1. Designation

Tournaments regulated by rules are is named:

  1. "International Football Tournament of the European Research Institutes" (IFEF)
  2. "International Small Field Football Tournament of the European Research Institutes"  (IFKEF) (Veteren's tournament)

If such a tournament is carried out together with an ATOMIADE it is named the same. The tournaments are numbered consecutively.

2. Participation

For participation at these football tournaments see chapter A 9 of this Vademecum.

For the IFEF tournaments the number of the participating teams is limited to 16, but may be adjusted according to the facilities available to the organiser.

Each Research Institute may enter only one team.

For the IFKEF tournaments the number of the participating teams is limited to 12, but may be adjusted according to the facilities available to the organiser.

In agreement with the organiser the Research Institutes may enter two teams.

3. Registration

IFEF

For each team 18 active football players may be entered.

The players must be members of the sports communities or employees of the Research Institutes.

IFKEF

For each team 12 active football players may be entered.

If a Research Institute enters two teams, the players are to be reported by name and team. A substitution of players between the teams is not allowed.

The minimum age of the players is 33 years. Two players with a minimum age of 30 years maytake part, but an average minimum age of 33 years has to be kept.

4. Sports Clothing

Each team should bring 2 different sets of sports kit; the shirts should be numbered.

The team named first on the programme must change colour in case of matching shirts.

5. Tournament Rules

IFEF

The games are to be played in accordance with the FIFA rules.

The tournament organiser provides the balls.

In a game three players may be substituted.

All games must be played in order to decide the placements.

IFKEF

The tournament balls must correspond to the rules of the FIFA and be provided by the organiser.

In each game all registered players may be continuously substituted.

5 x 2 meter goals are used.

The penalty area boundary line is 10 m.

Two field sizes are permitted and can be chosen by the organiser:

  1. If the game is played from the penalty area boundary line to the penalty area boundary line of a large field, then the goal keeper and 6 field players are entered.
  2. If the game is played crosswise on a half of a large field, then the goal keeper and 5 field players are entered. In this case, both half fields are to be seperated by a "free space".

The offside rule is suspended, and the back pass rule is applied. All free kicks are considered as indirect free kicks.

Exchanges or replacements are only to be carried out from the side line.

A ball which left the field at the side must be thrown in.

All games must be played in order to decide the placements.

6. Grouping and Duration of the Tournament

IFEF

The duration of the tournament and the division into groups is determined by the organiser. The participants are assigned to the groups by drawing lots.

The participating teams are to be informed at least one month before the tournament about the duration of the tournament, the number of groups, and the method of play of all games.

Final round games (place 1 and 2) are extended by 2 x 5 minutes if they have ended in a tie. If this still does not produce a decision, 11 meter penalty kicks will decide the outcome.

From place 3 onwards, games which ended in a tie are decided by 11 meter penalty kicks.

IFKEF

The duration of the tournament is 2 x 12 minutes, with a maximum of 2 x 14 minutes. The overall daily duration for a team should not exceed 150 minutes.

The participating teams are to be informed at least one month before the tournament about the number of groups and the method of play of all games.

All teams are assigned to the different groups by drawing lots.

Final round games (place 1 and 2) which ended in a tie are extended by 2 x 5 minutes. If this does not produce a decision, 9 meter penalty kicks will be carried out.

From place 3 onward, games which ended in a tie are decided by 9-meter-penalty kicks. The team captain announces 3 players to the referee for the 9 meter penatlty kicks.

7. Group Placing

The placing of the teams within one group is determined as follows:

IFEF
a) Classification by Points
The classification by points follows the rules of the FIFA. The winning team of a group is the team with the most plus points.
b) Goal Difference
If two or more teams finish with the same score, the goal difference is decisive. The team with the highest positive goal difference is placed better.
c) Number of Goals scored
With the same score and same goal difference the team with the highest number of goals scored is placed better.
d) Direct Comparison
In case of equal playing after a), b), and c) the games of the teams against each other are decisive.
e) 11 Meter Penalty Kicks
If direct comparison still does not lead to a decision 11 meter penalty kicks will establish the order.

IFKEF

a)  Classification of Points
For each game won the winning team receives 3 points. A drawn game counts as 1 point for each team. The number of points scored from all games of one round determines the placing of the team. The team with the highest score is the winning team of a group.
b)  Goal Difference
If two or more teams finish with the same number of points, the goal difference is decisive. The team with the highest positive goal difference is placed higher.
c)  Number of Goals scored
With equal number of points and equal goal difference the team which scored the most goals is better.
d)  Direct Comparison
If two or more teams still have the same placing after a), b), and c) the games of the teams against each other are decisive.
f)  9-Meter-Penalty Kicks
If direct comparison still does not lead to a decision, 9 meter penalty kicks establish the order.

8. Conceded Matches

If a team concedes a game or does not appear within 15 minutes from the scheduled start of the game in the preliminary round, the team will be excluded from the tournament and the games already played will be annulled.

If a team concedes a game or does not appear within 15 minutes from the scheduled start of the game from the intermediate round, the game is to be regarded as having been lost by this team by 0 points and 0:2 goals and having been won by the opponent by 3 points and 2:0 goals.

9. Referees

Referees are to be provided for all games. The organiser may allocate referees from his association. Referees from different Research Institutes may also be used.

The allocation is arranged by the organiser.

10. Suspension of a Player

IFEF

A player who has been ordered from the field because of a red card is automatically suspended from the next game. If ordered from the field again, the player is suspended from all remaining tournament games.

Players with two yellow cards are automatically suspended from the next game.

IFKEF

A player, who has been ordered from the field because of a red card is automatically suspended from the next game. If ordered from the field again, the player is suspended from all remaining games.

A player who has has been ordered from the field because of a yellow/red card is allowed to play in the next game.

11. Fair-Play Cup

The winner of the fair-play cup is determined by allocating penalty points according to the following rule :

every whistled foul   1 point
yellow card 3 points
yellow / red 5 points
red card 8 points

The points of the different games are added and divided by the number of the evaluated games. The team with the lowest average of points wins the Fair-Play Cup.

12. Arbitration Panel

At each tournament an arbitration panel is determined subsequent to the drawing of lots. The organiser is responsible for the vote. The arbitration panel should consist of a chairperson, a representative and 2 assessors. This panel is called in case of need.

Since these are international tournaments the arbitration panel has to proceed according to the rules of FIFA.

Protests are to be submitted to the arbitration panel in writing only, stating the reasons. In case of ambiguities the participants are permitted a hearing.

The decision of the arbitration panel is reported orally, stating reasons,  to the participants and is delivered afterwards in writing on request.

The decisions of the arbitration panel are final.

This also applies to the evaluation of the games.

13. Amendments

Additional points not covered by these rules are to be presented in writing before a tournament. These points can only be intoduced by 2/3 majority of the participating teams. Applications are to be submitted in writing to the participating teams and the arbitration panel by the organiser prior to the first game.

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