§ 1. Rules

The Gothia Cup will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA rules and the Swedish F.A. rules. In questions of interpretations of FIFA rules, the English text applies.

§ 2. Competition rules

2.1 The club has to be a member of its FIFA affiliated national association. In countries where football is operated by schools teams affiliated to their school football association are also allowed. All players must be belong to the club where they play. Please note that players can not belong to a club from a country where the player is not resident.

2.2 The teams are divided into groups of four or five where all the teams will meet in a round robin serie. The order among the teams will be decided according to points. 3 points will be awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows:

1. Goal difference
2. Highest number of goals scored
3. Results in match(es) between teams with equal points
4. Penalty kick contest according to the FIFA rules

2.3 Play off
The two best teams in each group will advance to Play off A. The other teams in the group will advance to the Play off B. All play off games will be decided by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination. A draw in the play off will be decided by penalty kicks according to the FIFA rules.

§ 3. Age categories 2017

B18 – Boys born 1/1-99 and later
B16 – Boys born 1/1-01 and later
B15 – Boys born 1/1-02 and later
B14 – Boys born 1/1-03 and later
B13 – Boys born 1/1-04 and later
B12 – Boys born 1/1-05 and later (7-a-side)
B11 – Boys born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)

G18 – Girls born 1/1-99 and later
G16 – Girls born 1/1-01 and later
G15 – Girls born 1/1-02 and later
G14 – Girls born 1/1-03 and later
G13 – Girls born 1/1-04 and later
G12 – Girls born 1/1-05 and later (7-a-side)
G11 – Girls born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)

§ 4. Playing period

ClassGroup Stage and Play-off BPlay-0ff A
B18, B16, B152×25 min2×30 min
G18, G16, G152×25 min2×30 min
Others2×20 min2×25 min

§ 5. Number of players

5.1 No team may use more than 18 players in a match, 11 players on the field and 7 substitutes. A substituted player may reenter in the match. Substitutions can be done without stopping the game. Notice that the game has to be stopped and the referee has to be informed at the substitution of a goalkeeper. All substitutions should be done within the technical area of the team. If there is no technical area the substitution should be made at the centre line. The player that will be substituted has to leave the field before the new player can enter the field. Incorrect substitutions will be punished with a yellow card.

5.2 It is permitted to use a player from the same club in several teams but not in the same age class. This player has to be on the participant list of all teams he/she will play for. The player also has to be present when identifying the age each specific time for all teams the player plays for. There is no maximum number of players on the participant list.

5.3 In classes B12, B11, G12 and G11 it is allowed to have an unlimited number of players during a single match, but only 7 can be on the playing field simultaneously.

§ 6. Proof of age and participant list

Each team must submit a list of players to the Gothia Cup administration before their first match in the tournament. All players MUST be able to identify themselves and to certify their age with a valid passport. ID documents which expired after May 1st are also considered to be valid. NOTE! Copy of passport or identity document is not valid.

All teams have to complete its participants list digitally on the team’s My Team Info page. The list of participants can then be printed out from there and taken as a physical copy to the age verification.

The teams lodged in a school or hotel booked through the Gothia Cup, will be controlled at the accommodation. Teams that arrive to Landvetter airport will be controlled directly at the airport.

The teams without accommodation booked through the Gothia Cup make their proof of identity and age at Heden on Saturday-Monday or at Gothia Kungsbacka Center, Kviberg Center, Välen, Åby or Slättadamm on Monday.

At this time each player on the list must be present and show proof of identity and age. This must be done no later than 4 pm on Monday July 17th. Single players can join at a later time, provided that they are listed on the first given participant list and that the player shows a valid identification at Heden, before he/she plays his/her first game. Teams using non eligible players can be excluded from the tournament.

Note that the responsible team leader (written on the list of participants) must attend all the players’ age verification.

Injured player may be replaced on the list of participants if there is a medical certificate and the number of players on the list of participants is less than 14 (10 in 7-a-side) after the exclusion of the injured player.

§ 7. Dispensations

7.1 In the 11-a-side categories, dispensations will automatically be given to two players per squad who are maximum one year over aged. Note that you can not use more over aged players by switching them between matches.

For 7-a-side, no dispensation will automatically be accepted. Dispensation can be applied latest on July 1st for a maximum of ONE player who already has a dispensation issued by its regional association, or where there are special reasons. After the 1st of July applications for dispensations will be accepted by the jury only if there are very special reasons.

7.2 Girls may play in boy classes as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.

§ 8. Match information

8.1 Team list

✔ A written team list (This list can be filled and downloaded/printed from My Team Info) must be handed over to the referee before every match.
✔ The number each player has on the team list must be the same as the number of the shirt.
✔ All players on the team list are considered as if they have participated in the game.
✔ Random controls of team lists and participant lists will be carried out.
✔ All team officials (maximum 6) have to be indicated with their names on the team list.
Only these officials are allowed to be in the technical area.

8.2 Player uniforms

✔ All team shirts must be numbered and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team list. Numbers must be on the back of the shirts. Two players may not use the same number in any given match.
✔ If the referee decides that one team should change shirts due to similarity to the opposing team’s shirts, the team appearing last in the match schedule has to change.

8.3 Before, during and after the game

✔ All teams should be ready at the field no later than 15 minutes before kick-off.
✔ The team manager must make sure that his players are adequately insured.
✔ All players MUST wear shinguards.
✔ The teams are responsible for their supporters’ conduct. Bad supporters’ behavior or conduct can result in team’s exclusion from the tournament.
✔ The responsible team official (coach) must immediately after the match sign the referee’s match card in order to confirm the match result, red cards and other events during the game. Failure to sign may result in a notification to the Gothia Cup competition jury.

8.4 Balls

All matches are played using balls of size 5, except for classes B11, B12, G12, G13 and G14 where size 4 will be used.

§ 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 his/her 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 or another national FA. There will be assistant referees in the following games:

✔ Group games and play off A in classes B18, B17, G18
✔ From 1/8-final in classes B16 and G16 (only play off A)
✔ From 1/4-final in classes B15, 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 Exercishuset, 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 the same 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 the referee.

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.
✔ Each team has the responsibility that a suspended player does not participate in a game (or games) where he/she is suspended.
✔ 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 favors 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, times and fields until July 16th.

§ 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.


§ 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.