Competition Regulations

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THE FINNISH FLOORBALL FEDERATION’S
COMPETITION REGULATIONS

1 May 2015 – 30 April 2016

 © Finnish Floorball Federation 2015

1. GENERAL
1§ Scope of application
2§ Definitions
3§ Regulations
4§ Authority
5§ National Team activities
6§ Electronic communications and advertising contracts
7§ Due dates
8§ Document delivery

2. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES                     
  9§ Fair Play principle
10§ Responsible finances
11§ Bankruptcy of a club
12§ Match-fixing prohibition
13§ Prohibition of taking bribes and making threats
14§ Betting prohibition
15§ Obligation to provide insurance
16§ Anti-doping regulations
17§ Prohibition of intoxicating substances, tobacco and other such substances
 
3. ORGANISATION OF COMPETITION ACTIVITIES
18§ The Federation’s competitions
19§ League playing system
20§ Junior leagues, age groups
21§ League standings
22§ Medals
23§ Filling a vacant place in the league
24§ Withdrawal and expulsion from a league
25§ Match schedules and rescheduling
26§ Arena reservations and rinks
27§ Designating a team responsible

4. PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITION ACTIVITIES
28§ Teams belonging to a club
29§ Transfer of league membership
30§ Registration
31§ Cancelling participation

5. OFFICIAL COMPETITION EVENTS

32§ General                               
33§ Arranging a match
34§ Secretariat
35§ Player list
36§ Game report
37§ Officials
38§ Equipment
39§ Players’ outfits
40§ Game time
41§ Forfeit
42§ Interrupting a game

6. OTHER GAMES AND EVENTS
43§ Friendly matches
44§ International matches
 
7. PLAYER REGULATIONS
45§ Player licence
46§ Sports insurance
47§ Eligibility to represent a team
48§ Junior players’ eligibility
49§ Unclear issues related to eligibility
50§ Right to play
 
8. PLAYER TRANSFERS
51§ Right to change clubs
52§ Transfer period
53§ Transfer procedure
54§ Training compensation
55§ Registration fee
56§ Farm agreement
57§ Implications of a farm agreement

9. REFEREE ACTIVITIES
58§ General
59§ Referee setting
60§ Missing a referee
61§ Referees’ and secretariat’s fees

10. DISCIPLINARY ISSUES, INFRINGEMENTS AND PROTESTS
62§ Discipline and infringements
63§ General provisions concerning sanctions
64§ Disciplinary consequences and sanctions
65§ Ineligible players
66§ Raising and processing a disciplinary issue
67§ Referee report
68§ Infringement report
69§ Decisions concerning disciplinary issues and protests
70§ Appeal
71§ Enforcement and expiry
72§ Protests
73§ Protest resolution



1. GENERAL

1§ Scope of application
This document outlines the Finnish Floorball Federation’s competition regulations. These regulations apply to activities governed by the Finnish Floorball Federation and its member organisations between 1 May 2015 and 30 April 2016.

Whenever applicable, these regulations and the sanctions defined herein shall also apply to the National Team’s activities and the people involved in the National Team, as well as to the international competition activities and friendly matches of the Finnish Floorball Federation’s member organisations.

The primary rules and regulations applied in international competition activities and international player transfers are those of the IFF, unless otherwise stipulated in the IFF’s rules and regulations.

2§ Definitions
For the purpose of these Regulations, the term ‘Federation’ shall refer to the Finnish Floorball Federation and its Board; the term ‘IFF’ shall refer to the International Floorball Federation; ‘region’ shall refer to the Federation’s regional activities; ‘league organiser’ shall refer to a person or body appointed by the Federation to arrange certain leagues or tournaments; ‘club’ shall refer to the Federation’s member organisations, and ‘team’ shall refer to a team belonging to such member organisation.

Game season: The game season extends from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2016.

Player licence: A player licence refers to an agreement between a player and the Federation stating that, according to these Regulations, the player has the right to participate in competitions arranged by the Federation or any of its regions as a player and that the player commits to observing the rules and regulations set out herein.

Eligibility to represent a team: Eligibility refers to a player’s right to represent a certain team. Right to play: Right to play refers to a right to participate in an official match as a player.

New player: A new player is a player who has not been eligible to represent any club or team in an IFF member country in the current or previous season.

Game event: A game event comprises the duration of a game and/or tournament plus a period of 30 minutes before the start of the game/tournament and 30 minutes after the end of the game/tournament. The game event covers not only the rink area but also the premises intended for participating teams, officials, referees, and spectators, as well as the immediate surroundings of these premises.   

Free transfer: Free transfer refers to a player’s right to transfer freely to represent any club once per season during the transfer period extending from 1 to 30 June. Only the receiving club’s consent is required for a free transfer.

Primary leagues: The Federation’s primary leagues are the men’s and women’s Finnish Floorball Leagues (SM-sarja, also referred to as ‘Salibandyliiga’ in Finnish), as well as the men’s I division (I divisioona).

League Regulations: The Federation shall issue annual season- and league-specific regulations, which shall apply to the leagues and competitions outlined in the League Regulations (SarjaM). The League Regulations shall take precedence over all other rules and regulations pertaining to competition activities. The League Regulations may contain provisions deviating from the Competition Regulations, and in case of conflict between different regulations, the League Regulations and their interpretation shall always take first priority.

3§ Regulations
All persons participating in the Federation’s competitions and the National Team’s activities shall observe these competition regulations (KilpS) and game rules (PeliS), as well as the ethics of sports and the fair game principle.

The men’s Finnish Floorball League, Finland Cup, women’s Finnish Floorball League, women’s I division, men’s I division, as well as other league separately specified by the Federation shall primarily observe the league regulations (SarjaM) pertaining to the league in question. Further regulations applicable to the Federation’s competition activities comprise the player transfer regulations, provisions on junior players’ eligibility to represent teams, the rules of the Pelimaailma (PeliM) and Kisamaailma (KisaM) leagues for juniors in age groups D-F (U9–U14), as well as the safety regulations (TurvM).

In junior activities for age groups D-F, the respective Pelimaailma and Kisamaailma rules and regulations shall take first priority, followed by the Competition Regulations as applicable.

Applied and senior floorball activities shall be governed by the Federation’s regulations pertaining to the league in question, as well as the Competition Regulations, as applicable.

In qualifying games for promotion/relegation, the higher division’s rules, regulations and payments shall apply, unless otherwise stipulated by the Federation.

In competitions arranged by a region, the regional rules and regulations shall also apply, in addition to other applicable provisions.

In addition to the above-mentioned rules and regulations, the Federation’s regulations concerning officials (ToimM) and result services (TulospM), the referee guidelines (ErotO) and interpretation of the game rules (PelisT) shall be taken into account.

4§ Authority
The Competition Regulations and League Regulations, as well as any regulations and guidelines issued on the basis of these regulations, are decided upon and confirmed annually by the Federation’s Board, which also oversees compliance with them. The Federation’s Board or a body designated by the Board can issue specifications concerning the application or interpretation of the Competition Regulations, League Regulations, and the related regulations and guidelines separately.

The Federation’s Board or a body designated by the Board shall finally resolve any issues regarding the interpretation or order of application of different rules, regulations, and guidelines.

The Federation’s Board shall separately appoint any required committees, other bodies and persons responsible for various tasks, and inform clubs of such appointments.

Disciplinary issues governed by the Competition Regulations shall be processed and resolved by the Federation’s Board, a body or official designated by the Board, or the league organiser or an official designated by the organiser and, in issues related to regional activities, an official representing the region.

An Appeal Committee appointed by the Federation’s General Assembly is the supreme body that processes complaints concerning sanctions and disciplinary consequences imposed on the basis of the Competition Regulations, and protest resolutions.

5§ National Team activities
The Federation makes decisions concerning National Team activities. The Federation’s Board or a body/person designated by the Board selects the national teams’ coaches and officials, as well as the players participating in National Team activities. The Federation’s Board separately confirms the list of persons participating in an international competition or game as members of the National Team.

Participation in National Team activities and selection as a member of the official National Team always requires a fixed-term written contract with the Federation and commitment to the Federation’s Competition Regulations.

6§ Electronic communications and advertising contracts
All contracts concerning electronic communications related to the sport and competition activities must be subjected to the Federations’ approval. The Federation has the priority right to make such contracts. More over, the broadcasting rights to all of the Federation’s primary leagues belong exclusively to the Federation.

In case of overlaps or conflicts arising from advertisement contracts, the following order of priority shall apply:
1) Contracts signed by the IFF
2) Contracts signed by the Federation
3) Contracts signed by the league organiser
4) Contracts signed by the organiser club
5) Contracts signed by participating clubs

7§ Due dates
If the due date or deadline date is a Saturday, Sunday, national bank holiday, Finnish Independence Day, May Day or Midsummer’s Eve, the duty in question can be postponed to the next weekday. However, the above-stated exception does not apply to licence payments.

