Cup information/Tournament rules

Official Regulations – Nordic Invitational Cup 2021

§ 1. General Rules

The Nordic Invitational Cup will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA rules and the Swedish FA rules. 

§ 2. Game Rules


The club has to be a member of its FIFA affiliated national association. All players must belong to the club they are competing for. 


The teams are divided into groups where all the teams will meet each other in a round-robin 

series. The order among the teams will be decided by points. 3 points will be awarded for a 

win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. 

If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows: 

1. Goal difference 

2. Highest number of goals scored 

3. Result in game(s) between teams with equal number of points 

4. Penalty kick contest according to FIFA rules 


The two best teams in each group will advance to Playoff A. The other teams in the group will advance to Playoff B. All playoff games will be decided by the cup system, i.e. by direct elimination. Team losing in quarterfinals will play a placement game. 

A draw in the playoff will be decided by penalty kicks according to FIFA rules (Five penalty kicks for each team. If it’s a draw, then one penalty for each team until the game is settled.) 

§ 3. Age Categories 

Girls 14-Girls born 1/1-2007 or later. 

§ 4. Game time

Group play 2x25 min. 

Playoff A & B 2x25 min. 

§ 5. Number of players

Each team may use up to 18 players per game. 11 players on the field and 7 substitutes are allowed per game. 

A substituted player may reenter in the game. Substitution can be done without stopping the game. Notice that the game has to be stopped and the referee has to be informed for substitution of the goalkeeper. All substitutions should be done within the technical area of the team. If there is no technical area the substitution should be made at the centre line.    

The player that will be substituted has to leave the field before the new player can enter the field. 

Incorrect substitutions may be punished with a yellow card. 

§ 6. Proof of age/participant list 

Each team must submit a list of players to the Nordic Invitational Cup administration before their first game in the tournament. 

§ 8. Game information


A written team list must be submitted to the NIC organization before the first game. The number each player has on the team list must be the same as the number on the shirt (annex 1). 


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 game.

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 game schedule (away team) must change their shirts. 


All teams should be ready at the field no later than 15 minutes before kick-off. 

The team leader is responsible that the players are adequately insured. All players must wear shin guards. The teams are responsible for their supporters’ conduct and behavior. Bad supporters’ behavior and conduct can result in team’s exclusion from the tournament. 

Every responsible team official (coach) must immediately after the game sign the referee’s game card in order to confirm game results, red cards and other events during the game. 

Failure to sign may result in a notification to the Nordic Invitational Cup competition jury.


Ball size - All games are played using balls of size five (5). 

§ 9. Referees

The referees are authorized by the Swedish Football Association. 

Assistant referees will be used in all games. 

§ 10. Tournament jury 

The jury of the tournament consists of representatives of the NIC organization. The jury handles protests and sanction matters. The jury’s decisions cannot be appealed. 

§ 11. Protest and sanctions


Any and all protests must be made in writing by the team manager. Protests must be submitted to the NIC Center at Tyresövallen no later than 60 minutes after the game is finished. 

A protest fee of 1500 SEK should be paid when submitting a protest. This fee will be returned if the protest is approved. 

The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with the play are final. (FIFA rule no. 5). No measures will be taken on protests on decisions made by referees. 


Cautions and sending - off offences 

Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following game. The suspension also applies if the next game is a playoff game. 

The tournament jury can decide about suspension for further games in case of a direct red card. 

Yellow cards are not accumulated. 

Severe offences will be reported to the FA of the nation concerned. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a player that is suspended participates in a game, the team with the suspended player automatically loses the game with 0-3. 

§ 12. Walk Over and suspended game


Any team not appearing at the appointed time and place for a game can be declared looser by 0-3, after a decision by the jury. If a team repeatedly fails to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament. In special cases, the tournament jury may decide to exclude a team at the first offence, i.e. if a deliberate WO favors the own team or is unfair to another team in the group. 


If a game is interrupted for some reason and can’t be played to the end the jury will decide if the game has to be replayed, or restarted from the minute when it was interrupted, or if the result will be fixed or if one of the teams or both teams lose by 0-3. 

§ 13. Game fields


Both playing fields are artificial turf. 


The games are played at Tyresövallen and are named Tyresövallen A and Tyresövallen B 


In case of bad weather, the games may be decided by penalty kicks or by a draw. 

§ 14. Game Schedule 

The organization committee has the right to change the groups and time schedule. A written notice of any changes will be delivered to the team leaders in the affected groups. 

§ 15. Organizer 

Nordic Invitational Cup is arranged by Tyresö FF. 

§ 16. Regulations for accommodation

16.1 General 

•The team manager is responsible for any damage caused by players or leaders 

•Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the school and at Tyresövallen 

•Silence is prescribed in the school between 22.30 –06.00 

•Before departure each team has to clean their sleeping room 

16.2 Fire safety 

•Smoking is prohibited in the schools 

•It is forbidden to cook (for instance to make coffee) in the sleeping facilities and corridors 

•It is forbidden to put combustibles in the corridors, or to move out desks and chairs etc 

•Please note that the doors between the corridors and the stairs must be closed 

§ 17. Insurance and liability

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. The Nordic Invitational Cup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage to property. 

The Nordic Invitational Cup is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events. 

Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Sweden must have personal medical insurance. 

The Nordic Invitational Cup is in no way responsible for loss or theft of money, personal belongings or other valuables anywhere during the tournament.