Tournament regulations

  • § 1. General Regulations

    Gothia Innebandy Cup will be played in accordance with all applicable parts on the Swedish Floorball Federation (SIBF) rules.

  • § 2. Rules of the game

    The competition starts with group play. The teams are divided into groups of five (With uneven number of teams in a category it may happen that some groups contain 6 teams) where all teams will meet in a round robin series. The relative order of the teams in the group stage will be decided by the number of points. Victory gives 3 points, draw 1 point and a lost game 0 points. If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows:

    1. The result of the match/es between team with equal points

    a. Number of points 
    b. Goal difference 
    c. Highest number of goals scored

    2. Goal difference 
    3. Highest number of goals scored 
    4. Number of penalty minutes 
    5. By drawing

    Play off

    The two first teams in each group will advance to play off A. The other teams in the group will advance to play off B. All play off games will be decided by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination. A draw in the play off matches applies penalties directly.


    Class B11 and G11 will be played in accordance with the Swedish Floorball Federation (SIBF) rules for the age group, i.e. there are no tables or play off counting. Instead there will be a group stage with 7 teams in each group. Class B11 play with ordinary size goals, thus without suspensions. Penalties can be imposed. In the last match for each team each player will receive a medal.

  • § 3. Age categories 2019

    B18 Boys born 1/1 2000 and later
    B16 Boys born 1/1 2002 and later
    B15 Boys born 1/1 2003 and later
    B14 Boys born 1/1 2004 and later
    B13 Boys born 1/1 2005 and later
    B12 Boys born 1/1 2006 and later
    B11 Boys born 1/1 2007 and later

    G18 Girls born 1/1 2000 and later
    G16 Girls born 1/1 2002 and later
    G15 Girls born 1/1 2003 and later
    G14 Girls born 1/1 2004 and later
    G13 Girls born 1/1 2005 and later
    G12 Girls born 1/1 2006 and later
  • § 4. Playing periods

    Group matches: 2 x 15 minutes

    Play off: 2 x 20 minutes   

    Running clock will apply in all matches. The last minute in play off matches, game time will be effective. If the score difference in a match is 10 goals or more, time will NOT be stopped when scoring or when suspension.

  • § 5. Time out

    In round robin games, time out is not allowed. In play off and finals one time out of 30 seconds per team and game is allowed.
  • § 6. Number of players and substitutes

    A team can use maximum 20 players during a match. There is no limit for number of players that can be present on the list of players. It’s allowed to use players from the same club in multiple team during tournament, but NOT in the same age class. The players have to be listed on all teams’ list of players. Please not that players with a dispensation can only play for the team where the dispensation is valid.

  • § 7. Age dispensations

    Dispensation will automatically be given to maximum 1 (one) player per squad who is maximum one year over aged. Other dispensations can be applied for by filling out and submitting a dipensation form. One  dispensation form should be submitted for all over aged players. Dispensation form can be found in this link.

    Players with dispensation (both applied and automatic) may only participate in the age category for the dispensation. A maximum of 2 over aged player with dispensation can be used per game.

    A dispensation fee of €25 per player will be applied if the dispensation is approved. All dispensations are handled by the GIBF (Gothenburg Floorball Association). Last day to submit the dispensation is december 17th. Dispensations can be submitted after this date but for a fee of €50.

    Note that you can’t use more over aged players by switching them between matches. Younger players can play in older age classes without a dispensation. Girls may play with boys in all classes as long as the regulation for age categories is being followed.

  • § 8. List of players

    In order to be allowed to play, all teams must submit the official list of the players before their first tournament match. Only the specified players may participate. Supplementation is not permitted after the first match is played.

    The list should be submitted online using the  “Add/edit players” function on the My Team Info page.

    If you don’t submit it online, you can submit the list of participants to the information desk at Valhalla or to the secretariat of the hall where you will play your first match. The list of participants must be submitted no later than one hour before your first game.

  • § 9. Important match details

    A written team list from each team must be handed to the referee before every match. No match can begin before this has been done. Failure to do so could result in disqualification or walk over victory for the opposing team.

    All team shirts must be numbered and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team list. Numbers must be on the back of the shirts. Two players may not use the same number in any given match.

    If the referee decides that one team should change shirts due to similarity to the opposing team’s shirts, the team appearing last in the program must change.

    The team manager must make sure that his players are adequately insured.

  • § 10. Referees

    The referees are selected by the Gothia Innebandy Cup and GIBF (Gothenburg Floorball Association).

  • § 11. The tournament jury

    The jury of the tournament consists of representatives from the GIBF (Gothenburg Floorball Association), and Gothia Innebandy Cup. Protests and penalty matters will be handled by the jury. Its written decisions are final and can’t be appealed or changed.

  • § 12. The organization committee

    The Gothia Innebandy Cup is organized by BK Häcken.
  • § 13. Protests and penalties

    Any and all protest must be made in writing by the team manager no later than 90 minutes after the match is finished. Protests must be delivered to the secretariat, Gothia Valhalla Center. A protest fee of SEK 2000 will be paid at that time. This fee will be returned if the protest is approved.
  • § 14. Match penalty

    Match penalty 1 leads to immediate suspension.
    Match penalty 2 leads to immediate suspension and automatically to suspension in the next match.
    After match penalty 3, the consequence will be decided by the jury. Minimum suspension is one match.

  • § 15. Walk over

    Any team not appearing at the appointed time and place for a match without a valid excuse can be excluded from the tournament and all played matches will be annulled.
  • § 16. Playing program

    The organization committee has the right to change in the game schedule; the groups, times and courts. Notice about this will be given to every team leader.
  • § 17. School regulations

    The schools are provided by the City of Göteborg. Everyone in the schools must obey the posted rules at each school:

    • The team managers are responsible for any damage caused by its players.
    • Smoking is prohibited in the schools.
    • It is forbidden to consume any nuts in the school areas.
    • It is forbidden to consume any alcoholic beverages in the school areas.
    • It is forbidden to cook (e.g. making coffee) in the sleeping facilities and corridors.
    • Please notice that the doors between the corridors and the stairs should be closed.
    • It’s forbidden to play floorball inside the school.
    • Before departure you have to clean your sleeping room.

    Failure to comply with these rules will be dealt with by the jury and may result in exclusion from the tournament and lodgings.

  • § 18. Insurance

    Every team leader has to make sure that each participant is insured both on and off the field. The Gothia Innebandy Cup is not responsible for any injuries, sickness or theft.