IGLFA European Championship III – Hamburg, June 11th to 14th 2015

1. Name and Management

The competition shall be known as the ‘IGLFA European Championship’ and will be managed by the IGLFA European Board (hereinafter called the “IEB”) and Startschuss SLSV Hamburg e.V. (hereinafter called the “host organisation”). A tournament committee shall be formed for the interpretation, modification and resolution of issues that arise during a tournament, (hereinafter be referred to as the “committee.”) The committee shall comprise:
(a) the IGLFA Europe Director of Referees or designee,
(b) representative of the IEB, and
(c) representative of the host organisation.

2. Competition

The Championship shall be open to European Clubs who are current members of the Association. The Competition will take place over two consecutive days. The host organisation will have the discretion to invite non-European Clubs or those who are not previously members of the association, in order to complete the tournament roster.

2.1 Format

Men’s Competition
Division One and Two will be 11 a-side competitions. Division Three will be a 6 a-side competition.
Women’s Competition
This will be a 6 a-side competition.
All games will be played in accordance with the Laws of the Football Association with modification to the Division Three and Women’s competition. The modification is that Law 11 relating to offside will not apply. Sub-sections 2.1.1 to 2.1.4 will be subject to change, based on the final number of teams presenting themselves in Hamburg on Thursday 11th June 2015 and able to field a team to enter the relevant division.

2.1.1 Division 1 – Men’s 11 a-side Competition

This Division will comprise of 6 teams.
Teams will be drawn into 1 group of 6 teams..
Teams will be drawn into a random position and it is this drawing which will determine the order that matches are played in.
All Matches in this Division will be 60 minutes duration, 2 x 30 minute halves, with a 10 minute half time break.
All teams will play 5 group matches against each other team.
The results of the group matches will determine the final position of each team in the final table.
The team finishing in 1st position and the team finishing in 2nd position will contest the IGLFA European Championship Final.
Please refer to 2.2 for the points awarded and determination of order of placement at end of the group round.

2.1.2 Division 2 – Men’s 11 a-side Competition

This Division will comprise of 8 teams.
Teams will be drawn into 2 Groups of 4 teams.
Teams will be drawn into a random position in each group of 4 and it is this drawing which will determine the order that matches are played in.
All Matches in this Division will be 60 minutes duration, 2 x 30 minute halves, with a 10 minute half time break.
Teams will play 3 matches, against each other team in their group.
The team finishing in 1st position in Group A will play the team finishing in 2nd position in Group B and vice versa in 2 Semi-Final Matches. The winners of these 2 games will contest the IGLFA European Championship Division 2 Final. The losers of the Semi-Final Matches will play a match to determine the third position of the final table.
Teams finishing in 3rd and 4th positions will play classification matches to determine positions 5 to 8 of the final table: 3rd in Group A facing 3rd in Group B to determine position 5 of the final table, 4th in Group A facing 4th in Group B to determine position 7 of the final table.
Please refer to 2.2 for the points awarded and determination of order of placement at end of the group round.

2.1.3 Division 3 – Men’s 6 a-side Competition

This Division will comprise of 10 teams.
Teams will be drawn into 2 Groups of 5 teams.
Teams will be drawn into a random position in each group and it is this drawing which will determine the order that matches are played in.
All Matches in this Division will be 40 minutes duration, 2 x 20 minute halves, with a 5 minute half time break.
Teams will play 4 matches, against each other team in their group
The team finishing in 1st position in Group A will play the team finishing in 2nd position in Group B and vice versa in 2 Semi-Final Matches. The winners of these 2 games will contest the IGLFA European Championship Division 3 Final. The losers of the Semi-Final Matches will play a match to determine the third position of the final table.
Teams finishing in 3rd, 4th and 5th positions will play classification matches to determine positions 5 to 9 of the final table: 3rd in Group A facing 3rd in Group B to determine position 5 of the final table, 4th in Group A facing 4th in Group B to determine position 7 of the final table, 5th in Group A facing 5th in Group B to determine position 9 of the final table.
Please refer to 2.2 for the points awarded and determination of order of placement at end of the group round.

2.1.4 Women’s Division – 6 a-side Competition

This Division will comprise of 6 teams.
Teams will be drawn into 1 groups of 6 teams.
Teams will be drawn into a random position and it is this drawing which will determine the order that matches are played in.
All Matches in this Division will be 40 minutes duration, 2 x 20 minute halves, with a 5 minute half time break.
All teams will play 5 group matches against each other team.
The results of the group matches will determine the final position of each team in the final table.
The team finishing in 1st position and the team finishing in 2nd position will contest the IGLFA European Championship Women’s Division Final.
Please refer to 2.2 for the points awarded and determination of order of placement at end of the group round.

