The East Coast's Premier Tournament - over 80 teams took part in 2012
Celebrity Presentation Evening
Great Yarmouth has been an irresistible draw for teams from all over the UK. The tournaments success is based on the combination of an award winning holiday park together with a great football venue. The Great Yarmouth Soccer Challenge is to be held 3 miles away at the Mill Lane football grounds. These football venues provide excellent pitches and a wide range of facilities for players and spectators.
Teams will be staying at the award winning 5 star Vauxhall holiday park and will enjoy the high standard of accommodation on offer and the host of facilities on the park including a fantastic indoor tropical water world with rapids and waterslides.
When not playing football, take your team to Pleasurewood Hills, the region’s biggest theme park or head down to the famous seaside resort where there’s a resident circus, Sealife centre and lots more attractions in and around the town.
In 2012 the Great Yarmouth Soccer Challenge attracted over 80 boys and girls teams to the tournament making it one of the biggest youth football tournaments of its kind over the Easter period. So hurry book your places now for a football tour to remember.
• Award winning 5 star holiday park
• A superb indoor tropical water world at the park
• A range of sports facilities and choice of
• Our great tournament venue only 3 miles from
• Pleasurewood Hills theme park nearby
The presentation evening always provides a spectacular finale to the tournament. Great football legends such as Bryan Robson, Ray Parlour and John Hartson have all been special guests at the event in the last few years. Who will your celebrity be?
Tournament Age Groups
U7s, U8s, U9s, U10s - 7 a side
U11s, U12s - 9 a side
U13, U14, U15 - 11 a Side
Girls - Under 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s,15s, 16s - 7 a side
Girls U18s & Ladies Open Age - 11 a side
FREE REGISTRATION FOR U7 & U8 TEAMS
If you are unsure about what age group your players should be entered into, please check the qualifying dates chart in the Tournament Info tab above
Our tournaments are not just about the football - your players can gain valuable experience playing against a number of different teams, make friends, and who knows - maybe even take away some trophies!
Ex England & Arsenal star, Ray Parlour
Vauxhall pride themselves on the quality of their prestige caravan accommodation, spotlessly clean and carefully positioned to provide plenty of privacy. This was one of the reasons for choosing Vauxhall.
Prices based on self catering in caravans.
Vauxhall Holiday Park
Vauxhall, East Anglia’s premier holiday park has set the standard even higher, with a £1.5 million redevelopment including a new restaurant, food takeaways and a fully refurbished arcade. Vauxhall is ideal for families who enjoy a fun packed holiday with numerous activities and attractions. There’s something for everyone, even the older kids won’t get bored with so much to choose from.
Facilities and entertainment include:
- Indoor Tropical Water world, shoot the rapids, frolic in the fountains, whiz down the waterslides.
- Sports World, where you can join in a programme of supervised sports at the all-weather multisports arena. Choose from Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Cricket, Basketball, Unihoc
- Adventure playground
- Adventure Golf
- Kids World
- Indoor Games Centre
- Indoor soft play area
- Highway 66 mini bowling
- Amusement Arcade
- The Reed cutters Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Tournament Information Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth has been an irresistible draw for teams from all over the UK. The tournaments success is based on the combination of award winning holiday parks together with great football venues. The Great Yarmouth Soccer Challenge is to be held at the nearby Mill Lane soccer grounds (3 miles away).
These football venues proved excellent pitches and a wide range of facilities for players and spectators. The presentation evening always provides a spectacular final to the tournament. Great football legends such as Bryan Robson, Ray Parlour and Phil Thompson have all been special guests at the event in the last few years.
Although the Great Yarmouth Soccer Challenge provides plenty of football, there will still be time to discover the many attractions that Great Yarmouth has to offer. Take your team to Pleasurewood Hills, the regions biggest theme park or head down to the famous seaside resort where there’s a resident circus, Sealife Centre and dozens more attractions in and around the town.
Tournament Format - general
The actual format of each tournament will depend on the ages and number of teams taking part, with full details being supplied as far in advance of your departure as possible. What we can tell you is that you can be sure of a well organised and planned event with every detail taken care of.
