§ 9. 7-a-side
Classes B11, B12, G11 and G12 play 7-a-side (one goalkeeper and 6 players). The offside rule is not applicable. It is allowed to pass the ball to the goalkeeper and he/she is allowed to pick up the ball with the hands. Goal kick can be done from the ground or from the hands of the goalkeeper. He/she can also throw the ball. Sending-off at obvious goal-scoring opportunity is not valid.
§ 10. Referees
The referees are authorized by the Swedish Football Association. There will be assistant referees in the following games: ✔ group games and play off A in classes B18, B16, G18 ✔ from 1/8-final in classes B15 and G16 (only play off A) ✔ from 1/4-final in classes B14, B13, G15, G14 and G13 (only play off A) ✔ from 1/2-final in classes B12, B11, G11 and G12 (only play off A) The coordinator of the referees during the tournament will be available at the Central Information at Heden. If you have comments about the referees you are more than welcome to leave your feedback.
§ 11. Tournament jury
The jury of the tournament consists of representatives of the Swedish Football Association and the Regional Football Association of Gothenburg. The jury handles protests and sanction matters. Their decisions can not be appealed.
§ 12. Protest and sanctions
12.1 Any and all protests must be made in writing by the team manager. Protests must be delivered at Heden, Kungsbacka Center or Kviberg Center no later than 90 minutes after the match is finished. ✔ A protest fee of SEK 1500 will be paid at that time. This fee will be returned if the protest is approved. ✔ The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with the play are final. (FIFA rule no. 5). No measures will be taken on protests on decisions made by referees. 12.2 Cautions and sending-off offences ✔ Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following match. ✔ The tournament jury can decide about suspension for further game(s) in case of a direct red card. ✔ Yellow cards are not accumulated. ✔ Severe offences will be reported to the FA of the nation concerned. IMPORTANT NOTE: If a player that is suspended participates in a game, the team with the suspended player automatically loses the game with 0-3.
§ 13. Walk over, abandoned match
13.1 Any team not appearing at the appointed time and place for a match can be declared looser by 0-3, after a decision by the jury. If a team repeatedly fail to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament. In special cases, the tournament jury may decide to exclude a team at the first offence, i.e. if a deliberate WO favours the own team or is unfair to another team in the group. 13.2 If a match is interrupted for some reason and can’t be played to the end the jury will decide if the game has to be replayed, or restarted from the minute when it was interrupted, or if the result will be fixed or if one of the teams or both teams lose 0-3.
§ 14. Match fields
14.1 All the playing fields are grass or artificial turf. 14.2 The fields are divided into the following areas: Centrum, Öster, Hisingen, Frölunda, Mölndal and Kungsbacka. 14.3 In case of bad weather conditions games may be changed to gravel fields or decided by penalty kicks or drawing of lots.
§ 15. Match Schedule
The organization committee has the right to change the groups (until July 16th), times and fields.
§ 16. Organizer
The Swedish football club BK Häcken organizes the Gothia Cup.
§ 17. Regulations for accommodation
17.1 General ✔ The team manager as indicated on the participant list is responsible for any damage caused by his/her players. ✔ Consumption of alcoholic beverages is absolutely forbidden in the schools. ✔ Silence is prescribed in each school between 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. ✔ Before departure you have to clean your sleeping room. 17.2 To prevent fire ✔ Smoking is prohibited in the schools. ✔ It is forbidden to cook (for instance to make coffee) in the sleeping facilities and corridors. ✔ It is forbidden to put combustibles in the corridors, or to move out desks and chairs etc. ✔ Please note that the doors between the corridors and the stairs must be closed. FAILURE TO COMPLY TO THESE RULES WILL BE DEALT WITH BY THE JURY AND MAY RESULT IN
EXCLUSION FROM THE TOURNAMENT AND LODGINGS.
§ 18. Insurance and responsibility
Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. The Gothia Cup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. The Gothia Cup is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Sweden must have personal medical insurance. PLEASE DO NOT KEEP ANY MONEY OR VALUABLES IN YOUR SCHOOL ROOM.