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Rules & Organisation 2019-2020


Rules & Organisation 2019-2020

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Rules and Organisation 2019-2020


1. The league follows a round-robin format with the teams meeting each other once.

2. This is followed by play-offs (home and away elimination games) for the top 12. Top 4 qualify directly for the quarter-finals. Teams ranked 5-12 will play as follows: 5v12 (game A), 6v11 (B), 7v10 (C) and 8v9 (D). In the quarter-finals, 1vD (game E), 2vC (F), 3vB (G) and 4vA (H). In the semi-finals EvH and FvG. The lower ranked team always plays the first game at home. The 'away goals rule' will count. The Final will be a single game with the higher ranked team as the home team.

3. Teams ranked 13-20 participate in a play-out after the regular season, pairing up as follows: 13v20, 14v19, 15v18, 16v17 and following the same format as the play-offs from the quarter-finals onwards.

4. Points will follow the 3-1-0 format. Ties in the standings will be broken by considering, in the following order:

- the result(s) of the game(s) between the teams involved in the tie (points gained)

- goal-difference in the game(s) between the teams involved in the tie

- goals scored in the game(s) between the teams involved in the tie

- overall goal difference

- goals scored.

5. Ties after full time during the play-offs and the Cup go directly to penalties. Any player present can take a penalty kick. The goalkeeper cannot be substituted after the first penalty of the shoot-out.

6. Any team forfeiting a game for the third time before their 12th game of the season will be ejected from the tournament and all their games nullified. Yellow/red cards for opponents in those games will also be nullified. The Organising Committee will decide on an ad-hoc basis for cases of suspensions resulting from such games. In cases of a team forfeiting a game for the third time on or after their 12th game, previous results/cautions stand and all further games are registered as a 5-0 forfeit.

7. The annual participation fee is set by the Executive Committee at its annual meeting. Teams failing to pay the participation fee and other any debt by the deadline set by the OC will forfeit their next games until payment is completed.

8. Requests to join the league will be examined by the Executive Committee on a case-by-case basis, and on the basis of an opinion from the Organising Committee.

Team make-up

9. At least half+1 of active players mentioned in the match sheet must be nationals of the country they represent. Non-nationals are to be indicated with an asterisk on the website. Players having played at least 5 games in each of 3 previous seasons (not necessarily consecutive) for the same team can be considered as nationals. Teams failing to respect this rule will receive a warning and may forfeit the game. Exception to this rule can be granted for a maximum of 2 consecutive seasons.

10. A player can only play for one team throughout the length of the season, including the play-offs and the Cup. Once a player has played for one team, he cannot play for another during the same season.

11. Without prejudice to Rule 10, a player can be transferred only during Christmas break and only if the player in question has played in no more than 3 games already in that season, and with the agreement of both captains. Card totals and suspensions follow the player.

12. Only players that have played in at least 5 league or Cup games during the season are eligible for participation during the post-season. Referees will check ID against the list of eligible players during the play-offs and the play-outs. A player can be registered as having played in a game if he is physically present and mentioned in the match sheet).

13. A team using an ineligible player shall forfeit the game, receive a 100 EUR fine and have 3 points deducted from the standings. Ineligible player means any player who for any of the reasons referred to in these Rules should not be participating in the match, such as suspension or not having played at least 5 games prior to the post-season or any other similar reason within the meaning of these Rules.

14. It is the responsibility of the players themselves to remove all jewellery before games, wear shin-guards during games and ensure that they are covered by health insurance. Referees may caution or even prohibit the participation of players wearing jewellery or not wearing shin-guards.


15. The duration of games is 2x35mins, with an allocation of 1.5 hours per game.

16. A forfeit is registered as a 0-5 loss. A forfeit in the Cup or the playoffs/playouts results in elimination.

17. Home Team (written first on the fixture list) must provide 3 footballs. Failure to provide 3 decent footballs (as judged by the referee in his report) can result in a 25 EUR fine.

18. Home Team has first choice of shirt colour. Away Team must ensure that shirt colours do not clash. Failure to respect this rule (as judged by the referee in his report) can result in a 25 EUR fine.

19. Teams must ensure that their shirts are clearly numbered. Teams playing in bibs must still have numbered bibs or numbered shirts underneath. Failure to respect this rule (as judged by the referee in his report) can result in a 50 EUR fine.

20. Home Team is responsible for any administrative obligations or problems that may arise, including keys, lights, liaison with the groundsmen etc.

21. Both teams are required to provide a ball pump, linesmen flags, referee cards and a whistle at all games. Failure to respect this rule can result in a 25 EUR fine.

22. Both teams are required to fill in Match-Sheets and deliver them to the referee before the beginning of the game, indicating names and shirt numbers. Referees may decide not to start the game until the match-sheets have been received.

23. Teams not fielding at least 7 players at the time of kick-off forfeit the game.

24. Normal FIFA rules apply, with the exception of substitutions, unless otherwise provided in these Rules. A team can substitute players only when it is in possession and the ball is out of play. Teams have unlimited substitutions during a game. It is at the discretion of the referee not to allow a substitution if he feels that teams are substituting players too frequently.

