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IberCup

IberCup is one of the largest and most International Youth Football Tournaments / Soccer Tournaments around the World. Play against the best Football Academy Clubs / Soccer Academy Clubs in different locations (Europe, Asia and USA).

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Regulation

1 - Rules

  • 1.1 - IberCup will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA rules. In questions of interpretations of FIFA rules, the English text applies.
  • 1.2 - The club has to be a member of their FIFA affiliated national association. In countries where soccer is operated by the schools we also allow teams affiliated by their school football association.
  • 1.3 - The teams are divided into groups of four or five where all the teams will meet in a round robin series. The order among the teams will be decided according to points. Three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a draw and 0 points for a lost.
  • 1.4 - If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows:
        1. Goal differential
        2. Highest number of goals scored
        3. Results of match(es) between teams with equal points (Head-to-head)
        4. Penalty kick contest according to FIFA rules
  • 1.5 - The participation in the Playoff stage is determined by the following rules (may change depending on the final number of teams participating in each age category); 
  • The top 2 teams (group winners and best 2nd place) will advance to Playoff A. The 3rd and 4th team in each bracket will advance to Playoff B.
  • 1.5.2 - For the girls playoff format please click on the following link:https://www.dallasinternationalgirlscup.org/tournament-rules  
  • 1.6 - All Playoff matches will be decided by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination
  • 1.7 - A draw in the playoff will be decided by penalty kicks according to FIFA rules
  • 1.8 - In case a team is disqualified or quits during the group stage, all the results will be modified to 0-3 in favor of the opponent
  • 1.9 - In case a team is disqualified or quits during the playoff stage, the next best team in the same group will take their place
  • 2.0 - If a playoff game has to be decided by penalties, the teams may go to a kick-out box
 

2 - Age Classes

 

Boys - IberCup USA

  • Cat A - Born in 2009 (7v7)
  • Cat B - Born in 2008 (7v7)
  • Cat C - Born in 2007 (9v9)
  • Cat D - Born in 2006 (9v9)
  • Cat E - Born in 2005 (11v11)
  • Cat F - Born in 2004 (11v11)
 

3 - Players

  • 3.1 - Boys Cat E and F. - The maximum number of players per team is 23 and the minimum is 16 players. Maximum 5 leaders, minimum 3 leaders per team. Only 18 players are permitted to be rostered for each game.
  • 3.2 - Boys Cat C and Cat D. - The maximum number of players per team is 16 and the minimum is 12 players. Maximum 5 leaders, minimum 3 leaders per team. Only 13 players are permitted to be rostered for each game.
  • 3.3 - Boys Cat A and Cat B - The maximum number of players per team is 14 and the minimum is 10 players. Maximum 5 leaders, minimum 3 leaders per team. Only 12 players are permitted to be rostered for each game.
  • 3.4 - All players must be able to show proof of age and identity
  • 3.5 - We recommend that all players use the same shirt number throughout the tournament
  • 3.6 -  On 11-a-side categories, no team may use more than 22 players in a match
  • 3.7 -  On 9-a-side categories, no team may use more than 16 players in a match
  • 3.8 -  On 7-a-side categories, no team may use more than 14 players in a match
  • 3.9 - Notice that the game has to be stopped and the referee has to be informed by substitution of a goalkeeper 
  • 3.10 - A player may represent the same club in various age groups, but the player may not represent different teams in the same age group
  • 3.10.1 - If a player represents a club in several age classes, the player must be included on the list of participants for all teams this player will be playing with
 

4 - Playing Period

  • 4.1 - Boys Cat E and Cat F Qualifying Rounds, Playoff A & Playoff B - 2 x 25 min
  • 4.2 - Boys Cat C and Cat D Qualifying Rounds, Playoff A & Playoff B - 2 x 20 min
  • 4.3 - Boys Cat A and Cat B Qualifying Rounds, Playoff A & Playoff B - 2 x 20 min
  • 4.4 - 2 min Half-Time - All the matches in all the age categories.
  • 4. 5 - In case of draw in Playoffs A and B the game will be decided by penalties according to FIFA’s regulations.
 

