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1. General competition rules and regulations
The Spring Challenge tournament (Challenge du
Printemps) starts at 1:30p.m. on Saturday 30 April
Each Under Eleven team consists of 8 players
and 2 substitutes. Each Under Thirteen team
consists of 8 players and 2 substitutes. The team
list must be written out on the team sheet by 1p.m. on
Saturday. This team sheet is then submitted to the
technical delegate to check the players’ registration
cards before the start of the tournament.
Players must be affiliated to the French Football
Federation, or an equivalent structure in the
country of origin for those clubs coming from abroad.
Players must be insured by their club. The Spring
Challenge Committee declines all responsibility in
case of theft or an accident occurring to a member of
a participating club.
The match referees are provided by the organizers but
the representative of each participating team must
designate an assistant referee/linesman for their
teams’ matches. (Each team must provide an assistant
referee for their group matches).
In each category, the teams are sorted into 8 groups
of 6 teams (drawn by lots). Those teams who finish 1st
and 2nd in their group will go through to
the group finals of the Spring Challenge which start
at 1:30p.m. on Sunday. Those teams finishing 3rd
and 4th in their group go on to play in the
groups of the Hope Challenge starting at 1:30p.m. on
After the group finals of the Spring Challenge, those
teams finishing 1st in their group go
directly through to semifinals of the main
tournament. After the group finals of the Hope
Challenge, those teams finishing 1st in
their group go directly through to the Hope Challenge
semifinals. The other teams are eliminated.
Players must be ready 10 minutes before their first
match. If a team does not show up when called, the
team automatically forfeits the game. This results in
a 3-0 victory for the opposing team.
2. Match rules
The rules are the same for both the under eleven(U11)
and the under thirteen (U13) categories
The Laws of the Game are those which apply to 8 a side
football with the following particularities being
applied for this tournament:
Shinguards must be worn.
The duration of the matches is as follows:
1 period of 13 minutes for the group matches.
2 x 8-minute halves for the semi-finals and the final.
The pitch will be chosen by the drawing of lots before
each match by the match referee.
When the ball goes out of play, there will be a
All free kicks are direct. A goal can be scored
directly from a free kick.
The back pass to the goalkeeper (with the goalkeeper
touching the ball with his hands) is not allowed. If
a player passes back to the goalkeeper who then
touches the ball with his hands, a free kick will be
awarded to the opposing team.
The goalkeeper may clear the ball by hand or by foot.
(Clearing the ball on the volley or half-volley is
The penalty area is delimited by a line running
parallel to and at a distance of 13 metres from the
goal line which
runs the whole width of the pitch.
The penalty mark is situated in the penalty area.
All serious fouls committed in this area result in a
penalty kick being awarded to the opposing team.
A serious foul committed by a player outside
the penalty area may result in a penalty kick
being awarded, at the referee’s discretion. This
penalty kick is taken like a penalty shot except for
the fact that it is taken from the 13 metre line.
Any player the referee with a yellow card will be a
temporary expulsion 3 minutes
Any player penalized with a red card during a match
will be expelled and not replaced but he can play the
Substitutions can only be made when the ball is out of
play and only with the referee’s consent.
3. Qualification rules
For each group match (qualifying, finals and the Hope
Challenge) points are awarded as follows:
3 points for a win
1 point for a draw
0 points for a loss
If teams are equal
on points in the group matches, the following results
will be taken into account in this order:
- the goal difference (for all group matches)
- the greatest number of goals scored.
- the specific goal difference (in the match
between the teams who are in a tie situation)
And if teams are still tied
If two teams are still tied after checking all
of these results, a series of kicks from the penalty
mark is taken (3 kicks taken by 3 different players on
each team). In the event of a tie, the other players
continue to take kicks from the penalty mark until one
team has scored a goal more than the other from the
same number of kicks.
- If more than 2 teams are tied after the
group qualifiers, two teams are drawn out of a hat
by the technical delegates.
- If more than 2 teams are tied after the
group finals and the Hope Challenge, the
team that qualifies is the one who,
during the qualifying group matches got the
most points, had the best overall goal
difference and the greatest number of goals
scored, in this order.
In the case of a tie during the semi finals and
the finals of the Spring Challenge:
If teams are tied at the end of time, the winner shall
be decided by a a series of kicks taken
from the penalty mark (3 penalty kicks taken by 3
different players on each team). In the event
of a tie, the other players continue to take kicks
from the penalty mark until one team has
scored a goal more than the other from the same
number of kicks.
Appeals and complaints must be addressed
Patrick LAVIEC: Tournament manager,
Ronan AUDREN: Referee manager
Their decisions are final and irreversible. The
committee will not accept any appeals or complaints
concerning the referees’ decisions during a match.