Tournament info

Venues

The venues at Limone Cup are carefully selected to ensure a top atmosphere during the tournament. The games will mainly be played on artificial fields on venues within 25 km from The Garda Village. This means limited transportation to the games, and more time to experience Italy and enjoy the trip. Some of the group games and the finals on Wednesday will be played on the recognized venue Centro Sportivo Montichiarello, which is owned by Voluntas Montichiari who is one of the clubs that FC Internationale’s is cooperating with.

LIMONE CUP 2024 - Schedule

The Limone Cup schedule is carefully planned to make the most of your time during your stay in Italy. There are fixed elements in the schedule such as playing times in the tournament, but there is also a great opportunity and flexibility for you to decide, what your trip should contain. This is something we organize together so that you get the most of your wishes fulfilled during your stay in Italy.

During the day:
Arrival at The Garda Village and check-in.

Possibility to visit Gardaland or possibly watch a Serie-A match.
(Depends on the match schedule in Serie A).

Evening:
Dinner.

19.30-21.00: Competitions in the activity area by the dining hall at The Garda Village with great prizes.

21.00: Coach/leader welcome with red wine and snacks.

Morning:
Breakfast.

During the day Limone Cup starts.

Evening:
Dinner.

20.30: Welcome ceremony at The Garda Village, with welcome, competitions, confetti, music etc.

Morning:
Breakfast.

During the day Limone Cup continues.

Evening:
Dinner.

19.30-21.00 Competitions in the activity area by the dining hall at The Garda Village with great prizes.

Morning:
Breakfast.

During the day Limone Cup finals- or placement matches for all teams.

There will be great prizes, trophy presentation with splashes of champagne, confetti and music at the finals.

Evening:
Dinner.

19.30-21.00 Competitions in the activity area by the dining hall at The Garda Village with great prizes.

21.00-00.00 Limone Cup Disco.

Morning:
Breakfast.

During the day Check-out and departure.

Age classes, matches, etc.

The group stages of the Limone Cup tournament is played on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday the teams plays either finals or placement matches.

There will be played in the following age classes at Limone Cup 2024:

Boys 11-a-side:

  • U19/U18 born after 01.01.2006
  • U17/U16 born after 01.01.2008
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011

Boys 8-a-side:

  • U17/U16 born after 01.01.2008
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011
  • U13 born after 01.01.2012
  • U12 born after 01.01.2013

Girls 11-a-side:

  • U18/U17 born after 01.01.2007
  • U16 born after 01.01.2009
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011

Girls 8-a-side:

  • U16 born after 01.01.2009
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011
  • U13 born after 01.01.2012
  • U12 born after 01.01.2013

It is possible that some age groups will be put together.

Medals, trophies and awards

All participants at Limone Cup are guaranteed a Limone Cup medal, and all participants in the finals will receive both a trophy and a finalist medal. After each final there will be an award ceremony with music and confetti. At the award ceremony there will be selected a MVP from each team, and they will receive a present.

Rules

The tournament jury is comprised of:

Inge Larsen, Jim Larsen, Lars Ziegler Sørensen and Niels Jørgen Jacobsen.

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.

Boys 11-a-side:

  • U19/U18 born after 01.01.2006
  • U17/U16 born after 01.01.2008
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011

Boys 8-a-side:

  • U17/U16 born after 01.01.2008
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011
  • U13 born after 01.01.2012
  • U12 born after 01.01.2013

Girls 11-a-side:

  • U18/U17 born after 01.01.2007
  • U16 born after 01.01.2009
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011

Girls 8-a-side:

  • U16 born after 01.01.2009
  • U15 born after 01.01.2010
  • U14 born after 01.01.2011
  • U13 born after 01.01.2012
  • U12 born after 01.01.2013

It is possible that some age groups will be put together.

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.

There must be handed in a team 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 team 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.

A player can only play on one team unless a dispensation has been given by the organizer of the tournament.

11-a-side: The length of all games will be 2 x 25 min.
8-a-side: The length of all games will be 2 x 20 min.

The teams are divided into groups of 4-6 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

In the group stage, the ranking in each group is determined as follows:

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in all group matches.
  2. Goal difference in all group matches.
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.
  4. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned.
  5. Drawing lots.

There will finals and placement matches in all age groups.

NOTE: If there are age groups with different group sizes, the mutual pool rankings is determined as follows:

  1. Average points per match.
  2. Average goal difference per match.
  3. Average number of goals scored per match.
  4. Drawing lots.

Example: A total of 21 teams participate in a certain age group. The 21 teams are divided into five groups, of which there are four groups with four teams and one group with five teams. There are eight teams that advance to a final playoff with quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals. In the final playoff, the five best number 1’s advance together with the three best number 2’s. The three best number 2’s is found using the criteria above; average points per match, then average goal difference per match, then average number of goals scored per match, then drawing lots. For those teams that have not qualified for the final playoffs, there will be placement matches for all except the team that finishes fifth in the group with five teams. The same ranking as above applies to the placement matches.