5 - Match Details

  • 5.1 - Team roster:
  • 5.1.1 - In all matches it’s mandatory to fill the team roster for each game
  • 5.1.2 - The team roster must have all chosen players for the specific match, with a maximum of 22 players in 11-a-side, 16 players in 9-a-side and 14 players in 7-a-side
  • 5.1.3 - The team list must be handed to the referee before every match.
  • 5.1.4 - The team leaders MUST confirm the player roster numbers for the match on the mobile app in possession of the Field Marshall, before the match starts to avoid any issues with match incidences
  • 5.1.5 - The number each player has on the team roster must be the same as the number on the shirt
  • 5.1.6 - All players on the team roster will be considered as if they have participated in the match
  • 5.1.7 - Random controls of team rosters and participants lists will be carried out
  • 5.2 - Player uniforms:
  • 5.2.1 - Numbers on jerseys is MANDATORY
  • 5.2.2 - The player numbers on the team roster must be the same on the players jersey
  • 5.2.3 - All team jerseys must be numbered and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team roster.
  • 5.2.4 - Numbers must be on the backs of the shirts
  • 5.2.5 - Two players can´t use the same number in any given match
  • 5.2.6 - No player can change his or her number during the game
  • 5.2.6.1 - Should a player change his number, he will be penalized with a yellow card and he will have to exit the field to get proper equipment
  • 5.2.6.2 - The player can only re-enter the match when he is properly dressed and with the referees consent
  • 5.2.7 - If teams have the same uniform color, the team that appears first in the match program has to change jerseys
  • 5.2.8 - The use of shinguards is mandatory during all games
  • 5.3 - Before and after the match:
  • 5.3.1 - All teams should be ready at the field no later than 15 minutes before kick-off with valid documents for age control
  • 5.3.2 - The team manager must make sure that his players are adequately insured
  • 5.3.3 - The teams are responsible for their supporters conduct
  • 5.3.3.1 - A team can lose a match if the referee decides to end the match based on the violent and verbal conduct from their supporters towards the referee
  • 5.3.3.2 - A team can be expelled from the tournament at the first incident based on the supporters conduct towards the referee or another team
  • 5.3.4 - Every responsible team official (coach) must immediately after the match sign the match sheet. Failure to sign may result in a notification from the IberCup jury
  • 5.4 - Balls:
  • 5.4.1 - All matches are played using balls of size 5, except for classes 7v7 and 9v9 who use size 4
  • 5.5 - Substitutions:
  • Cat A, B, C, and D (7v7 and 9v9) groups, unlimited number of substitutions with re-entry is allowed
  • Cat E & F (11v11) groups a maximum of 7 substitutions across 3 moments (half-time does not count as a moment) with no re-entry is allowed. 
  • 5.5.1 - A moment is defined as any stoppage of play (throw-in, free-kick, corner kick, etc.) during the actual run of play, first-half, second-half, overtime. If a team was to make subs during half time, this would not take a moment away from them
  • 5.5.2 - Teams do not have to make the substitutions during the same three moments. Each team gets three moments to use during the game, just like in a regular game.
 

6 - Team List - Age Control

  • 6.1 - Each team must submit a list of players to the IberCup administration 30 days before the start tournament. After this date we will charge a $5 fee per player
  • 6.1.1 - If applicable, a team must submit their rooming list to the IberCup administration  30 days prior to the start of the tournament. After this date we will charge a $10 fee per person
  • 6.2 - The player control will be made through the players list sent previously to our organization, through the following procedure:
  • 6.3 - The team leader must bring all the documents to the tournament check in (Valid passport or ID document from the players). 
  • 6.3.1 - For teams staying at Hotels, the accreditation will be at the tournament office, after they check-in at the accommodation option
  • 6.3.2 - For teams traveling by bus or car, the accreditation will be at the IberCup tournament headquarter hotel
  • 6.3.3 - For local teams without accommodation throughout the tournament, the team leader MUST go to the tournament headquarter hotel to complete the accreditation process. We highly recommend completing this 2 days before, as team check ins at the tournament complex can be more time consuming
  • 6.3.4 - Only the team leader needs to be present during the check in process to collect all the participant cards, bracelets and important information
  • 6.3.5 - Players don´t need to be present for age control on this day
  • 6.3.6 - Team leaders must present at the tournament check in location and show proof of identity from the players registered on the team roster
  • 6.3.7 - If a team leader does not complete the check in process first, their teams won't be able to participate in the tournament
  • 6.4 - All teams must bring valid player documents to all matches
  • 6.4.1 - A random check for age control can be done at any time
  • 6.4.2 - Each player must be ready for an age control before a match or during the break-time
  • 6.4.3 - The age control will be based on the player roster sent previously to the organization together with a valid ID
  • 6.4.4 - The team leaders MUST confirm the player roster uniform numbers for each match with the Field Marshall
  • 6.5 - Valid documents are:
  • 6.5.1 - For USA teams, we will accept the player’s team card from their local football association or their ID card
  • 6.5.2 - For foreign teams, the organization will only accept a valid identification card (a laminated legal card by a government institution). This card must have the full name, photo, identification number and birthday. This document must always be with the player´s passport. Players that come from countries that don’t require a passport to enter into USA, we will only need the identification card (laminated legal card by a government institution with full name, photo, identification number, birthday)
  • 6.6 - All teams must be ready to play at least 30 minutes before each match. That period will be used to confirm the players list with the IberCup officials
  • 6.7 - Teams that don´t show the player roster 15 minutes before the match can be ruled out as a no-show
  • 6.8 - Teams using non eligible players can be excluded from the tournament
  • 6.9 - If the same club competes with two teams in the same age category, players from those teams CAN`T switch teams
  • 6.10 - If any player plays for another team in a different age group, from the same club, in the tournament, the team where this player is not registered will be penalized with no-show and a defeat of 0-3.
 

