Tournament Rules

Official FIL rules are applied with shortened playing time and penalties. See notes for rules here.

● Playing time: 2x 15 mins, semi-finals 3x 12 mins running time. During the last 2 minutes of every match the time is stopped with the whistle. The breaks between periods are 2 mins. Final game – 3x 12 mins stopped time, the breaks between periods are 5 mins.
● In the event of a tie score at the end of the game each team is awarded 3 penalty shots. If the game is still tied, there shall be 1 penalty shot for each team until the game is resolved. In case of a tie score at the end of the final game the 5 min. sudden-death overtime periods follow until the game is resolved.
● Shot limit is 30 s, clear-up limit is 10 s.
● Penalties: A minor penalty 1 min. for personal fouls (cross-checking, tripping, slashing, holding etc.), a major penalty 3 mins for dangerous fouls (charging into the boards, butt-ending attempt etc.).
● Number of players for each game: 23 incl. goalies, number of players in team for the tournament is not limited. A player can play only for one team in the tournament.
● Coincidental minor/major penalties: when coincidental minor penalties or coincidental major penalties of equal duration are imposed against players of both teams, the penalized players shall all take their places in the penalty box and teams shall play 5 on 5. Such penalized players should not leave the penalty box until the first non technical stoppage of play following the expiry of their respective penalties.
● A match penalty involves the suspension of the player for the balance of the game and the offended shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately. The “in home” player is to replace the penalized player for the full three minutes of playing time regardless of the number of goals scored. A player incurring a Match Penalty shall automatically receive a game suspension. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to expel such a player from the tournament.
● Time-outs: each team shall be allowed a maximum of one 30 sec. time-out per game.
● Teams are obligged to have proper and unified jerseys incl. shorts. Two sets of uniforms are welcome. In case that opponents have similar uniform colors, a set of pins will be provided to one of the teams (a toss will decide).
● In accordance with the FIL rules traditional wooden sticks and large goalie sticks (Wall) are not allowed.

As the tournament is also a promotion of the game of lacrosse to public and media we ask all players to play fair and within the rules and spirit of sportsmanship.

Playing system

Twenty-four participating team are drew to four upper round-robin groups (Gold A–D) and four lower round-robin groups (Silver A–D). Teams were divided to three pools for upper group and three pools for lower group according to their results from previous tournaments and expected game level. Newcomers with no recent tournament history start in the pool 6.

In round-robin group games the winning team gets 3 points, each team gets one point if the score is tied, and the team winning the penalty shots receives the additional point. The following criteria decide the team order in round-robin groups:
1. number of points;
2. head-to-head match;
3. scored/received goals difference;
4. higher number of scored goals;
5. toss.

The winners of Gold A–D groups qualify directly to the quarter-finals. The second teams from Gold A–D groups will match winners of Silver A–D groups in Play-in games 1–4. The winners of these games qualify to quarter-finals, the losers continue to 9th–16th place play-offs (Blue).

The third teams from Gold A–D groups will match the second teams from Silver A–D groups in Play-in games 5–8. The winners of these games qualify to 9th–16th place play-offs (Blue), the losers continue to th 17th–24th place play-offs (Green).

The third teams from Silver A–D groups continue directly to the 17th–24th place play-offs (Green).

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