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Mixed Beach Soccer Tournament


Pitchside Football – Boys/Mixed Beach Soccer Tournament – Cleethorpes (Sunday 14th July 2024)

We’re really excited to welcome you to our girls beach soccer tournament held on Cleethorpes Beach. Please take time to read through the information pack including the match day rules as these differ from football rules.

Pitchside has been organising tournaments of all shapes and sizes for a number of years with over 30 years of experience between our staff so you can expect an exceptionally run tournament.

In order to help this happen please take time to read our information booklet and pass information on to your players, parents and other coaches to ensure everything runs smooth on the day.
As always we want fun to be at the forefront of our competitions so we look forward to seeing you on the day and hope you have a really good experience.


Tournament Info

Fixtures & Format

In order to maximise your playing time on the pitch we will be playing the following formats for each age group:

  • U10/11 – 6 teams will play a round robin tournament of 12-minute one-way matches. The winner of the group will be declared the tournament winners and the 2nd placed team will be declared the runners-up. There will be no knock out matches at these age groups.
  • U12/13/14/15 – 6 teams will play a round robin of 10-minute one-way matches. The top two teams will then play a final to be declared the winners/runners up. 3rd and 4th placed teams will play off for 3rd place and 5th and 6th placed teams will play off for 5th place.

All our fixtures, results and league tables will be available via our online Score Centre. This can be accessed by going to and will be available approximately 1 week before the event itself. Our event team will be updating these throughout the day you can keep track via your phone.

  • All age groups will play 5v5 (Squad of 10)


  • On arrival please report to the registration desk next to the pitches to sign in. You will be able to collect any pre-ordered foot strappings or purchase any on the day.
  • Morning session teams should aim to arrive between 9am and 9.15am.
    • Under 10/12/14 teams
    • Games will start at 9.30am and finish by 12.45pm
  • Afternoon session teams should aim to arrive between 1pm and 1.15pm.
    • Under 11/13/15 teams
    • Games will start at 1.30pm and finish by 5.15pm.

Team Sheets

  • All teams are required to submit an online team sheet prior to the event. This will be used to organise wristbands and ensure we have enough medals available for the day. Minor changes can be made on the day by speaking to a member of the event staff on arrival, however please contact us before the day where possible.
  • Strictly no academy players allowed to play in this competition. Any team found to be playing an academy player may be disqualified.
  • Teams are based on 2024/25 age groups.

Medals & Presentation

  • Winners and Runners-up will receive medals. The winning team will also receive a tournament winner’s trophy to take and keep.
  • Any team who has purchased participation medals will also be presented with their medals from tournament staff. Any team who has not purchased participation medals but wish to do so on the day please speak with a member of staff.


  • We have our onsite photography team Photeam ( taking action shots and official photos throughout the day. Match day photos will be available including commemorative framed photos of your special day.
  • We may also be videoing and recording matches throughout the day. If you have any concerns please let a member of staff know on arrival or via email before the day.
  • Any recorded matches may be uploaded to our YouTube channel and we’ll be posting photos and videos via our social stream throughout the day and days afterwards.

On the Day Expectations

  • We want everyone to enjoy their day out with us and as such we expect that all teams are responsible for all persons within their party. Our staff should not be expected to police your own spectators and we reserve the right to ask anyone who causes disruption or disregard to the festival nature of the day to leave.
Competition Rules

These rules are ‘tournament rules’ and are in addition to the ‘Laws of association football’, ‘The laws of mini-soccer football’, ‘Walking Football Laws of the Game’ and ‘Beach Soccer Laws of the Game’ where applicable. A copy of these Laws can be downloaded from the FA website.


i) The name of the Competition shall be the:
Pitchside Football – Boys/Mixed Beach Soccer Tournament – Cleethorpes Beach
ii) The competition shall be affiliated to Lincolnshire County Football Association.
iii) The Competition will comprise teams in the following age groups:
U7-U15 (based on 2024-25 season)


i) Entry to the competition is by invitation of the Management Committee.
ii) Any team withdrawing from the competition after having accepted the invitation for entry will forfeit its entry fee, unless otherwise directed by the Management Committee.


The competition shall be governed by a Management Committee who shall be responsible for the running of the competition. The Management Committee’s decision on any of the Competition Rules, or on any matter not covered by the rules, shall, subject to Rule 9 and 10, be final and binding.


i) All players must be registered with the competition on the Competition Registration Form available for download from the website.
ii) No player who is under a County FA or any Affiliated Organisation suspension is eligible to play in the competition.
iii) No player who is registered for an academy is allowed to compete. A registered player for an academy in this context means they have a signed contract with a professional club.
iv) In the event of player ineligibility proof of age may be required. This can be in the form of your Whole Game team sheet or identifiable documentation.
v) No player who has not attained the age of 6 will be allowed to play.