8§ Document delivery
A document is deemed to be received by the Federation once it has arrived in the Federation’s or region’s office and is available to the recipients. Documents sent to the Federation by regular mail are deemed to be delivered to the Federation on the date when the Federation receives the postal delivery or notification of the delivery’s arrival.

The sender is always responsible for the delivery of documents to the Federation. Documents can also be provided by fax or e-mail. In these cases, a document is deemed to be received by the Federation once it is available to its recipient and can be printed out from the device to which it has been sent.

The Federation delivers its materials by e-mail or regular mail. When the Federation sends a document by regular mail or using a delivery service, the recipient or the person designated by the recipient is deemed to have received the delivery no later than the third day after dispatching the document with the address given by the recipient. The date of dispatch must be marked on the delivery.

2. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

9§ Fair Play principle
The Federation’s competition activities shall comply with the Fair Play principles and ethical values confirmed at the autumn assembly of Sport Finland (SLU) on 20 November 2004. Every person participating in the Federation’s competition activities undertakes to observe the ethical values of sport and the Fair Play principles: respect and equal treatment of all others, integrity, openness, fairness, democracy, promotion of health and well-being, responsible upbringing, and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

10§ Responsible finances
Clubs participating in the Federation’s competition activities undertake to handle their financial administration in a responsible manner, in keeping with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines.

The club is responsible for the activities of its member teams, officials and players and for ensuring that the members abide by the Federation’s rules, regulations and guidelines.

11§ Bankruptcy of a club
If declared bankrupt, the club loses its right to compete in the Federation’s leagues and, consequently, its membership in all leagues.

The bankrupt’s estate may be allowed to continue the competition activities until the end of the season, if it undertakes to take care of the bankrupt club’s obligations towards the Federation and deposits a valid security to cover them.
Otherwise, teams belonging to the bankrupt club shall be immediately expelled from the Federation’s leagues.

Players of the bankrupt club are free to transfer to other clubs according to the Federation’s regulations and transfer procedure; they are treated as free agents. The club’s or estate’s consent is not required for the transfer, unless the bankrupt’s estate has undertaken to handle the club’s obligations concerning players and deposited a valid security to cover them. In this case, the players will be free to transfer at the end of the season without the club’s or estate’s consent.

12§ Match-fixing prohibition
The score of a match must not be fixed in advance. The ethical starting point in competition activities is that all participating players, teams and clubs pursue optimal performance in the competition.

If a match has been fixed, the club to which the involved team belongs loses its right to compete and league memberships pertaining to the team in question.

A player, coach, official or referee involved in match-fixing shall be suspended from competing or participating for at least one year. Recurring involvement in match-fixing may lead to permanent suspension from competing or participating.

13§ Prohibition of taking bribes and making threats
A person who promises, offers or gives a gift or another such benefit that influences or aims at influencing the actions of a referee in a match or regarding a match, shall be suspended from competing or participat-ing for at least two (2) years.

A referee who asks, receives or accepts for him/herself or another person a gift or another such benefit, or otherwise takes an initiative in order to gain such gift or benefit that influences, aims at influencing, or could possibly influence the actions of a referee in a match or regarding a match, shall be suspended from competing or participating for at least two (2) years.

A person who uses the threat of violence or another such action to influence or aim at influencing the actions of a referee in a match or regarding a match, shall be suspended from competing or participating for at least two (2) years.

Recurring infringements outlined in this section can lead to permanent suspension from competing or participating.

14§ Betting prohibition
Betting related to one’s own team’s competition events is forbidden. It is prohibited for any athletes, other team members and officials, whether directly or via a proxy, to participate in any forms of betting related to their own competition events.

It is prohibited for any referees, referee supervisors, or match secretariat members to bet on a competition event in which they perform their respective duties.

Infringement of this provision will result in a fixed-term suspension.

15§ Obligation to provide insurance
If the contract between a player and a club stipulates that the player shall receive a taxable salary and fringe benefits amounting to at least the minimum sum outlined in the Act on Athletes’ Accident and Pension Security, EUR 9,600.00 per year or season, the club shall provide the player with statutory pension and accident insurance.

The club must report the number of players covered by this regulation to the Federation by 31 January.
Infringement of this provision may lead to the imposition of a sanction on the club and its management according to the Competition Regulations.

16§ Anti-doping regulations
As a prerequisite for participating in competition activities, the Federation and its member clubs must commit themselves to observing the valid Finnish Antidoping rules, as well as the anti-doping rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and International Floorball Federation (IFF).

All athletes participating in the Federation’s competition and National Team activities and all players who have bought the player licence can be mandated to take part in doping tests during and outside competition events.

In the primary leagues, the contracts between the club and its players, coaches and officials must contain preventive anti-doping clauses and obligate the player, coach and team management member to commit themselves to the above-specified anti-doping rules and regulations. Primary league teams must provide the Finnish Antidoping Agency FINADA with information about the team’s practices upon request.

Each club shall actively communicate the Federation’s and FINADA’s anti-doping regulations to its teams, players, coaches and other team members and provide them with the prevailing list of prohibited substances and methods in sport maintained by FINADA.

Through coaches and officials, clubs shall inform the parents of players under the age of 18 about FINADA’s anti-doping regulations and support junior players and their parents in observing the principles of clean sports and anti-doping regulations.

Players, coaches and officials are obligated to acquaint themselves with the valid anti-doping rules and the above-mentioned list of prohibited substances before participating in competition events.

It is the club’s duty to make sure that all of its member players, coaches and officials comply with the provisions of this section.

A sanction according to the Federation’s Competition Regulations can be imposed on a club, player, coach or official who neglects the obligations set out herein or conducts a doping violation with intent or due to gross negligence.

The following constitute anti-doping violations:
1) Presence of a prohibited substance or indication of the use of a prohibited method in the person’s sample
2) Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method
3) Evading, refusing or failing to submit to a doping test or sample collection after receiving a notification thereof
4) Evading doping control or neglecting the notification duty outlined in anti-doping rules and violating the anti-doping rules by being unavailable for testing outside competition events
5) Tampering or attempted tampering with doping control or testing
6) Possession of a prohibited substance, prohibited materials or instruments related to a prohibited method
7) Distribution of a prohibited substance, prohibited materials or instruments related to a prohibited method
8) Promotion of doping use.

Doping violations always lead to sanctions. Unless a more serious sanction is imposed by the IFF, the first doping violation shall lead to a temporary suspension. A doping violation may also give grounds for the Federation to alter the result of a match. If the violation can be considered minor, the Federation may, based on the Finnish Anti-Doping Agency’s statement, only issue a warning.

Recurring doping violations can lead to permanent suspension from competing or operation.

17§ Intoxicating substances, tobacco and other such substances
It is forbidden for members of teams participating in the Federation’s game events to use chewing tobacco, tobacco, alcohol and other intoxicating substances, or appear in the event under the influence of intoxicating substances.

Clubs shall make sure that the use of intoxicating substances or tobacco products is not portrayed in a positive light or associated with sports in any situation, such as victory celebrations, or in any statements given by athletes or officials.

3. ORGANISATION OF COMPETITION ACTIVITIES

18§ The Federation’s competitions
The Federation’s official competitions include the men’s, women’s, girls’ and boys’ leagues, and the men’s and women’s Finland Cup. The Federation’s Board issues separate decisions and confirmations concerning the competition events and leagues to be organised, their participation fees and playing systems every year.

The title of Finnish Champion is awarded in men’s and women’s leagues, in junior age groups A (U21), B (U18) and C (U15) and in the separately specified senior and applied floorball leagues.

19§ League playing system
The Federation’s leagues are played in tournament format, unless otherwise stipulated by the Federation’s Board.

The Federation’s primary leagues, women’s I division, men’s II division, the Finnish Championship league for boys in age groups A (U21), B (U18) and C1 (U16) and girls in age groups A (U20) and B (U16), the I division for boys in age group B, as well as certain matches specified by the Federation are played as single matches. The playing system for men’s and women’s Finland Cup is confirmed by the Federation’s Board separately every year. The qualifying rounds are played in tournament format and the final placement games as individual matches.

Juniors in age groups F (U9) and G (U8) only play separate tournaments instead of a competitive league.

20§ Junior leagues and age groups
Junior leagues and age groups are determined as follows.

Boys:
Age group A (Finnish Championship league and I division) for players born in 1995–1997
Age group B for players born in 1998–1999
Age group C1 for players born in 2000
Age group C2 for players born in 2001
Age group D1 for players born in 2002
Age group D2 for players born in 2003
Age group E1 for players born in 2004
Age group E2 for players born in 2005
Age group F1 for players born in 2006
Age group F2 for players born in 2007
Age group G for players born in 2008 or later.

Girls:
Age group A (Finnish Championship league and I division) for players born in 1996–98
Age group B for players born in 1999–2000
Age group C for players born in 2001–2002
Age group D for players born in 2003–2004
Age group E for players born in 2005–2006
Age group F for players born in 2007–2008
Age group G for players born in 2009 or later.

