RULES

The tournament will be played according to the regulations of the ending season of the Finnish Floorball Federation (SSBL) with the following adjustments.

§1) Every team will play at least 4 games each

§2) Gametime is 2 x 15 min and in Finals gametime is 2 x 20 min (qualifying games 2 x 15 min)

Exceptions:
- Boys F, Girls E, Girls F and Boys G Elite the game time is 2 x 15 min in all matches.

§3) Gametime will be stopped only during the penaltyshots and by the referee. Last minute of the game will be played effectively.

§4) Penaltytime will start from the faceoff after the penalty.

§5) The games will be played to the end. Not stopped if opposite team is losing by 12 goals.

§6) Amount of players is not limited in the roster.

§7) The games, which need to have a winner (play-offs), will be followed by penaltyshots (3 players). Exception is finals, which will be followed by 5 minute overtime (suddendeath) and penaltyshots (3 players) if needed.

§8) In penaltyshots, 3 players from each team will be presented. If the game is still tied after the three first pairs, the same players will perform one after each other untill the winner is decided. The order of the 3 players can be changed in extra penalties, but one player can't perform the 3rd shot before all three have done their 2nd shot, etc.

§9) In the finals, each team will have one timeout (30 sec.)

§10) A player can represent only one team per category/age group.

§11) In the tournament, the player doesn't have to represent the club where he plays or where he is officially registered.

§12) Team can use maximum two (2) players who are one year older than the age group of the category. However, these over aged players can't represent any other team in any other tournament category. So the over aged players can play only in one category. In extreme situations the tournament organizer has the right to admit exeptions.

Exceptions:
In boys A and girls A teams are not be able to use overaged players.

§13) Teams are obliged to present a team participant list (including team management and other functions) to the organisers of the tournament prior to the first game. This list will define each player, member of management and other functios by name and it cannot be altered after the tournament has started without the permission of the organisers.

§14) All the members of the team (including officials and players) must have a Tournament package.

§15) The tournament jury has the right to interfere with teams and supporters who are behaving badly and they can remove a team from the tournament. The jury can also order a team to demand proper behaviour from their supporters.

§16) We recommend for everybody to use safety goggles during the matches. Safety goggles are not required due to the difference of international floorball regulations.

F09-boys, G10-Boys Elite, E-girls and F-girls

In F08-boys, E-girls and F-girls tournament rules will be followed with these exceptions:

  • Number of players on the field is 4 players and a goalkeeper
  • Field size is smaller (size about 30 x 15 m)
  • Smaller goal height (top bar of the goal is 30 cm lower, see photo)
  • Team has the possibility to change goalkeeper and goalkeeper can play as field player after being in goal
  • If the goal difference between the playing teams reaches four, the losing team at that moment can have one extra player on the field. When the goal difference reduces to two goals, the amount of players will be restored. This rule applies only in the preliminary rounds.

G10-boys Challenge

"Kerhomaailma"-rules with these exceptions

  • minimum 4 matches
  • Smaller goal height (top bar of the goal is 30 cm lower, see photo)
  • Game time 1 x 12 min (not effective time)
  • Min. players 4 - max.players 7 / team
  • Check out "Kerhomaailma"-rules from HERE (finnish)

Tournament Mode

In the preliminary rounds teams are divided into groups. After the groups are played, the teams will advance to playoffs. The specific schedule depends on the number of teams in the category and will be published later.

Order in the group

The ranking of the team’s in a group is determined by the amount of points acquired. For a win a team receives two (2) points, for a draw one (1) point and for a loss zero (0) points. In case two or more teams finish with the same amount of points after the group stage, the final ranking will be based on:

  1. points in mutual games
  2. goal difference in mutual games (goals scored-goals conceded)
  3. goals scored in mutual games
  4. total goal difference in the preliminary round
  5. total goals scored in preliminary round
  6. lottery

In case teams finish with the same point total in the second stage, the placement in
the earlier stages don’t affect the ranking.

Lucky-system is used to rank teams between groups. It is used in five different categories: Boys C03 Challenge, Boys D04 Elite, Boys D05 Challenge, Boys E06 Upper Challenge and Girls D (05-06) Challenge.

In a comparison between groups, the ranking of teams is determined by:

  1. points / match
  2. goal difference / match
  3. goals scored / match
  4. lottery

Boys C03 Challenge: Lucky 1-3 for playoff games is determined between
teams which have placed 1st in preliminary groups. Lucky 4-6 for playoff games
is determined between teams which have placed 3rd in preliminary groups.

Boys D04 Elite: Lucky 1-3 for playoff games is determined between
teams which have placed 1st in preliminary groups A-C.

Boys D05 Challenge: Lucky 1-3 for playoff games is determined between
teams which have placed 1st in preliminary groups A-C.

Boys E06 Upper Challenge: Lucky 1-5 for playoff games is determined
between teams which have placed 1st in their preliminary groups. Lucky 1 and 2 will
continue in A-playoffs and Lucky 3-5 will continue in B-playoffs.

Girls D (05-06) Challenge: Lucky 1-3 for playoff games is determined
between teams which have placed 1st in preliminary groups A-C.

Team managers

The person who has been named the team manager is responsible for the whole team during the tournament, inside as well as outside the venue. They are also accountable for the communication with the organising committee. The team manager has to be over 18-years old.

Identity control

The organising committee has the right to determine the identity of players. The team manager is responsible for making sure that each member of a team has a valid identification card (with photo) or passport with them.

Protests

A protest can be held if the rules and regulations of the tournament are broken or if there are any differences concerning the tournament. If a protest is made against a referee's decision, the referee must be informed immediately after the game. The protest must be delivered in writing to the organisers at latest 10 minutes after the end of the match. The protest is to be a closely detailed argument and it is followed by a protest fee of 100 €, which is returned in case the protest is accepted. The verdict of the jury cannot be questioned.

Walk-over

The result of a walk-over is regularly 5-0. It can also be another result chosen by the organizer, to eliminate the chance of intentional WO to gain a tactical advantage in the play-offs. A team that gives a walk-over is considered withdrawn from the tournament. The tournament jury can consider an exception to the rule if given a proper argument/

A game is deemed a walk-over, if

1. the team doesn’t show up
2. the team is more than 5 minutes late to the start of the game
3. the team can’t present a full roster of 5+1 players by the start of the game

If the game is played despite the fact that either team can’t fulfill points 1 or 2, the opposing team is seen to have accepted the situation and the result of the game stands.

Insurance

All the players and officials of the team shall be insured by a valid sport insurance. Arena Center does not have insurance for the participants and therefore shall not be held responsible in any case of emergency or accident.

Arena Center is not responsible for any injuries, medical expenses or theft. It is recommended to obtain a sufficient insurance.