Tournament Rules

Helsinki Cup 2019 will be played from 8th to 13th of July. Football rules will be used in Helsinki Cup with the following clarifications.

TIED POINTS AND DETERMINATING WINNER OF THE MATCH

In case of even points in the end of the group stage, the standings will be solved as follows;1. points from mutual games 2. Goal difference in mutual games 3. Goal difference in the group 4. Goals scored in the group 5. Toss. In playoff-stage draws will be solved with penalty shootout. Extra time won’t be played. Players who have been on the pitch when the game ends are allowed to participate in penalty shootout. Only goal keeper can be substituted in case of injury. In games that have been played 11v11 five (5) players from each team will take part in penalty shootout. In case of 8v8 there will be only three (3) players taking part. If one team is not ahead on goals after these kicks, the shootout will proceed to sudden death.

MATCH RULES
  • Team can choose up to 18 player per game.
  • Teams must be dressed and ready at least 15 minutes before the match.
  • A player who has received a red card is banned for at least the following match in the same group in which the player was red-carded. The tournament jury will decide on any possible additional penalties that may be given.
  • In the event that the team uniforms cannot be distinguished from each other, the team mentioned later in the match program (visiting team) will have to change their uniforms.• The goal keeper’s shirt must be clearly different from the other player’s shirts.
  • The tournament jury has the right to take action against any team deemed to be acting inappropriately, including closing a team out of the tournament. The jury can also require that a team demands its supporters to behave appropriately.
  • A team that forfeits the competition must pay a fine of EUR 200. 
  • Normal offside rule will be used in age groups 12 and older
  • Offside rule will only apply inside or beside penalty area in age groups 10 and 11
  • Goal throw and goal kicks are both used in series B7, B/G8 and B/G9
  • In case of a goal kick, opposing team must fall to their own half in B7 groups
  • One extra player is allowed in B7, B/G8 and B/G9 series in case the opposing team leads with at least five (5) goals. This advantage is lost if goal difference narrows down to two (2) goals. In older age groups this rule won’t apply.
  • If the ball goes over the sideline the ball will be returned to game with pass or dribbling in B7 and B/G8 series
  • Regular throw ins will be used in B/G9 series
RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE

Only teams whose club is a member of the regional sections of the Football Association of Finland are entitled to participate in the Helsinki Cup. This requirement does not apply to foreign teams.In series, where the winner is determined (ie. series which include finals), a single player can represent only one team within the same series. Such series are for boys B10, B11, B12, B13 8v8, B13, 11v11, B14, B15, B17 and for girls G10E, G10Y, G10H, G11E, G11Y, G11H, G12E, G12Y, G12H, G13E, G13Y, G13H, G15E, G15Y, G15H, G18. In series where the winner won’t be determined, a single player can represent more than one team within the same serie. Such series are for boys B7E, B7Y, B7H, B8E, B8Y, B8H, B9E, B9Y, B9H, B10H, B11H, B12H, B13H, B14H, B15H, B17H and for girls G7E, G7Y, G7H, G8E, G8Y, G8H, G9E, G9Y, G9H. It is possible for a player to play in several series if other conditions are met.

INSURANCE

Every player must have insurance that covers hospital costs in case of injury during the tournament. 

OVER-AGED PLAYERS

Teams can register up to two players who are no more than one year over aged. These players are not allowed to play in other series in the tournament. Players must remain same throughout the tournament and they are registered as all the other players. Regional over-aged playing permits are also valid in the Helsinki Cup. A tournament specific age exception can be applied by e-mail to helsinkicup@helsinkicup.fi by June 30th. E.g. Teams that come from countries where age groups are formed from September to August can register freely over aged players born after September 1st.

TEAM ROSTER

Team rosters should be filled at http://lovetheball.helsinkicup.fi. It is not possible to make amendments to the team roster during the tournament. Rosters must be filled by July 2nd. 

TEAM LEADERS

The person who has been appointed as a team manager is responsible for his/her team both on and off the pitch. Team leader is also the contact person during the tournament. In school accommodation team leader must take care of teams behaviou. Tournament organizers are not responsible for injuries, illnesses or thefts.

IDENTITY CHECKS

The organizers have the right to check the players’ identity through random checks. Team managers must ensure that players can present player licences or photo identification in reasonable time.

 OBJECTIONS

In the event of any disagreements concerning breaking the rules or otherwise, you can make an official objection. Objections to the quality of pitches or equipment will not be investigated if an objection has not been lodged with the referee prior to the match. If the objection concerns a referee’s decision, the referee must be notified immediately after the match before the referee leaves the venue. In the event of an objection, you must make your case in detail and submit a EUR 100 objection charge, which will be returned if your objection is sustained. Objections must be made in writing to the Helsinki Cup tournament office within two hours of the end of the match. The jury’s decisions are final.

FORFEITURE

If the team cannot field at least seven (7) players in 11v11 matches, at least six (6) players in 8v8 matches or at least four (4) players in 5v5 matches at least 5 minutes after the scheduled start time of the match and the team cannot provide a sufficient reason for this, the match is deemed to have been forfeited. The team that has forfeited the match is considered to have dropped out of the tournament and its previous matches are also annulled. The tournament office will always confirm forfeitures after hearing all the necessary parties.