21§ League standings
The league standings are determined on the basis of points gained from games. Two points are awarded for a game won, one point for a game tied, and zero for a game lost.

If two or more teams have the same amount of points, the standings shall be determined as follows:
1) Points from mutual games
2) Goal difference of mutual games (goals scored minus goals conceded in mutual games)
3) Goals scored in mutual games
4) Goal difference throughout the season (goals scored minus goals conceded)
5) Goals scored throughout the season
6) Rematch; only if there is promotion/relegation or top 3 placement at stake
7) Draw.

22§ Medals
In the men’s and women’s Finnish Floorball League, 35 medals are provided for each of the top 3 teams. In other leagues in which the title of Finnish Champion is awarded, 30 medals are provided for the top 3 teams.

23§ Filling a vacant place in the league
If a vacancy opens up in one of the primary leagues, the Federation’s Board shall decide on filling it; in other leagues, the decision is made by the Federation’s Board or a body designated by the Board.

24§ Withdrawal and expulsion from a league
In the primary leagues, final tournaments of national tournament-format leagues, and in all qualifier games and juniors’ play offs, any team that forfeits one match and in other leagues, any team that forfeits more than one match shall be expelled from the league, unless otherwise decided by the Federation.

When returning, a team that has been expelled or that has withdrawn from a league must start from the lowest division or another lower level as determined by the Federation.

If a team is expelled from the Federation’s primary leagues, the junior Finnish Championship league or its qualifiers due to forfeit, the club must bay a forfeit fee equalling the league cancellation fee, plus the participation fee in full. If a team cancels its participation or withdraws from a junior Finnish Championship league’s qualifier games, the team will not have the right to participate in the Federation’s leagues in the season in question.

If a team is expelled or withdraws from a league, all matches it has played will be annulled. However, the match results will remain in force if the withdrawal or expulsion takes place during the last three rounds.

25§ Game schedules and rescheduling
The Federation confirms the times and venues of official matches. The matches must be played according to the confirmed
schedule.

Upon a club’s application, the Federation may reschedule a team’s match in a league if more than two players on the team are unavailable due to their representing the Federation. Only adults’ matches can be rescheduled due to the adults’ National Team activities, and only junior league matches in the age group representing the player’s actual age can be rescheduled due to junior national teams’ activities.

Upon a club’s application, the Federation may also reschedule a team’s league match for other compelling reasons. In this case, the club applying for rescheduling shall pay all expenses incurring from the rescheduling.

The rescheduling application shall be submitted to the Federation no later than 30 days before the confirmed original match date or within three (3) days after the appealing club learns about the match date or National Team player selection. The application must specify the reasons why the rescheduling is requested and include the opposing team’s statement on the issue or an explanation why such a statement has not been obtained. A registration fee of EUR 34 shall be paid for the application, and a receipt of payment must also be attached to the application.

26§ Arena reservations and rinks
All playing fields must be approved by the Federation. The largest available rink complying with the rules of the game must be used. With the Federation’s permission, a field deviating from the dimensions specified in the rules of the game may be used.

The Federation and team responsible are in charge of arena reservations, and the team responsible is in charge of arranging rinks for league tournaments. For single matches, the home team shall make the arena reservation, arrange a rink and bear all costs arising from this undertaking.

27§ Designating a team responsible
The Federation designates a team responsible for each tournament. In single matches, the home team is the team responsible.

4. PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITION ACTIVITIES

28§ Teams belonging to a club
A club can register several teams in a league. The teams are marked with running Roman numerals.

In the men’s Finnish Floorball League and I division, women’s Floorball League and boys’ Finnish Champi-onship league for age group A, each club may only have one team in each division per season, including the promotion/relegation qualifiers for these divisions. No club may have a team in both the men’s Finnish Floorball League and I division, including the promotion/relegation qualifiers, during the same season.

Using a team name other than the club’s registered name requires permission on an annual basis from the Federation’s Board or a body designated by the Board. This permission is applied for separately each year in conjunction with league registration. A registration fee of EUR 85 shall be paid for the application, and a receipt of payment must be attached to the application. The Federation’s Board may order a team to use a name other than the one announced by the team, if the announced name is not the club’s registered name and no permission for using another name has been granted.

A team may only play in one league plus the Finland Cup.

When registering for the Federation’s competitions, the club’s registered domicile as per 1 May determines the regional league and division in which the club’s team shall play.

If the club’s registered domicile changes, the club will not be eligible for league memberships based on its previous domicile, nor for the corresponding league memberships based on its new domicile; instead, the Federation shall determine the league memberships and divisions based on the regional arrangements of the club’s new domicile.
 
29§ Transfer of league membership
Decisions concerning the transfer of a league membership from one club to another are made by the Federation’s Board for the primary leagues and by the Federation’s Board or a body designated by the Board for other leagues. The Federation, its Board or the body designated by the Board can accept or reject a transfer application, at its own discretion.

The league membership transfer application shall be submitted in writing, using the Federation’s specific form for this purpose. Both clubs involved in the transfer must approve the application. The application must specify a justified reason for the transfer and the players to be transferred. Membership in men’s II division and women’s I division cannot be transferred, if the team in question cannot be promoted to the next division under Section 28§ of these Regulations.

Only players registered in the target team can be transferred with the membership. The application must indicate the players’ consent to the transfer.

Transfer applications concerning membership in the Federation’s primary leagues, women’s I division, men’s II division, or the Finnish Championship league for boys in age group A must be submitted in con-junction with registration in the league. At the same time, the club must also specify whether the registration shall remain valid even if the membership transfer application is rejected.

Transfer applications concerning other leagues and divisions must be submitted between 4 and 22 May.

A registration fee of EUR 1,000 must be paid for the transfer of membership in a primary league. The transfer fee for other adult leagues is EUR 400 and for junior leagues, EUR 100. A receipt of payment must be attached to the application. The application will not be processed if a receipt confirming the registration fee payment is not provided. The fee also covers the registration of the specified players that are to be transferred with the membership. The players to be transferred with league membership cannot transfer to the new club before 1 November.

30§ Registration
Clubs must register their teams for the Federation’s competitions by the deadline specified by the Federation. Registration shall be completed within the given time according to the procedure specified by the Federation using the electronic registration system and the club’s user ID via the Federation’s website. Clubs must designate a contact person for each team registered in a league. The contact person must be at least 18 years of age. One person can serve as the contact person for a maximum of five teams. Every contact person must have a personal e-mail address that is accessed and maintained solely by this person.

In leagues where the division of a club’s team is dictated by the previous season’s performance, registration concerns the division in question. For justified reasons, a club can apply for membership in a division lower than the one to which the team would be entitled. This application shall be submitted in conjunction with registration. The Federation, its Board or the body designated by the Board can accept or reject the application at its own discretion.
   
If a team is not registered in the Federation’s competition according to the set procedure and by the dead-line date, the Federation is entitled to exclude it from the league and fill the vacant place. Should the Federation accept late registration, the club shall pay an increased registration fee.

The Federation’s Board separately determines the competition participation fees, increases to these fees, and due dates for payment.

If a club has not paid its due payments and/or fines by the due date, the Federation is entitled to reject its registration, exclude its team from the league and fill the vacant place.

Play-offs constitute a continuum to the regular season rounds, i.e., part of the same league.

31§ Cancelling participation
Cancellations must be submitted by clubs to the Federation in writing. If a team registered in the Federation’s competition cancels its participation, the Federation is entitled to charge the league participation fees in full plus a cancellation fee. Participation cancellation notifications received by 4 p.m. on the Monday preceding the start of the league will be treated as cancellations, whereas notifications received later shall be treated as withdrawals.

Cancellation fees:
1) Men’s and women’s Finnish Floorball Leagues, men’s I division: 4 x the participation fee plus the participation fee in full
2) Women’s I division, men’s II division and boys’ Finnish Championship for age group A: for cancellations received by 15 August, EUR 1,500 plus the participation fee in full; for cancellations received after 15 August, EUR 3,000 plus the participation fee in full
3) Finnish Championship leagues and qualifiers for these leagues in boys’ age groups B, C1 and C2 and girls’ age groups A, B and C: EUR 2,000 plus the participation fee in full  4) Final tournaments of national leagues played in tournament format or juniors’ play-offs: EUR 2,000
5) Junior leagues in age groups D-F:

  • for cancellations received by 15 September, EUR 170; participation fee returned
  • for cancellations received after 15 September, EUR 170 plus participation fee in full

6) Other leagues:

  • for cancellations received by 31 July, EUR 85; participation fee returned
  • for cancellations received by 31 August, EUR 350; participation fee returned
  • for cancellations received after 31 August, EUR 500 plus participation fee in full.

5. OFFICIAL COMPETITION EVENTS

32§ General
Matches governed by IFF, the Federation or its region are official matches.
In case of overlaps, the order of priority is: IFF match, Federation’s match, region’s match.

