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RULES

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER FESTIVAL

§1 RULES

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

§2 RULES OF THE GAME

2.1

The club has to be a member of its FIFA affiliated national association. In countries where football is operated by the schools we also allow teams affiliated by their school football association. All players must belong to the club, they are competing for.

2.2

The teams are divided into groups of four (minimum) 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. Results in match (es) between teams with equal points
2. Highest number of goals scored
3. Goal difference
4. Lowest number of yellow cards

2.3 Play off

The two best teams in each group will advance to Play off Gold Cup. The other teams in the group will advance to the Play off Silver Cup. All play off teams will be divided into groups of four where all the teams will meet in a round robin serie as well. There are a break up to 5 minutes in each match.

2.4 Final stage

To the final stage Gold and Silver Cups will come 6 teams from 1 place in their groups and 2 teams from 2 place with highest results. All final stage matches will decided by cup system. A draw in the final stage will be decided by penalty kicks of 5 shots for ages B14 and older and 3 shots for other ages.

§3 CLASSES

Category Age Offside Match Field Match Length
Boys 12 01.01.2011 No 7 vs. 7 2 x 20 minutes
Boys 13 01.01.2010 Yes 11 vs. 11 2 x 25 minutes
Boys 14 01.01.2009 Yes 11 vs. 11 2 x 25 minutes
Boys 15 01.01.2008 Yes 11 vs. 11 2 x 25 minutes
Boys 16 01.01.2007 Yes 11 vs. 11 2 x 25 minutes
Boys 17 01.01.2006 Yes 11 vs. 11 2 x 25 minutes
Girls 12 01.01.2011 No 7 vs. 7 2 x 15 minutes
Girls 13 01.01.2010 No 11 vs. 11 2 x 20 minutes
Girls 14 01.01.2009 No 11 vs. 11 2 x 20 minutes
Girls 15 01.01.2008 No 11 vs. 11 2 x 20 minutes

§4 NUMBERS OF PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTES

4.1

Only 18 players can participate in one team during the tournament. There is no limit to the number of players in each team during one match. There is no limit to the number of substitutions during a single match. A substituted player may reenter in the match.

4.2

Substitution can be done without stopping the game. Allowed to do no more than 3 substitutions on the playing field simultaneously in category 11-side and 2 substitutions in other categories. Notice that the game has to be stopped and the referee has to be informed by 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.

4.3

It is permitted to use a player ONLY in one team. The violation is followed by a technical defeat with a score of 0:3, and another team is got a victory with a score of 3:0.

§5 AGE CONTROL

The age control of the team's players takes place before the team's first game.

5.1

Each team must submit a list of players to the Riga Cup Committee before their first match in the tournament. All players MUST be able to identify themselves and to certify their age with a valid passport or ID documents.
NOTE! Copy of passport or identity document is not valid.
The teams lodged in school or hotel booked through the Riga Cup, will be controlled at the school or hotel.

5.2

The teams without accommodation booked through the Riga Cup make their proof of identity and age at any school or hotel organization use for participants.

5.3

The representative of the team must be present the list of players and show valid documents. This must be done before the tournament week till 22.00 of day arriving to the tournament. Single players can join at a later time, provided that they are listed on the first given participant list and that the player shows valid identification at the Riga Cup committee, before he/she plays his/her first game. Teams using non eligible players can be excluded from the tournament!!!

5.4

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 12 (8 in 7-a-side) after the injured player has been excluded.

5.5

All teams have to complete its participants list digitally on the team’s My Team page. The list of participants can then be printed out and from there and taken as a physical copy to the age verification. The team leader can make the full registration using the My Team page of our website, attaching a scanned color copies of valid documents. This way each team leader can get a confirmed Team List online.

§6 OVER-AGED PERMISSIONS

6.1

Permissions will automatically be given to two players per team who are maximum one year over aged (11 a side). This only applies to 11-a-side categories.There are a special permissions for girls categories: 3 girls who 1 year older may participate in competition 11-a side and 2 girls 1 year older may participate in competitions 7-a side. For other categories, no permissions will automatically be accepted, but only by contacting the Riga Cup office. Note that in 11-a-side categories you can’t have more than two over aged players on the players list, i.e. you can’t switch them between matches.

6.2

Girls can play in boys without restriction. Boys are not allowed to the games for the team girls. Dispensation for over aged players must be applied for no later than one week before the tournament. After this date, no applications for dispensations will be accepted.

§7 IMPORTANT MATCH DETAILS

7.1 Team List

• A confirmed team list (This list can be filled and downloaded/printed from My Team Info and confirm with organizers online or in Riga Cup Committee) must be handed for the referee or opponent team if they will ask it during or after 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.