2.2 Points Awarded & Group Placement

In all Divisions –
3 points will be awarded to the team that wins each match.
1 point will be awarded to both teams for a match that finishes level.
0 points will be awarded to the team that loses each match.
Placement
At the conclusion of all group matches in a Division, the team with the most points in each group will be declared the group winner; the team with the second highest points will be in 2nd place and so on.
In the event of 2 or more teams being tied on the same number of points, the following order will determine which team finishes in each position –

  1. Goal difference.
  2. Goals scored.
  3. Result of the group game between those 2 teams.
  4. The winner will be decided by penalty kicks in accordance with 6.4 below.

In the event of 3 teams still being tied after applying points i, ii and iii above, then a random drawing will take place to determine the group positions.

2.3 Trophies

Trophies will be awarded to the Winners of each of the four Divisions.
Medals will be presented to the Winners and Runners-Up in each Division Final, to include all members of the squad of 16/10 plus 1 manager/coach.
All trophies presented may be retained by the winning team.

2.4 Composition of the Divisional Groups

The composition and order of all groups for each Division will be determined at a public draw to take place at 8pm on Thursday 11th June 2015 at the Knust Music Club, Hamburg.

2.5 Team Colours

In the event that 2 teams present for a match wearing similar kit colours to each other or the match officials, it is the first named team in the fixture who must make a change or wear bibs of a different colour.

3 Entry to the Competition

The Tournament is open for all IGLFA Europe Member clubs to compete. All member teams at the time of the announcement of the event were contacted and invited to participate. Other teams may be invited to attend at the discretion of the IEB and host organisation.
Prior to the first game taking place at the event, all teams must ensure that their IGLFA Team Membership has been paid for 2015 in order to compete. Details about membership and payment can be requested on the IGLFA website. The host organisation will not collect any IGLFA membership fees.

4 Qualification of Players

  1. A player must be registered with their Club at the time the team list is supplied.
  2. Any objection raised by a Club in regard to a player’s qualification should be made to the tournament committee before commencement of the tie. The committee’s decision on the qualification shall be final. Any Club making a frivolous objection or losing an appeal will be subject to a €50 fine. Any fine imposed would have to be paid immediately in order to continue in the competition.

4.1 Substitutes

  1. In accordance with FIFA dispensations, substitutes will be allowed to “roll on” and “roll off” when play is stopped, provided the match referee has given permission and substitutions are conducted as per the requirements of the Laws of Association Football.
  2. A Club taking part in Division One or Two may at its discretion use up to 5 substitutes.
  3. A Club taking part in Division Three and the Women’s Division may at its discretion use up to 4 substitutes.

4.2 Squad Lists

  1. All Team Managers/Organisers must provide a list of player names and dates of birth to the organising committee on the form provided. This list must be received on or before Friday 12th June 2015 at 9:30 am.
  2. Amendments will be accepted prior to the first match of the event taking place on Friday 12th June 2015, to account for late injury replacements or travel difficulties, and no team will be disadvantaged by submitting their team sheet early.
  3. Division One and Two will be subject to a maximum number of 20 players per squad (18 field players & 2 named goalkeepers).
  4. Division Three and Women’s Division will be subject to a maximum number of 10 players per squad.
  5. Each Team Manager/Coach prior to a match must provide a list of players with their corresponding shirt numbers to the referee desk 10 minutes before the start of the game.

5 Match Referee, Assistant Referees and Fourth Officials

IGLFA Referees shall be those officials who are trained and licensed by a FIFA-sanctioned Referee Association and who are current members of the IGLFA. Membership in the IGLFA requires support of the IGLFA Mission and payment of an annual fee of €12. The IGLFA Director of Referees or designee shall evaluate Referees prior to their assignments.

5.1 Referee Assignments

The Director of Referees or his designee shall have sole authority to assign Referees to officiate matches. When assigning officials, the highest priority of assignment shall be given to the qualification and ability of the referee to officiate the tie.

6 Duration of Play, the interval, extra time and penalty kicks.

The duration of all ties shall be –
Division One – 60 minutes
Division Two – 60 minutes
Division Three – 40 minutes
Women’s Division – 40 minutes

6.1 Half time

Divisions One & Two – 10 minutes
Division Three & Women’s Division – 5 minutes

6.2 Semi- Finals and Finals

Division One – 60 minutes
Division Two – 60 minutes
Division Three – 40 minutes
Women’s Division – 40 minutes

6.3 Extra time

There will be no extra time periods played during any match in the tournament knockout rounds, in the event that the fixture remains level at the end of regulation time.

6.4 Penalty Kicks in the event of a tie

Where the score is level at the end of a knockout round fixture, then the match will be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the procedures adopted by the International Football Association Board. There will be a minimum of Five penalty kicks taken by an 11 a-side team and Three penalty kicks for a 6 a-side team, prior to a Sudden Death period, as per international rules.

6.5 Match Abandonment

In all cases of the match being abandoned before the conclusion of normal time, the committee shall have the right to decide whether the score at the time of Abandonment should stand as the result or to award the game to the other Club.

