TECHNICAL REGULATIONS 

* Revised and updated version of the technical regulations on 7 February 2020.

1. EVENTS

1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup will be conducted from 1-6 May 2020 at Burgas in Bulgaria. The present regulations govern the rights, duties, and responsibilities of all parties participating and involved in the preparation and organization of the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup.

 

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1. Age Eligibility

There are age (40) restrictions for futsal competitions. The National Deaf Sports Federation shall obtain authorization for all athletes only 1 player aged 35 and under. Can 1 player Men over 35.

 

2.2. Number of teams 

For each National Federation, each National Association may enter one (1) men’s team. Participation in the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) men’s teams.

2.3. Composition of the team

The composition of the team is reserved only for players who are at least 40 years old. A team consists of 5 players including a goalkeeper, however, a team can not register more than 10 players on the score sheet.

 

2.4. Number of players

2.4.1. Each national association that qualifies for the final competition shall enter a maximum of 10 prospective players.

2.4.2. Each national association that qualifies for the final competition shall enter the final 10 players numbered from 1 to 10. The numbers on the back of the shirts shall correspond with the numbers indicated on the official player's list with the goalkeeper wearing shirt number 1.

2.4.3. The list of 10 players (showing the full last name(s), every first name, popular name, date of birth and country) shall be submitted to the DIFA Head of Technical Committee, using the official form for this purpose, at least month prior to the opening match in the final competition. Only these 10 players recognized by the DIFA Head of Technical Committee will be permitted to compete in the final competition.

2.4.4. Each national association may enter a maximum of 10 players or a minimum of 8 players for the final competition. If a maximum 10 player’s squad is, selected then three players must be goalkeepers, with the number 1 shirt reserved for one of them.

2.4.5. 10 players shall be included in the starting list for the match (5 selected players and 5 substitutes). The number of substitutions that may be made during a match is limited to a maximum of unlimited.

2.4.6. Organizing Committee will publish the official lists of 10 players from each country on paper to be handed out to all countries at the first technical meeting. This information shall include the players’ shirt numbers, family names, first names and the names of the team coaches/managers (including background staff).

2.4.7. Any team found guilty of fielding an ineligible or suspended player will forfeit the match. Victory and three points and/or a score of 5-0 will be awarded to the opposing team, or greater, depending on the score of the match.

 

2.5. Male 

The provisions of this code apply to the male gender, regardless of the choice of words and expressions.

 

3. REGISTRATION

3.1. The final registration deadline for the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup is 1 April 2020.

3.2. Final Entry with the names of each athlete 

(10 names) for the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran +40 Futsal Cup must be submitted no later than 1 April 2020.

 

4. COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

4.1. Technical Organization

DIFA and World Football Club League Champions "Equal opportunities" is responsible for the technical organization of the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup

 

4.2. Committees

4.2.1. Technical Committee: 

Technical Committee will be composed of the DIFA Head of Technical Committee and members appointed by the Organizing Committee:

(Name) – DIFA Head of Technical Committee

(Name) – Head Referee

(Name) – Sports Liaison Officer (Organizing Committee Representative)

(Name) - Deaf Representative

4.2.2. Protest Committee:

Protest Committee shall consist of:

(Name) – DIFA Head of Technical Committee

(Name) – Head Referee

(Name) – Sports Liaison Officer (Organizing Committee Representative)

4.3. Competition Rules

The 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup will be conducted in accordance with the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game (version 2020). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follows:

4.3.1. Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with this Technical Regulations 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup

4.3.2. Technical questions related to competition rules shall be resolved according to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.

4.3.3. Only athletes who comply with the Deaflympics or DIFA Regulations are entitled to take part in the DIFA Futsal Championships.

4.4. Competition Equipment

4.4.1. The Ball chosen for the preliminary and final competitions shall conform to the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game and bear one of the following three quality standard designations licensed by FIFA: ‘FIFA Approved’. 

4.4.2. X The Organizing Committee will provide a minimum of six competition official match balls to each participating country for the duration of the competitions for training and assimilation purposes. X (removed)

4.4.3. The pitch dimensions, goals and shall also comply with the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.

 

4.5. Competition Clothing

4.5.1. Each team shall wear its official color’s as declared on the official final entry form. If the two teams’ colors might cause confusion, team A of the official match schedule shall be entitled to wear its official outfit and team B shall use its reserve outfit or, if necessary, a combination of the official and the reserve outfit; the match referee decides the matter. Please note that team shirts predominantly of black color are forbidden, as they could clash with the match officials’ uniform.

4.5.2. In addition to the official outfit, each team shall have a reserve outfit (reserve colors), which shall also be declared on the final entry form. The colors of the reserve outfit (shirt, shorts, and socks) shall be noticeably different from and contrast with the colors of the official outfit (shirt, shorts, and socks). The reserve outfit shall also be taken to every match.

