Tournament rules

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Tournament regulations Norway Cup 2019

Norway Cup is played in accordance with FIFA, the Norwegian Football Association
regulations and The Norwegian Sports Association (NIF) and Olympic and Paralympic
Committee’s regulation for “Children’s sports” chapter 2 for competitions in
children’s sports, with exemptions in the tournament regulations below.
The regulations have been made in close cooperation with the Norwegian Football
Association and are almost similar to the recommended suggestion from the
Norwegian Football Association called “Competition classes and ages in cups and
tournaments with participating teams from several counties.”
Classes 11-and 12- year-old are played in accordance to the Norwegian Football
Association’s game regulations for football on small pitches for players under 12
years of age.
Classes 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19-year olds are played in accordance to the
Norwegian Football Association game regulations for football on small pitches for
players over 12 years of age and regulations for 11 aside football.
JURY
The tournament jury consists of three members. The jury members are:
1. Kjartan Berland, Lillestrøm SK, leader
2. Pia Fjeld, Tofte IF
3. Jan Olav Knutsen, Haugsbygd IF
Decisions made by the jury are final and cannot be appealed.
The tournament regulations are divided into three chapters:
1. Match regulations
2. Competition- and sanctions regulations
3. Regulations for player’s eligibility

Chapter 1 – MATCH REGULATIONS
§1-1 Classes
Boys:
11 aside
18/19 y/o born after 1.1.2000
17 y/o born after 1.1.2002
16 y/o born after 1.1.2003
15 y/o born after 1.1.2004
14 y/o born after 1.1.2005
9 aside
13 y/o born after 1.1.2006
12 y/o: born after 1.1.2007
7 aside
15/16 y/o born after 1.1.2003
13/14 y/o born after 1.1.2005
12 y/o born after 1.1.2007
11 y/o born after 1.1.2008

Girls:
11 aside
18/19 y/o born after 1.1.2000
17 y/o born after 1.1.2002
16 y/o born after 1.1.2003
15 y/o born after 1.1.2004
14 y/o born after 1.1.2005
9 aside
13 y/o born after 1.1.2006
12 y/o born after 1.1.2007
7 aside
15/16 y/o born after 1.1.2003
13/14 y/o born after 1.1.2005
12 y/o born after 1.1.2007
11 y/o born after 1.1.2008
§1-2 PLAYING TIMES
Classes 17 and 18/19 y/o: 2 x 30 minutes with 5 minute break
Classes 15 and 16 y/o: 2 x 25 minutes with 5 minute break
Classes 13 and 14 y/o 11’aside: 2 x 20 minutes with 3 minute break
Classes 13 and 14 y/o 7’aside: 2 x 20 minutes with 3 minute break
Classes 11, 12 and Unified 2 x 15 minutes with 3 minute break

§1-3 BALL SIZES
In the classes 15, 16, 17 and 18/19 y/o ball size No. 5 is used. In all other classes’ ball
size No. 4 is used. Using the wrong size ball is not a reason for protest. The home
team will provide an approved ball with the correct size. In all A-finals the Organizer
will provide the necessary balls.

§1-4 PITCH HALF
The referee performs a coin toss, and the winner choose half. The opponent takes
kick-off.

§1-5 SUITS
The away team will change suits if the referee finds that the colours are too similar.
Substitute suits may be borrowed in the Technical information, or the local
secretariat on fields outside Ekeberg.

§1-6 LINES MEN
In the games where there is only one referee, the teams are required to provide
linesmen.

§1-7 PLAYERS EQUIPMENT
All players are required to use leg protection. It is the responsibility of the team
leaders to make sure that the equipment of the players is correct at the start of the
game. Not using leg protection is not a reason for protest.

§1-8 NUMBER OF SUBSTITUTES
The team may utilize all players listed on the team rooster. There is no restriction for
substitutes utilized in each game. A player that has been changed may re-enter the
match.

§1-9 MEETING TIME
The games will, at all times, start at the scheduled time. Teams are required to be
present at the field, fully changed, in ample time prior to the game. If a team is
delayed the Technical information has to be informed.
If a team does not meet at the game start, this is no show and the team may, if there
is no legitimate reason, loose the game on “walk over”. If there is a no show for a
team, the referee must report this immediately to the Technical Department.
A legitimate reason is if the team is late due to delays during the travel time that
could not have been foreseen in advance. It is the Jury that decides at all times if the
team had a “valid reason”, and what the end result of the game will be, please see
§2-6.

