1. GENERAL COMPETITION RULES AND
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1.1. Rules for all teams
The Spring Challenge tournament (Challenge
du Printemps) starts at 1:30p.m. on Saturday
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 for 1:15p.m. on Saturday. This team sheet
is then submitted to the technical delegate to check
the players’ registration cards before the start of
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 GDR 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 GDR 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 (by the drawing of
lots which will take place on February). The
qualifying group matches start on Saturday and end on
Sunday at 11:45a.m. Those teams who finish 1st
and 2nd in their group will go through to
the group finals (final 16 teams) 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 (16 teams) starting at 1:30p.m. on Sunday.
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
For each group match (qualifying,
final 16 and the Hope Challenge) points are awarded as
- 3 points for a win
- 1 point for a draw
- 0 points for a loss
If teams are equal on points after
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)
- If 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.
During the semifinals and the
finals of the Spring
Challenge and the Hope Challenge, if there is a draw
at the end of time, the winner shall be decided by a
penalty shoot-out (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.
All matches shall be played
according to the International Football Association
Board (IFAB) laws of the game (current edition),
unless stated otherwise in this list of rules and
Appeals and complaints must be
addressed to the tournament committee (see table
below). Committee decisions are final and
irreversible. The committee will not accept any
appeals or complaints concerning the referee’s
decisions during a match.
1.2 Final rankings
At the end of the tournament, there will be a ranking
for each category. All teams participating in the
Spring Challenge will be ranked from 1st to
48th following these criteria:
and 2nd places:
3rd and 4th places: The semifinalists decided on
by the goal difference in the whole of the final phase
and then by the number of goals scored in the final
5th to 16th place: Teams who get through to the
final groups decided on by the number of points
obtained during the final phase, the goal difference
in the final phase, then the number of goals scored
during the final phase.
- 17th and 18th places: The finalists
of the Hope Challenge.
19th and 20th place: The semifinalists of the Hope
Challenge decided on by the goal difference in the
Hope Challenge group matches and then by the number of
goals scored in the Hope Challenge matches.
21st to 32nd place: Teams who qualify to play in
the Hope Challenge decided on by the number of points
obtained, the goal difference in the Hope Challenge
group matches and then by the number of goals scored
in the Hope Challenge matches.
33rd to 48th place: Teams eliminated during the
qualifying group matches decided on by the number of
points, the goal difference, then the number of goals
scored during the qualifying group matches.
Those teams whose final position could not be decided
on in the preceding manner will tie for their place.
2.1. The Laws
of the Game
The laws are the same for under
eleven(U11) and under thirteen (U13)
The Laws of
the Game are those which apply to 8 a side football
with the following particularities being applied for
must be worn.
duration of the matches
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.
- No offside
- When the
ball goes out of play, there will be a throw-in.
- 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 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.
goalkeeper can reach the hand or foot .
- The penalty
area runs the whole width of the pitch and
is delimited by the 13 metre line (a line running
parallel to and at a distance of 13 metres from the
- 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. However, when the foul is
committed on the far sides of the penalty area (near
the touchline) and there is no obvious goal-scoring
opportunity, a direct free kick is taken from the 13
metre line opposite the spot where the foul was
- A serious
foul committed by a player in his own side but
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
- A player who
is sent off may not be replaced, but the player may
play in the following match.
Substitutions can only be made when the ball is out of
play and only with the referee’s consent.
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