split into 2 groups of 6 where teams will play a minimum of 5 matches. The top 4 teams in each group go through to the Quarter Finals knockouts.
For 9v9 it will be a 12 team tournament and the top 2 qualify for the semi-finals.
For 11v11 it is a 10 team tournament, 2 groups of 5, top 2 qualify for the semi-finals
For the One Tournament England Experience
Our 7v7 will be a 16 team tournament team will be split into 4 groups of 4 where teams will play 3 group matches. The top 2 teams in each group will go through to the Cup competition and the teams in 3rd and 4th will go through to the Plate competition where teams will play another 3 group games before the top 2 teams in each group compete in the Cup and Plate Finals.
The 9v9 will be groups of 5 and the top 2 qualify for a semi-final knock out.
For 5v5 we usually go with 2 groups of 6 the top 4 of each group will go through to either a cup or plate competition.
Do teams need to bring player ID documentation?
All teams need to bring player identification documents with them to our tournaments in the event that a players eligibility needs to be confirmed. Identification documents can include player ID cards, WGS team documents, Birth Certificate or Passport
Can players play up an age group?
Players are permitted to play up one age group and the following age qualifications apply for our 2020 tournaments
Age group Born on or after Born Before
U7 1st September 12 1st September 13
U8 1st September 11 1st September 13
U9 1st September 10 1st September 12
U10 1st September 09 1st September 11
U11 1st September 08 1st September 10
U12 1st September 07 1st September 09
U13 1st September 06 1st September 08
U14 1st September 05 1st September 07
Please note, In accordance with FA rules, once a player has turned 6 years of age they will be permitted to participate in the U7 age section at One Tournament 2020.
Can boys and girls play together?
Boys and girls are permitted to play together in all age groups.
Will you be running girl’s only tournaments?
Our girl’s only tournaments will run every other year so no female only events in 2020 but keep an eye out for our 2021 calendar of events
What time should we arrive?
Teams can arrive up to 1 hour before the tournament starts and there will be a team managers meeting 20 minutes before games kick off which all team managers should attend
What should players wear on match days?
Astro turf trainers or moulded studs must be worn on artificial pitches (strictly no blades or studs to be worn in no circumstances)
All footwear including blades and studs can be worn on grass pitches
All players must wear shin pads
What prizes and trophies will be awarded on match days?
At the majority of our tournaments, we will run Cup and Plate competitions so there will be 2 sets of winners and Runner Up medals handed out on the day along with Winner Cups. All players that do not make it through to the Finals will receive a participation medal for taking part
When do we need to pay the booking fee in full?
When teams are making a booking they can either pay in full or make a minimum 50% booking fee payment to confirm the team’s place. Teams who make a deposit payment are given 6 week period to make payment in full. If teams fail to make full payment with the 6-week window their booking will be cancelled and the deposit will be lost. Please note the deposit option is taken down on 1st February. All bookings after this will need to be paid in full on booking.
If we win one of the regional tournaments do we automatically qualify for the National Finals at St Georges Park and is there a cost involved?
The One Tournament Road to St Georges Park National Final is an invitation-only event for winners of the regional event which is free of charge to participating teams. A £100 deposit is required from all teams to confirm their attendance. This deposit payment will be refunded to all teams who attend the National Final but is non-refundable to teams who, after confirming their attendance, do not attend. The finals will be played on the weekend of the 22nd/23rd August.
Can we cancel our place and get a refund?
If you book onto a tournament and cancel the booking within 7 days of the original booking we will give you a full refund. Cancellations made after 7 days of the original booking will be non-refundable.
See terms and conditions for more info regarding cancellations
St. George’s Park National Football Centre, Newborough Road, Needwood, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9PD
Our Venue for our England Experience tournaments and also the National Final venue for those winning our regional competitions.
England 105 million pound National Football Centre. Home to all 28 England International teams. 40% of the UK’s population live within a two-hour drive, and it’s only 90 minutes by train from London. Nearly 500 teams have joined us here since 2017.
REGIONAL VENUES FOR THE ONE TOURNAMENT NATIONAL THE WINNERS OF THESE EVENTS MEET IN THE GRAND FINAL AT ST GEORGES PARK
LONDON REGION VENUE
Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2JP
Brand new state of the art complex with stadium vibe. This is the venue for our One Tournament Nationals, London region. On the London Surrey border, both Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures are under 8 miles away.
NORTH REGION VENUE
St. George’s Park Thorncliffe, Pack Horse Lane, Sheffield, S35 3HY
MIDLANDS REGIONAL VENUE
Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Near Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9AT
Our tournaments take place on the same pitches where Englands 1966 team trained. The former National Football centre still boast A grade grass pitches used by professional clubs.
SOUTH REGIONAL VENUE
These are real comments from real coaches or parents that have attended our tournaments.
“Thanks guys for a great tournament and organising. A mention to the referees who were great too. Look forward to your 2020 entries around the UK.” Paul Marshall
“Heighington AFC under 10s had an amazing day, the lads loved every minute” Anderson Madhouse
“Thanks for a great day Wirral Wales Boys, winners today, had a great time and can’t wait to come back” Kevin Riley
“Great day for the @one_tournament at St Georges park with @PexPorto wonderful experience for the kids and fantastic organisation on the day well done to everyone involved” Dan Collins
“@onetournament Weymouth Youth Fc under 10s had an amazing day at St Georges National Football Centre. Despite the rain the tournament was superbly run and the boys had a brilliant time and experience” Jon Williams
Hall of fame
Whilst football will always be the winner, our hall of fame highlights previous winners of our 5v5,7v7, 9v9 tournaments. It’s great to see teams from across the Uk enter our tournaments and have a day out to remember.
2017 Cup Winners
U8s Bromford Lions
U8s Rugby Town
U9s Sunderland City
U10s CS Colts
U10s Jedson United
U11s Blaby Bullets
U12s Pro Direct
2018 Cup Winners
U6 Garforth Rangers
U7s Netherton Athletic
U8s Sheen Lions
U8s Elite Athletico
U9s Wellbeck Warriors
U9s Ratton Rangers
U10s Isleham FC
U10s Broadstone Colts
U11s Solihull Moors
U11s Solihull Academy
U12s AS Eastbourne
WF 50s Leggy Mambo’s
WF 60s Leggy Mambo’s
2019 Cup Winners
U7s Oakwood Terriers
U8s Discoveries Tigers
U9s Enfield Rangers Whites
U9s London Colney Colts
U10s Wirral Welsh Boys
U10s Sutton United
U10s Montague Blues
U8s Slade Green Knights
U11s Fulwood Amateurs
U12s Solihull Academy
U13s Hawcoat Park Dynamos
U14s Stockton lions
U8 Girls AFC Bolton
U8 Girls Fareham Town
U9 Girls NFA Diamonds
U10 Girls Junior hoops
WF 50s Wokingham and Emmbrook
WF 60s Nottingham Bramcoate
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