Future Stars Cup

About Future Stars Cup

The BCOS Under-13 Future Stars Cup was conceived when the Oyo State-owned media Corporation realized that grass-root football development was incomplete without the participation of all schools in Oyo state (Private and Public) especially.

To ensure full participation of all schools, the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State has partnered with the Oyo State Ministry of Education to create The Future Stars Cup. This football tournament involves all Public and Private Schools in Oyo State.

The objectives of the BCOS Under-13 Future Stars Cup 2020 are similar to those promoted by our partners, the Oyo State Ministry of Youths and Sports as well as the State Ministry of Education.

They include;

  • Allowing children to play football together thereby facilitating friendliness and communication with one another.
  • Using football to promote good health.
  • Using football as a tool for education, by teaching: observance of the rules of the game, the practice of exercises and codified play, respect for opponents and partners, the desire to be the best, pushing oneself beyond one’s limits, the joy of winning and coping with the distress of losing, etc.
  • Promoting football as a part of life associated with fun, pleasure and emotion.
  • The need for consultation with all stakeholders in order to ensure that all points of view are taken into account and if possible, represented in the plan.
  • Offering the means to practice sports everywhere, at schools, in clubs etc. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.
  • To increase the number of children involved in the nationwide U13 football competition and eliminate age cheating.
  • Making sure the underdeveloped areas of the sport (football for girls, players with disabilities, football in schools) receive support and appropriate services.
  • Offering an alternative to the everyday lives of children from disadvantaged areas.
  • The desire to improve and develop the game at all levels starting from the U-13 level.

Fair Play Code – The Ten Golden Rules

  1. Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you.
  2. Winning is the goal of a game- never play to lose. But if you lose, do so fairly and you will win respect. Congratulate the winners and try to win the next time.
  3. The sport needs rules in order to be played fairly. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. They make football fun to play and watch.
  4. Everyone has the same rights. Opponents, team-mates, referees and spectators must be respected. Fair play is about respect. Respect is part of football.
  5. Football is the world’s greatest game. Help keep it that way. Talk about the positive and encourage others to do the same. Be a role model for the game.
  6. Football is great because fair play is respected. When someone is exceptionally fair in football, they deserve recognition. Help promote football’s image by recognising good deeds.
  7. Football is sometimes exposed to negative external influences. Do not be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.
  8. Make sure everyone in football is playing fair. Do not let them be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.
  9. Say ‘no’ to cheats and report them. It is better to have cheats removed before they can damage the game. Actively protect the beautiful game of football.
  10. Football’s popularity can help make the world a better place. Use the power of football to promote peace and equality. Make the world better through football.
    FIFA is the world soccer governing body, The FIFA rules consist of 17 laws that break the game into segments. The purpose of the laws is to be applicable in the same way at any level from World Cup final to a local game with your friends at a park. These original laws have only changed slightly over the years, in accordance with the specific evolution and demands of the sport.
    For lower levels (Youth Organizations) of play, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) first ratified the official rules of soccer, entitled “Laws of the Game,” when it was founded in 1886. The purpose of this flexibility in the rules arises from the need to acknowledge that different cultures and economic factors surrounding each level can affect the way the game is played. The Oyo State Football Association (OYSFA) explains in its Rules of the Game section below, that the laws are designed as a loose framework open to amendment based on the discretion of Organizing committee agreement. “The Laws form the skeleton of a competition’s rules, while the competition regulations provide the flesh.

Article 1: BCOS Under-13 Future Stars Cup 2020

  1. The BCOS Under-13 Future Stars Cup 2020 is designed to offer the means to practise football as a sport at schools, to help young players from the ages of 10 to 13 learn the game of football. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.
  2. It is an invitational tournament
  3. All Primary and Secondary schools, public and private duly registered with its state authorities are eligible to participate at this event.
  4. Selection of schools will be the sole responsibility of the Organizing Committee.
  5. The Tournament will run for nine (9) match days with the Finals played on Children’s Day May 27th, 2020.
  6. Knockout games:
    • Quarter-finals:
    • Semi-finals:
    • Final:
  7. Oyo FA shall be responsible for all Technical and Disciplinary matters.

Article 2: Participating Schools

  1. The schools participating in the Competition agree to comply with these regulations, the Laws of the Game, Statutes and Regulations as well as with any other Organizing committee regulations, guidelines, directives and/or decisions.
  2. In addition, each participating school shall be responsible for:
  3. The conduct of its Delegates Members and of any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf throughout the entire Tournament
  4. Attending all meetings and other official collective activities in respect of the competition
  5. Paying for incidental costs and expenses incurred by its Delegate Members or any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf
  6. All participating schools shall confirm their participation by submitting duly registered entry forms and any other required documentation on the BCOS website as communicated by the Organizing Committee by the set deadline.
  7. On entering the Tournament, the participating clubs automatically undertake to observe these regulations and ensure that their Delegation Members, and not only its players, also observe these regulations and the principles of fair play
  8. Accept and obey all decisions taken by the bodies and officials of the Organizing Committee under the terms of these conditions.
  9. Participate in ALL matches in which their school is scheduled to take part till elimination
  10. Accept ALL arrangements relating to the competition made by the Organizing Committee.

Article 3: Withdrawal, the penalty for failing to play and replacement

  1. All Participating schools undertake to play all their matches until eliminated.
  2. Any school that withdraws from the event not later than 14 days before the first match of the competition shall not be considered for an invitation by the Organizing Committee for subsequent tournaments.
  3. Any participating school that withdraws during the course of the competition or fails to honour any of its matches at any stage of the competition will be fined.
  4. Any participating school that withdraws before the start of the competition may be replaced by another school to be determined by the Organizing Committee.
  5. If through the fault of any Participating School, a match in the tournament cannot take place or be played in its entirety, the Organizing Committee shall declare that the match is forfeited (awarding victory or points to the opposing school) and/or exclude the school concerned from the competition.
  6. The school responsible for the situation in paragraph 5 above shall face sanctions to be determined by the Organizing Committee.
  7. The Organizing Committee shall take whatever action is deemed necessary in the case of force majeure.

Article 4: Disciplinary Matters

  1. Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the Organizing Committee Disciplinary Code in force as well as with all relevant circulars and directives, with which the Partaking School undertakes to comply.
  2. Organizing Committee may introduce new disciplinary rules for the duration of the competition. Such rules shall be communicated to the Participating Schools one week before the first match of the Tournament.
  3. The Participating Schools agree to comply with the Laws of the Game as provided by the Organizing Committee, the statutes and regulations for the case of BCOS U-13 Future Stars Cup. Schools agree to comply with all further Organizing Committee guidelines, circulars and decisions that have any significance on the competition.

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