1. Tournament jury
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. Classes, format and age limits (2019)
Classes Format Age limits
U17 Boys 11:11 born 1.1.2002 or later
U15 Boys 11:11 born 1.1.2004 or later
U13 Boys 11:11 born 1.1.2006 or later
U11 Boys 7:7 born 1.1.2008 or later
U17 Girls 11:11 born 1.1.2002 or later
U15 Girls 11:11 born 1.1.2004 or later
U13 Girls 11:11 born 1.1.2006 or later
U11 Girls 7:7 born 1.1.2008 or later
3. Age requirements, etc.
There is an automatic dispensation to include 3 players on the participant list, who are 1 year over the age limit. Only 1 player is allowed for 7:7 teams.
Any player can participate on two teams from the same club, as long as the age limit is kept. The two teams must not be in the same class.
Any girls can participate in classes for boys as long as they are the correct age.
The Only4Stars Athina Cup tournament rules do not prevent the use of guest players or prevent multiple clubs from putting together one or more teams.
4. Name of participants - Identification
There must be a participant list filled in and handed over before the start of the tournament.
After checking-in you cannot add extra players to your participant list.
A player will be eligible to play when listed on the team participant list and the player's participation 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 of the jury at any time it may be requested.
At the check-in the ID is cross checked with the participant list and age control will be done.
There will be random checks of player identification and player eligibility during the tournament.
If a team uses an ineligible player or if there is not sufficient identification for a player, this could result in a lost game.
The jury decides what may be considered satisfactory identification.
5. Length of play
Group Stage/Playoffs & Finals
B17, B15, G17 and G15: 2 x 25 min / 2 x 30 min
B13,B11, G13 and G11: 2 x 20 min / 2 x 25 min
6. Division into groups
The teams are divided into groups of four or five teams with all teams playing against each other.
Teams are then ranked according to points won:
• 3 points for a Win (W)
• 1 point for a Draw (D)
• 0 points for a Loss (L)
If two or more teams achieve the same point score, their ranking order is decided as follows:
• Goal difference in all games
• Number of goals scored
• Points in 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.
The two best teams of each group will advance to the Play-off A round, which is played according to tournament rules (Knock-out games, i.e. the losing teams drop out).
All other teams advance to the Play-off B round which is also played according to tournament rules.
7. Tied matches - the final rounds
Tied matches in the opening play-off rounds are decided by penalty shoot-outs.
Tied semi-finals and finals are decided by extra time of 2 x 5 minutes. If the game is still a tie at the end of extra time, then it is decided by a penalty shoot-out.
The penalty shoot-out is held according to FIFA rules.
As there is a free number of substitutions, at the end of the game, it is possible for substituted players to participate in the penalty shoot-out. The team sizes are made equal.
The Only4Stars Athina Cup is played according to the rules set by FIFA and HFF with the following amendments:
- Number of players
A team can use a maximum of 18 players in any given game, this means in any one game you can use a maximum of 7 substitutes.
7:7 teams are allowed to use as many players as they want.
The substitution has to happen during a break in the match and from the middle of the pitch. The referee must be notified before each substitution.
All players can be substituted and put in again (free substitution).
If the referee believes that the substitution of a player is made only to delay time, he can refuse the request to make the substitution.
- Ball size
Class B13, B11, G13 and G11 play with a ball size 4.
All other classes play with a ball size 5.
- Soccer jerseys
Jerseys must be numbered and the numbers must be different.
Players must use the same jersey number in all games.
If both teams have the same colours the team mentioned last in the tournament plan will change jerseys.
- Shin guards (leg pads)
Shin guards are obligatory.
Failure to wear pads will entail the player being sent off from the field until pads are worn.
In addition, the following special rules apply to the 7:7 teams:
- Distances etc
Opposition players must be at least 7 m from the ball with the start kick off, free kicks, penalties, goal kicks and corners.
The offside rule is not used.
The goalkeeper is not allowed to pick up the ball after a back pass from his team mates.
- Free kicks
All free kicks are direct, however a free kick to the opposing team in the penalty area, that would after the rules result in an indirect free kick, will instead be a direct free kick outside the penalty area closest to the incident.
- Corner kicks
The ball is placed in the corner circle with corner kicks.
9. Time for matches - playing time
Each team must have a minimum of 7 players ready at the field and at the time mentioned in the official program.
In 7:7, 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.
10. 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 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, shin pads, shirt numbers, participation armbands are not grounds for a protest.
After the start of a game in the play-off 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 a decision has not been made.
A protest fee of 20€ must be paid with the submission of a protest. The fee is refunded if the protest is upheld.
The decisions of the jury cannot be appealed.
13. Modification of the tournament schedule
The tournament schedule will be published during the last week of June on our website.
The tournament administration reserves the right to make changes after this date to the groups, playing fields, playing times etc.
Any alterations made to the schedule after its first publication will be published on Saturday the 6th of July 2019 on our website.
It is each team’s own responsibility to keep updated with the final schedule.
If there are any alternations after the final publication of the schedule, the teams involved will be contacted directly.
A team always has the possibility to get a printed version of the final tournament schedule.
14. Referees - Linesmen
Only4Stars will, in cooperation with HFF, select the referees and the linesmen for all matches.
15. 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).