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Tournament rules


Official rules for the German Football Festival


Read the tournament rules to find out more about how the German Football Festival is run, learn more about the age groups, the playing time or other important information in advance.


Tournament rules


Official rules for the German Football Festival


Read the tournament rules to find out more about how the German Football Festival is run, learn more about the age groups, the playing time or other important information in advance.


Eligibility

Authorised are those, who are able to provide a permission to play for the participating club, a community or a representative team, according to the regulations of their home association and the FIFA. The player passport and if applicable a personal identity document (date of birth) is necessary to bring and must be available upon request.


Age groups

Players born on or after 01.01.2002 are allowed to play in the age group U18/U19.
Players born on or after 01.01.2004 are allowed to play in the age group U16/U17.
Players born on or after 01.01.2006 are allowed to play in the age group U14/U15.
Players born on or after 01.01.2008 are allowed to play in the age group U12/U13.
Players born on or after the 01.01.2010 are allowed to play in the age group U10/U11.


Playing time

The expected playing time for all games is 2 x 20 minutes. In the halftime there is a short drinking break and a change of sides. Coaching in the break is not allowed.


Substitutes

During the game it is allowed to change players at any time. But the players have to leave the field in the coaching zone close to the halfway line and the substitutes enter the field in the same area. (exception: injuries)


Game evaluations

In case of the same number of points during group matches, the the goal difference decides. If there is the same goal difference, the amount of goals is deciding. If there is also equality, the direct comparison between the teams makes the decision. If there is also equality here, the winner will be determined by lot.

If no winner has been determined in the knockout matches (e.g. round of last 16) and the placings after the regular playing time, the winner shall be determined by a penalty shoot-out without extra time. First, three shooters per team compete against each other. If no winner is determined after every three penalty kicks, another penalty kick is taken per team until one winner is determined. All players are eligible as penalty shooters, whether they are on the pitch at the end of the match or are substitutes at the time. No player may take two penalty kicks until all his team-mates have shot.

If a team is late (5 minutes after the official start of play) or does not play, the match is considered lost with 0:2 goals and is won for the opponent with 2:0 goals. In the case of late arrival through no fault of their own, the tournament committee will decide whether the match should be rescheduled. If a team aborts a game, the game is also considered lost with 0:2 and won for the opponent with 2:0 goals. This also applies to gross unsportsmanship outside the pitch. In this case, the tournament committee has the right to exclude the team from the further tournament.

If matches are cancelled due to weather conditions and cannot be made up on the scheduled tournament days for scheduling reasons, the results of these matches will be drawn (2:0 or 0:2). This only applies in case of a tournament interruption, not for a tournament termination.

Players list

Filling out a sheet containing the informations of your players is necessary. Every team need to bring this list to the tournament check-in at the tournament office on Thursday, 1 April 2021.

Players are only allowed to play for one team. If a club takes part with several teams, the players must be firmly assigned to one specific team. Exceptions to this rule (e.g. due to injuries) must be approved by the tournament office.


Number of players & size of pitches

The U15, U17 & U19 plays on a big picht with 10 field players plus a goalkeeper. The U13 plays with 8 field players plus a goalkeeper on a 70 x 50 meter pitch with 5 meter goals. The U10/U11 plays on a small field with 6 players and 1 goalkeeper. Every team is allowed to bring as many substitution players as they like to.


Kick-Off

The first-mentioned team is doing the kick-off. The second team has the right to choose the side of the field. The Kick-off has to be conducted by one player only and can be played backwards with the first contact.


Penalties

The referee shall have the right to pronounce the following penalties as a result of foul play, unsportsmanlike conduct or other unlawful offence:
- 5-mins-time-penalty (yellow card)
- Sending-Off (red card)
- a time-penalty will be assigned by the yellow card.
If a player is sent off (red card), he is automatically banned from the next game. It is at the discretion of the tournament committee to set a higher penalty. In the case of serious disciplinary offences (also outside the tournament games), the tournament committee may exclude the player concerned from the tournament.

BALLFREUNDE call upon all teams to act fair and be polite to each other as well as in contact with the referees and towards his decisions.


Spare jerseys & shoes

In the event of two teams wearing the same trikot colour, the first-mentioned team has to wear appropriate spare trikots or shirts handed out by the tournament committee. The players have to bring shoes for grass pitches and artificial pitches to tournament. It is forbidden to wear football shoes with corny studs (cleats) on artificial pitches. You may either wear round studs (cleats) or astro (multi). In case of a violation the tournament committee and the referee are in power to exclude the concerned player from the game.
It is obligatory to wear shin guards to prevent injuries.


Ackowledgement of the rules

By taking part in the German Football Festival all clubs acknowledge the rules. Any infringement can cause an exclusion of the tournament. All clubs are responsible for their own clothing and items. The organizer refuses any liable for possible loss or damage of articles brought to the tournament. If you have further questions, please contact the tournament committee.


Raise an objection

An objection should be raised within 15 minutes after the end of the game to the tournament committee. Consequences of the appeal fall to the tournament committee. The committee do not accept appeals concerning decisions of the referees.



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Schedule


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The experience


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What to expect at the GFF


Authorised are those, who are able to provide a permission to play for the participating club, a community or a representative team, according to the regulations of their home association and the FIFA. The player passport and if applicable a personal identity document (date of birth) is necessary to bring and must be available upon request.

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