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Organisation of festivals

Different configuration

Different configurations and sizes of festivals are possible, depending on the number of children involved, the playing area available, the number of pitches and workshops, and the event (launch). As with organising tournaments, the characteristics of the different age categories will also determine the duration of the whole festival, including the welcoming of children, rest in between activities, rotation from one workshop to another, gathering after the festival and the closing speech. The whole festival should not exceed two-and-a-half hours (2½ hours). 

Organisation with 6 teams – 7-a-side football

Round Pitch A Pitch B Pitch C Pitch D
1 1 v 2 3 4 v 5 6
2 6 v 1 2 3 v 4 5
3 5 v 6 1 2 v 3 4
4 4 v 5 6 1 v 2 3
5 3 v 4 5 6 v 1 2
6 2 v 3 4 5 v 6 1

The matches and workshops take place on pitches A, B, C and D. There are two teams for each match and one team per workshop. The workshops may, for example, feature
1 v 1 or 2 v 2 games, or technical exercises (varying from one workshop to the next).

Organisation with 8 teams – 7-a-side football

suggested rotation

Matches A and D are held on the main pitch while workshops B, C, E and F take place to the side. There are two teams for each match and one team per workshop. The workshops may, for example, feature 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 games or technical exercises (varying from one workshop to the next).

Round Pitch A Pitch B Pitch C Pitch D Pitch E Pitch F
1 1 v 2 3 4 5 v 6 7 8
2 8 v 1 2 3 4 v 5 6 7
3 7 v 8 1 2 3 v 4 5 6
4 6 v 7 8 1 2 v 3 4 5
5 5 v 6 7 8 1 v 2 3 4
6 4 v 5 6 7 8 v 1 2 3
7 3 v 4 5 6 7 v 8 1 2
8 2 v 3 4 5 6 v 7 8 1

Organisation with 10 teams – 5-a-side football

Teams 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 move from left to right, while teams 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 move from right to left (see diagram).

There are two teams for each pitch. The workshops may, for example, feature 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 games or technical exercises (varying from one workshop to the next).

Organisation of pitches and workshops: A = match / B = technical exercise / C = match / D = technical exercise / E = match.

suggested rotation

Round Pitch A Pitch B Pitch C Pitch D Pitch E
1 1 v 6 2 v 7 3 v 8 4 + 9 5 + 10
2 7 v 5 8 v 1 9 v 2 10 + 3 6 + 4
3 4 v 8 5 v 9 1 v 10 2 + 6 3 + 7
4 9 v 3 10 v 4 6 v 5 7 + 1 8 + 2
5 10 v 2 6 v 3 7 v 4 5 + 8 9 + 1

Organisation with 12 teams – 5-a-side football

Teams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 move from left to right, while teams 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 move from right to left (see diagram).

There are two teams for each pitch. The workshops may, for example, feature 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 games or technical exercises (varying from one workshop to the next).

Organisation of pitches and workshops: A = match / B = technical exercise / C = match / D = technical exercise / E = match / F = technical exercise.

suggested rotation

Round Pitch A Pitch B Pitch C Pitch D Pitch E Pitch F
1 1 v 7 2 v 8 3 v 9 4 v 10 5 v 11 6 v 12
2 6 v 8 1 v 9 2 v 10 3 v 11 4 v 12 5 v 7
3 5 v 9 6 v 10 1 v 11 2 v 2 3 v 7 4 v 8
4 4 v 11 5 v 12 6 v 7 1 v 8 2 v 9 3 v 10
5 3 v 12 4 v 7 5 v 8 6 v 9 1 v 10 2 v 11
6 2 v 7 3 v 8 4 v 9 5 v 10 6 v 11 1 v 12

Organisation with 16 teams – 5-a-side football

suggested rotation

Teams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 move from left to right, while teams 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 move from right to left (see diagram).

There are two teams for each pitch. The workshops may, for example, feature 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 games or technical exercises (varying from one workshop to the next).

Organisation of pitches and workshops: A = match / B = technical exercise / C = match / D = technical exercise E = match / F = technical exercise / G = match / H = technical exercise.

Comments / Advice:

It is possible to run two parallel festivals for larger gatherings:

16-team festival = 2 x 8-team festivals.
20-team festival = 2 x 10-team festivals.
24-team festival = 2 x 12-team festivals.

Round Pitch A Pitch B Pitch C Pitch D Pitch E Pitch F Pitch G Pitch H
1 1 v 9 2 v 10 3 v 11 4 v 12 5 v 13 6 v 14 7 v 15 8 v 16
2 8 v 10 1 v 11 2 v 12 3 v 13 4 v 14 5 v 15 6 v 16 7 v 9
3 7 v 11 8 v 12 1 v 13 2 v 14 3 v 15 4 v 16 5 v 9 6 v 10
4 6 v 12 7 v 13 8 v 14 1 v 15 2 v 16 3 v 9 4 v 10 5 v 11
In the next round, teams 9 to 16 move two pitches so that they do not meet the same teams again.
5 5 v 14 6 v 15 7 v 16 8 v 9 1 v 10 2 v 11 3 v 12 4 v 13
6 4 v 15 5 v 16 6 v 9 7 v 10 8 v 11 1 v 12 2 v 13 3 v 14
7 3 v 16 4 v 9 5 v 10 6 v 11 7 v 12 8 v 13 1 v 14 2 v 15
8 2 v 9 3 v 10 4 v 11 5 v 12 6 v 13 7 v 14 8 v 15 1 v 16

Grand grassroots festival

Occasionally, grand festivals are organised and attract a large number of children in some countries where more than 1,000 children are involved in the activities. Even in a school environment, a large number of children participate in the grassroots activities (festivals & tournaments) on grassroots day.

The key principles in organising such large festivals can be summarised as follows:

  • teamwork
  • clearly defined responsibilities amongst all coach-educators 
  • participation of parents and volunteers 
  • children organised into balanced teams of the same age group 
  • variation in the technical workshops 
  • motivating instructions