§1-10 TIME SCHEDULE
The matches are played on fields appointed by the Organizer.
The matches may be played on grass, artificial turf or gravel.

§1-11 RESERVATIONS
If weather and/or the state of the fields unables games to be played, the organizer
reserves the right to change the game system and the game plan, or cancel the
tournament in its entirety.
The organizer reserves the right to change the tournament regulations if this is
deemed necessary.
All teams NOT utilizing the accommodations of the tournament, must in advance
assign a contact person that at all times can receive messages regarding changes.

§1-12 PLAYING SYSTEMS
Classes 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18/19 y/o
The teams will be divided into groups of three to five teams (normally four). These
play a round-robin. The two best teams in each group advances to the A play-offs.
The rest of the teams go to the B play-offs. All Play-offs games are played as a cup.
The ranking in each group is decided in the following manner:
A) The ranking of the teams is decided by points. 3 points for victory, 1 point for a
draw and 0 point for a loss.
If 2 or more teams are equal in points, the ranking is decided as follows:
B) Teams that has shown up for most games go ahead
C) Goal difference: Meaning the difference between won and lost goals.
If the teams are still equal in points, the ranking is decided as follows:
D) Number of scored goals: The team with most scored goals goes ahead.
If the teams are still equal in points, the ranking is decided as follows:
E) Result of mutual game
If the teams are still equal, the following is decisive:
F) If the decision concerns the right to participate in the A play-offs, this will be
carried out with penalty kicks in the classes 15, 16, 17 and 18/19 y/o. Other than
that, the order of the group will be decided by a ticket draw.
1) The ticket draw will happen in technical information will the two team leaders
and a member of the jury or a member of the technical information team
present

§1-13 DRAWN MATCHES IN THE PLAY-OFFS:
In drawn games in the play-offs there will be played additional time 2 x 5 minutes
without a break. The team scoring the first goal in extra time will be declared as
winner, and the match is stopped (golden goal).
If the result is still a draw after extra time the game will be decided as follows:
Penalty kick competition.
In the classes for 13 and 14-year-olds two winners are declared in the finals if the
game is still a draw after extra time.

§1-14 REGULATIONS FOR B PLAY-OFFS
The B play-offs is arranged as a cup.
The organiser reserves the right for cancellation of the B play-offs in accordance with
the weather conditions.
The B play-offs will at all time defer to the A play-offs.

§1-15 Tournament regulations for the classes 13, 14, 15 and 16 y/o:
These classes are played in accordance to the Norwegian Football Associations game
rules for football on small fields for players over 12 years of age, game rules for
11’aside football and after Norway Cups tournament regulations.

CHAPTER 2 – COMPETITION AND SANCTION REGULATIONS
§2-1 PROTESTS
Norwegian Football Association’s tournament regulations chapter 14 are applied
with the following amendments:
§2-1.1 Time limits
Protest shall be delivered in writing at the Technical Information by the team leader
no later than 60 minutes from the end of the game. For games played on the other
arenas the protest is to be delivered to the local secretariat. The time limit is the
same.
§2-1.2 Alerting
With every protest for breaking the rules during the game, the referee are to be
informed that a protest will be handed in, before the referee leaves the field or the
vicinity.
§2-1.3 Regarding protests on age
When presenting a protest the team handing in the protest will have to point out the
player or players that the protest concerns. A general protest for the entire team will
not be accepted.
§2-1.4 Fee
When delivering the protest, a fee of NOK 500 has to be paid. The fee will be
refunded if the protest is approved. The decision of the jury is final.

§2-2 EXPELLING – RED CARD
Regulations from The Norwegian Football Association applies with the following
adjustments and amendments:
§2-2.1 RED CARD SUSPENSION
The jury decides sanctions for the red card send off. The penalty is in accordance to
guidelines from The Norwegian Football Association. The jury’s decision is final. For
this reason, it is important that the sanctioned player is given a written statement
after the send-off. The jury can maximum sanction 3 (three) matches’ suspension. If
the offense requires a stricter sanction the case will be sent to the national football
association.
§2-2.2 Right to explain
Players that have been given a red card have the right to give the jury a written
statement with regards to the expelling. Such statements have to be given within
two hours after the end of the game.
§2-2.3 One match suspension
When being expelled for one game, one game is to be served in the first game in the tournament after the sending off. If the expelling is in the last game of the
tournament, there will be given no suspension.
§2-2.4 Several matches’ suspension
If the player has committed an offence that implies suspension from two or more
games, the player must serve all the games in the tournament. The club will receive
a written warning. Games that cannot be served in the tournament, with exception
of one game, will be transferred to obligatory games. The player’s football district or
National Football Association will automatically be alerted to sanctions not served in
the tournament.