PRIZES

All players taking part in age groups from 7 to 12 will get a diploma. Diploma is also available for older players upon request. Teams playing in final will be awarded with medals and the winner with Cup trophy. Teams defeated in semifinals will get bronze medals. These will be handed out in a ceremony after the age groups final. Winner in B-finals will be awarded with Trophy. Winner in C-finals will be awarded with award plate. Medals will be given to players in team rosters and up to four staff members. Participation medals will be handed out to players in B7, B/G8 and B/G9 series. Participation medals are only for players. Extra medals are 5 euro.

REFEREES

Referees are approved by the Football Association of Finland and other officially recognized associations under the UEFA umbrella. Match controllers are primarily used in B7, B/G8 and B/G9 matches.  

COMPETITION JURY

All disagreements and objections relating to the competition are resolved by a three member jury appointed by the organizers. The jury’s decisions are final.

AGE GROUPS & SERIES IN HELSINKI CUP

BOYS & GIRLS (Age groups 7-9)
AGE GROUPDATE OF BIRTHTACTICGAME TIMEBALLTHROW-INRETREAT
B9 & G9Jan 1st 2010 or after5 vs 52 x 14 min3Throw-inNo
B8 & G8Jan 1st 2011 or after5 vs 52 x 14 min3Kick/DribbleNo
B7 & G7Jan 1st 2012 or after5 vs 52 x 14 min3Kick/DribbleYes

*NOTE! In this age group, the goalkeeper can take the goal-kick with either a throw or a kick

Teams are divided into three skill levels (elite/general/hobby). Teams will play six games against teams from the same skill level, two per day. Standings won’t be counted.

BOYS (Age groups 10-17)
AGE GROUPDATE OF BIRTHTACTICGAME TIMEBALLOFFSIDE
B17Jan 1st 2002 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
B17HJan 1st 2002 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min
5Yes
B15Jan 1st 2004 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
B15HJan 1st 2004 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
B14Jan 1st 2005 or after11 vs 112 x 20 min5Yes
B14HJan 1st 2005 or after11 vs 112 x 20 min5Yes
B13 11v11Jan 1st 2006 or after11 vs 112 x 20 min4Yes
B13 8v8Jan 1st 2006 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
B13HJan 1st 2006 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
B12Jan 1st 2007 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
B12HJan 1st 2007 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
B11Jan 1st 2008 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
B11HJan 1st 2008 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
B10Jan 1st 2009 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
B10HJan 1st 2009 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*

*Offside area starting from the edge of the penalty area.

The teams are initially divided into groups of six (6) or possibly five (5) teams. The preliminary rounds are played in a round-robin format from Monday to Wednesday, and the teams placed first and second in the general groups will continue on to the A finals, teams placed third and fourth will go on to the B finals, and teams placed fifth and sixth will continue on to the C finals. In the Elite groups, the teams placed from first to fourth will continue on to the A finals, while the teams placed fifth and sixth will go on to the B finals. The A, B and C finals are played in knock-out mode until the finals. The losing team is always knocked out from the tournament.

In the B10H-B17H entry-level series, the preliminary group matches are played from Monday to Wednesday. In addition, all of the teams play one match on Thursday.

GIRLS (Age groups 10-18)
AGE GROUPDATE OF BIRTHTACTICGAME TIMEBALLOFFSIDE
G18Jan 1st 2001 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
G15EJan 1st 2004 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
G15YJan 1st 2004 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
G15HJan 1st 2004 or after11 vs 112 x 25 min5Yes
G14EJan 1st 2005 or after11 vs 112 x 20 min5Yes
G14YJan 1st 2005 or after11 vs 112 x 20 min5Yes
G14HJan 1st 2005 or after11 vs 112 x 20 min5Yes
G13EJan 1st 2006 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
G13YJan 1st 2006 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
G13HJan 1st 2006 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
G12EJan 1st 2007 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
G12YJan 1st 2007 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
G12HJan 1st 2007 or after8 vs 82 x 20 min4Yes
G11EJan 1st 2008 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
G11YJan 1st 2008 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
G11HJan 1st 2008 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
G10EJan 1st 2009 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
G10YJan 1st 2009 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*
G10HJan 1st 2009 or after8 vs 82 x 15 min4Area*

*Offside area starting from the edge of the penalty area.

All the divisions are played as their own competition, ie teams do not face teams from other divisions (for example elite vs general match-ups are not possible) during the tournament. In each division, the teams are divided into 2-3 groups of five teams. After the first group stage, the teams will continue into A or B finals as follows:

  • 2 groups => Teams placed 1-3 to progress to A finals; teams placed 4-5 go to B finals
  • 3 groups => Teams placed 1-2 and two of best * 3rd placed teams progress to the A finals; the weakest * third-placed team and teams placed 4-5 to progress to the B finals

* Progressing teams are decided by 1. Points, 2. Goal difference, 3. Goals scored, 4. If there’s still no deciding factor, the team(s) progressing will be decided with a draw.

NOTE! G18 will be played in one serie.

A and B finals are played in knock-out mode through to the finals. The defeated team drops from the tournament. On Saturday, only the finals of Elite-level A and G18 final will be played. All the other teams’ matches will be played on Friday.

If the setup differs from the above instructions, the new format will be announced at the time of publication of the schedule on 15 June. This is the case, for example, in a situation when the number of teams in a division is not divisible by five. The format may differ significantly from aforementioned, but with at least as many games scheduled for each team as planned.


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