7.2 Players’ uniforms

• All team shirts must be numbered and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team list. Numbers must be on the backs of the shirts. Two players may not use the same number in any given match.
• If a team has a two sets of uniform with different numbers leader has to fill both complects in the Team List.
• 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 must change.
• The uniform of goalkeepers must be differ from field players by shirt colour.

7.3 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/conduct can result in team’s exclusion from the tournament.

7.4 Balls

All matches are played using balls of size 5, except for classes B13-B8, G13, where size 4 will be used.

§8 REFEREES

Referees are members of the Latvian Football Federation.

§9 PROTEST AND SANCTIONS

9.1

Any and all protests must be made in writing by the team manager. Protests must be delivered at Central Information desk at A Le Coq Arena no later than 2 hours after the match is finished.
• A protest fee of Euro 100 will be paid at that 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 referees.
• The content of the protest must be confirmed by appropriate materials: video of the match, reports of the referee of the match, other documents contributing to the objective study of circumstances associated with the filing of the protest.

9.2

Cautions and sending-off offences • Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following match.
• The tournament’s Organizing Committee can decide about suspension for further game(s) in case of a direct red card with a hard offences
• Yellow cards are not accumulated.
• 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.

§10 THE TOURNAMENT JURY

The jury of the tournament consists of members from the organization committee. Protests and penalty matters are handled by the jury. Their decisions can not be appealed.

§12 THE ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

The Riga Cup is organized by KROSTER Ltd. The organization committee reserves the right to choose tournament participants.

§13 WALK OVER

13.1 Delay or absence of competition games

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 Organizing Committee. If a team repeatedly fail to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament. In special cases, the Organizing Committee may decide to exclude a team at the first offence, i.e. if a deliberate WO favours 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 Organizing Committee 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.

§15 MATCH FIELD

15.1

All the playing fields are grass or artificial turf.

15.2 Stadium locations

The fields are divided into the following areas in Riga : Skonto Stadium, Baltic Sports Village, Mezhaparks Sports Village , and other if it needed.

15.3

In case of bad weather conditions games may be changed to artificial fields or halls or decided by penalty kicks if it agreed with the teams.

§16 PARTICIPATION IN TOURNAMENT

Participation of team in Riga Cup tournament is guaranteed only when teem receives official confirmation of participation in Riga Cup tournament. Riga Cup organization reserves the right to pay back participation fee if Riga Cup organization doesn’t give confirmation of participation in Riga Cup tournament to registered team. Team shouldn’t book flight, ferry or other transportation tickets before confirmation of participation in Riga Cup tournament is received.

§18 REGULATIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION

18.1 General

The team manager as indicated on the participant list is responsible for any damage caused by his/her players. In a case your team is living in a school your representative needs to provide as a deposit for possible damages of 100 euros to the school administrator. The funds will be returned upon departure of the team after checking the sleeping room.
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.

18.2 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.
FAILURE TO COMPLY TO THESE RULES WILL BE DEALT WITH BY THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND MAY RESULT IN EXCLUSION FROM THE TOURNAMENT AND LODGINGS.

§19 INSURANCE

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. Riga Cup does not carry any group insurance, and is not responsible for protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Latvia must have personal medical insurance.

Riga 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 Latvia must have personal medical insurance.

§ 21 CANCELLATION OF PARTICIPATION

Team Fee or 20% from Accommodation Fee is not refunded if the team cancels its participation in any moment after payment. 50% of the Accommofation Fee you will be lost in the case of canselation after July, 1st. If your cansel your participation after 2 week before the tournament – you will lose 100% of the funds Accommofation Fee. Refunds of Accommodation Fee could only be made when the Riga Cup receives your e-mail notice before 2 weeks from begining the tournament.

§ 22 PAYMENTS

All payments should be done on this bank account:
Kroster Limited
HE434609
Spyrou Kyprianou, 8-10, House 5, Chloraka, 8220, Paphos, Cyprus
Hellenic Bank
IBAN: CY65005002400002400196618601
SWIFT: HEBACY2N

§ 23 PERSONAL INFORMATION

Organizers can send emails relevant to Riga Cup (date announcements, invitations, greetings etc.) to all registered teams and their staff. To unsubscribe from this list, email asking for unsubscription must be sent to organizers. Organizers can publish all results of tournament. Organizers can publish video and photo material form Riga Cup events and use it in marketing and advertisement. Photo and video material form event can be provided to tournament sponsors and they can use it in their own way for marketing and advertisement. Other information as phone numbers and emails will not be shared with third party.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL BE DEALT WITH BY THE JURY AND MAY RESULT IN EXCLUSION FROM THE TOURNAMENT AND LODGINGS. PLEASE DO NOT KEEP ANY MONEY OR VALUABLES IN YOUR ROOMS.

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