§2-3 WARNING – YELLOW CARD
Regulations from The Norwegian Football Association applies with the following
adjustments and amendments:
§2-3.1 Suspension
Players that have been given two warnings will automatically be suspended from the
team’s next match. The player will then have to forfeit one game for each additional
warning given.
§2-3.2 Time limited yellow card penalty
A yellow card will in classes for 16,15,14,13-year olds directly give time in the penalty
box, following The Norwegian Football Associations rules §4-8. The above §2.3.1
does not count in these classes. All time limited suspensions are completed by the
end of the match. This means that a player who have been given a time limited
suspension can take part in a penalty shootout at the end of the game.
§2-3.3 Team Leader’s responsibility
The team leader and the player are independently responsible to enforce the
suspension regulations when given a warning.
§2-3.4 Classes 11 and 12 y/o
There will be no cards used in classes 11 and 12 y/o. The Referee should approach
players to give them guidance/directions after repeated offence. A player who
commits an offence that would normally qualify for a warning will be asked to leave
the field. The expulsion will not affect the player at a later stage in the tournament.
Expelled players can be replaced by a new player.
§2-4 BEHAVIOUR OF SUPPORTERS, CLUBS, TEAMS AND LEADERS
§2-4.1 Improper behaviour from leaders etc.
Referees and referee observers will report to the jury inappropriate behaviour from
team leaders, coaches, players and the team’s supporters in connection with
matches. It is the responsibility of the team leader to make sure that everyone
connected to the club/team, including fans and parents, do not behave in a manner
that is obviously inappropriate, indecent or damaging to the reputation of the sport.
Clubs, teams, players or team leaders will be given sanctions from the tournament
jury for breaking the tournaments rules.
§2-4.2 Improper behaviour from participants
The jury may sanction participants that are outside the jurisdiction of the referee
when behaving openly inappropriate, indecent or in a way that may damage the
reputation of the sport.
The jury may also issue sanctions to participants that behave in an inappropriate
manner outside the jurisdiction of the referee if their behaviour is inappropriate,
indecent or damaging to the reputation of the sport.
§2-4.3 Sanctions for improper behaviour
Behaviour that is seen as obviously inappropriate, indecent or damaging to the
reputation of the sport are when players, referees, team leaders and supporters
verbally or in other manners behave so that other players, referees, team leaders or
the spectator are exposed to insulting behaviour.
2-4.4 Procedure
The jury will call the involved parties, and the clubs is called to the jury for
explanation. If the clubs deny meeting the jury, this might be held against them
when deciding the question of quilt – and punishment.
Jury may also use the report from the referee observes in cases where appropriate.
The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed.
§2-4.5 Forwarded to the Norwegian Football Association
Abusive violations in law or regulations will be reported to the Norwegian Football
Association for further consideration and decisions.
§ 2-4.6 Suspension
If the jury finds it necessary, it can suspend the concerned team immediately after a
report is received. The suspension will be notified to the team as soon as possible
and cannot be appealed.

§2-5 Expelled leader/trainer
Regulations from The Norwegian Football Association apply for suspensions with the
following adjustments and amendments:
§2-5.1 Automatically suspended
Coaches or leaders that by the referee is expelled from the field or the adjacent area
for openly inappropriate behaviour, will lose the right to lead the team for the rest of
the game and is expelled from the team’s next game in the tournament, unless
otherwise stated by the jury.
§2-5.2 Suspensions for several games
If the suspension is for two or more games, the coach or leader will not be able to have any function with regards to the club’s teams before the penalty has been served. Such sanctions will be given in writing.
§2-5.3 Rights
Suspended trainer/leader should give a written statement to the jury, at the latest 2
hours after end of match. If not, the jury’s judgement will be based on the referee
report.

§ 2-6 No show or withdrawal from match
Teams not meeting to a match without a valid reason will lose the game. The result
is set at 3-0. If there are special reasons that the team did not meet for the game, it
can be barred and all the results of the team cancelled. It is the jury that always
decides what a special reason is. A team that withdraws from an ongoing match will
be treated as a no shown.

