1. RULES FC’23
The tournament will be played according to FIFA and any additional RFEF (Spanish FA) rules, with the exception of those explained below in these regulations.
2. TOURNAMENT FORMAT FC’23
Groups of 3, 4, 5 or 6 teams will be drawn for each age bracket. All teams in each group will play all other teams in their group, thus ensuring a minimum number of matches.
The classified first and the second best in categories with 3 groups play semifinals and final .
– Upon winning a match, a team will be awarded 3 POINTS
– In the event of a draw, both teams will gain 1 POINT
If, at the end of the qualifying round, two or more teams will have added the same number of points, the position of the teams will be determined by:
1. Direct result between the tied teams.
2. Goal difference.
3. Lower number of yellow and red cards (one red card equals two yellow).
4. Team with the youngest player
In case of a match finishing as a draw during the knockout and final rounds, the match will be decided by penalty kicks (3 penaltys).
3. MATCH SCHEDULE
The calendar will specify the time of the match, the pitch on which it will be played and the corresponding age bracket. A team may have to play more than one match a day, depending on how the group in which it has been put is set up.
The Organisation reserves the right to change groups, schedule, pitches and match times. Delegates from the affected teams will be given notice ahead of time.
4. DURATION OF MATCHES
Depending on the age category the matches will have the following duration:
First Phase, Play-Offs and Finals
• U19 – U16 – B14 – Women 2 x 25 min.
• U12 – U10 – U8 2 x 20 min.
First Phase, Play-Offs: No breaks
Finals: Breaks 5 minutes
1 Time Deaths per game in playoffs and finals: 1 min
5. AGE CONTROL
Upon arrival, all participants must confirm their age. To do this, the delegate or team leader must submit the original passport or national ID card of each player. Any player who does not present any of these documents will not be allowed to play.
Once the ages of the players are confirmed, you will be given 5 lists with the names of all players registered on the team. One of these lists should be given to the referee before the start of each game.
Each team may have two players one year older than their category. They can never be both on the court at the same time (if it is reflected in the minutes, it will mean the loss of the match by 0-3). The player who is registered in a lower category team IN NO CASE may play with a higher category.
6. NUMBER OF PLAYERS
A maximum of 15 players per team may be registered.
All the inscribed players will be at the coach’s disposal during the match. There is no limit of players to use in a game. There is no substitution limit. A substituted player may re-enter in the match.
Using a player in several teams, as long as the age is correct and if he/she is included in the lists is allowed.
One player cannot be inscribed in more than one list in the same age category.
7. DOCUMENTATION TO BE PROVIDED FOR EACH MATCH
15 minutes before the beginning of every match the team leader must present to the referee one of the lists he received during the age control.
You must write the shirt numbers of all the players and indicate the 5 starting players in the appropriate space.
Together with this list, the team must be able to present, in case it is required by the referee, one of the following documents:
• Players identity card
• Players passports
No match will start if the referee does not have the lists from both the teams.
Delegates who want to check whether any player should be allowed to play can do so before the end of the match by speaking to the Organisation official for that pitch. At the time of the claim, the complainant must make a deposit of 20 Euros for each player they suspect.
If the player proves their legality by submitting any of the required original documents, the pitch official will finalise the claim.
If the player under suspicion does not have the requested document available or does not appear on the lists, both the claimant and the player (together with the team leader) will have to go to the headquarters of the tournament Competition Committee (Information Central) two hours later which will make the final decision.
In any case, if the player under suspicion proves their legality, the claimant will lose their deposit. Otherwise it will be returned in full.
Complaints about refereeing errors will not alter the outcome of the game. The Competition Committee’s decision is final and irrevocable. The interpretation of the facts and the rules shall be final.
All teams must be on the pitch 15 minutes before the match starts. If this is not the case and there is no good reason, the Competition Committee may take one of the following measures:
• The team on the pitch will be awarded a 3-0 win for the match
• The offending team will automatically lose the match and be deducted a point. .
• The referee will decide if the match should be played or not.
If a team does not appear for a match with no good reason, the offending team will forfeit that game (3-0) and be deducted three points. In both cases, the Competition Committee reserves the right to discipline a team should a third party be affected.
All the matches will be conducted by official referees of National and International Federations. They will be designated for each match by the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation.
11. COLOUR CONFLICTS
If the referee decides that a team must change its shirts due to a conflict with the colours of the other team’s shirts, the team that changes must be the second one listed on the calendar. The first team must play with their first-choice shirt.
All matches will be played with Organisation footballs. In no case will balls be left to warm up.
After each final, trophies and medals will be awarded to the winner and runner-up of each age category, as well as the best player trophy for each of the finals
In addition, a trophy will be awarded for best club during the tournament. The best club in the tournament will be decided by the Organisation based on the following parameters:
• A match won during the qualifying round: 1 point
• First place in their qualifying group: 1 point
• A match won during the knockout and final stages: 2 points
If a club participates in the tournament with more than three teams, the points of the top three teams will be counted.
In case of two clubs having equal points, the winner will be decided using the same criteria as in “Tournament Format”.
All players will be given a diploma certifying their participation in the tournament.
Any team which causes the suspension of a match, whether due to collective bad behaviour, players leaving the pitch, agression towards the other team, the referee, assistant referees, team leaders, coaches, etc., the invasion of supporters onto the pitch, or for any other reason which causes the referee to suspend the match will automatically lose the match 3-0, unless, when the suspension occurred, they were losing by a higher score.
Each club will be responsible for the behaviour of their players, supporters and family members, both on and off the field. Bad behaviour can lead to expulsion from the tournament.
The accommodation is shared with people outside the tournament who deserve our respect. Bad behaviour within accommodation can lead to them to rescinding their accommodation and catering services and the tournament organisers will be able to do nothing to resolve this situation.
All delegates have to check that their players are insured (private insurance or Social Security) and off the field .
Each team must send a certificate verifying this information.
All fields have first aid services . The Futsal Cup tournament organization is not liable for injury, illness , theft or accidents