4.5.3. Throughout the final competition, each player shall wear the number allotted to him on the official players’ list. The color of the numbers must contrast clearly with the outfits (light on dark or vice versa) and be legible from a distance for spectators in the stadium and possibly television viewers. These numbers shall be between 25 - 35 cm in height in the center of the back of the shirt, between 10 - 15 cm in height in any position at chest level on front of the shirt, and between 10 - 15 cm in height in any position on the front of either leg of the shorts.

4.5.4. The national association’s emblem may also be worn as a badge on the shirt.

4.5.5. Sponsors are allowed on any garments or equipment of players and goalkeepers (shirts, vests, shorts, thermal shorts, socks, gloves, caps, underwear, etc.) in the entire pitch area. However, any kind of sponsorship must not be related to a political, religious or racist nature.

4.5.6. Each country must bring their own warm-up bibs in contrasting colors for the use of the team before and during the matches as well as for the official training sessions. The warmup bibs must be clearly distinguishable, irrespective of the prevailing conditions, such 

as weather and light, for all players, match officials, spectators, and media from the colors of the shirts being used as playing equipment by both opposing teams and the match officials.

4.6. Draw

The draw for the participating countries in the men competitions was held on 15 April 2020 live on the Internet from (location), Bulgaria.

4.7. Competition Plan

4.7.1. Round (Group Stages)

Men: The participating ten (10) teams will be drawn and divided into two groups of four (5) teams each. During the preliminary round, each team will play the other teams in its group.

4.7.2.Quarterfinals, Semi-Final sand Classifications Men:

12 teams in groups “A”, “B” and “C”

01 May 09:00 - Meeting and draw

11:00 - Opening ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 May 16:00 - Closing ceremony

 

 

4.7.3. Classification of Teams

1. The system of the competition shall be similar to the league system, each team playing a match against each of the other teams in the same group, with three points for a win, one point for a draw and no point for each match lost.

2. Ranking in each group shall be determined as follows:

a. greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;

b. goal difference in all group matches;

c.  the greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

d. the greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;

e. goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;

f.   greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;

g. drawing of lots by the DIFA Futsal Championships Organising Committee.

4.7.5. Each match shall last 40 minutes (two periods of 20 minutes), with an interval as laid down in the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game. The match referee shall have the final say in how long each interval shall be.

4.7.6. If the result of a match in the quarterfinals, semi-finals or the finals (and any Playoffs) ends in a draw, extra time of two periods of 5 minutes each will be played. If the score is level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner in accordance with the procedure described in the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.

4.8. Officials

4.8.1. Allocation of 4 officials per match (2 referees and 2 official) to conduct the matches shall be made by the referee technical committee to be approved by the DIFA Head of Technical Committee. Where possible, referees shall be in possession of a FIFA international referee license valid for 2020. However, referees with National or State accreditation may be used.

4.8.2. All referees and assistant referees shall use a flag (and a whistle at their discretion) to indicate the commencement or restart of play, to stop or delay play due to infringement or injury, or to indicate that time has expired in the half. A flag is an important tool for the referee along with verbal, body and eye communication.

4.8.3. A copy of all referee’s qualifications shall be submitted by email to the DIFA Head of Technical Committee a minimum of 28 (twenty-eight) full days before the first technical meeting.

4.8.4. If the referee or one of his assistants is prevented from carrying out his duties before or during a match as a result of injury, indisposition, etc. then he shall be replaced by the second or third referee.

4.8.5. At the conclusion of each match, the referee shall fill in an official match report form and he shall hand it over to the DIFA Head of Technical Committee and also to the Head Referee immediately after the match.

4.8.6. On the report form, the referee shall note all occurrences before, during and after the match in as much detail as possible such as:

a. Misconduct of players, leading to caution or expulsion.

b. Unsporting behavior of officials, supporters and any person acting on behalf of a national.

c.  Any other incidents.

4.9. Withdraw Procedures

4.9.1. Another team may replace an association team that withdraws prior to or is excluded from playing before the start of the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup the Technical Committee shall make the relevant decision.

4.9.2. If a team does not report for a match - except in cases of force majeure recognized by the Technical Committee for the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup - or if it refuses to continue to play or leaves the stadium before the end of a match, the team will be considered as having lost. The match and three points will be awarded to its opponents with a score of 5-0 or more if, in the case of an abandoned match, the winning team has already reached a higher score at the time the guilty team leaves the field.

4.9.3. If through the fault of a participating member association, a match cannot take place or be played in its entirety, the Technical Committee shall declare that the match be forfeited (awarding victory and the resultant three points to the opposing team as well as the score of 5-0, or greater, depending on the score in the match at the time of abandonment) and/or exclude the team concerned from the Championships.

4.9.4. If a team withdraws after have begun or is disqualified during the group matches, the group must continue without this team or a replacement. The matches played by the team concerned will not be taken into consideration and all scores and points earned will be rescinded.

4.9.5. The Technical Committee shall take whatever action is deemed necessary in cases of force majeure.

4.10. Substitution Zone and Technical Area

Only one team official, with or without an interpreter, at a time, is authorized to convey tactical instructions and may remain standing during a match. The referee or match officials may take action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may, at their discretion, expel them from the technical area and the surroundings of the pitch.