The draw is made by the tournament administration. If the teams involved are not present, they will be notified of the draw results.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Substitution:
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Offside:
    The offside rules do not apply in 8-a-side.
  6. Linesmen:
    In matches where no neutral linesmen are used the two teams are obliged to present their own linesman. The referee judge offsides, fouls, etc.
  7. 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.

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.

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.

The tournament schedule will be published on https://tournify.nl the week before the tournament.

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.

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).

Referees

The referees at Limone Cup are primarily Scandinavian referees, mainly Danish referees with a Danish referee examination. The referees are competent, friendly and accommodating, and they help us create the tournament with a great focus on fair play.

The Garda Village HOLIDAYCENTER

The Garda Village holiday is a holiday center located next to the beautiful city Sirmione in the Southern part of Lake Garda. There are two accommodation types at The Garda Village, mobile homes and bungalows. Players will be accommodated 3-6 persons in mobile homes and 3-4 persons in bungalows. Leaders and family will be accommodated 2-4 persons in each unit. It is at The Garda Village there will be competitions during the week and discotheque on Wednesday. 

Transport

If you want us to help you with the transport during your stay, we need to have some informations about where you arrive (which airport, trainstation, etc.), how many you are, which wished you have and so on. Therefore you need to contact us regarding the transport for your trip, and we will give you the best price possible.

Experiences

Gardaland

Gardaland is Italy’s biggest amusement park and one of the biggest in Europa as well. Gardaland is located approximately 15 km from The Garda Village, and it is possible to visit the park on Sunday. The park covers an area of 445.000 m2 and have a lot of attractions for both small and big visitors.

You can read more about Gardaland here: http://www.gardaland.it/en/.

International top football

It is possible to watch international top football at some of the biggest clubs in Europe during Limone Cup. In August we will know the tournament schedules for Serie A, Europa League and Champions League, and we will know which games are possible to combine with Limone Cup. In the past editions of Limone Cup we have visited the stadiums of Italian giants like Inter FC, AC Milan, Juventus, Chievo, Hellas Verona and the Italian national team. Serie A will be played on Sunday and Monday, Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday and Europa League on Thursday.

Stadium tour at San Siro

It is possible to watch international top football at some of the biggest clubs in Europe during Limone Cup. In August we will know the tournament schedules for Serie A, Europa League and Champions League, and we will know which games are possible to combine with Limone Cup. In the past editions of Limone Cup we have visited the stadiums of Italian giants like Inter FC, AC Milan, Juventus, Chievo, Hellas Verona and the Italian national team. Serie A will be played on Sunday and Monday, Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday and Europa League on Thursday.

Italian friendly game

If you are interested, we arrange friendly games against local Italian teams during your stay in Italy. You will play the friendly games at the local clubs, and it is a great way to experience the Italian football culture. Clubs who have played friendly games in the past years have great memories from the games, and it is always a great experience for both players and leaders.

Local markets

During Limone Cup there are local markets every day at different villages around The Garda Village. On the market it is possible to buy a lot of different goods like clothes, grocery’s, ceramic and much more.

Shopping

There are different shopping possibilities during Limone Cup. The famous Franciacorta Outlet is located between Bergamo and Brescia in the city Rodengo Saiano, about 50 kilometers from The Garda Village. At Franciacorta Outlet you will find high-end designer’s collections at outlet prices with discounts up to 70%.

The historic city of Verona is located 40 kilometers from The Garda Village and is definitely worth a visit. There are approximately 260.000 inhabitants in the city of Verona, which is also the capital of the province of the same name. Verona is famous for its beautiful streets, the river Adige, which runs through the city, good shopping opportunities and the city’s two football teams Chievo and Hellas Verona. In addition, it can be said that the action in William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Julie takes place in Verona. In the city you can see the monument to Romeo & Julie which is a beautiful 5-story house, where you can see the corresponding yard, the famous balcony and a pretty statue of Julie.

It is possible to come to Venice on an one-day trip. Here you can experience the canals, St. Mark’s Square, the gondolas, etc. You should be aware that there are some costs associated with transportation and parking near Venice. Contact us for further information.

More options

Bowling:

It is possible to arrange a bowling tournament for your team at the local Bowling alley, around 30 minutes’ drive from The Garda Village. Contact us for prices, options, etc.

Wine tasting:

Together with France, Italy is one of the most important wine producers in the world. It is possible to arrange a wine tasting with some of the local wine producers for the leaders and parents of your group. Contact us for prices, options, etc.

Boat trip:

It is possible to have a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Garda. The boat trip starts at Sirmione, which is just next to The Garda Village. At Sirmione it is possible to shop and eat as well. Contact us for prices, options, etc.

There is a numerous of possibilities for team activities, cultural experiences, etc. during Limone Cup. We have chosen some of the possibilities, but if you have some wishes or suggestions, we will do what we can to fulfill them.

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