Vogel Cup

Clemens Vogel Trophy

 COMPETITION RULES

1. The World Master s Medical Football Championships is intended for medical teams only and it is to be played in a 7-a-side format. As used within international rules the World Medical Football Federation (WMFF) will only accept one team per nation.

2. Players must hold a human medical doctor degree from any university. All captains are required to send a photocopy of the original order of medicine, a photocopy of the passport photo page and one photograph of their players to the organising committee. The host is responsible for checking each player ś documentation and identity card (ID card) upon team registration.

3. Each team may register a maximum of 16 players. Each team has to send a team sheet before the championship to the organising committee of the hosting country including photo, name, age, shirt number and specialization of each doctor.

4. Since their introduction during the World Medical Football Championship in Mainz, 2006, and in accordance with all teams, every participating team has to stand to the rule that non-medical players are not accepted. Only one non-medical player per team, who has already taken part before Mainz 2006, will be accepted. All players must be over 45 years of age at the time of the tournament.

5. Female players over the age of 25 years, who hold a Human Medical Doctor degree are eligible to play in this tournament.

6. The age of a player is taken from the exact date of birth, and they qualify for an age group only on or after that date.

7. Registered players from the Ferran Morell Trophy who are over 45 years, may also play in the Masters tournament.

8. At the end of the match the captains have the right to select 2 players from the opposing team to answer a written questionnaire based on fundamental medical topics. If there are any doubts as regarding the medical degree of a player, he will be asked to answer further questions by the organising committee. If any player refuses to undertake the exam his team will automatically forfeit the match, resulting in a 3-0 win awarded to the opposition. The organising committee may determine the permanent exclusion of any team during the championship if it is proved that there is a non-medical player on the field of play at any time.

9. If it is necessary to allow certain exceptions to these rules, changes must be agreed by the Tournament Board.

10. Changes or updates to these rules must be communicated at least one month prior to the start of the World Medical Football Championships . After that, a change to existing rules can only be made by a unanimous decision of the Board.

11. Results and Tournament standings will be made available daily by the Organising Committee of the hosting country.

12. The Competition
a. The World Master Medical Football Championships shall begin with a league among the teams composing one group. The number of groups will depend on the total number of team enrolled. The composition of the groups will be determined by drawing a lot at the opening ceremony.

b. The duration of each match will be 50 minutes divided into two halves of 25 minutes, with a 10minute half time interval.

c. The players must be dressed in their team strip 30 minutes before the match begins. All teams should have an alternative colored team strip to avoid a clash of colors. In this case, the visiting team (listed second in the draw) will change team strip.

d. Substitutions are limitless and reversible, i.e. any replaced player can substitute for another player later on in the match. The replaced player must have left the field before the substitute player may enter. Substitutions can only be made within 5 m of the halfway line, at the side of the team managers. Play does not have to stop.

e. Any other rules of international society soccer (e.g. equipment) apply unless stated otherwise. In case of a situation that has not been covered by the rules stated here, the host organising committee will have the final decision. In case of any disagreement, the Board of Captains remains the highest authority.

f. Preliminary Round Stage and Team Ranking: Scoring: 1. 3 points are awarded to a team that wins a match 2. 1 point is awarded to each team in the event of a drawn match 3. In the event of a Walkover the opposing team will be awarded 3 points and the match result will be recorded as 3:0.

g. Playoff Criteria:
1. If there is a final draw on two teams:
1.1. The result of the direct confrontation will decide
1.2. Obtaining of the highest balance of goals in the stage
1.3. Obtaining the highest number of goals in the stage
1.4. Suffering the lowest number of goals in the stage
1.5. Suffering the lowest number of Red cards.
1.6. Suffering the lowest number of Yellow cards.
1.7. If there is still a draw the results will be decided by the toss of a coin

2. If there is a final draw on three teams:
2.1. The results obtained between the three teams (points) will be considered first
2.2. Obtaining of the highest balance of goals in the matches among themselves in the stage
2.3. Obtaining of the highest number of goals in the matches among themselves in the stage
2.4. Suffering the lowest number of goals in the matches among themselves in the stage
2.5. Suffering the lowest number of Red cards.
2.6. Suffering the lowest number of Yellow cards.
2.7. If there is still a draw the results will be decided by the toss of a coin

h. Knockout Stages:
1. No extra time will be played; a series of penalty kicks will decide the result in the event of a drawn match
2. A penalty shoot out will begin with a series of 5 penalties. In the event of a tie, penalties will be taken on a sudden death basis.

i. Discipline (Yellow and Red Cards):
1. Yellow cards are accumulative. If a player incurs two yellow cards, they will be penalized and disqualified for the following match. Cards obtained during the qualifying stages are erased for the Semi final stages.
2. Two yellow cards obtained in the same match will result in the player receiving a red card and being sent from the field of play. The player will disqualified for the following match.
3. If a player receives a red card during a match, the player will be sent from the field of play. The player will disqualified for the following match.
4. In the case of serious misconduct (aggressive and abusive behavior, inconsiderate attitude towards the referee or other players, etc.) the organising committee along with the referee’s coordinator will decide on the punishment. The organising committee may decide to expel the offending player or team from the World Medical Football Championship.
5. The referees are aware of the amateur nature of the World Medical Football Championship, and
will be very strict regarding violent play.