7 - Dispensations

  • 7.1 - Because of the different age category cut-off dates, dispensation will be given to players on teams from England who are born on/after August 1 of the previous year
  • 7.2 - Dispensations will automatically be given to two (2) players per squad who are maximum one (1) year older
  • 7.3 - Note that you cannot use additional older players by switching them between matches
  • 7.4 - The dispensation rule only applies to 11v11 categories.
  • 7.5 - For 7v7 or 9v9, no dispensation will automatically be accepted
  • 7.6 - Dispensations for 7v7 or 9v9 teams may be considered by contacting the IberCup office.
 

8 - 7-a-side and 9-a-side Rules

 

7-a-side

  • 8.1 - Classes Boys Cat A and Cat B play 7v7 (one goalkeeper and 6 players)
  • 8.2 - The offside rule does apply to Cat A and Cat B (see offside specifications below 8.7.7 - 8.7.9)
  • 8.3 - It isn´t allowed to pass the ball to the goalkeeper and for him to pick up the ball with his hands
  • 8.4 - The goal kick will be taken from the ground, the ball will be placed on any point along the build-out line
  • 8.4.1 - There is no punting allowed in Cat A or Cat B
  • 8.4.2 - Opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play - the ball has been kicked out of the penalty area
  • 8.4.3 - The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area
  • 8.4.4 - If the kicker fails to kick the ball out of the area, the kick is retaken
  • 8.4.5 - Teammates may stand inside the area but cannot touch the ball until it has left the area
  • 8.5 - If a player gets a red card the team can replace this player for another
  • 8.6 No heading is allowed for Cat A or B
  • 8.6.1 If a player heads the ball in a game, whether deliberately or accidentally, an indirect free
    kick will be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • 8.6.2 - If a header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick will be taken on the goal
    area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement
    occurred
  • 8.6.3 - Per U.S. Soccer’s Concussion Initiative, if a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed
  • 8.6.4 - If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made
    in that moment

  • 8.6.5 - The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health
    Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has cleared the player. Certified trainers will be on-site to assist in these instances

  • 8.6.6 - Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance will result in the referee ending the game

  • 8.7 - A build-out line will be created for Cat A & B. The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting
  • 8.7.1 - When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the
    opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play
  • 8.7.2 - Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or
    roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed)
  • 8.7.3 - After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal
  • 8.7.4 - The opposing team must also move behind the build out line prior to a goal kick and may only cross the build out line once the ball has left the penalty area
  • 8.7.5 - If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick will be
    awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • 8.7.6 - If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick
    will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest
    point to where the infringement occurred
  • 8.7.7 - The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called
  • 8.7.8 - Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway
    line and the build out line

  • 8.7.9 - Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line
    and goal line

9-a-side

  • 8.8 - Categories Cat C and Cat D play 9v9 (one goalkeeper and 8 players)
  • 8.9 - The offside rule does apply to Cat C and Cat D
  • 8.10 - It isn´t allowed to pass the ball to the goalkeeper and for him pick up the ball with his hands
  • 8.11 - The goal kick will be taken from the ground, the ball will be placed on any point along goalie box
  • 8.11.1 - There is no punting allowed in Cat C. However, punting is allowed for Cat D teams
  • 8.11.2 - Opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play - the ball has been kicked out of the penalty area
  • 8.11.3 - The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area
  • 8.11.4 - If the kicker fails to kick the ball out of the area, the kick is retaken
  • 8.11.5 - Teammates may stand inside the area but cannot touch the ball until it has left the area
  • 8.12 - If a player gets a red card the team can replace this player for another
  • 8.13 No heading is allowed for Cat C. However, heading is allowed for Cat D teams
  • 8.13.1 If a player heads the ball in a game, whether deliberately or accidentally, an indirect free
    kick will be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • 8.13.2 - If a header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick will be taken on the goal
    area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement
    occurred
  • 8.14 - If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick will be
    awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • 8.14.1 - If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick
    will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest
    point to where the infringement occurred
 

