Last updated : Sunday, 03 December 2023

Russell Foster Spring Cup

The Russell Foster Spring Cup is an amateur football league for under-16 teams in the North East of England. It is run by the Russell Foster Youth Leagues (RFSL).


The Russell Foster Spring Cup was founded in 1972 by Russell Foster, a local businessman and philanthropist. The cup was originally intended to provide a competitive outlet for under-16 teams in the region.

Russell Foster Spring Cup action

The cup has grown in popularity over the years and is now one of the most prestigious youth football competitions in the North East. The current holders of the cup are Sunderland RCA.


The Russell Foster Spring Cup is a knockout competition. The competition is divided into two stages: the preliminary round and the main round.

Russell Foster Spring Cup match

The preliminary round is open to all under-16 teams in the region. The top teams from the preliminary round progress to the main round.

The main round is a straight knockout competition. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and final are all played at neutral venues.


Russell Foster Spring Cup teams

The rules of the Russell Foster Spring Cup are the same as the FA's Laws of the Game. However, there are a few additional rules that apply to the competition:

  • The competition is played on a smaller pitch than a full-size football pitch.
  • There are no substitutes allowed.
  • The match is played over two halves of 20 minutes each.


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