Regulation

 

Updated regulation – Bases

35th ANNIVERSARY 2018

XXXV INTERNATIONAL UNDER-20 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
(C.O.T.I.F.) IN L’ALCUDIA (VALENCIA-SPAIN)

XXXV INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT FOOTBALL SUB-20 L’ALCÚDIA (VALENCIA-SPAIN)

(From July 28 to August 8, 2019)

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The International Under-20 Football Tournament (C.O.T.I.F.), which will take place from July 28 to August 8, 2019, shall be governed by the basis set out below:

Nº1, REGULATION: All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game in force at the time of the competition and as laid down by the International Football Association Board and FIFA, with the exception of some aspects of the rules explained in detail below.

Nº2, PLAYING FIELD: All matches shall be played in the Local Stadium “ELS ARCS” in L’ALCÚDIA (65×105 m.) with “special artificial turf” recognized by FIFA with two stars.

Nº3, TEAMS: There will be 12 participating teams divided into three groups of four teams: Group A, Group B and Group C.

Nº4, LENGTH OF MATCHES: Each match shall comprise two 40-minute halves, with a half-time interval of 15 minutes.

Nº5, PLAYERS: The players taking part in the Tournament must have been born in 2000 or after. Each team shall register a maximum of twenty-two (22) players. Players must retain the same squad number throughout the Tournament.

Nº6, SUBSTITUTES: Up to a maximum of 11 players (outfield players or goalkeeper) may be substituted per match with the proviso that each team shall only be allowed a maximum of 2 stoppages during the 2nd half.

Nº7, PLAYERSEQUIPMENT: Each team shall have two compulsory kits of a different colour (OFFICIAL and RESERVE team kit which shall comprise shirts, shorts and stockings). Each team Paco Alcacer en el COTIF shall choose 2 different colours for their goalkeepers.

All this information shall be given to the ORGANIZING COMMITTEE no later than one month before the beginning of the Tournament.
The ORGANIZING COMMITTEE shall inform the teams of the colours that they must wear for each match.

Nº8, PLAYERS DOCUMENTATION: Licenses, passports or identification cards will be submitted to the Organizing Committee for verification during the meeting prior to the beginning of the Tournament in which all the Delegates of the participating teams will be present. Each team shall then be required to provide the C.O.T.I.F. Organization with a final list of the 22 players showing their full name(s), date of birth and squad number.

Nº9, REFEREES: All the matches of the Tournament are controlled by referees and assistant referees of NATIONAL LEVEL. The referee has full power to enforce the Laws of the Game in each match.

Nº10, QUALIFYING ROUND: The 12 participating teams divided into three groups of four teams, Group A, Group B and Group C will contest the qualifying round. The competition system will be round-robin tournament in each group: Each team will meet all other teams in turns. The ranking of each team in each group will be determined by the points obtained in the group matches as follows:

  • THREE POINTS FOR THE WINNER TEAM
  • ONE FOR EACH OF THE TEAMS, IN THE EVENT OF A DRAW
  • NONE FOR THE DEFEATED TEAM

If two or more teams obtain the same number of points, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. GREATEST GOAL DIFFERENCE IN ALL GROUP MATCHES.
  2. GREATEST NUMBER OF GOALS SCORED IN ALL GROUP MATCHES.
  3. PARTICULAR RESULT BETWEEN THE TEAMS CONCERNED.
  4. THE FAIREST TEAM
  5. THE YOUNGEST TEAM

Nº11, QUARTER-FINALS:
The teams that qualify first and second of each group and the best two third-teams will contest the quarter- finals.

The two best third teams will be determined taking into account the following criteria and order:

  • Points obtained in their group stage of the qualifying round.
  • Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.
  • The youngest team. In view of future qualifications, the eight teams will be qualified from 1st to 8th by the Organizing Committee according to the same criteria. The eight teams will be ordered as follows:

1st the first first-team
2nd the second first-team
3rd the third first-team
4th the first second-team
5th the second second-team
6th the third second-team
7th the first third-team
8th the second third-team

According to the previous ranking, the quarter-finals will be contested as follows:

1st Knockout stage: 1st vs. 8th (*)
2nd Knockout stage: 2nd vs. 7th
3rd Knockout stage: 3rd vs. 6th (**)
4th Knockout stage: 4th vs. 5th
(*) If these teams were from the same group in the qualifying round, they will play 1st vs. 7th and 2nd vs. 8th.
(**)If these teams were from the same group in the qualifying round, they will play 3rd vs. 5th and 4th vs. 6th.

In the event of a draw in any of these matches after regulation (80 minutes), they will go straight to penalties, which will decide the winner according to the procedure established in the Laws of the Game by the Football Association Board and FIFA.

In order to complete the general ranking of the Tournament at the end of the competition, the four teams that didn’t contest the semi-finals will be ranked from 9th to 12th place following the above criteria set out in section 11.

Also, the four eliminated teams will occuped from the 5th to the 8th place, depending on the previous classification in the quarter-final games.

Nº12, SEMI-FINALS:
The winners of the quarter-finals will contest the semi- finals, whose matches will be played as follows: Winner 1st Knockout vs. Winner 4th Knockout Winner 2nd Knockout vs. Winner 3rd Knockout

If any of these matches ends in a draw after regulation (70 minutes), they will go straight to penalties, which will determine the winner according to the procedure established in the Laws of the Game by the Football Association Board and FIFA.

Nº13, GRAND FINAL:
The winners of the semi-finals qualify for the GRAND FINAL. The losers of the semi-finals will be automatically ranked 3rd and 4th according to the place obtained in the qualifying round prior to the quarter-finals. The GRAND FINAL will determine the winner of the Tournament. If the final stands as a draw at the end of regulation (80 minutes), extra time (two 10-minute halves) shall be played. In the event of a draw after extra time, there will be penalty kicks to determine the winner according to the procedure established in the Laws of the Game by the Football Association Board and FIFA.

Nº14, SANCTIONS: Players may be cautioned with yellow or red card.

YELLOW CARD: “Yellow cards” are cumulative. A player who has been shown FOUR yellow cards in different matches will be suspended from the next match.
A player who has been cautioned with TWO yellow cards in the same match will be expulsed. However, the player will be able to play the next match if he does not have FOUR yellow cards in total.

RED CARDS: Direct red card will incur the automatic expulsion of the player, who will be sanctioned according to the seriousness of the misconduct by the Competition Committee of the Tournament and ALL MEMBERS OF THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS MAY ALSO BE SANCTIONED IN THE SAME WAY.

Nº15, BENCH: Only the SUBSTITUTES of each team and a maximum of 6 OFFICIALS shall be allowed to be on the area for substitutes and officials.

Nº16, OTHER QUESTIONS: The calendar and timetables of the matches will be communicated to the Teams or Federations at least thirty days before the beginning of the Tournament.
In order to fully meet the established programme of the Tournament, no delay in the timetable will be tolerated.

The exchange of souvenirs (small flags, emblems, etc.) among the participating teams will take place at the beginning of each match, before the coin toss and the kick off.

The Organization reserves the right to change the order or timetable of any match if necessary, with prior notice to the participating teams.

Nº17, TROPHY AND AWARDS: A trophy will be presented to the two finalist teams. Moreover, other trophies will be presented: FAIR PLAY TROPHY, BEST GOALKEEPER, TOP SCORER, BEST PLAYER and BEST COACH.

Nº18, LANGUAGES: if there are any conflicts in interpretation between this English language version and the Spanish version of this Regulation, the Spanish language version shall always prevail.

THE C.O.T.I.F. COMPETITION COMMITTEE