9 - Match Fields

  • 9.1 - All the playing fields are grass or artificial grass fields
  • 9.2 - The fields that will be used will be located at the Lone Star Toyota RaildRoad Soccer complex in Lewisville, TX
  • 9.3 - All fields are natural grass fields. Artificial grass fields may be used in case of inclement weather
  • 9.4 - In case of bad weather conditions, matches may be decided by penalty kicks or by drawing. 
 

10 - Match Program

  • 10.1 - The organization committee has the right to change the groups, times and fields, until the 1st day of the competition
  • 10.2 - The organization committee also has the right to change matches, times and fields, during the competition
  • 10.3 - In case of any changes team leaders will be promptly informed of the changes
 

11- Referees

  • 11.1 - All referees are members of the Football Association in their countries
  • 11.2 - One referee will manage the games for Cat A & B matches
  • Cat C, D, E, and F will have 4 referees to manage the game
  • 11.3 - The coordinator for the referees during the tournament will be available at the IberCup office
 

12 - Tournament Jury

  • 12.1 - The jury of the tournament consists of representatives from Tournaments Abroad
  • 12.2 - The jury handles protests, sanction matters, and unpredictable situations
  • 12.2.1 - All situations that occur will be analyzed always with “Fair-Play”
  • 12.3 - Tournament Jury decisions cannot be appealed. Notice that the final decision may not correspond to a FIFA rule based in Fair-Play
  • 12.4 - In the case of any claim, a deposit of $100 must be done in the tournament office
 

13 - Protest and Sanctions

  • 13.1 - All protests must be made in writing by the team manager and delivered to the Jury no later than 90 min after the match is completed
  • 13.2 - Protests must be delivered to the Tournament Office
  • 13.3 - A protest fee of $100 will be paid at that time. This fee will be returned if the protest is approved
  • 13.4 - Protests that concern referees decisions will not be accepted
  • 13.5 - Cautions and Sending-Off Offences:
  • 13.5.1 - Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following match
  • 13.5.2 - The tournament jury can decide about suspension for further game(s) in case of a direct red card
  • 13.5.3 - Only if a player is suspended for more than one match, that information will be given in written form
  • 13.5.4 - In 7v7 and 9v9 categories, yellow cards are not accumulated. In 11v11 categories, a player receiving two cautions during the preliminary round robin of the tournament is not allowed to play in the next match. A player receiving two cautions during the elimination stage of the competition is not allowed to play in the next match. In case of continued bad conduct of players, teams, officials, or supporters, the team may be withdrawn from the competition and reported to their association. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their team and supporters
  • 13.5.5 - If a player that is suspended plays in a match, the team with the suspended player loses automatically the match with 0-3
  • 13.5.6 - Severe offences will be reported to the FA of the nation concerned
 

14 - Walk Over

  • ​14.1 - If a team fails to appear to a match, without a valid reason, can be declared looser by 0-3, after a decision by the jury
  • 14.2 - If a team fails to appear on time due to transport reasons caused by traffic or other, the jury can decide to delay the match (maximum 45 minutes after the match schedule) until the teams arrive or reschedule the match for another time in the same day
  • 14.3 - If a team repeatedly fails to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament
  • 14.3.1 - In special cases, the tournament jury may decide to exclude a team at the first offence, if it finds deliberate to self-benefit or is unfair to another team in the group
  • 14.4 - If a match is interrupted for some reason and can’t be completed, the jury will make one of the following decisions:
  • 14.4.1 - If the match will be replayed from the begining
  • 14.4.2 - If the match will restart from the minute of its interruption
  • 14.4.3 - If the result will be fixed as final result
  • 14.4.4 - If one of the teams won 3-0
  • 14.4.5 - If both teams lose 0-3
  • 14.5 - If a team fails to appear to the last group match, without a valid reason in their own benefit, the team can be excluded or relegated to Playoff B
 

