Tournament regulation

Tournament regulation

Tournament regulation

§ 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


Participating teams must belong to a club or academy that is a registered with its national Floorball affiliated association. Please note that players cannot belong to a club from a country where the player is not residing.


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 or 4 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 between the affected teams 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 will be played in accordance with the Swedish Floorball Federation (SIBF) rules for the age group, i.e. with four players on the court and a goalkeeper, on a smaller court and with junior size goals and there are no tables or play off counting. Instead there will be a group stage with 6-7 teams in each group. Class B11 play with without suspensions. Penalties can be imposed. In the last match for each team each player will receive a medal.

§ 3. Age categories 2025

B18 Boys born 1/1 2006 or later
B17 Boys born 1/1 2007 or later
B16 Boys born 1/1 2008 or later
B15 Boys born 1/1 2009 or later
B14 Boys born 1/1 2010 or later
B13 Boys born 1/1 2011 or later
B12 Boys born 1/1 2012 or later
B11 Boys born 1/1 2013 or later

G17/G18 Girls born 1/1 2006 or later
G16 Girls born 1/1 2008 or later
G15 Girls born 1/1 2009 or later
G14 Girls born 1/1 2010 or later
G13 Girls born 1/1 2011 or later
G11/G12 Girls born 1/1 2012 or later

We reserve the right to merge classes if there are not enough teams registered.

§ 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 the group stage 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

There is no limit to the number of players in each team. However, you can only use a maximum of 20 players for each match. 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

All teams have a dispensation for one (1) over aged player, who may not be more than one year older than the age category the team is playing in. However, if your team has more than one over aged player, you must apply for dispensation for all over aged players in the squad. The dispensation form is found at Gothia Account.

Note that - without applying for and receiving a waiver - you may not have several over aged players who switch from match to match.

Players with dispensation (both applied and automatic) may only participate in the age category for the dispensation. A maximum of two (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 15th. Dispensations for extra ordinary reasons can be submitted after December 15th to a cost of €50 per player, this cost has to be paid regardless of whether the dispensation is approved or not. Dispensations submitted after December 15th will not be processed until the payment is received.

After 19.00 on January 2nd, no new dispensations will be processed regardless of the reason.

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 at Gothia Account.

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 VSIBF (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 Kviberg Center. A protest fee of 2000 SEK 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 and Partille manicipilaty. 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.

  • Silence is prescribed in each school between 11 pm – 6 am.

  • 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

18.1 By registering to participate in Gothia Innebandy Cup, the registrant (who is the team captain in charge or someone else tasked by the team captain in charge) verifies that the team captain in charge has been made aware of these stipulations and that the team captain in charge has the necessary authority and permission from the participants, the participants’ guardians and the registered association. Participation in the tournament is at the participants’ own risk and the team captain in charge is responsible for all participants whom the team captain has registered, which should be included in the list of participants.

18.2 The team captain in charge is obligated to ensure that all participants are insured both on and off the pitch. Neither Gothia Innebandy Cup nor the organizer has collective insurance to cover injuries, illness, theft or damages. Neither Gothia Innebandy Cup nor the organizer is responsible for compensation and they are also not responsible for financial losses or damages that may occur due to events outside the control of Gothia Innebandy Cup or the organizer, such as war-like events, fire, flood, interruptions in public transport connections, government actions, strike or other similar circumstances.


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