33§ Arranging a match
Match arrangements are to be handled by the team responsible in tournaments and the home team in single matches. The arranging team’s duties:
1) Confirming the arena reservation and schedule to the Federation in writing, unless the reservation was made by the Federation.
2) Informing the participating teams of the venue, its location and transport connections with sufficient advance notice.
3) Bringing a rink and goal nets to the field and removing them after the event.
4) Setting up and dismantling the rink.
5) Maintaining the rink in proper condition for playing.
6) Clearly marking the goal creases, goal lines, goalkeeper areas, face-off dots, centre spot, central line, and substitution zones.
7) Indicating teams’ dressing rooms and shower premises with team name labels.
8) Reserving dressing rooms and shower premises for referees.
9) Clearly indicating the spectator areas.
10) Posting the match schedule, results and league standings in a clearly visible place.
11) Equipping the substitution zones with benches and litter bins and penalty boxes with benches, and providing the secretariat with a desk and chairs.
12) Providing the secretariat with a scoreboard, two stopwatches, a sufficient amount of game report forms, pens and paper, and the rule book. The secretariat’s zone is the area between substitution zones and, if the substitute benches are located on the opposite side of the rink from the secretariat’s desk, the secretariat’s zone shall comprise a zone equal in size to the substitution zones on both sides of the field.
13) Reserving a sufficient amount of balls for each match or tournament.
14) Appointing officials for each match and paying any costs arising from this.
15) Compiling player-specific statistics to the game report copy that is sent to the Federation.
16) Observing the Federation’s safety regulations in all arrangements.
17) Other duties assigned by the Federation.

34§ Secretariat
The team responsible must appoint a secretariat for each match. The secretariat members must be at least 15 years of age and at least one of them must have passed the Federation’s match secretariat training, for which the Federation grants a certificate. The referees must check the secretariat members’ certificates before the start of the match.

A person who has been suspended from playing or competing is not allowed in the secretariat.

In single matches, the secretariat must comprise a minimum of three and a maximum of five members, and in tournament games, a minimum of two and a maximum of five members. All members of the secretariat must be listed in the game report.

A person who is not listed in the game report is not allowed in the secretariat zone during the match, apart from the moments of delivering, checking and signing the player list as referred to in sections 35§ and 36§ below.

The Federation appoints a secretariat supervisor for each match in the men’s Finnish Floorball League, women’s Finnish Floorball League, the play offs and qualifier games in the Finnish Championship in boys’ age group A, play offs in the Finnish Championship in girls’ age group A and Finland Cup at the point when there are no more than 8 teams left or at other times if it is deemed necessary.

When a secretariat member is appointed by the Federation, the home team must pay the member a secretariat fee according to the Competition Regulations, as well as a compensation for travel expenses according to the referees’ travel rules.

35§ Player list
Both teams must provide the secretariat with a player list no later than 30 minutes before the start of the match. The player list must contain the following information:
1) Full name of the team and its abbreviation
2) Officials and their tasks
3) Each player’s first and last name, listed one per row in numerical order
4) Indication of which of the players is the captain and which are goalkeepers
5) Farm players
6) Over-aged (Y) players
7) Dual-rostered (R) players

36§ Game report
In official matches, a game report must be completed using the Federation’s forms in four (4) copies. The report must be completed for all applicable parts even for forfeited matches. In certain leagues specified separately by the Federation, an electronic game report is used and the Federation’s result service regulations are observed.

One copy of the report is given to each team, and the remaining two copies must be sent by the team responsible to the person in charge of the group in the Federation on the first weekday after the match.

The following information must be listed in the game report by the secretariat:
  1) The match, match number in the result service, division, group, venue, start and end time
  2) Both teams’ players and goalkeepers with numbers, captains, farm players, Y players, R players, and officials
  3) Members of the secretariat, referees, and a notification of missing a referee
  4) Goals, players who scored the goals and players who assisted each goal’ scorers
  5) Power play and shorthanded goals with their respective codes
  6) Penalties with reasons
  7) Penalty shots
  8) Time-outs
  9) Compiled player-specific statistics to the report copy that is sent to the Federation
10) Score for each period, final score and winner of the match
11) Protests submitted
12) Attendance
13) Licence or identification check requests and the outcome of the check.

A player or official listed in the game report is considered to have participated in the match. A player not listed in the game report must not play, and officials not listed in the game report must not participate in the match. Only persons listed in the game report are allowed in the substitution zone.

If one or both referees are missing, the secretariat must add a notification of this and the name(s) of the missing referee(s) to the “Additional information” section of the game report. The referee must make sure that the secretariat has added the notification of missing a referee and, if required, prompt the secretariat to add notification thereof and make sure that it is added. The referee can be sanctioned for neglecting this duty.

Before the match, an official or the team captain aged 18 or older must check that the players and officials are listed correctly and confirm the player list in the game report with his/her signature. After the match, an official or the team captain aged 18 or older must check the game report and confirm it with his/her signature. If no official or captain aged 18 or older is available after the game, the game report can be signed by another official or the team captain who is younger than 18. If a referee supervisor has been appointed for the match, the supervisor’s name and signature must be added to the Notes section of the game report. Referees check the game report and confirm it with their signatures after all other checks.
The Federation shall issue more detailed instructions for match secretariats separately.

37§ Officials
Team officials must be at least 15 years old. At least one official aged 18 or older must be present at the match and listed in the game report for each team. In men’s Finnish Floorball League, I and II divisions, women’s Finnish Floorball League and I division, and junior leagues for age groups A-E, the officials listed in the game report must have a competition or secretariat licence. The club can be sanctioned with a fine for having officials without the required licence.

38§ Equipment
Only sticks, stick parts, balls, rinks, goal nets, goalkeepers’ masks and eye glasses approved and labelled by IFF are allowed in official matches.

Junior players born on 1 January 1999 or later must use protective eyeglasses approved and labelled by IFF in all official matches.

39§ Players’ outfits
In the Federation’s primary leagues, women’s I division, men’s II division, the Finnish Championship league for boys in age groups A, B and C1 and girls in age groups A and B, all field players must wear uniform outfits that can easily be separated from the opposing team’s outfits. In addition, in these leagues players must wear knee-high socks. In other leagues, players must wear outfits that can easily be separated from those of the opposing team, and players are allowed to wear short socks. Field players must not use long pants in any division, and if shin pads are used, they must be worn under knee-high socks.

If the teams’ outfits are too similar, the referee is entitled to require the visiting team to change outfits. Players’ numbers must be clearly printed on the jersey.

In the Federation’s primary leagues, women’s I division, men’s II division, the Finnish Championship league for boys in age groups A, B and C1 and girls in age groups A and B, player numbers must also be printed on the front of the jersey. This is also recommended in other leagues.

If a player’s outfit and equipment do not comply with the rules, the referee is entitled to prevent such a player from participating in the game until the outfit and equipment meet the requirements.

40§ Game time
The game time starts at the referee’s whistle with a face-off. If there is uncertainty with regard to the game time during the game, the referee shall dictate the valid game time after consulting the secretariat. This decision by the referee cannot be appealed. The game time ends when the time stated in the game rules expires.

If there is uncertainty with regard to the end of the game, the referee shall decide the game’s end time. This decision by the referee can be appealed. In official competition matches, the game time is as follows:  

1) Primary leagues and their qualifiers, single matches and finals of Finland Cup, men’s II division, women’s I division, Finnish Championship Leagues for boys in age groups A, B and C1 and girls in age groups A and B, quarter-finals, semi-finals and medal matches of boys in the age group C2 and girls in the age group C: 3 x 20 minutes of effective game time.

2) Leagues separately specified by the Federation: 3 x 15 minutes effective game time.

3) Other leagues and qualifiers, unless otherwise ordered by the Federation, and in tournament matches of the Finland Cup: 3 x 15 minutes, of which the last three minutes of the third period are effective game time.

If a match that has to be decided ends with an even result, an extra time is played to determine the winner. The first goal acceptably scored in the extra time shall end the game. The duration of the extra time is 10 minutes. If no goal is scored during the extra time, the match shall be decided by penalty shots. In play-off and qualifier matches of the Finnish Championship league for boys in age group A, extra periods of 20 minutes shall be played according to the sudden death principle, until a goal is scored. There is an intermission of three (3) minutes between the actual match time and extra periods.

In regular season matches in the primary leagues, men’s II division, women’s I division, Finnish Championship Leagues for boys in age groups A, B and C1 and girls in age groups A and B and other separately specified leagues, an extra time period of five (5) minutes shall be played if the match ends with an even result. The first goal acceptably scored in the extra time shall end the game.

If the actual game time was effective, so shall be the extra time.

The intermission duration is 10 minutes in single matches and no less than 2 minutes in tournament matches. In tournaments, teams need not change ends for each period.

Detailed regulations concerning time-keeping, the start and end of the game time are provided in the secretariat’s regulations.
 
