Everything you need to know about the CIFE Football Tournament

April 12, 2016

In case you’ve missed the updates, the Ashbourne Allstars have had a cracking season! Having missed out on the top spot by just one point last time around, they came back strong and claimed their rightful place at the top of the league. It’s all to play for at the upcoming CIFE tournament, which saw rivals MPW claim victory last year. Can the Allstars make it a double and take the CIFE title too? We hope so! Here’s what you need to know about the tournament.

When?

Friday 15th April

Where

The legendary St George’s Park. the English Football Association’s national football centre

Our 2015 team outside the famous training ground

Our 2015 team outside the famous training ground

How will the points work?

Point will work on a group / round robin format and will be scored as follows:

  • Win = 3 points
  • Draw = 2 points
  • Loss by 1 goals = 1 point

How will group stage progression work?

  • The top two teams will progress from each group into semi-finals where two groups are participating
  • Top team from each group in addition to the best placed runner up will progress into semi-finals where three group are participating
  • Top team from each group will progress to semi-finals where 4 groups are participating

What are the rules for progression into knockout games?

Top point scorers progress to knockout games from group stages. But in the event of a tie, knockout games will be determined by:

  • Head to head record of tied teams
  • Goals scored
  • Goal difference
  • Number of goals scored against highest ranked team not tied with team in question
  • A dribbled shootout will take place: 3 attempts each followed by sudden death if required

For the semi-final and final knock-out competition (semi-final and final)

  • The team scoring the most goals shall progress
  • In the event of a tie a dribbled shootout will take place: 3 attempts each followed by sudden death if required

Dribbled shootout (Definition)
A player dribbles from the half-way line in a 1v1 against the opposing goalkeeper and attempts to score. The player is unopposed, can have as many touches as they wish but only one attempt (shot at goal) to score.

What about squad size?
Each squad is allowed a maximum of 10 players. A match may not START if either team consists of fewer players than the format for which they are playing. The minimum number of players in a team required for a match to CONTINUE is one less than the format which the team are playing: 4 for 5v5, 6 for 7v7.
Any number of substitutes may be used at any time with the permission of the referee. A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player.

Ashbourne Allstars at CIFE college tournament

Ashbourne Allstars 2015 team at CIFE Tournament

And there you have it!

We’re looking forward to hearing how our Allstars get on. Good luck guys!