7 Players Equipment

All players’ equipment must conform to the requirements of the Laws of the Football Association. Boots will be inspected prior to the commencement of each game. It is recommended that all players would wear shin guards when taking part in all games.

7.1 Shirts

No player shall be allowed to play in a shirt the colour of which is likely to cause confusion by being similar to the outfit worn by the referee. When the colours of competing teams are similar, then the first named team must make a change. In the Final ties, where the colours of the teams are similar then choice of colours will be determined by a toss of the coin carried out by the Referee Director or his designee.

7.2 Jewellery

Players are not permitted to wear any jewellery. The IGLFA guidelines on jewellery and other permitted items are attached as an appendix.

8 Discipline and Protest

  1. Yellow Cards (cautions)
    A player receiving two (2) yellow cards during the tournament shall be suspended for the following match. Penalty accumulation shall occur throughout the Group matches only.
  2. Red Cards (sending off)
    A player receiving a red card shall be ejected and must leave the field area immediately. The player sent off shall be suspended for the next match except for red cards issued for violent conduct. In the case of violent conduct, the player will take no further part in the tournament. In addition, the disciplinary board reserves the right to impose further sanctions on the player concerned. In the case of violent conduct towards a match official a minimum ban of two years will be imposed. If following the end of the two year suspension the player is sent off again for a similar offence then a lifetime ban will be imposed. These sanctions apply to all matches regardless of tournament phase.
  3. Additional Penalties
    The Committee may increase the penalty for a yellow or red card if deemed necessary. A player guilty of such offences may be required to appear at a discipline and protest hearing.
  4. Protests and Appeals
    All protests and appeals must be in writing to the Committee within one hour of the completion of the match in question and must be accompanied by a cash-only fee of €50. If the protest is sustained, the fee will be returned.

9 Alteration or Amendment of Competition Rules

The Board shall have the power to alter, expunge or add to these rules as it shall from time to time deem expedient, but such alteration, expunction or addition shall not come into force until the next European Championship.
Notwithstanding the above, if the Board has to adopt emergency measures to complete the competition then such measures will come into force immediately.
All decisions made by the Board or committee are final and not subject to appeal.

APPENDIX

The following items of jewellery are to be removed prior to playing:
Earrings
No earrings of any kind.
Facial Rings
Any kind of jewellery around the eyes, nose or any other part of the face.
Bracelets
All bracelets (including metal, rope, plastic, fabric…etc)
Medic Alert Bracelets
May be worn but must be covered or padded in order to be safe for all players.
Necklaces
All necklaces.
Body Piercing
It is recommended that body piercings be removed. If the item becomes visible then the referee will insist on the item being removed.
Watches
Players are not allowed to wear any kind of watch.
Rings/Wedding Ring
The sole exception is a smooth wedding band which the referee is convinced cannot be removed, and which poses no danger to any player (including themselves). If in the case of a raised surface on a ring that absolutely cannot be removed by the player, the ring must be adequately padded and the referee must be completely satisfied of its safety.
OTHER ITEMS
Beaded Hair
If a player is wearing hair beads the hair must be tied in a bun or covered by a hair net. Loose beaded hair is not to be allowed.
Headwear
Religious clothing which is recognized by FIFA or the appropriate national football body in the country in which the tournament is being played in, will be permitted.
Hats
No hats are allowed on the field of play with exception for goalkeepers using one made of a soft material (such as a cycling hat) as an eye shade.
Bandanas
No bandanas are allowed
Sweat Bands
Sweatbands are allowed providing it is being used solely for the purpose of removing sweat.
Hair bands
Hair bands, rope or string tied around the head will not be allowed.
Spectacles
Are allowed but would suggest the player consider wearing sports spectacles or contact lenses for the safety of themselves and others. Modern protective equipment such as headgear, facemasks, knee & arm protectors made of soft lightweight, padded material are not considered dangerous and are therefore permitted. (FIFA)
Orthopaedic Supports e.g. Knee Braces
FIFA Circular 863 states that the vast majority of commercially manufactured supports are safe to use. The major concern is not the “hardness” of the equipment alone, rather it is whether any part of it can cut or wound another player. Any support must be safe for all players and adequately padded if necessary.
If the player is allowed to play with the support and is observed by the referee to be “using it to gain any sort of an advantage” or in any means to intimidate an opponent they will be cautioned (yellow card) by the referee and given the choice to either remove the support or not take further part in the match.
Casts
Players wearing a soft cast will be permitted to play if the cast does not present a danger to anyone (including themselves). They must be adequately padded. The referee will make the final decision as to the acceptability of any soft cast.

Footwear
Referees will include a footwear inspection in their pre match safety check of players equipment. Poorly maintained studs or blades on the sole of the boot can constitute a danger. When inspecting footwear, officials are to be alert to the possibility of the edge of the blades or studs developing rough areas on either the plastic or metal used in their construction. These burrs can become very sharp and have been the cause of lacerations to opponents. A referee who is concerned over the conditions of blades should refuse their use until such time as the unsafe condition has been removed.