Rule 5 – TEAMS

i) A maximum number of players per team are set out below and no player shall play for more than one competing team. All players must be within the correct age group.

  • U10 – 5v5 (10 players)
  • U11 – 5v5 (10 players)
  • U12 – 5v5 (10 players)
  • U13 – 5v5 (10 players)
  • U14 – 5v5 (10 players)
  • U15 – 5v5 (10 players)

ii) In the event of a colour clash the second named team shall change colours. No team shall wear black or very dark shirts.


Substitutes will be on a roll-on/roll-off basis with the permission of the referee.


i) The competition will be played on a “Festival” League basis for all age groups.
There will be 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat.
In the event of two or more teams having the same number of points their position shall be decided on:
(a) goal difference (b) goal scored (c) Head to head (d) deciding match/es played under the conditions as laid down by the Management Committee
ii) All teams will play a maximum of:

  • U7/8 60 minutes per day
  • U9/10 90 minutes per day
  • U11/12/13/14/15/16 120 minutes per day

iii) All teams shall be at their designated pitch 5 minutes prior to kick-off times and the referee shall order the match to commence on time. Failure to arrive at your pitch in good time may forfeit the match.
iv) In knock-out matches where the score is equal at the end of full-time matches will be decided by the taking of penalties in accordance with the Laws of Association football. For small sided games this will be 3 penalties followed by sudden death. For all other formats this will be 5 penalties followed by sudden death.


Registered Referees shall be appointed to matches. Referees will wear black uniforms.


i) All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players or interpretation of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee within 15 minutes of the game or decision being made.
ii) Any dispute occurring between teams in the competition shall be referred to the Management Committee whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties.


i) Referees shall report to the County Football Association all case of serious misconduct (ie. Breaches of Law 12 or of FA Rule and/or Regulation).
ii) Cautionable offences should be reported to the Competition Management Committee who shall record such against the name of the player, who should they receive two cautions in the competition should be excluded from the next applicable fixture.
iii) Any player who has been sent from the Field of Play for an offence covered in above shall be banned for the next match. If a player commits an offence deemed to be ‘assault’ or cause serious injury they will be expelled from the tournament.


Any other Rules or issues that are not contained in the Rules will be dealt with and covered by the Management Committee.


Our safeguarding, photography and social media policies and procedures can be found on our website:

Beach Soccer specific rules


  • A substitution can be made at any time as long as the player leaves the pitch before the other enters. There is no need for a stoppage in play.

Player Equipment

  • Players are not allowed to wear socks, footwear or shin guards. Elastic foot bindings are permitted provided that they do not fully cover the heels or toes.


  • There is no offside

Free Kicks

  • A free kick is taken from the centre mark in cases where an indirect free kick would usually be given. 
  • All free kicks are direct.
  • Players are not allowed to form a wall. 
  • In instances where the player was fouled, they must take the free kick unless unable to do so.
  • Free kicks must be taken within 4 seconds. If this is not taken within 4 seconds the free kick is reversed.


  • A player can either throw or kick the ball in.
  • Throws/Kicks must be taken within 4 seconds or the procedure is reversed.

Goal Clearance

  • A goal may not be scored directly from a goal clearance.
  • The ball is thrown or released from any point within the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team.
  • Goal clearance must be taken within 4 seconds. If the goal clearance is not taken within four seconds, a free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the centre of the pitch.
  • Opponents must be outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
Venue / Spectator Information

Cleethorpes Beach

  • We will be using Cleethorpes Beach for this event directly next to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre (Kingsway, Cleethorpes, DN35 0BY).

Car Parking

  • The closest car park is Cleethorpes Leisure Centre which is public pay and display. There are many other car parks close by which are all pay and display.
  • We suggest arriving early to find a space to park.

The Venue

  • There will be a roped off area of the beach for the pitches and we request that spectators stay behind the barriers. There will be spaces alongside the beach wall to put up gazebos etc but please ensure these are secured down.
  • As we are on sand we recommend that you bring plenty of water as we find that these events people end up with sand in their eyes.
  • No BBQ’s or Dogs are allowed on the beach. There is a cafe close by and public toilets as well. First aid will be provided on site but as always each team should have their own first aid kit with them at all times.