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Learn the Rules

Read more below to learn all the rules for the Aegean Youth Cup

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1. Rules

The Aegean Youth Cup will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA rules and the Greek F.A. rules.

For interpretation purposes of FIFA rules or regulations, the English text applies.

2. Competition Rules

2.1 Participating teams must belong to a club or academy that is a registered with its national FIFA affiliated association. School teams from countries where school teams can participate in the official football competitions of the national football association and are registered with the national school association are also allowed to participate. All players must be registered with the club they are playing for. Please note that players cannot belong to a club from a country where the player is not residing.


2.2 The teams are divided into groups of four or five (depending on the final number of teams) where all teams will meet each other once during the group stage. The order among the teams will be decided according to points. 3 points will be awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows:

1.   Goal difference

2.   Results in the match(es) between teams with equal points (head to head)

3.   Highest number of goals scored

4.   Lowest number of cards shown (Yellow counts for 1 point, Red for 3 points)

5.   Penalty shoot-out according to the FIFA rules


2.3 Qualification to Play offs

The two best teams in each group will advance to the Play off A (Finals stage). The other teams in the group will advance to Play off B (Ranking stage). Since no teams are knocked out the tournament, all teams will play throughout the tournament. All playoff games will be decided by direct elimination. A draw in the playoff will be decided by penalty kicks according to the FIFA rules, immediately after the end of the match.

3. Age Categories 2020

B15 - Boys born 1/1-05 and later (11-a-side)

4. Playing Period




Group Stage and Play-off B

2×25 min

Play-off A

2×30 min

5. Number of players & substitutions

Teams may list a maximum of 20 players, 11 players on the field and 9 substitutes on the bench. A maximum of 5 (+1 for goalkeeper) substitutions are allowed per match. A substituted player may not reenter in the match. Substitutions can be done without stopping the game, but still notifying the 4th referee. Notice that the game must be stopped, and the referee has to be informed at the substitution of a goalkeeper. All substitutions should be done within the technical area of the team. If there is no technical area the substitution should be made at the centre line with the 4th referee’s permission. The player that will be substituted has to leave the field before the new player can enter the field. Incorrect substitutions will be punished with a yellow card.


6. Proof of age and participant list

Each team must submit a list of players to the Aegean Youth Cup administration before their first match in the tournament. All players MUST be able to identify themselves and to certify their age with a valid photo document (passport or ID card). Please note, a copy of the passport or ID document is not accepted.

All teams must complete and submit the participants list digitally to by 12th April 2020. 

The age control will be made during the welcome brief, where players will pick up their tournament Individual badges. Each player on the list must be present and be able to show proof of identity.

Teams using non-eligible players can be excluded from the tournament.

Note that the responsible team leader (written on the list of participants) must attend all the players’ age verifications.

Injured player(s) may be replaced on the list of participants if there is a medical certificate and the number of players on the list of participants is less than 14 in 11-a-side after the exclusion of the injured player.



7. Match Information

7.1 Team list

o  A written participant list with a squad number assigned to each player must be submitted to the organisers by 12th April 2020. The players will maintain their assigned squad number throughout the tournament.

o  A written team match list must be handed over to the referee before every match.

o  The number each player has on the team list must be the same as the number of the shirt.

o  All players on the team list are considered as if they have participated in the game.

o  Random controls of team lists and participant lists will be carried out.

o  All team officials (maximum 6) must be indicated with their names on the team list.

Only these officials are allowed to be in the technical area.  If there are no markings for the technical area it is considered to be an area of 8 meters along the sideline where the substitutes are located.

7.2 Player uniforms

o  All team shirts must be numbered and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team list. Numbers must be on the back of the shirts. Two players may not use the same number in any given match.

o  If the referee decides that one team should change shirts due to similarity to the opposing team’s shirts, the team appearing last in the match schedule must change.

