1. Tournament rules
The tournament jury is comprised of:
Inge Larsen, Jim Larsen, Henrik Tilsted and Lars Ziegler Sørensen.
The jury has control and is responsible, that the tournament is played in a sportsmanlike manner. They deal with the protests, the interpretation of the rules and all matters of doubt.
The decisions of the jury cannot be appealed.
2. Age requirements etc.
In 11-a-side there is an automatic dispensation to include 3 players on the participant list, who are ½ a year over the age limit. In 8-a-side it is 2 players.
Any girls can participate in classes for boys as long as they are the correct age.
The Limone Cup tournament rules do not prevent the use of guest players or prevent multiple clubs from putting together one or more teams.
3. Name of participants – Identification
There must be filled in or handed over a participant list before the start of the tournament.
A player will be eligible to play when listed on the team list and the Limone Cup participant fee has been paid.
Player identification (with photo) must be taken to the check-in and to each game and shown to a jury member or a representative for the jury at any time it may be requested.
At the check-in or as soon as possible hereafter the ID is crosschecked with the participant list and age control will be done.
There will be random checks of player identification and player eligibility during the tournament.
It can result in a lost game if a team uses an ineligible player or if there is not sufficient identification for a player.
The jury decides what a satisfactory identification is.
4. Division into groups
The teams are divided into groups of 3-7 teams with all teams playing against each other.
Teams are then placed according to points won.
- 3 points for a win
- 1 point for a tie
- No points for a defeat
If two or more teams achieve the same point score, their placing order is decided as follows:
- The goal difference in all games.
- The highest number of goals scored.
- Points in their games between each other.
- Goal diffrence in their games between each other.
- Most goals in their games between each other.
- Drawing lots.
The draw is made by the tournament administration. If the teams involved are not present, they will be notified of the draw results.
There will placementmatches and/or finals in all groups.
5. Tied matches – the final rounds
Tied matches in the final rounds are decided by penalty shoot-outs.
The penalty shoot-out is held according to FIFA’s rules.
The Limone Cup is played according to the rules set down by FIFA and DBU with the following amendments:
- Number of players:
In 11-a-side a team can use a maximum of 18 players in any given game and in 8-a-side a team can use a maximum of 13 players in any given game.
All players can be substituted in and out. The substitution of a player can take place when there is a stop in the game. The referee needs to be notified. The substitution must take place from the middle of the pitch. A player, being substituted, must leave the pitch before the new player enters the pitch. Incorrect substitutions will give a yellow card.
- Ball size:
Each team must bring one football for each match; the first mentioned team in the match schedule brings the football to be used in the match. In the groups where the age groups are combined, it is possible that the teams play with different ball sized. In this case the games are played with the smallest ball size unless anything else is agreed between the teams.
- Soccer jerseys:
Jerseys must be numbered and the numbers must be different. If both teams have the same colours the team mentioned last in the tournament plan will change jerseys.
The offside rules do not apply in 8-a-side.
In matches where no neutral linesmen are used the two teams are obliged to present their own linesman. The referee judge offsides, fouls, etc.
- Extra players:
In 8-a-side, it is allowed to put in one extra player on the field, per three goals behind:
0-2 goals behind: 0 extra players on the pitch.
3-5 goals behind: 1 extra player on the pitch, for the team who is behind.
6-8 goals behind: 2 extra players on the pitch, for the team who is behind.
So it continues, for each three goals extra, the team who is behind, can put in an extra player.
7. Time for matches – playing time
Please be ready for your match on the pitch 15 minutes before kick-off. Each team must have a minimum of 8 players ready at the field and at the time mentioned in the official program. In 8-a-side, at least 5 players should be ready to play. If a team is not ready at the time mentioned in the official program the game will still be played if there is no more than a 10-minute delay.
In the event of a team not being ready in time and in the event of a protest the match may be declared forfeited by the infringing team, unless special circumstances apply. Special circumstances can include sudden illness, traffic accidents or similar unforeseeable circumstances.
In such cases the tournament jury may determine that the result of a delayed match shall apply or that an unplayed match shall be played.
8. Players sent off
Players sent off are automatically suspended for the team’s next game. The same rule applies for the trainer of the team if he/she is sent off.
The tournament jury can, in special cases, decide on stricter penalties e.g. if they use a disqualified player.
Only when a player is suspended for more than one game will notice of the suspension be given in writing.
If a team does not turn up for a game, loses on protest, or is omitted from the tournament, the score is set at 0-3.
If the team is omitted in the opening rounds, all the teams results are changed to 0-3.
Protests concerning matches must be submitted in writing by the respective managers to the tournament jury, no later than one hour after the end of the match.
Any decisions made by a referee during a game are final and cannot be appealed. The size of the soccer balls, shins pads, shirt numbers, participation armbands are not grounds for a protest.
After the start of a game in the final rounds, the result of a game in the previous rounds cannot be changed, unless there has been submitted a protest in that particular match and there has not been a decision made.
A protest fee of DKK 1.000,- must be paid with the submission of a protest. The fee is refunded if the protest is upheld.
The decisions of the jury can not be appealed.
11. Modification of the tournament schedule
The tournament schedule will be published on www.limone-cup.dk.
The tournament administration reserves the right to make changes after this date to the groups, playing fields, playing times etc.
If there are any alternations after the final publication of the schedule, the teams involved will be contacted directly.
12. Match results
Straight after each match, a leader or coach from each team must go to the referee to confirm the result of the match (sign the results card).