We will do our best to ensure that every team plays the maximum amount of football permitted by the FA on each day of the event in which they participate or qualify. Age groups below are general for all UK tournaments - please check the chart below for which age groups can enter your specific tournament.
U7 & U8 (non competitive) – maximum 45 minutes each day
U9, U10, U11m – maximum 60 minutes each day
U11 playing 9V9 - maximum 80 minutes each day
U11 to U16 – maximum 100 minutes each day
All girls age groups U10 - U16 will be playing as 7 a side
Girls U18 & Ladies Open Age (where applicable) - 11 a side
In most cases, teams of the same age are divided into groups (the number in each group will depend on the number of teams which enter in that age group). Teams will play a league format and in most cases the winner and runner up of each group will go through to a semi-final to determine the eventual finalists.
Due to differing qualifying dates applying in Scotland, Ireland, and Europe, these teams will play in an age group one year above their own.
Referees at our Tournaments
We have built up a nucleus of quality referees that look forward to attending our events; many have been with us since our UK tournaments began. We will provide qualified referees throughout the competition, as well as qualified assistant referees for the finals. You will therefore be asked to put forward a volunteer assistant referee for the early round matches.
In order to qualify for our tournaments, your team must be affiliated to a County or Schools FA. We DO NOT allow Representative, Football Academy, or Schools of Excellence teams to enter. However, individual players from such teams are allowed as 'guest players' within teams who are eligible to enter the tournament.
Football schedules, location of pitches, and all tournament information will be displayed on our website approximately 7 days prior to the start of the tournament, in the My Schedules section. It is extremely important to check this information beforehand.
First Aid at Football Venues
Injuries unfortunately can happen, and when they do it is essential to have adequate first aid cover. We provide excellent first aid cover at all football venues using the services of organisations such as St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross or other qualified paramedics.
|Age Groups Great Yarmouth
|Born on or after||Sept 2005||Sept 2004||Sept 2003||Sept 2002||Sept 2001
||Sept 1999||Sept 1998||Sept 1997||Sept 1996|
|Squad Size||7 a side||7 a side||7 a side||7 a side||11 a side||9 a side||11 a side||11 a side||11 a side|
|Girls Squad Size||7 a side||7 a side
||7 a side||7 a side
||7 a side||7 a side
||7 a side
|Girls Squad Size||Girls U17 & U18 and Ladies Open Age play 11 a side games
Dates and Prices
|Vauxhall Holiday Park 4, 6, 7 Berth Standard & Superior Caravans & Chalets|
& Chalets Sleeping
3, 4*or 6
|Superior Caravans &
Chalets Sleeping 7**
Superior Caravans &
|Friday 5th April -
Tues 9th April
|* Supplements apply for 2 or 3 persons in a 4 berth unit - please see table below.
** The prices shown per person for 7 or 8 persons in an 8 berth unit INCLUDE the free place discounts.
Don’t forget early Booking Discount
1 Free Place for every 25 people booked before 30 November 2012
Eight in an Eight Berth Discount
When you fully occupy an eight-berth unit you will only pay for 6 places - TWO GO FREE.
Seven in an Eight Berth Discount
When you have 7 persons in an eight-berth unit you will only pay for 6 places - ONE GOES FREE.
Tournament Registration Fees
The following registration fees are payable PER TEAM.
- U16 11-a-side £225
- U15s 11-a-side £215
- All other 11-a-side £195
- 9-a-side & 7-a-side £145
Under Occupancy Surcharges
The prices quoted for each of the UK tournament venues are based on full 4 & 6 berth occupancy and a minimum of 7 people occupying an 8 berth unit. The following scale of additional charges therefore apply where a unit is under occupied for what ever reason.
|Supplementary charge payable|
|Persons Sharing||4 Berth Unit||6 & 8 Berth Unit|
||£60 per person
||£20 per person
For example: - Three people occupying a four berth unit would be subject to a supplement of £20 per person making a total of £60 N.B. - No supplementary charge for 5 persons occupying a 6 berth unit, 7 persons occupying an 8 berth unit.