41§ Forfeit
If a team does not have five (5) field players and a goalkeeper on the field who are equipped according to the rules before the start of the game time and at least five (5) minutes after the confirmed official starting time of the match, a walk over shall be declared, i.e., the team shall be considered to have forfeited the match. If the start of the match is delayed, the above-mentioned five-minute time shall start from the moment when the match would be ready to start and the referee has invited the teams on the field after the of-ficial game start time. [Forfeit.]

If a club provides the Federation with an advance written notice by 12 noon on the previous weekday before the match, stating that the team shall forfeit the match, it shall not arrive at the match venue at all or it shall not have five (5) field players and a goalkeeper on the field who are equipped according to the rules within five (5) minutes of the official starting time of the match if the match would otherwise be ready to begin, the team shall be considered to have forfeited the match. [Walkover.]

The Federation is obligated to inform the match referees and the opponent of the walkover immediately, discharging them from the obligation to line up for the match in question.

If a club or team forfeits a match, the opponent shall be considered to have won the match with the score of 5–0 or another score determined by the Federation’s Board or a body designated by the Board, provided that this score shall not benefit the team that forfeited the match.

The team that forfeits a match shall pay a forfeit fee to the Federation. In addition, the provisions of 24§ of these Competition Regulations shall apply.

In leagues played in the form of tournaments, the forfeit fee is EUR 350 for each match forfeited as a walk-over and EUR 400 for each forfeit. In the junior age group F, the maximum forfeit fee is EUR 340 per tournament. If a team is expelled from the league during the final qualifiers of tournament-format leagues, pro-motion/relegation qualifiers, or juniors’ play-offs, a forfeit fee of EUR 2,000 is charged from the club. In single matches, the forfeit fee is EUR 2,500  per match, of which the sum of EUR 1,700 shall be paid to the opposing team as compensation for the forfeit. In addition, the team that forfeits the match shall pay the referee and secretariat fees.

The secretariat fees are determined according to 62§.

For a compelling reason, the Federation may exempt a club or team from the forfeit fee payment/compensation fully or partly. In case of a walkover, a club or team can be exempted from compensation if no harm or loss is caused to the Federation or if the Federation considers the forfeit fee to be a suf-ficient consequence and believes that further compensation would be an unreasonable requirement in the case at hand.

42§ Interrupting a game
The referee shall interrupt the match if he/she finds it impossible to continue it according to the rules. The referee shall report the reason for interruption in the game report and also submit a separate referee report to the Federation. The final score of the match shall be, based on the Federation’s judgment, either the score valid at the time of interruption or another score determined by the Federation. The Federation may order that the interrupted match be continued from the time it was interrupted, with the score valid at that time and with the same team line-ups that were listed in the game report. The Federation may also order a rematch.

In leagues played in the form of tournaments, excluding junior leagues in age groups D–F, the match shall be interrupted when the lead of one team is 12 goals. In junior leagues in age groups D–F, the match shall be interrupted if the lead of one team is 12 goals or more after 30 minutes of game time. The score valid at the moment of interruption shall be the final score of the match.

6. OTHER GAMES AND EVENTS

43§ Friendly matches
Clubs are free to agree on friendly matches between one another. When teams of two Federation member clubs play a friendly match officiated by a referee approved by the Federation, both teams shall provide the referee with a list of players and officials before the start of the match. The name of the club and team, as well as the person responsible, shall be indicated in the player list.

In friendly matches between two Federation member clubs officiated by a referee approved by the Federation, the Federation’s sanctions and game rules shall apply. In these cases, all players, officials, both clubs and the referee participating in the friendly match shall be subject to the Federation’s disciplinary authority. The referee and both parties of the friendly match are entitled to report on the match and events related to it to the Federation.

44§ International matches  
In order to participate in an international tournament for primary league teams, the club must obtain the Federation’s permission as outlined in IFF’s rules and regulations.

The application must be submitted to the Federation no later than three weeks before the start of the tournament. With regard to participation in other international tournaments, a written notification shall be submitted to the Federation before the event. The application/notification must be submitted using the Federation’s specific form. The team participating in the event must specify the names of the participating players and officials, the tournament, venue, game time and the opposing team, if known.

When a club organises an international tournament, a written notification shall be submitted to the Federation before the event. The notification must be submitted using the Federation’s specific form. The organiser must specify the tournament time, venue, and the participating clubs and teams.

7. PLAYER REGULATIONS
 
45§ Player licence
Every player who participates in a competition arranged by the Federation or its region must have a valid player licence permitting the player to participate in the league in question. By acquiring a player licence, the player undertakes to abide by these Competition Regulations and other rules, regulations and guidelines referred to herein. The Federation issues detailed instructions about the acquisition of a player licence and licence classification, and provides players with the licences.

Every physical person participating in the Federation’s activities is entitled to acquire the Federation’s player licence. To acquire the licence, the player must accept the Federation’s player licence terms and conditions, pay the licence fees confirmed by the Federation’s Board and submit the required information to the Federation.

The player licence becomes valid at 12 midnight on the date of fee payment or from the moment of payment if the time of payment can be confirmed with a receipt. The licence shall remain valid until 31 July.

The player must keep the licence with him/her at game events and present it to the referee or the Federation’s licence inspector upon request. The licence fee payment receipt, which indicates the player’s name and time of payment, shall act as a substitute for the player licence until the actual licence card has been delivered to the player.

Upon a team captain’s request, the referee is entitled to check the eligibility (licence and identity) of a maximum of two players participating in the match for each team during the match in the leagues governed by the Federation (excluding the primary leagues and junior leagues for age groups D–F). The eligibility check request and the outcome of the check must always be added to the game report. If a player cannot prove his/her eligibility when checked or tries to avoid the check, this shall constitute a use of a player not included in the game report. If the first eligibility check request turns out to be groundless, a second request shall not be granted. A groundless eligibility check request constitutes unsportsmanlike behaviour subject to sanctioning according to the Game Rules.
 
The referee is obligated to report any detected deviations and ineligible players to the Federation and order respective sanctions according to the Game Rules.

If a player does not have a valid, paid player licence for the club and/or team which he/she has represented in a match, the club shall be sanctioned according to 65§ of these Competition Regulations.

46§ Sports insurance
All players in the Federation’s primary leagues, as well as all junior players in all leagues, must have a valid sports insurance that covers accidents incurred in floorball and related competition activities. In other leagues, insurance coverage extending to floorball and related competition activities is recommended.

A player licence can be bought with or without insurance using the online service. Primary league players and juniors are only allowed to purchase the licence without insurance if they have a valid, corresponding sports insurance policy on file elsewhere.

When purchasing a licence without insurance for a junior player, details of the existing insurance extending to floorball and related competition activities (insurance company and policy number) must be specified, and a commitment must be made to maintain the insurance policy in effect throughout the competition season. The player who purchases the licence (or, for players younger than 18, the guardian of the player) is responsible for the correctness of the information provided.

Primary league players who purchase a licence without insurance must provide the Federation with an insurance certificate signed by the insurance company confirming the insurance coverage of accidents incurred in floorball and related competition activities. The certificate must not be dated back longer than three (3) months ago. The player shall undertake to ensure the validity of the insurance coverage throughout the competition season. The certificate must be delivered to the Federation before the player’s first match in a primary league. The existence of a separately delivered insurance certificate is marked in the player’s licence details.

Players of other adult leagues are not obligated to deliver a separate insurance certificate. The player licence without insurance becomes valid at 12 midnight on the date of fee payment or from the moment of payment if the time of payment can be confirmed with a receipt. A primary league player’s licence without insurance becomes valid from the moment of payment, provided that a payment receipt is available and that the player has delivered a separate insurance certificate to the Federation as outlined above.

If a player participating in a primary league or junior league match does not have a valid, paid player licence, the club shall be sanctioned for having an ineligible player according to 65§ of these Competition Regulations.

If a player participating in a primary league or junior league match does not have valid sports insurance covering floorball, the club for which the player has played can be sanctioned with a fine.
 
47§ Eligibility to represent a team
Every club is responsible for ensuring that its players are eligible and otherwise able to represent the club and team in question.

In order to be eligible, the player must have transferred to the club and team according to the player transfer regulations set out in Section 8 of these Competition Regulations.

A new player becomes eligible to represent the club or team to which the player has transferred based on a notification/application or in which the player participates in a match first after acquiring a player licence.

Each player can be eligible to represent only one club in an IFF member country at a time, unless otherwise agreed by the Federation and IFF. Each player may only represent one team in the Finland Cup.

If a player participating in a match is not eligible according to these Competition Regulations, the club shall be sanctioned according to 65§ of these Competition Regulations.

48§ Junior player’s eligibility in age groups A–C
In addition to the provisions of 47§ above, the provisions set out below in this section shall also apply to junior players in age groups A–C. The eligibility of junior players in age groups D–G is outlined in the regulations of Pelimaailma, Kisamaailma and Kerhomaailma. Junior leagues and age groups are described in section 20§.