25. Games will be postponed only with the consent of both captains and only if a new time/venue has been secured. The team requesting postponement is responsible for finding a new time/venue for the fixture, and covering any costs that may arise. Should such rescheduling be unsuccessful by the end of the regular season, neither team gains any points.

26. Should the referee decide, on the spot, that a game cannot go ahead (e.g. due to the pitch conditions or weather), the Organising Committee will reschedule the game and cover the costs.

27. Team captains will update the website within 24 hours of a fixture, indicating the players used (including substitutes not used), scorers and bookings. Statistics will be locked at the end of the day following each game. Any discrepancies between the statistics and the referee's report may result in a team forfeiting the game.

28. In case a game is interrupted due to force majeur, it will be continued from the moment of the interruption on a new date, unless the teams involved agree otherwise. Cards are maintained for the re-start and only count towards cumulative totals once the game has been concluded. Players suspended for the interrupted game remain suspended for the continuation. Players not suspended for the interrupted game can play in the continuation, unless the Organising Committee decides otherwise in cases of serious suspensions.

29. Fines will be announced in the Friday email, and are payable by bank transfer only, within 1 week. Failure to do so will result in the next games being forfeited until the fine is paid.


30. A third team, as indicated on the fixture list, will provide 2 linesmen for each game.

31. A team failing to provide 2 appropriate linesmen will have 1 point deducted from their tally for each absent linesman. During the post-season and for Cup games, failure to provide 2 appropriate linesmen results in 2 points deducted for each absent linesman. In the absence of linesmen, the referee will decide on whether or not he wishes to ask the two teams to provide linesmen. A team having 5 points deducted on the basis of this rule will not be eligible to participate in the playoffs and in the playouts. Points deducted from March 1st onwards will be deducted from the next season. Linesmen arriving more than 15 minutes after the designated kick-off time are considered absent.

32. In the absence of a qualified referee, the team responsible for the linesmen will provide the referee and the Home Team will provide a linesman.

33. A qualified referee should be appointed for each game by the Organising Committee. The referee will complete the "Referee Report", with information on the score, scorers, bookings, players used by each team including subs not used, fair play points per team (on a scale of 1-5) and any other significant incidents and e-mail it to the organisers within 24 hours of the game. It is the responsibility of the captains to ensure that the referee has correct and accurate information for his report. The referee will also assess the effort of the linesmen. In cases of poor effort, the Organising Committee may deduct a point per linesman from the team concerned.


34. Players receiving 2 yellow cards in the same game miss the next game.

35. Players receiving a straight red card miss the next 2 games. Based on the Referee’s report, the Organising Committee may reduce this standard penalty (e.g. for a deliberate handball) or increase it for particularly violent/abusive conduct. The Organising Committee may decide to ban a player from the league indefinitely.

36. Players accumulating 3 yellow cards miss the next game. Players accumulating 5 yellow cards miss the next 2 games and players accumulating 7 yellow cards miss the next 3 games. Players accumulating 9 yellow cards miss the next 4 games.

37. Players receiving cumulative suspensions may have their suspension increased.

38. The presence of suspended players at the field of play is at the referee's discretion.

39. Suspensions are effective once communicated to team captains by email. Information on the website is complementary. Any omissions or errors on the website cannot justify using suspended players.

40. Suspensions will be carried over to the following season.

41. The Fair Play standings will be made up of the ratings from the referee reports, which will be doubled, minus 1 point for each yellow card received, 3 points for each red card received, 5 points for each linesman duty missed and 10 points for malicious behaviour. The lowest-ranked teams in the Fair Play standings will participate in the following season’s first round of the Cup.

42. Teams with a generalised, repetitive or collective demonstration of aggressive, violent, abusive or foul behaviour will receive a ‘malicious behaviour’ sanction. The first such sanction will be a suspended deduction of 5 points and 100 EUR fine. The second ‘malicious behaviour’ sanction will be a deduction of 10 points and a further 100 EUR fine. At the third sanction, the team will be ejected from the league. The decision to eject a team from the League must be validated by the Executive Committee. Malicious behaviour sanctions remain valid for the rest of the current season and the following season as well. It is at the discretion of the Organising Committee to decide in each case which malicious behaviour sanction shall be imposed.

Organising Committee

43. The Organising Committee is made up of 5 members, who are not involved in the organisation of any teams, and will take its decisions and inform all captains by e-mail every Friday. They shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.

44. The team captains shall meet whenever necessary in order to examine any issues that may arise regarding the organisation and management of the League. Quorum is set at half +1 of the number of teams in the league.

45. The Organising Committee shall act by simple majority and decisions can be taken also by e-mail. Any team abusing the mailing list of the league to make inflammatory or offensive statements may receive a fine of 50 EUR.

46. The Organising Committee enjoys wide discretion in interpreting these Rules and retains the right to take any measures it sees fit in order to deal with any given situation.

Executive Committee 47. The Executive Committee consists of 1 representative from each participating team and the 5 members of the Organising Committee, as indicated in the constitution of BXL Euroleague ASBL.


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