This page is designed to help answer your questions and find important information.
About the Kanga Cup
Q1. When did the Kanga Cup start?
The Kanga Cup was first held in 1991 in Sydney but moved to Canberra in 1993.
Q2. When is the Kanga Cup held?
The Kanga Cup is held in the July school holidays. The 2018 Kanga Cup will run 8th-13th July.
Q3. Who can enter the Kanga Cup?
Entry is available to affiliated clubs/associations of an FFA member (state federation) or another FIFA National Football Federation, and schools (conditions apply). Australian teams must be sanctioned by their association and Member Federation, and all international teams must be sanctioned by their National Football Federation.
The Kanga Cup has competitions for male and female teams aged U9-U18. There are 3 divisions to cater for all teams.
Q4. Who organises the Kanga Cup?
The Kanga Cup is owned and operated by the ACT Football Federation (trading as Capital Football). Capital Football is the governing body for Football in the ACT region and is a member federation of the Football Federation Australia.
Q5. Who comes to the Kanga Cup?
Football clubs from across Australia and overseas compete in the Kanga Cup with teams from every playing level. Countries that have previously participated in the Kanga Cup include Italy, Russia, England, Georgia, Denmark, USA, South Africa, China, Malaysia, India, Korea, Philipinnes, India, Indonesia, East Timor, Chinese Taipei, Fiji and New Zealand.
Entering a team
Q6. How do I register my team?
Head to the Registration page to register your team.
Please note that registrations need to be submitted online in order to be accepted. More information regarding registrations details can be found on the registration page.
Q7. What is the cost to enter the Kanga Cup?
The 2017 cost per team is:
- Cost per team U9: $1100 AUD
- Cost per team U10-U11: $1300 AUD
- Cost per team U12-U18: $1500 AUD.
The entry fees cover participation in the competition (including hire of facilities, cleaning and referee fees) as well as a team kit bag, an official program, official Nike training ball, a gift for each player, coach and manager, vouchers and discount coupons, entry to the opening ceremony and access to events throughout the week for both players and officials.
Q8. How many players and officials can we register?
For U9 competition a maximum of 12 players can be registered.
For U10-U11 competitions a maximum of 14 players can be registered.
For U12-U18 competitions a total of 16 players can be registered.
For all age divisions a maximum of 3 team officials can be registered (coach, assistant coach and team manager).
The Football Tournament
Q9. How is the tournament structured?
All nominated teams will be placed in pools and play each team in their pool one. At the conclusion of pool matches, the top ranked teams will play off in semi-finals and the other teams will play off in consolation matches. For more information please refer to the Competition Rules.
Q10. How many games will our team play?
From Monday to Thursday teams will play a minimum of one game and a maximum of two games. Friday is reserved for Grand Final Matches.
Q11. What are the competitions specifications?
Please refer to the Competition Rules for detailed information for all age groups. Please note that U9 play 7v7, U10-11 play 9v9 and U12-18 play 11v11.
Q12. Where will Kanga Cup games be held?
The Kanga Cup games are played at a host of venues across Canberra, presenting you with a great opportunity to see all that Canberra has to offer.
Q13. Are the pitches grass or synthetic?
The majority of pitches will be grass, however synthetic fields will be used if necessary.
Q14. Will referees officiate each game?
All matches are assigned an Australian or internationally registered referee however teams must be prepared to provide an assistant referee.
Q15. How do I become a Kanga Cup referee?
Please visit the Referees page for information on how to apply.
Q16. Who will supply the match balls?
The referee will provide match balls for each and every match.
Q17. Are players permitted to play up an age group?
Players can play up to two age groups above their birth year. Clubs wishing to have players play more than two years above their birth year must make a formal request on club letterhead containing relevant documentation as per Kanga Cup Competition Rules
Q18. Can a player represent more than one team in the Kanga Cup?
No, a player may not represent more than one team.
Q19. Are teams required to demonstrate proof of age?
Yes, all players in the tournament will be required to carry some form of photo ID (e.g. Student Card) at all matches. An ID template is available on the website for players who do not already possess one.
Q20. What are the Kanga Cup divisions?
Three divisions are offered in most divisions.
Cup Competition: Premier League teams, district representatives and division one teams
Plate Competition: Newly promoted division one teams and division two teams
Shield Competition: Developing teams from lower divisions.
Q21. Does the Kanga Cup have substitutions or interchange?
Unlimited interchanges of players listed on the match card in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game will be allowed during all matches in all age groups.
Q22. Do players and officials need to wear accreditation at all times?
All registered players and officials will receive tournament identification in the form of wristbands for players and accreditation passes for officials. These passes will provide access to all matches, special events and special deals (e.g. discounts).
Player wristbands must be worn at all times for the duration of the tournament, and any broken ones must be brought into headquarters when seeking a replacement.
Q23. Are undergarments such as ‘Skins’ permitted?
Undershorts and/or undershirts are permitted. If worn they are to be the same colour as the shorts/shirt sleeve or black, white or skin coloured. All members in the team must have the same colour undergarments if worn.
Q24. What official activities occur during the Kanga Cup week?
The Kanga Cup is an action packed week with an opening ceremony to start the week. Stay tuned for more details regarding other activities!
Q25. Where can I stay in Canberra?
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Q26. Is it customary to give a gift to a Kanga Cup opponent?
The exchange of pendants, pins and other gifts is highly encouraged during Kanga Cup. The exchanging of gifts is a sign of friendship and respect. Some teams will give a small gift so its nice to give something in return if you can.