Junior players may only play for one club and one team per age group (excluding dual-roster cases). On any given day, a junior player may only play in a maximum of two teams/age groups for which he/she is eligible under the provisions of section 48§.

Girls are allowed to play in boys’ and girls’ teams. A girl playing in a boys’ team is treated according to boys’ age group division. Juniors in the age group C and older are allowed to play in their own age group and older junior age groups, for one team per each group, as well as for one adult team representing their own gender. In Finnish Championship qualifiers for boys in age groups B, C1 and C2 and girls in age groups A and B, each player may only play for one team in each age group.
 
Y player notification

In junior age groups B–C, the club may submit a written notification to the Federation about the use of a player who is, at maximum, one year older than the group age [Y player] in a certain junior league team [Y player notification].

A maximum of four (4) over-aged players can be registered for each team during one game season. A player registered as a Y player can only play in the specified junior team during the season. In addition, a Y player can play for one of the club’s men’s teams in divisions III–VI or women’s teams in divisions II–IV.

A dual-rostered player cannot be registered as a Y player in junior leagues in age groups B–C. A team can have a maximum of two (2) Y players in a match. No Y players are allowed in the Finnish Championship qualifiers, the Finnish Championship League and play-offs in boys’ age groups B, C1 and C2 and in the girls’ Finnish Championship league with cross-regional qualifiers in age group C.

A Y player notification must be submitted to the Federation by 25 September. A Y player notification must be submitted to the Federation before the player represents the team as a Y player for the first time. A Y player notification concerning a player who has not played during the season at hand can be made at any point during the season.

The Y player notification is season-specific and it must be submitted using a form specified by the Federation. When a Y player is transferred to another club/team, the Y player eligibility expires automatically without any separate notification.

Exceptional permit

An exceptional permit concerning eligibility, playing or a certain match can be applied for children in need of special support. The exceptional permit application concerning eligibility must be submitted to the Federation by 25 September. The granted exceptional permit is season-specific and the request must be submitted using a form specified by the Federation.

Dual-rostered players

Upon application, junior players in age groups A–C can be granted a dual-roster permit [R player] to represent another club. Dual-roster permits cannot be granted for Y players or players covered by a farm agreement. The application shall be submitted using the form and procedure specified by the Federation. The application form shall indicate the details of the player and both clubs involved. In addition, the application shall be confirmed by the signatures of the player/the player’s guardian and authorised representatives of both clubs. Dual-roster permits can be applied for in the following cases:
 
1) For a junior player to represent another club’s adult team that plays in a different division than the player’s own club’s adult team. A player who has a valid dual-roster permit can only represent the adult team for which the dual-roster permit has been granted.

2) For a junior player to represent another club’s junior team, if the player’s own club does not have a team in the Federation’s leagues in the age group for which the dual roster permit is sought.  A maximum of four (4) dual-rostered players can be registered for one junior team and a maximum of two (2) of these can be listed in a game report.

Dual-roster permits can be applied for between 10 August and 22 January. One player can be granted a maximum of two dual-roster permits per season. For dual-roster permit applications submitted to the Federation by 25 September,
a registration fee of EUR 20 is charged. For applications submitted later, the registration fee is determined based on the target league:

Primary leagues: EUR 120
Other adult leagues: EUR 65
Junior leagues in age groups A-C: EUR 45

A notification of terminating dual-roster representation can be submitted until 22 January. The termination notification shall be made using the Federation’s form. The form shall specify the player and the club represented by the player when the dual-roster permit was applied for. The registration fee for terminating a dual-roster representation payable to the Federation is EUR 20.

The dual-roster representation right shall become valid seven (7) days after submitting the application to the Federation. Granted dual-roster permits are posted on the Federation’s website www.floorball.fi.

The termination of dual-roster representation shall become valid seven (7) days after submitting the notification to the Federation. Terminated dual-roster permits are posted on the Federation’s website www.floorball.fi. When an R player is transferred to another club/team, the dual-roster permit expires automatically without any separate notification.

If any disputes arise between clubs with regard to R players, the stand of the club represented by the player before the dual-roster permit application shall prevail. The dual-roster permits expire on 30 April. Up-on this expiry, the player-related rights are returned to the club permanently represented by the player.

The Federation is entitled to cancel a dual-roster permit if it turns out that misleading information has been provided in the application. In addition, sanctions according to the Federation’s rules and regulations shall apply.

Game report markings are governed by 36§ and ToimM.

49§ Unclear issues related to eligibility
Clubs and players acknowledge that, upon a club’s or player’s written request, the Federation is entitled to define and resolve the team that is to be represented by a player according to these Competition Regulations, and this resolution is binding for all parties. The Federation may suspend the player from playing until the issue or unclarity concerning eligibility has been resolved.

The request concerning eligibility resolution must be submitted within one month of the acceptance of the player transfer. The involved clubs and players must be provided with an opportunity to be heard before issuing the resolution.
The party presenting claims regarding eligibility and transfers has the burden of proof. The Federation shall issue its resolution based on written reports provided by the parties.

The Federation can issue resolutions that are binding for the Federation and the involved parties in issues related to eligibility only. The Federation does not resolve other disputes between parties, and any later outcome of such disputes shall not affect the Federation’s decision on eligibility or any measures taken on the basis of this resolution. The parties are not entitled to claim or receive any compensation from the Federation for damages or losses incurred due to the Federation’s resolution in an eligibility issue.

The Federation’s resolution is final and it cannot be appealed. The Federation charges a fee of EUR 50 from clubs and EUR 17 from players involved as parties in a resolution request, unless the parties reach an agreement themselves and provide a written report of this for the Federation before the Federation issues its resolution.

The fee must be paid before submitting the resolution request and the payment receipt must be attached to the request.

50§ Right to play
Every club is responsible for ensuring that its players have the right to play in the match in question.

A player has the right to play when the following preconditions are met:
1) The player is eligible according to sections 47§ and 48§ of these Competition Regulations
2) The player has a valid player licence permitting the player to participate in the league in question
3) The player is not suspended from playing or competing.

The referee and a licence inspector assigned by the Federation are entitled to check the licence and identity of one or several players before, during and after the match. If the player’s identity cannot be verified immediately after the match, at the latest, a referee report of the issue must be submitted that includes the Sportti ID of the checked player’s licence.  

Missing rights to play must always be indicated in the game report and reported to the Federation on a referee report. The Federation checks the validity of the player’s licence.

If a player cannot present a valid player licence in an inspection, the club shall be sanctioned with a fine of EUR 15 per missing licence.

8. PLAYER TRANSFERS

51§ Right to change clubs
A new player is free to transfer to any club and team without any limitations.

Players who are not new can transfer to a certain club and team according to these regulations. Eligibility to represent a club and its team requires that the transfer has been completed according to these regulations.

An application of a player transfer to the club and its team from another club must always be submitted to the Federation as outlined in section 53§ of these Competition Regulations.

The player has the right to change clubs and start representing a new club and team in the case of a free transfer or with written consent from the club currently represented by the player.

For a particularly compelling reason, the Federation can also accept the transfer of a junior player without the previous club’s consent, if the player and the new club submit a justified, written application to the Federation.
 
If a club wishes to protest a free transfer, it can submit a written, justified request to have the issue re-solved by the Federation according to section 49§ of these regulations. The resolution request must be submitted within one month of the acceptance of the player transfer. A report indicating whether the parties have attempted to agree on the issue between themselves must be attached to the request.

52§ Transfer period
The game season’s transfer period extends from 1 June to 15 January. Free transfers (player transfer applications without the previous club’s consent) must be made before 30 June.

For juniors in age group F, there is no deadline for transfers during the season. The transfer of a junior player in age groups D–E to the corresponding leagues can be approved even after the expiry of the transfer period, if the transfer is required due to the family’s relocation. In older age groups/leagues, no player transfers can take place for the ongoing season after the deadline.

53§ Transfer procedure
A player transfer application shall be submitted using the Federation’s electronic system available at www.floorball.fi and in compliance with the separate player transfer regulations. The Federation member clubs’ IDs are used in the transfer procedure as the electronic signature confirming transfer acceptance by the club.

When a player transfer application is accepted, the player becomes eligible to play for the new club/team seven (7) days after the fulfillment of all items required in the transfer regulations. No player transfer shall be valid before 10 July.
For junior players in the age group F, a transfer application is only required if the player changes clubs during the season after acquiring a licence.

The provision of false information in the player transfer application can lead to a sanction and application rejection. A junior player transfer application will be rejected if no account of training compensation payment is provided to the Federation. A player transfer application that is incomplete or unclear for any other sub-stantial part can be ignored.

The Federation is entitled to reject a player transfer if the player or the new club has undisputed obligations pending towards the Federation or another club regarding earlier player transfers or player agreements, or if there are other issues preventing the player transfer according to the Competition Regulations. The Federation can also grant conditional acceptance of a player transfer.

