Team Eligibility – entry is available to affiliated clubs/associations of an FFA member (state federation) or another FIFA National Football Federation. School groups are also permitted to enter (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.

Player Eligibility – all players registered to a team in the competition must be nationally registered players.


Depending on team nominations, competitions are offered in the following age groups

Age Male Female
U9 Y Y
U10 Y Y
U11 Y Y
U12 Y Y
U13 Y Y
U14 Y Y
U15 Y N
U16 Y Y
U18 Y Y



Three divisions are offered in most age groups:

  • Cup Competition – Premier League teams, division one teams or district representative teams.
  • Plate Competition – Newly promoted division one teams and division two teams.
  • Shield Competition – Developing teams from lower placed divisions.

Due to the history of the number of entries in certain age groups, not all levels of competitions will be offered to every age group.

Teams are to nominate an appropriate level of competition within your age group.

Teams are required to provide records of their previous year’s results and/or standings from their association competitions on registration.

The Kanga Cup Organising Committee (KCOC) reserves the right to place teams into divisions that may not be their nominated division.



Small Sided Games played in alignment with FIFA laws and FFA guidelines

Players   7v7
Field Size   Length 40m X Width 30m
Playing Time 2×20 minutes (5 mins halftime)



Small Sided Games played in alignment with FIFA laws and FFA guidelines 

Players 9v9
Field Size Length 60m X Width 40m
Playing Time 2×25 minutes (5 mins halftime)



Players   11v11
Field Size   Length 90-120m X Width 45-90m
Playing Time 2×30 minutes (5 mins halftime)



Players   11v11
Field Size   Length 90-120m x Width 45-90m
Playing Time 2×35 minutes (5 mins halftime)



Players   7v7
Field Size   Length 60m X Width 40m
Playing Time 2×35 minutes (5 mins halftime)

Playing Squads

U9 12 players + 3 team officials
U10 – U11 14 players + 3 team officials
U12 – U18, AWD 16 players + 3 team officials


The structure of each division differs depending on the number of teams registered. Teams may be placed into pools, and will either play all the teams in their division or pool once, which is followed by semi finals and consolation matches. From Monday to Thursday teams will play a minimum of five games, with no more than two games per day. Friday is reserved for Grand Finals.



12 players + 3
14 players + 3
16 players + 3
16 players
+ 3 officials
FEE) ($AUD)*
$1100 $1300 $1500 $500
$250 $250 $250 $250
DEPOSIT DUE DATE Time of Nomination Time of Nomination Time of Nomination Time of Nomination
FULL BALANCE DUE DATE May 21 May 21 May 21 May 21

Sanctioning and Insurance

Australian Teams – all Australian teams require a letter of sanction from their Member Federation. Letters of sanction must state that the participants are covered by the Member Federation’s insurance. We strongly encourage participants to also take out personal sports injury/private health insurance.

International Teams – entry is only available to affiliated clubs of a member of an international football association affiliated with FIFA or schools. Teams must include a letter of sanction from their national football association. International teams must also have proof of travel insurance to cover personal accident or injury.

Accreditation & Proof of Age

All registered players and officials will receive tournament identification in the form of wristbands and accreditation passes (officials only). These passes will provide access to all matches, special events and special deals (e.g. discounts).

All players in the tournament will be required to carry photo ID. If your team does not have Club/Association-issued ID cards, there will be a template provided closer to the Tournament.

Extra Time & Finals

Extra time will only be played in finals/playoffs matches, if the scores between the two teams are tied at the end of normal time. Then a two minute break followed by two periods of 5 -10 mins (age dependent).

If there is still no result, a penalty shoot out will then ensue.


Overage Players –  A team wishing to play a player in an age group below his/her birth year may be approved to play for a team in the age group below their birth year.

Relative Age Effect (RAE)  Under the RAE, players whose birthdates fall in the last three months of the year will, under strict exemption guidelines, be eligible to play for a team in the age group below their birth year and be given status as an RAE player.

Underage – Clubs wishing to have players play more than two years above their birth year must make a request containing relevant documentation as per McDonald’s Kanga Cup Competition Regulations.

Loan Players – A team may borrow up to three players from another club/s within their association to make up team numbers. Teams wishing to borrow players from another club will be required to seek approval from the KCOC, with written permission from the player’s usual club releasing them for the duration of the tournament.


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All matches are assigned an Australian or internationally registered referee however teams must be prepared to provide an assistant referee if required.


There are many prizes up for grabs at the McDonald’s Kanga Cup. For teams reaching the final, each player will receive a medal, and each winning team will receive a McDonald’s Kanga Cup trophy. There are also trophies for Fair Play and individual awards.

Entry & Payment

The date of registration is taken from the day we receive the online team nomination and non-refundable deposit of $250 (AUD). The remaining registration fee must be paid by the stated deadlines in order to compete in the tournament.