 

5. VENUES

 

5.1. Competition Venues

The 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup will take place at the following venues: Sports Complex in Burgas, apt. Copper Mine Nikola Stanchev Sropts Hall

5.2. Training Venues

(Burgas, apt. Copper Mine Nikola Stanchev Sropts Hall) are the training venues for the duration of the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup

6. SCHEDULE

6.1. Competition Schedule

Refer to the competition schedule on the DIFA official website: www.difafutsal40veteran.com

6.2. Practice Schedule

Refer to practice schedule on the DIFA official website: www.difafutsal40veteran.com

6.3. Technical Meeting

6.3.1. Date and Location

The first Technical Meeting will be held at 1 day before the start.    2nd Technical Meeting - 1 day before the final.

6.3.2. Attendance

Each participating National Association may be represented by two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf and, if necessary, an interpreter.

7. CONTROL AND SANCTIONS

7.1 Hearing Devices

The use of any hearing aid(s) amplification or external cochlear implant parts is strictly forbidden from the restricted zone area.

7.1.1. Restricted Zone Area

The restricted zone is in effect from the time athletes enter the match zone (pitch) during the warm-up and competition period.

7.1.2. Violation and Penalty

When this rule is violated, the offending player shall be disqualified for the remainder of the competition; the offending team shall be subjected to a penalty of $500 and the match result shall stand. If more than one team member in a team sport is found to have committed an audiogram rule violation at any time during the competition, the team may be subject to disqualification and/or other disciplinary action. Refer to Audiogram Regulations, Article 8: Violations and Penalties.

 

7.2. Bookings

7.2.1. Yellow Card

A player who receives two yellow cards in a single match (equivalent to a red card) or accumulates two yellow cards in separate matches is immediately suspended for the next (one) match in the Championships.

7.2.2. Red Card

A player who is sent off from the field of play is immediately suspended for the next (one) match in the Championships.

7.2.3. Bookings and Suspensions

·     All bookings and suspensions are carried through from the group stages to the final knockout matches. A player may be suspended for more than one match for the duration of the championships if they accumulate four yellow cards or two red cards.

·     The Technical Committee reserves the rights to fine and/or suspend any players of officials for more than one match in the event of very serious foul play involving violence or threatening behavior.

 

8. PROTESTS

8.1. Procedure for lodging a protest

All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game and will be managed by the Protest Committee. Any official protest must be submitted in writing on the DIFA Official Protest Form and given to the DIFA Technical Director accompanied by USD $100.

8.1.1. The OC will provide a protest schedule timetable for when and where each protest to the day’s matches can be submitted to the DIFA Technical Director for each day for the duration of the 1st DIFA World Deaf Veteran+40 Futsal Cup at the first technical meeting.

8.1.2. The DIFA Technical Director will decide whether the protest is sporting related or eligibility related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the DIFA Representative will review all eligibility protests. The deposit of USD $50 will be returned to the appellant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2. Procedures for reviewing a protest

The Protest Committee will meet in the Technical Director’s office at Hotel at a time decided upon by the DIFA Futsal Technical Director. The DIFA Futsal Technical Director will be the chairperson of the committee.

The Sports Liaison Officer (OC) will be responsible to book the meeting room and interpreters.

The Sports Liaison Officer (OC) will contact all members of the Protest Committee to inform them of the meeting time and location.

The DIFA Technical Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

The Sports Liaison Officer (OC) will be responsible for informing DIFA Headquarters and the DIFA Technical Director will be responsible for informing the DIFA Executive Committee about the protest and also the outcome of the protest.

9. FEES

The DIFA accreditation fee is $ 40 per person, and the OC registration fee is $ 20 per person, Total is 60$.

 

10. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE

The license (medical certificate) is compulsory. The medical examination of non-contraindication to the practice of futsal is compulsory. If the player has not passed the said visit, he will not be able to participate in the competitions.

 

11. DURATION OF THE MEETINGS

The duration of the matches is two periods of 20 minutes each with a 10-minute break at half-time.

 

12: CLASSIFICATION

The ranking is done by adding points

• Match won 3 points

• Draw 1 point

• Lost game 0 point

• Package or penalty 0 point

• A forfeited match is considered to be lost by 5 goals to 0.

A match lost by penalty entails the withdrawal of the points to which the team would have been entitled and the cancellation of the goals scored by it during the match. The declared winning team receives match points.

 

If two or more teams are tied for points, they are decided as follows:

1. By the sum of the points acquired for the only matches between the teams to be decided.

2. By the difference between the goals scored and conceded for the only matches between the teams remaining to be decided.

3. For goals scored on the outside count double for the only matches between the remaining teams.

4. By the best attack in the only matches between the teams remaining to be decided.

5. By the greatest number of goals scored in all of the group's matches.

6. By the difference between the goals scored and the goals conceded on all of the group's matches.

7. If after these conditions there is still a tie, the team with the oldest average age will be declared the winner.

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