Accepted player transfers are posted on the Federation’s website www.floorball.fi. No separate confirmation of an accepted transfer is sent. If a player transfer application is rejected or ignored, or if the transfer is rejected or accepted conditionally, the club that submitted the application shall be immediately informed.

The Federation compiles a list of accepted transfers applied without the old club’s consent by 11 July. This list is available on the Federation’s website at www.floorball.fi.

If a persistent defect or shortcoming occurs in the Federation’s electronic player transfer system, a substituting system complying with the player transfer regulations shall be used.

54§ Training compensation
A training compensation is payable to the latest club represented by the player in the previous season (= developer club). If the transferring player had a player licence in his/her developer club and played junior matches in the Federation’s competitions for the developer team, the new team must pay a training compensation to the developer club for such seasons. Training compensation is not payable for seasons played in age groups D–F. This obligation also pertains to transfers for which the old team’s consent is not required.

The obligation to pay training compensation to the developer team extends until the end of the ongoing competition season. However, the developer club cannot reclaim training compensation if it has agreed to a player transfer that would entitle it to receive training compensation, but has waived the compensation.

Unless a lower amount of training compensation is agreed upon between the clubs, the compensation sum is determined according to the number of seasons played as follows:

Training compensation category 1
Transfer to Men’s Finnish Floorball League
1) 2 seasons: EUR 500
2) 3 or more seasons: EUR 750

Training compensation category 2
Transfer to Women’s Finnish Floorball league, men’s I division, and boys’ Finnish Championship league for age group A
1) 2 seasons: EUR 380
2) 3 or more seasons: EUR 500

Training compensation category 3
Transfer to men’s II and III division, women’s I and II division, boys’ I division for age group A and girls’ Finnish Championship League

1) 2 seasons: EUR 130
2) 3 or more seasons: EUR 250

If training compensation is payable, it must be paid in full before the player’s first match for the new club or team.

If a player, during a season, transfers to a league or plays matches entitling them to a higher training compensation category than the one originally used in determining the training compensation, the difference between the compensation sums must be paid to the developer club in full before the player’s first match in the higher-category league.

No training compensation is payable in the following cases:
1) The player is born in 1993 or earlier and played in the old club
2) The player belonged to the junior age group D or a younger group in the previous season
3) The clubs agree that no compensation is necessary
4) The player is transferred with a league membership transfer between clubs
5) The player is or can be considered to be a new player.

Neglect of the obligations set out in this section can be addressed by the Federation only in the case that the club represented by the player during the previous season (or the season in which the player last participated) submits a written notification of the issue.

The notification must be submitted within 14 days of the conduct or detection of the neglect. The notification must specify the player and the match in which the player participated. A registration fee of EUR 50 shall be paid for the notification, and a receipt of payment must be attached to the notification. The notification will be ignored if the fee is not paid by the due date.

If, pursuant to such notification, the Federation states that a club has neglected its obligations set out here in, the club shall be sanctioned with a fine of EUR 170, and the training compensation shall be paid in double. In addition, the club guilty of neglecting the training compensation shall reimburse the other club’s registration fee (EUR 50). Moreover, the player in question will be suspended from playing for the team belonging to the training compensation category whose fee is fully or partially unpaid, until the training compensation or the missing part and other consequences are paid in full.

55§ Registration fee
A registration fee of EUR 30 is charged for adult player transfer applications and EUR 15 for junior player transfer applications submitted to the Federation by 28 August. Registration fees payable in conjunction with the transfer of league membership are outlined in section 29§. Registration fees for all applications submitted later than 28 August are as follows:

Transfers between clubs:
To the primary leagues: EUR 130
To other adult leagues: EUR 75
To boys’ and girls’ Finnish Championship and division I in age group A, or to junior leagues in age groups B–C: EUR 50
To junior leagues in age groups D–E: EUR 20
To junior leagues in age groups F and G: EUR 0

Transfers within clubs:
To adult leagues: EUR 50
To boys’ and girls’ Finnish Championship and division I in age group A, or to junior leagues in age groups B–C: EUR 30
To junior leagues in age groups D–E: EUR 10
To junior leagues in age groups F and G: 0 €

If a junior player changes clubs due to the family’s relocation to another town, the Federation may, upon request, grant an exemption from the registration fee.

56§ Farm agreement
Two clubs can sign a so-called farm agreement between their adult teams. A farm agreement can also be a club-internal arrangement. The Federation’s season-specific approval must be obtained for farm agreements in writing. An approval request can be submitted by either of the parties to the farm agreement. The request must arrive at the Federation no later than on 25 September. The registration fee for farm agreement approval is EUR 700. The fee must be paid in advance and a receipt must be attached to the request.

In farm agreements concerning men’s leagues, at least one of the parties must play in division II or at a higher level. In farm agreements concerning women’s leagues, at least one of the parties must play in the Finnish Floorball League or I division. The parties to a farm agreement must not play in the same league. Each team can only be a party to one farm agreement.
The duration of the farm agreement can be freely determined between the parties, but the Federation can only grant approval for one season at a time. The Federation makes farm agreement approval decisions by 25 September.

The farm agreement becomes effective as soon as both parties have been informed of its approval.

57§ Implications of a farm agreement
The farm agreement can specify a maximum of 12 players belonging to the teams that are parties to the agreement, and these players can transfer between the teams without a registration fee during the season until 5 February.

The club must notify the Federation or league organiser in writing whenever new players are added to the farm agreement.
Players cannot be removed from the farm agreement during the agreement period.

Junior players covered by farm agreements maintain their eligibility to play junior matches in the club and team represented by them when the farm agreement was signed throughout the farm agreement period. Dual-rostered players must not be included in farm agreements.

If a player covered by a farm agreement transfers to a third-party team during the farm agreement period, the player must not be replaced with another player in the farm agreement and, moreover, the farm agreement’s implications concerning this player shall no longer be in effect.

After 5 February, players covered by farm agreement can only play on one of the teams that are parties to the agreement. By the above specified date, the teams must inform the Federation of the team in which each player covered by the farm agreement shall play for the remainder of the season.

After the end of the season, each player becomes eligible to represent the team represented by him/her at the beginning of the season.

The player will become eligible to represent a farm agreement team in a lower division no sooner than the eighth (8th) day after participating in a match as a member of the higher division team. As an exception to the above, players born in 1990 or later, who are covered by farm agreements, will become eligible to represent a farm agreement team in a lower division no sooner than on the next day after participating in a match as a member of the higher division team.

The player will become eligible to represent a farm agreement team in a higher division no sooner than on the next day after participating in a match as a member of the lower division team.

If the parties to the farm agreement participate in the Finland Cup, players covered by the agreement can only represent one of the teams in the Finland Cup. The player must be eligible to represent the team in question as specified above in this section on the day of the Finland Cup match.

9. REFEREE ACTIVITIES

58§ General
The Federation trains, approves and classifies referees and junior referees who are entitled to referee matches governed by the Federation. The provisions set out elsewhere in these Regulations concerning referees shall also apply to junior referees.

Approved referees must be at least 15 years old. For junior referees, the minimum age is 12 years, and they must have passed the Federation’s junior referee training.

The referee/junior referee must have a valid official or player licence.

Referees who are approved by the Federation and hold a referee card can obtain the Federation’s referee pass for EUR 30.
Referees and junior referees must abide by the Federation’s rules, regulations and guidelines. The referee’s/junior referee’s actions must be based on generally accepted ethical principles (fairness, integrity, impartiality, independence, responsibility, openness, tolerance, support of growth).

The referee/junior referee shall not be held liable for any injuries sustained by players, officials, spectators or others participating in the match event, any material losses, or any other damage sustained by an individual, club, company, the Federation or another organisation, which are or could have been outcomes of the referee’s/junior referee’s actions or decisions during the match event or regular match controlling actions. Referees and junior referees are responsible to the Federation’s Board.

The resolutions made by the referee/junior referee during a match with regard to match events are final.

The Federation approves referee supervisors, who are entitled to monitor matches governed by the Federation. Referee supervisors participate in matches in the role of the Federation’s representatives, referee coaches, and condition supervisors. The referee supervisor must comply with the Federation’s guidelines for referee coaches and condition supervisors.

59§ Referee setting
The Federation assigns referees to matches governed by it. Two impartial referees are assigned to each match.

The referee must be informed of each assignment no later than seven (7) days before the match or, with regard to play-off, qualifier, or promotion/relegation rounds, no later than three (3) days before the match.

The referee is considered to have received the notification on time, if it is posted on a public information channel maintained by the Federation or its contractual partner at least seven (7) days before the match or, with regard to play-off, qualifier, or promotion/relegation rounds, at least three (3) days before the match, or delivered to the referee by regular mail or e-mail within the deadline.

The assigned referee must not have a relation to either of the teams that could compromise impartiality. The same requirement applies to the substitute assigned by the originally assigned referee.

