Before the match
A fixture consists of four games played on two mini soccer pitches on Sundays. Two mini soccer pitches neatly fit on to one full sized football pitch, (for practical details see guidelines for pre-match preparations). The home team provides both sets of goals. Click here for SBMSC procedure for agreeing and setting up fixtures .
Two equal strength teams (and buddy teams)
Each club brings two equal strength teams to play against the other club's two equal strength teams. This means that each club has to have a squad large enough to run two teams at the same time. Clubs which can only field one team are encouraged to buddy up for the season with another club which only has enough players for one team also. So between the two clubs there are enough players to run a squad large enough for two teams to play games at the same time against the opponent club in a SBMSC fixture.
The Home 'A' team plays a game with the Away 'A' team while the Home 'B' plays a game with the Away 'B'. There is a short break and then one club swaps pitches so that Home 'A' plays Away 'B' and Home 'B' play Away 'A' team. The game duration and pitch size varies between age groups - see the Rules for more detail. Small sided games are played to maximise ball contact time and develop skills that players can use for the whole of their playing life. Players are supported and encouraged and through our Parent's Code Of Conduct, parental, coach and manager input is minimised. This allows the children to enjoy their football and learn skills for the game in a beneficial way. The games are to supplement training and coaching sessions, not replace them. Sadly, sometimes the weather is too bad to play - the SBMSC has guide lines for these circumstances. We are a friendly league so there is no penalty for abandoning fixtures. Referees do not need to be qualified. (We name teams A and B for convenience, but remember thay have to be equal strength)
After the match
To reduce pressure and encourage use of all squad players results are not published in the media. Following agreements at the 21 Nov 2000 General Meeting, scores are monitored for internal management purposes.
Each team marks the opposing team for fair play allocating scores for player, supporter and team manager sportsmanship. Scores are posted in as part of the Fairplay scheme and for each half of the season one team in each age group is awarded a prize.