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Futsal Regulations
1. Organisation
a. The Futsal Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games will be responsible for the Futsal competitions of the 13th European Maccabi Games.
b. The Futsal competitions shall be subject to the Futsal Rules and Regulations of the F.I.F.A., and the English text will be binding.
c. Participation in the competition is open to any athlete who is in possession of a Participant Card, issued by the Organising Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games.
d. Each country may enter one team only for the Open Futsal competitions, one team only for the Masters Futsal competitions and one team only for the Junior Futsal competitions.
e.Each team may consist of 12 certified players.
f. In the Masters competition each team can bring a maximum of 2 players between 32 and 35 years old (January 1st, 1976 – December 31st, 1979)

2. Venues and Times
a. The Futsal Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games will determine the venues and times of the Futsal competitions and teams will be notified accordingly.
b. The Futsal Committee is authorized to change the venues and times of the competitions. These decisions will be final.
c. The surface of the fields will be communicated as soon as possible.
d. The dimensions of the field will be 38m by 18m.
e. The dimensions of the goals will be 3m by 2m.

3. Game Ball
The games will be played with a Puma Powercat 1.10.

4. Discipline
Players sent from the field of play will automatically be suspended as follows:-
a. Serious foul play – minimum the next game
b. Violent conduct - the next 2 games
c. Spitting at an opponent or any other person - the next 2 games
d. Denying the opposition a goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball - the next game
e. Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player's goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick - the next game.
f. Using offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures - the next 2 games.
g. Receiving a second caution in the same match - the next game.
h. A player who is reported by the referee for misconduct after the match - the next 2 Games
A player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.
Beginning with the sixth accumulated foul recorded against either team in each half:
- the defending team’s players may not form a wall to defend a free kick
- the player taking the kick shall be duly nominated
- the goalkeeper shall remain in his penalty area at a distance of at least 5 m from the ball.
- all the other players shall remain on the pitch behind an imaginary line that is level with the ball and parallel to the goal line, and outside the penalty area. They shall remain 5 m away from the ball and may not obstruct the player taking the free kick

5. System of Competition
SYSTEM A - with the participation of up to 4 teams;
a. The competitions will be played on a league basis of a double round-robin. The winner of each game will be awarded three points, the loser no points and in case of a draw, each team will be awarded one point.
b. Ranking shall be determined as follows:
1. Greater number of points obtained;
2. Goal difference in all matches;
3. Greater number of goals scored in all matches;
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their place shall be determined as follows:
1. Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the team concerned;
2. Goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned;
3. Greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
4. Drawing lots by the Football Committee.
c. The first two teams in the league will compete for the title: "13th European Maccabi Games Champion".

SYSTEM B- number of teams will be 5;
a. The competitions will be played on a league basis of a single round-robin. The winner of each game will be awarded three points, the loser no points and in case of a draw, each team will be awarded one point.
b. Ranking shall be determined as follows:
1. Greater number of points obtained;
2. Goal difference in all matches;
3. Greater number of goals scored in all matches;
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their place shall be determined as follows:
1. Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the team concerned;
2. Goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned;
3. Greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
4. Drawing lots by the Football Committee.
c. The first two teams in the league will compete for the title: "13th European Maccabi Games Champion".
d. The teams in places 3 and 4 in the league will compete for the third place.
e. The rest of the teams will be placed according to their league order.

SYSTEM C- if the number of teams will be 6-8;
a. The teams will be divided into 2 groups:
The first team in the 12th European Maccabi Games will head group A. The second team in the 12th European Maccabi Games will head group B.
b. The teams placed third in the 12th European Maccabi Games and the hosting team will be drawn for second place in the groups. All the other teams will be placed in the groups by a draw.
c. In the event that after the draw, one or more teams will not appear and a situation arises whereby a group is short of two teams, the team drawn last will be moved from one group to another.
d. Teams will be classified in their groups according to their achievements, as described in SYSTEM A.
e. The first round will be played on a one-round-league system (single round-robin).
f. The Semi-Finals will be played based on the Cross system, i.e., the team placed first in Group A will play against the team placed second in Group B and the team placed second in Group A will play against the team placed first in Group B.
g. The two winning teams in the Semi-Finals will play in the Final game for 1st and 2nd place, and the two losing teams in the Semi-Finals will play for 3rd and 4th place.
h. The teams placed 3rd and 4th in each group will play based on the same system for places 5-8.

SYSTEM D- if the number of teams will be 9-11;
a. The teams will be divided into 2 groups:
The first team in the 12th European Maccabi Games will head group A. The second team in the 12th European Maccabi Games will head group B.
b. The teams placed third in the 12th European Maccabi Games and the hosting team will be drawn for second place in the groups. All the other teams will be placed in the groups by a draw.
c. In the event that after the draw, one or more teams will not appear and a situation arises whereby a group is short of two teams, the team drawn last will be moved from one group to another.
d. Teams will be classified in their groups according to their achievements, as described in SYSTEM A.
e. The first round will be played on a one-round-league system (single round-robin).
f. The two winning teams of Groups A and B will play for 1st and 2nd places, the teams placed 2nd in each group will play for places 3 and 4, the teams placed 3rd in each group will play for places 5 and 6 and so forth.

