RULES

Contents

  • 1. Tournament initiative
  • 2. General rules
  • 3. Categories
  • 4. Tournament design and playing rules
  • 5. Playing time
  • 6. Number of participants and substitutions
  • 7. Proof of age/participant list
  • 8. Match participation criteria
  • 9. Exemptions
  • 10. Tournament panel
  • 11. Protest and sanctions
  • 12. Walkover, abandoned match
  • 13. Tournament program
  • 14. Playing fields
  • 15. Accommodation rules

 

  • Tournament initiative
    The Amsterdam Games are supported by the KNVB, UEFA and FIFA. All three organisations think our three key focus points, Sportsmanship, Respect and Fun, are very important points. Just like our intention to bring as many teams as possible from around the world together.

  • General rules
    The Amsterdam Games will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA and the Dutch FA (KNVB) rules. When these rules aren’t sufficient, the rulings by the tournament organisation are binding.

  • Categories
    3.1 The categories of the Amsterdam Games are the following:
    Boys
    BU 14 – Born in 2006
    BU 13 – Born in 2007
    BU 12 – Born in 2008
    BU 11 – Born in 2009 (7v7)
    BU 10 – Born in 2010 (7v7)
    BU 9 – Born in 2011 (7v7)

3.2 Classification of groups according to the level of play:

Each team will be classified into its group according to the level of the league where the team plays in back home. This might result in several groups for each category.

The administration of the Amsterdam Games reserves the right to add, eliminate or modify categories if necessary in order to facilitate the logistics of the competition. Teams will be informed of any changes.

  • Tournament design and playing rules

4.1 Tournament design:

The group stage of the tournament will be done in a round robin format with groups containing four up to five teams. Three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. This points system will determine the ranking of the teams after the group stage. If there are teams with equal amount of points, advancement to the next round will be determined by (in the following order):

  1. Goal difference
  2. Highest number of goals scored
  3. Results of match(es) between teams with equal points
  4. Penalty kicks

From the groups, the group winners and runners-up will be allowed to progress to the playoff phase. The lower ranked teams will continue playing as well in a relegation competition. In this phase of the tournament the games will proceed in a cup system format of direct elimination. In case of draws the winner will be decided by penalty kicks with no overtime.

In de Nederlandse versie wordt niet benoemd dat de lagere teams ook nog spelen, dit moet nog toegevoegd worden.

4.2 Playing rules

Categories BU9&BU10 (6-a-side) and BU11&BU12 (7-a-side) rules:

-The 6-a-side games will be played on a quarter field (42,5m x 30m). The 7-a-side matches will be played on half a field (42,5m x 64m).

-Application of FIFA rules regarding small fields.

-The offside rule is not applicable.

-A pass-back to the keeper is allowed.

-Goal kick can be done from the ground or from the hands of the goalkeeper. The ball can also be thrown with the hands by the goalkeeper.

All (11-a-side) category rules. Note; There are also U12 teams that play 11-a-side:

-All games will be 11-a-side and will be played in a full size field.

-FIFA rules apply

4.3 Balls:

All matches are played using balls of size 5, except for categories BU11 and younger, where size 4 will be used.

  • Playing time
    U11 and older – 2 x 17,5 min including substitute time
    U10 and younger – 2 x 10 min including substitute time

  • Number of players and substitutions

Each team is permitted to register an unlimited amount of players. Nevertheless, the following rules regarding substitutions apply:

For the 11-a-side teams:

-Each team may use 11 players on the field (ten outfield players and one goalkeeper).

-There is a maximum of 18 players that any team is allowed to use in any given match (a maximum of 7 substitutions).

-A substituted player may re-enter the match.

-Substitutions must be done after stopping the match.

-All substitutions should be done at the halfway line.

-The substituted player must leave the field in order for the new player to enter.

7 versus 7: (Op de Nederlandse site staat hier 8 tegen 8, dit moet aangepast worden naar 7 tegen 7)

-Each team may use 7 players on the field (6 outfield players and one goalkeeper).

-There is an unlimited number of substitutions.

-A substituted player may re-enter the match.

-Substitutions can be done without stopping the game. An exception applies when substituting a goalkeeper; in this case the referee must stop the game and allow the substitution.

-All substitutions should be done at the halfway line.

-The substituted player must leave the field in order for the new player to enter.

 

6 versus 6:

-Each team may use 6 players on the field (5 outfield players and one goalkeeper).

-There is an unlimited number of substitutions.

-A substituted player may re-enter the match.

-Substitutions can be done without stopping the game. An exception applies when substituting a goalkeeper; in this case the referee must stop the game and allow the substitution.

-All substitutions should be done at the halfway line.

-The substituted player must leave the field in order for the new player to enter.

  • Proof of age/Participants list
    Each team will receive a participants list form containing name, date of birth and nationality of each participant. This form must be completed and submitted to the Amsterdam Games administration before the team’s first match in the tournament. Please note that each participant must have an official identification document with a photograph in order to certify his/her age upon request during the tournament.

  • Match participation criteria

-Every team must be present on the field, not later than 10 minutes before kick-off.
-All players must wear shinpads.
-Teams will be held responsible for how their supporters behave.
-Every team leader must know the type of insurance their team has and must provide the necessary information when needed.

  • Exemptions
    -Exemptions to participants who are maximum one year older than the given category, can be requested at the Amsterdam Games administration office. The Amsterdam Games administration office will decide if these exemptions can be granted or not.

-Teams from countries that still use the 1st of August limit (e.g. US and England) may also use participants five months above the age limit.

Girls may play in all male categories. Note that regulations for age categories are still applicable.

  • Tournament Panel
    The Amsterdam Games Panel is the official handler of all protests and sanctions. Their decisions cannot be appealed.
  • Protest and sanctions
    The decisions of the referee are final concerning facts of play. Protests concerning the decisions of the referee will not be taken into consideration. Protests may be handled in the following cases:
    – A player cannot proof his/her age by showing a player card or an official identification with photograph on request of the other team’s coach
    – A match has been or should be interrupted because of a deliberate disruption of play.

Any age protest must be done before the start of the game.

All non-age related protests must be made by the team leader in an English written note and handed over to the referee or to the Amsterdam Games administration no later than twenty minutes after the end of the respective match.

  • Walkover, abandoned match
    Any team not appearing at the scheduled time and place for a match can be declared loser by a 0-3 score, after a decision by the Amsterdam Games Panel. If a team repeatedly fails to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament.

If a match is interrupted for some reason and cannot be played to the end, the panel will decide the next course of action.

  • Tournament program
    The Amsterdam Games administration office reserves the right to make changes to timing, grouping and fields before the deadline. Team officials will be notified of any changes that pertain to their respective teams.

  • Playing fields
    All fields that will be used may vary between artificial turf and grass.
    In the case of any situation that will restrict the use of the fields the Amsterdam Games Panel will decide how to determine the delivery of match points.
  • Accommodation rules
    -The designated team leader is responsible for any damage caused by his/her players.

-It is expected that all participants adhere to the house rules of the respective accommodations.

-Failure to comply with accommodation rules may have severe consequences that will be decided upon by the Amsterdam Games Panel.