CHAPTER 3 -REGULATIONS FOR PLAYER’S ELIGIBILITY
§3-1 GENERAL
A player is eligible to play for his/her club in accordance to his/her countries
regulations for playing eligibility, but in accordance to the age rules of Norway Cup.
To be eligible to play a player must also follow the regulation for “Children’s sports”
chapter 2 for competitions in children’s sports.
A team in the tournament may use up to two – 2 – players registered in another club.
The team must show proof of the agreement between the clubs prior to the start of
the tournament. The use of quest players must be reasoned based on demographic
and geographic needs, where the team is reliant on guest players to have a full team.
The teams must in good time, and before 15th June, have this documentation from
their regional football association. The team must present a written agreement
between the two clubs. In the agreement it must be noted that if the player is given
a quarantine of 2 games or more, and this cannot be served at Norway Cup, the
player can be required to serve the quarantine in regular season matches.
When requested by the opponent or the organizers the player’s eligibility must be
documented.
A player can play for two teams within the same club. However, they cannot
participate in teams playing in the same age class. This rule does not apply for
overage players or players playing for a team in a higher age bracket.
For classes 11 and 12 y/o players can play for two teams in the same class. The
player should be added on both team’s team lists.

§3-2 COOPERATING TEAMS
Cooperating teams are required to have a dispensation from either their district or
their National Football Association given prior to the start of the season.

§3-3
All players must document their age by providing satisfactory identification with
photo. The jury always decides what identification is satisfactory. Random checks
will be carried out during the tournament with regards to age and player’s eligibility.

§3-4 TEAM LIST
All teams are required to submit, in ample time before the first game, a list naming
the players the team will utilize in the tournament. The team list must contain name
and birthdate, and year of birth for all players. For players on loan the name of team
they normally play for must be added. The team lists may not contain more than 24
players without an acceptance from the jury prior to the start of the tournament. A
player is not eligible for play before he or she is entered on the team list.
Teams may not remove players from the team list after the first game is played. The
team may enter more players on the list during the tournament, with a maximum of
24.
Teams that have not submitted team lists before their first game, can unless there is
a valid reason, loose the right to participate in the play-offs. It is the jury that at all
times decides what a valid reason is.
On each team list please enter the name and telephone number to the leader in
charge.

§3-5 USING OVERAGE PLAYERS
§3-5.1
Norway Cup are following the Norwegian Football Association’s rule § 2-3 (1)
exception from rules about age.
In all classes a team can use up to 2 overage players in 9 and 11 aside games. In 7
aside teams can use up 1 overage player. Overage players cannot be used in a lower
age group if the club has a team in the players own age group at Norway Cup.
Overage players cannot be more than 1 year older in accordance to Norway Cups
age grouping.
§3-5.3 Dispensation for age given by the regional football association
Girls who have been granted dispensation by their regional football association to
play as an overage player on boys’ teams, while playing in teams in their own year
age group or higher, are also eligible to play in the tournament. Players who are
granted exemption cannot be more than 2 years older. The limitation in the first and
second sentences in § 3-5.3 applies.
General dispensation for age requirements, given by the players’ regional football
association, does not provide eligibility to play in the tournament, if the
dispensations go beyond Norway Cups rules for overage players. Norway Cup does
not grant exemptions to this rule to any participating teams.
§3-5.4
In addition, a team has the possibility to use overage players who have a
dispensation based on social, medical grounds given by the regional football
association within the set deadline before the season start. Any dispensation must
be enclosed with the team list. Exemption cannot be issued solely for participation in
Norway Cup.
§3-5.5
Team leaders must inform the opponent of any overage players before the match
and show them who these are. The lack of highlighting who the players are before
the match is not a valid ground for protest.
Any dispensations must be submitted to the opponent’s team management before
the match.

§3-6 NOT ELIGIBLE PLAYER
Players have to be eligible in accordance to the Norwegian Football
Associations/FIFA’s laws and regulations for the club or the team he/she is playing
for. If a club or a team utilizes a player that is not eligible, the team using the not
eligible player will lose the match. In addition, the jury may post sanctions.

§3-7
The jury may move a team from one class to another to enhance the cup from a
sporting point of view.
It is allowed to use players from the same club on multiple teams during the
tournament. However, they cannot play for two teams in the same age group. This
rule does not extend to overage players or players who play in an age group higher
than their age during the tournament.