SYSTEM E - if the number of teams will be 12-14.
d. The teams will be divided into 3 groups.
e. Group A will be headed by the first in the 12th European Maccabi Games.
f. Group B will be headed by the second in the 12th European Maccabi Games.
g. Group C will be headed by the hosting country.
h. The rest of the teams will be seeded in the groups by a draw.

REMARK: If any of the top 3 seeded teams (according to standings at the 12th European Maccabi Games) do not participate in the relevant competition at the 13th European Maccabi Games, then the vacancy or vacancies will be filled first by moving up the participating seeded teams and then the remaining vacancies of the top three seeded placements will be filled, in order, in accordance with the final standings at the 12th European Maccabi Games up to 7th place. Should there still be any vacancies then the places will be filled by a draw among the remaining teams in the competition. The Junior competition will use seeding in accordance with the final standings of the Junior competition at the 12th European Maccabi Games.

In case of 13 teams there will be 2 groups of 4 and 1 group of 5 teams.
In case of 14 teams there will be 2 groups of 5 and 1 group of 4 teams.

i. The first round will be a one-round league system and the teams will be placed accordingly in each group as described in SYSTEM A (a + b)
j. The Semi-Finals will be played on a knock-out system, i.e., the winners of
Groups A (QF 1), B (QF 2), C (QF 3) and best runner-up (QF 4)* according to System A (a + b), will be competing in the Semi-Finals.
k. In case of 13 or 14 teams a runner-up will be identified as follows (the game against the last team of the bigger group will not be counted when identifying the best runner-up):
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their place shall be determined as follows:
1. Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the team concerned;
2. Goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned;
3. Greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
4. Drawing lots by the Football Committee.
l. Games for places 1 to 4 will be held as follows:
1. Loser Semi-Final 1 - Loser Semi-Final 2 for places 3-4.
2. Winner Semi-Final 1 - Winner Semi-Final 2 for places 1-2.

SYSTEM F - if the number of teams is 15-16.
a. Teams will be divided into 4 groups with the 7 leading teams from the 12th European Maccabi Games heading the Groups as follows:
Group A: 1st from the 12th European Maccabi Games.
Group B: 2nd from the 12th European Maccabi Games.
Group C: 3rd from the 12th European Maccabi Games.
Group D: the hosting team.
The rest of the teams will be seeded into the groups by a draw.
In the event that there are vacancies due to the non-participation of any of the top 3 placed teams, the vacancy will be filled by moving up the existing seeded teams and any further vacancies will be filled by open draw.
b. The Quarter-finals will include 8 teams (all first and second placed teams from each group).
QF1: 1st from Group A will play against 2nd Group D
QF 2: 2nd from Group A will play against 1st Group D
QF 3: 1st Group B will play against 2nd Group C
QF 4: 1st Group C will play against 2nd Group B
c. Games for the Places 9-16:
3rd Group A vs. 4th Group D
4th Group A vs. 3rd Group D
3rd Group B vs. 4th Group C
3rd Group C vs. 4th Group D

d. The Semi-Finals will include 4 teams
Semi-Final 1: 1st of Quarter-final 1 vs. 1st of Quarter-final 3
Semi-Final 2: 1st of Quarter-final 2 vs. 1st of Quarter final 4
e. Games for the Places 5-8:
2nd QF 1 vs. 2nd QF 4
2nd QF 3 vs. 2nd QF 2
f. Games for places 1 to 4 will be held as follows:
1. Loser Semi-Final 1 - Loser Semi-Final 2 for places 3-4.
2. Winner Semi-Final 1 - Winner Semi-Final 2 for places 1-2.

5. Duration of Game
a. Each game will last 40 minutes - two periods of 20 minutes stopped-time with a break of 10 minutes.
b. In the final stages (Semi-Finals and Final), if after 40 minutes a game will end in a draw, extra time - 2 periods of 5 minutes (net.) each- will be added. A break of 5 minutes will be given after the 40 minutes, but not between the two periods of the extra time.
c. If after the extra time the draw still exists, the winner of the game will be decided by a free kick competition from a 6 meters mark. Each team will take five kicks alternately. The team to kick first will be decided by a draw.
d. If both teams scored the same number of goals after 5 free kicks each, the free kicks will continue until such a time that both teams have kicked the same number of kicks and one team scored a goal more than the other.
e. Only players who were on the field of play at the end of the extra time are allowed to take part in the first five free kicks each kick will be taken by a different player. If the game is still undecided the rest of the players in the list will take part in the competition as well. A player will be allowed to kick a second time only after all the players in his team, including the goal keeper, have taken their kicks.
f. Each player, who was actually playing the game when it ended, including the extra time, is allowed to replace the goalkeeper when penalty kicks are taken.

6. Draws
The draw of the teams in the groups will be a public draw before the opening of the 13th European Maccabi Games.

7. Officiating
The regional Referees’ committee will appoint referees of the competition.

8. General
a. These regulations are but one part of the complete 13th European Maccabi Games Regulations, and must be read along with the instructions found in "Basic Regulations and Disciplinary Procedures".
b. In the event of a discrepancy between the regulations written here and those appearing in the "Basic Regulations", the regulations written here will apply and be binding.
c. Any possible appeal needs to be reported to the referee within 15 minutes after the end of the game to which the objection refers to. The decisions made by the technical commission in relation to the result of the games are irrevocable.