7.3 Before, during and after the game

o  All teams should be ready at the field no later than 15 minutes before kick-off.

o  The team manager must make sure that his players are adequately insured.

o  All players MUST wear shin pads.

o  The teams are responsible for their supporters’ conduct. Bad supporters’ behavior or conduct can result in team’s exclusion from the tournament.

  • The responsible team official (coach) must immediately after the match sign the referee’s match card in order to confirm the match result, red cards and other events during the game. Failure to sign may result in a notification to the Aegean Youth Cup administration.

7.4 Balls

All matches are played using balls of size 5.


8. Referees

The referees are authorised by the Greek Football Association or another national FA. There will be assistant referees attending all games:

The coordinator of the referees during the tournament will be available in main teams accommodation from Saturday until Monday. If you have comments about the referees you are more than welcome to leave your feedback.


9. Protests & Sanctions

9.1 Any and all protests must be made in writing and delivered by a responsible official to one of the organisers no later than 90 minutes after the match is finished.

o  A protest fee of €150/£135 will be paid at the same time. This fee will be returned if the protest is approved.

o  The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with the game are final. (FIFA rule no. 5). No measures will be taken on protests on decisions made by the referee.

9.2 Cautions and sending-off offences

o  Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following match.

o  The tournament administration reserves the right to review the incident and decide about suspension for further games in case of a direct red card due to misconduct reasons.

o  Yellow cards are not accumulated.

o  Each team has the responsibility that a suspended player does not participate in a game (or games) where he/she is suspended.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a player that is suspended participates in a game, the team with the suspended player automatically loses the game with 0-3.

10. Walk Over, Abandoned Match

10.1 Any team not appearing at the appointed time and place for a match can be declared loser by 0-3, after a decision by the committee. If a team repeatedly fail to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament. In special cases, the tournament administration may decide to exclude a team at the first offence, i.e. if a deliberate WO favors the own team or is unfair to another team in the group.

10.2 If a match is interrupted for some reason and can’t be played to the end, the commitee will decide if the game has to be replayed or restarted from the minute when it was interrupted, or if the result will be fixed or if one of the teams or both teams lose 0-3.


11. Match Fields

11.1 All the playing fields in Lemnos are artificial turf.

11.2 The fields are divided into the following 2 areas: Ornos and Ano Mera

11.3 In case of bad weather conditions, games may be changed to gravel fields or decided by penalty kicks or drawing of lots.


12. Match Schedule

The organisation committee has the right to change the groups (until May 10th), times and fields.

13. Organisers

Apeiron Sports International Ltd (based in London, UK) organises the Aegean Youth Cup.

14. Regulations for accommodation

14.1 General

o  The team manager, as indicated on the participant list, is responsible for any damage caused by his/her players.

o  Consumption of alcoholic beverages is absolutely forbidden in the hotel or any tournament venues. 

o  Silence is prescribed in the accommodation between 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.

o  Before departure, you must report any additional consumption and pay for them at the check-out.


14.2 To prevent fire

o  Smoking is prohibited in the hotel or any tournament venues.

o   It is forbidden to cook, make coffee or make other types of food in the hotel.

o   It is forbidden to move furniture desks and chairs etc. out of the hotel rooms into corridors or other public areas.


15. Insurance and responsibility

15.1 By registering to participate in Aegean Youth Cup, the registrant (who is the team manager in charge or someone else tasked by the team manager in charge) verifies that the team manager in charge has been made aware of these stipulations and that the team manager in charge has the necessary authority and permission from the participants, the participants’ guardians and the registered association. Participation in the tournament is at the participants’ own risk and the team manager in charge is responsible for all participants whom the team manager has registered, which should be included in the list of participants.


15.2 The team manager in charge is obligated to ensure that all participants are insured both on and off the pitch. Neither Aegean Youth Cup nor the organiser has collective insurance to cover injuries, illness, theft or damages. Neither Aegean Youth Cup nor the organizer is responsible for compensation and they are also not responsible for financial losses or damages that may occur due to events outside the control of Aegean Youth Cup or the organizer, such as war-like events, fire, flood, interruptions in public transport connections, government actions, strike or other similar circumstances.

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