15 - Standards of Conduct

  • 15.1 - Team leaders as indicated on the Participants’ list, are responsible for the conduct of their players in case of damage caused in sport facilities, dressing rooms, hotels, transportation or any other tournament facility
  • 15.2 - In case of damage, the team leader should immediately contact the organization staff
  • 15.3 - In case of doubt in the interpretation of the regulations of the tournament, the team leader should contact the tournament staff directly.
  • 15.4 - Quiet time must be respected in the accommodations between 11:00pm and 8:00am
  • 15.5 - The meal timetables must be respected. Teams can miss a meal if they do not adhere to the meal timetables. In case of match delay or some transport delay, Team leader should inform the organization of this situation
  • 15.6 - It is prohibited for teams to travel without a t-shirt.
  • 15.7 - Failure to comply with these rules, the tournament organization review the offenses and may result in exclusion from the tournament and accommodations
 

16 - Insurance and Responsibility

  • 16.1 - Each player must have medical insurance. Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field
  • 16.2-  All US Club Soccer and non-US Club Soccer players, coaches and staff members who are registered to a US Soccer affiliate organization are covered by an accident insurance policy. However, IberCup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury (international participants), illness (international participants), theft or damage to property and does not accept responsibility in any way for accidents, injuries, or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events
  • 16.3 - Participants from countries outside the U.S. must have personal medical insurance
 

17 - Permissions to Participate in IberCup

  • ​17.1 - All foreign teams should send a request to their football federations to send an authorization letter to the IberCup USA so they can participate in the tournament. Alternatively, teams can get this letter from their football federation and send to the IberCup USA. In countries where football is operated by schools, we also allow teams affiliated by their school football association to take part in our tournament but they need to send to us an authorization letter from the club. IberCup Contact: nelson.gonzalez@ibercup.com
 

18 - Water for the matches

  • 18.1 - The IberCup staff  will have some water for the teams at every field, but it is very important that the teams bring their own water for the matches as well
  • 18.2 - Tap water in USA and in Texas is safe to drink
  • 18.3 - The organization recommends to buy bottled water, especially for babies
  • 18.4 - You can always buy bottled water on site or near the playing fields
 

19 - Changing rooms

  • 19.1 - Teams must leave the accommodation ready to play
  • 19.2 - The soccer facilities do not have locker rooms but do have bathrooms. However, due to the number of teams, your team may not get a place to change
  • 19.3 - This rule also applies to local teams
 

20 - Bath and Showers After the Matches

  • 20.1 - Teams must take their shower in their own accommodation after they return from the match. There are no locker rooms and/or showers at the soccer complex.
 

21 - Parents and Supporters Conduct

  • 21.1 - The teams are responsible for their supporters conduct
  • 21.2 - A team can lose a match if the referee decides to end the match based on the violent and verbal conduct from their supporters towards the referee
  • 21.3 - A team can be expelled from the tournament at the first incident based on the supporters conduct towards the referee or to the opposing team
 

22 - Soccer Balls

  • 22.1 - All matches of 11v11 are played using size 5 ball
  • 22.2 - In 7v7 and 9v9 all matches will use a size 4 ball
  • 22.3 - The organization  will provide official soccer balls for the matches but the teams must bring also their own soccer balls for warm-ups and practices
  • 22.4 - IberCup won't provide balls for trainings before the matches
 

23 - Loss or Theft

  • 23.1 - The organization does not assume any responsibility in case of sport equipment theft or personal belongings of participants in the accommodation or in the soccer complex venues
 

24 - Guest Players

  • 24.1 - Each team will be allowed to have guest players who are properly registered through their National and State Association, Federation or any other USSF affiliated organization
  • 24.2 - Crossover is allowed between USSF affiliates with the exception of FYSA which allows guest players from other US Youth Soccer affiliates
  • 24.3 - Players may NOT play for more than one team in the tournament
  • 24.4 - It is the responsibility of the individual athlete to join a club as a Guest Player
  • 24.5 - Teams in categories A, B, C and D are allowed to have up to (3) guest players
  • 24.6 - All other teams are allowed to have up to five (5) Guest Players
  • 24.7 - All Guest Players must meet the following criteria:
  • 24.7.1 - Must be approved for participation by their respective governing body or by the provincial association of their national federation
  • 24.7.2 - Must be a registered player with the appropriate governing body or provincial association of their national federation
  • 24.7.3 - May not be selected from any other team that is participating in the tournament, nor from any team designated as an "alternate pool" team
  • 24.7.4 - If a Guest player is selected from any team which is subsequently invited to participate in the tournament, said player must return to his original team
  • 24.7.5 - If a Guest/Replacement player participates in a tournament match and the player's original team is subsequently invited to participate, said player must remain with the team for which he played the tournament match
 

25 - Organizer

  • 25.1 - Sports Travel Agency - Easy Choice Lda together with Premier International Tours and the Dallas International Girls Cup, organizes the IberCup USA
 

26 - Prizes regulation

To be confirmed