Official Regulation

  • § 1. Rules

    The Gothia Cup will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA rules and the Swedish F.A. rules.

    When subject to interpretation of FIFA rules or regulations, the English text applies.

  • § 2. Competition rules

    2.1 Participating teams must belong to a club or academy that is a registered with its national FIFA affiliated association. In countries where school teams affiliated to their school football association compete, the school teams that are registered with the national football association are also allowed to participate. All players must belong to the club they are playing for. Please note that players cannot belong to a club from a country where the player is not residing.

    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 the match(es) between teams with equal points (head to head)
    4. Penalty shoot-out 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 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 2018

    B18 - Boys born 1/1-00 and later
    B16 - Boys born 1/1-02 and later
    B15 - Boys born 1/1-03 and later
    B14 - Boys born 1/1-04 and later
    B13 - Boys born 1/1-05 and later
    B12 - Boys born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)
    B11 - Boys born 1/1-07 and later (7-a-side) *

    G18 - Girls born 1/1-00 and later
    G16 - Girls born 1/1-02 and later
    G15 - Girls born 1/1-03 and later
    G14 - Girls born 1/1-04 and later
    G13 - Girls born 1/1-05 and later
    G12 - Girls born 1/1-06 and later (7-a-side)
    G11 - Girls born 1/1-07 and later (7-a-side)*

    *) The form of competition is under investigation by the Swedish Football Association

  • § 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 and substitution

    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 must also be present during the age control for each team 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. Please note, a copy of the passport or ID document is not accepted.

    All teams have to complete the participants list digitally on the team’s My Team Info page. The list of participants should be printed from My Team Info and be brought as a physical copy to the age control.

    Teams lodged in schools booked through Gothia Cup will do their age control at the school or at a school nearby. Teams lodged in hotels booked through Gothia Cup will do their age control at the hotel.

    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. This can also be done on Monday at Inlag (Kungsbacka), Kviberg, Åby, Mjörnvallen (Alingsås) or Slätta Damm.

    Each player on the list must be present and be able to show proof of identity.

    The age control must be done no later than Monday (July 16th) at 4:00 pm. Single players can join after the age control on the condition that they are on the original participant list. They must show proof of identity at Exercishuset 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 verifications.

    Injured player(s) 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 no more than one year over the age limit. You cannot use more over aged players by switching them between matches.

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

    7.2 Girls may play in boys 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, G11, 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 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 or another national FA. There will be assistant referees in the following games:

    ✔ Group games and play off A in classes B18, 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 B11, B12, 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 to Exercishuset 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 games 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 loser 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, Alingsås 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 15th), 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, make coffee or make other types of food in the sleeping facilities and corridors.

    ✔It is forbidden to hang clothes or other combustible materials in the corridors
    ✔It is forbidden to move desks and chairs etc. out of the sleeping rooms into corridors or other public areas
    ✔Please note that doors between the corridors and the stairs must be closed at all times.


  • § 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 of 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.


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