Champions Cup – Rules & Info

Champions Cup – Rules & Information

Champions Cup Age Groups

Tournament Format/Matches

Participating teams will play a minimum of 4 games during the Tournament. The fixtures will be located on the main page of the tournament website.

Tournament Match Duration

Tournament Dates

The tournament dates are available on the tournament website.

As a condition of entry, all teams agree to be available to participate on all days listed for their competition.

Team Nominations

We accept team nominations from (but not limited to):

  • FFA Football Clubs
  • Non- FFA Football Clubs
  • Schools
  • Church League
  • Academies

There are no limits to the amount of guest players a team may register.

Each team may nominate up to 20 players.

All team nominations must be registered on the tournament website.

All team participants must be entered on the website no later that 1st September. This includes all original proof of age documents and required information as stated on the registration page eg Photo ID, FFA Number (if relevant), DOB etc.

Tournament Directors reserve the right to refuse any nomination.

Player Registrations

  • Each team may register up to 20 players however only 16 player may participate in any one match.
  • All original proof of age documents must be submitted to tournament officials by 1st September.
  • All team’s participants must have Photo ID’s, with proof of age, available during the tournament when requested by a Tournament Official.
  • Players need not be registered by FFA. All players fall under social registration through Football Queensland which his cover in their entry fee.
  • A team may register any number of guest players. Guest players must be the correct age within the rules to participate.
  • An over age player, upon request, may be granted approval by the tournament directors to play in a team if they feel the request is valid. All request are conditional.
  • No player is permitted to play across in another team in the same age group.
  • Players are permitted to play up an age group.
  • To qualify for finals, a player must have played in the team at least twice during the tournament.
  • Upon request, a team may be permitted to bring in a player from outside or from within the tournament to fill their team through injury or a reason the tournament directors feel is legitimate.

Tournament Entry Fee & Requirements

Teams can nominate at any time. All team fees are due as follows.

  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% will be due by 1st July
  • 100% entry fee will be due by 1st August. Entry fee is non refundable by this date.

Payment secures a teams nomination. Failure to pay will result in the teams nomination being revoked.

The entry fee pays for facilities and ground hire, lighted fields, facilities cleaning, referees, catering and other associated costs. The Gold Coast Champions Cup is hosted by Mudgeeraba Soccer Club, a non-profit organisation and any profits are reinvested into youth development programs each year.

Tournament Team Coaches/Managers Briefing

All team coaches and managers are required to attend the mandatory tournament briefing meeting. The venue and time of the Tournament coaches and managers briefing meeting will be advised in due course.

Tournament Awards

Trophies/medals will be awarded for the winners/runners up in each age category.

Tournament Rules
All matches will be played under the rules of FIFA with the following notes:- Each team will play a minimum four matches in a random selection round-robin format in the preliminary rounds of the tournament. Match points will be awarded in accordance with the following:
– Win 2 Points
– Draw 1 Point
– Loss 0 Points
– Forfeit 2 Points (Result will be deemed as 3-0)

No stoppage time added for any injuries throughout the game. Play will stop while any injured players are removed from the field at the discretion of the first aid personnel. The First Aid organisation attending the event will oversee the removal of seriously injured players from the field.

At the discretion of tournament directors, if a game is deemed abandoned due to injury, that game may be rescheduled.

Some Semi-finals will be played, these are based on the results of the point’s table after preliminary rounds for those concerned. If two teams in contention for a semi-final place finish on equal points their positions will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Goals Difference; if still equal, then
  • Goals For; if still equal, then
  • Goals Against; if still equal, then
  • Most Wins; if still equal, then
  • Most Draws; if still equal, then
  • Least Losses; if still equal, then
  • Penalty Shoot out

An explanation of the draw and process of finals will be located for each age group on the fixtures page.

Final Series Scoring
During the semi-finals any game equal at the end of normal time will be decided by a penalty shootout. If a penalty shootout does occur there will be:

  • Five selected penalty takers from each team; if still even, then
  • Sudden Death
  • All players on the team sheet are able to participate after the first 5 selected players
  • Bench officials are allowed on the field for team support

During Grand Finals any match drawn at the end of normal time will be extended for a further 10 mins (2 x 5 mins) with no interval between periods. A 5-minute break will be allowed prior to the commencement of extra time. Any game still equal at the end of extra time will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. If a penalty shoot- out does occur there will be:

  • Five selected penalty takers from each team; if still even, then
  • Sudden Death
  • All players on the team sheet are able to participate after the first 5 selected players
  • Bench officials are allowed on the field for team support

Blood Rule

When a player suffers from a blood injury and blood is obvious on themselves or their uniforms, or the uniforms of another player, the game will be stopped by the referee and the player/s will be removed from the field for first-aid. If the referee deems that the blood on the player or his uniform poses no further danger, the player may be permitted, at the referee’s discretion, to return to the field.

First Aid

First Aid is provided on site – we ask that Coaches and Managers familiarise themselves with the location of these facilities prior to the commencement of each day’s matches.

Drinks Breaks

Drinks breaks are permitted if both teams agree. There will be no extra time added for drinks breaks. All players must remain on the field.

If First Aid deems it a health issue, drinks breaks may be made mandatory. No extra time for mandatory drinks breaks. All players must remain on the field.

Uniforms

The following is compulsory:

  • Shin Pads
  • Long Socks
  • No Peaked Caps
  • No jewellery or accessories of any kind
  • No plaster casts
  • Shin Pads Stays and Skins of any colour accepted
  • Eyewear – must be safety specs.

If two teams are wearing uniforms deemed by the referee to be too similar in colour, the team listed second in the official draw (Away Team) will be required to change. Therefore, it will be necessary for teams to have an alternative strip for use in play if required. Bibs, with or without numbers, of a different colour, will be accepted for an alternate strip. Goalkeepers will also require an additional guernsey.

Match Ball

The Home Team is responsible for supplying 3 match balls. The Home Team is the first team on that games fixture.

Forfeits

Any team not having five or more players changed and ready to take the field five minutes before kick-off time will be required to forfeit the match. Score 3-0.

Protests

All protests regarding a match must be recorded on the match report in which the situation occurred. This will then be referred to the rules committee for consideration.

Complaints

All complaints must be entered into the complaints book. Complaints will only be accepted from registered team officials.

Complaints will be reviewed by the Tournament Directors and the complainant will be informed of the outcome. Once informed the matter will be deemed resolved.

Rain

If a game is washed out due to rain and there is no availability for rescheduling, the game will be recorded at a 1-1 draw.

Team Sheets

A team sheet is required for every game.
The team sheet is to be handed to the referee prior to the commencement of the game. All players Photo Id’s must be available at this time.

Names may be placed on the team sheet in anticipation of a player’s late arrival, but no name is to be added once the game has commenced.
At the conclusion of the game, the referee will record the result and team managers from both teams must then check the sheets, sign them, and hand them back to the referee for submission to the match committee.
All injuries are to be recorded on the team sheets.
Only the 16 players are permitted on the team sheet.

Results

Results will be posted on the tournament fixture website, location can be found on the main tournament website. The results are updated throughout the day.

Draw

The tournament draw will be made available prior to the commencement of the tournament and is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the tournament committee.

Spectators

Spectators are to comply comply with the FFA Spectators Code of Conduct.

The tournament directors reserve the right to remove any offending spectator. If deemed necessary, a further sanction may be imposed on the offending spectators team.