Competition Sanctions

All competitions must be sanctioned by Suffolk FA in order for affiliated clubs to compete.

To register your club, league or other competition with Suffolk FA you will need to contact our County Headquarters to gain access to the online affiliation Portal. This can be done by calling us on 01449 616606.

Charity Cups
All charity competitions in Suffolk must be affiliated to Suffolk FA.

This can be done by completing the SSTF Form, accompanied by a copy of the competition's rules, and return this with the remittance of £20 to Suffolk FA, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ.

Before returning the SSTF Form, please make sure that all clubs in your charity competition are affiliated to their respective county associations for the ensuing season.

Please Note - The following FA Rules will be strictly enforced:

Competitions that comprise of more than one match: 
a) Must register by June 30th in each year. 
b) Those run on a league basis must contribute not less than one tenth of the Gross Receipts of each match to an approved Charity.
c) Those run as a Challenge Competition must contribute not less than one tenth of the Gross Receipts of all preliminary rounds and at least one third of the Gross Receipts of the Semi-Final and Final Ties.

One Match played for a trophy or mementoes:
a) Permission to play these matches must be applied for not later than April 1st, by application to the Football Services Manager.
b) The gross proceeds (from all sources), subject to reasonable expenses - which may not exceed 20% - must be paid over to the charity for which the match is played within 14 days of the date of the match and a receipt for this, together with a statement of account of the match must be sent to the chief executive officer within the same period.

Cups
All cup competitions in Suffolk must be affiliated to Suffolk FA.

This can be done simply by completing the Form D via the Whole Game System, accompanied by a copy of the competition’s rules, and returning (or paying online) with the correct remittance to Suffolk FA HQ, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ.

Before returning the Form D, please make sure that all clubs in your cup competition are affiliated to their respective county associations for the ensuing season.

Leagues
All football leagues in Suffolk must be affiliated to Suffolk FA.

This can be done simply by completing the Sanction form and Form D accompanied by a copy of the competition’s rules, and returning with the correct remittance to Suffolk FA HQ, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ.

Before returning the Form D, please make sure that all clubs in your league are affiliated to their respective County Associations for the ensuing season.

One-off Matches
Individual one-off matches (not competition matches) may be played.

A match arranged between two clubs or teams in which a trophy, medals or other reward is given to the club or players is not a competition within this rule.

The cost for affiliating a one-off match is £10.00.

Please complete the form under related documents and send in, along with payment of £10.00, to Suffolk FA HQ, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ. All cheques should be made payable to Suffolk FA.

Tournaments
FA Regulations require that all competitions and tournaments should be properly affiliated to the local county FA.

Please complete the Small Sided Tournament Form - SSTF under related documents and send in, along with payment and your competition rules, to Suffolk FA HQ, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ. All cheques should be made payable to Suffolk FA.

The fees are as follows:
All Tournaments - £20

Inclusion of Unaffiliated Teams
Please note that unaffiliated teams who wish to enter your tournaments can arrange a 'one-off affiliation' by contacting Suffolk FA headquarters on 01449 616606 and making payment of £5 per team.

Competition Rules
A copy of the proposed rules of your competition must be submitted with your application form for approval.

Public Liability Insurance
Please note that clubs already affiliated to Suffolk FA are covered by the Public Liability Insurance as detailed in the county handbook. Unaffiliated or 'ad hoc' teams are not covered by this insurance but it can be purchased for £10, payable to Suffolk FA.

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