If the originally assigned referee cannot participate in the match, he/she shall personally assign a substitute. The substitute should represent at least the same level in referee classification as the originally assigned one, and the change of referee must not cause any extra costs to the Federation or clubs.

The use of a substitute in a single match must be approved by the Federation.

The Federation assigns referees to matches governed by it as required.

60§ Missing a referee
If none of the assigned referees arrives to the game venue, the following options shall be enacted in the following order:

1) A referee present on the premises, who has passed the Federation’s referee training and has experience of refereeing in the division in question or higher, shall officiate the match with a partner chosen by him/herself.

2) The responsible team’s official or captain appoints referees (this is not applicable in single matches).
If only one of the assigned referees is present, he/she shall choose a partner who has passed the Federation’s referee training and has experience of refereeing in the division in question or higher or, if no such person is available, another person who has passed the Federation’s referee training.

If required, one assigned referee can officiate the match alone.

A notification of missing a referee must always be added to the game report.

61§ Referees’ and secretariat’s fees
Referees are entitled to a fee and expense compensation according to the Federation’s travel rules for referees. Secretariat members or supervisors assigned by the Federation are entitled to a fee and expense compensation according to the Federation’s travel rules for referees.

In single matches, the home team shall pay both referees’ fees and travel compensation, as well as the fees and expense compensations of secretariat members or supervisors assigned by the Federation.

In tournament matches, one of the teams shall pay one referee’s fee and the other team shall pay the other referee’s fee. In tournament matches, the Federation shall compensate referees for their expenses.

If a referee ends up officiating a match alone (even though two referees have been assigned), the referee is entitled to twice their fee for the match. If one of the teams does not line up for the match (walkover), the referee is entitled to a full fee for the match.

If a tournament match is scheduled or rescheduled to be played as a single match, the referees’ and secretariat’s tournament fees shall be multiplied by 1.5. If only one referee is assigned to a match, the referee’s tournament fee shall be multiplied by 1.75.

Referee fees and payment system in 2015–16

Referees’ and secretariat’s fees and expense compensations shall be paid using the Federation’s electronic payment system against invoices submitted by referees/secretariat members, excluding the primary leagues, in which the fees and expense compensations are paid according to the Primary League Regulations.

For the purpose of fee and expense compensation payment, the referee/secretariat member shall enter the required information in the electronic payment system and provide the Federation with taxation documents as instructed. If a referee does not provide the required information or provides incorrect information, no fees or compensations can be paid, and the referee shall be found guilty of negligence.

If a persistent (lasting several weeks), serious error or defect occurs in the payment system, referee fees and compensations can be paid in cash before the match as instructed by the Federation. If fees are paid before the match, the referee shall provide the payer with a properly completed receipt of the referee’s fee, and the payer shall provide the referee with a properly completed receipt of tax withholding.

This procedure can only be applied on a temporary basis and it must be abandoned as soon as the electronic system becomes available again.

Men’s Finnish Floorball League: EUR 200
Men’s Finnish Floorball League semi-final: EUR 220
Men’s Finnish Floorball League bronze match: EUR 220
Men’s Finnish Floorball League final: EUR 240

Women’s Finnish Floorball League: EUR 120     
Women’s Finnish Floorball League semi-final: EUR 150     
Women’s Finnish Floorball League bronze match: EUR 140    
Women’s Finnish Floorball League final: EUR 160    

Men’s Division I: EUR 135

Leagues played as single matches, category A
Men’s Division II: EUR 85
Finnish Championship League for boys in age group A: EUR 85
Finnish Championship League play-offs for boys in age group A: EUR 90
Men’s Finland Cup: EUR 85
Men’s Finland Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals: EUR 120
Men’s Finland Cup final: EUR 205
Men’s Finland Cup lower-division final: EUR 88
Men’s Finland Cup challenger final: EUR 73
Women’s Finland Cup: EUR 70
Women’s Finland Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals EUR XX
Women’s Finland Cup final EUR XX
Women’s Finland Cup lower-division final: EUR 73
Secretariat (3 x 20 min): EUR 40

Leagues played as single matches, category B
Finnish Championship League and division I for boys in age group B: EUR 70
Finnish Championship League for boys in age group C1: EUR 70
Women’s Division I: EUR 70
Girls’ leagues in age groups A, B and C: EUR 70

Leagues played as tournaments, category A
Men’s Division III (3 x 15 min running time): EUR 35
Men’s Division III (3 x 15 min effective game time): EUR 52,50
Men’s Finland Cup, first rounds: EUR 35

Leagues played as tournaments, category B
Men’s divisions IV - VI: EUR 30
Women’s divisions II–IV: EUR 30
Women’s Finland Cup, first rounds: EUR 30
Seniors (3 x 15 min): EUR 30
Seniors (2 x 15 min): EUR 22,50
Special groups: EUR 30
Secretariat (3 x 15 min): EUR 30

Junior leagues played as tournaments, category A
Boys’ age group A: EUR 30
Boys’ age group A, play-offs and finals: EUR 35
Boys’ age groups B and C: EUR 30
Boys’ age groups B and C, elite league: EUR 35
Boys’ Finnish Championship in age group C2 (tournaments, 3 x 15 min): EUR 37,50
Girls’ Finnish Championship in age group C (tournaments, 3 x 15 min): EUR 37,50
Girls’ age groups A–C: EUR 30

Junior leagues played as tournaments, category B
Boys’ age groups D-F and girls’ age groups D and E (3 x 15 min): EUR 20
Boys’ age groups F-G and girls’ age groups E–F (2 x 15 min): EUR 15
Boys’ age groups D and E, elite league: EUR 22* (fee added/amended)

Exceptional referee fees in tournament-format leagues
Referee fees for matches in tournament-format leagues (3 x 15 min running time) are based on the assumption that matches start one hour apart. Exceptional referee fees shall apply in the following cases:
- According to the tournament schedule, games start at intervals other than one hour apart
- The game time is other than 3 x 15 min running time
- Referee fee amendments due to unusual match schedules are not taken into account in the league-specific referee fees.

In these cases, the fee shall be determined as follows:
- For 45-minute matches, the league fee x 0.75
- For 75-minute matches, the league fee x 1.25
- For 90-minute matches, the league fee x 1.50

Text underlined has been added based on the Board’s decision dated 25 November 2015.

Weekday supplement (added to the fee, max. 1/match): EUR 20/40

Preconditions for the weekday supplement:

1) The total time spent by the referee on the weekday (Mon–Fri) match, including travel, exceeds 6/10 h and the distance between the referee’s home and match venue is 50/100 km or longer

OR

2) The referee returns home from a weekday (Mon–Fri) match 2–9 a.m. / 9 a.m.–12 noon and the distance between the referee’s home and match venue is 50/100 km or longer.
 
10. DISCIPLINARY ISSUES, INFRINGEMENTS AND PROTESTS

62 § Discipline and infringements
The Federation may impose a sanction on a party who, with intent or due to negligence,
1) violates IFF’s rules and regulations, these Competition Regulations or other rules and regulations issued by the Federation, rules of league organisers or regions, or regulations, guidelines, or decisions issued on the basis of the above-mentioned statutes or doping regulations
2) misleads or attempts to mislead public authorities, the Board of IFF, the Federation, a league organiser or region or any bodies designated by these Boards
3) demonstrates violent or otherwise unsportsmanlike conduct during a competition event or in response to competition-related decisions; targeting the referee with such actions shall be considered an aggravating factor
4) neglects its obligations related to notifying public authorities, the taxation of operations or athletes, or sports insurance
5) breaches an agreement with the Federation.

63 § General provisions concerning sanctions
Fines can be imposed on clubs only. Fines must be paid within one month of the fine notification. The sanction for non-payment is expulsion of the club from competition activities.

The Federation may order a club/team that has been found guilty of an infringement to compensate any consequent financial losses.

Suspension from playing
means that the person is not allowed to participate in a match event as a player or official. The suspension concerns the competition and league in which the offense took place.

A suspended person is not allowed on the premises and zones reserved for teams, secretariat members and referees during the match event. This means that suspended persons may only be in areas intended for spectators and the public. A suspended person is not allowed in the secretariat.

Suspension from official’s duties means that the person is not allowed to participate in a match event as a representative or official of a club or team, nor act as a referee or secretariat member in matches governed by the Federation or IFF.

A suspended official is not allowed on the premises and zones reserved for teams, secretariat members and referees during the match event. This means that suspended persons may only be in areas intended for spectators and the public.

Competition suspension includes suspension from playing and official’s duties. The competition suspension covers all leagues and remains valid for the determined sanctioning period.

Suspension from operation refers to a competition suspension plus a suspension from representing any Federation member club or team, participating in any competitions organised by the club, coaching a team against a salary or compensation, personally training licenced players or performing administrative duties for Federation member clubs.

A permanent suspension from operation, playing or official’s duties can only be imposed for very compelling reasons, repeated doping violations or bribery violations.

The club of the sanctioned party is responsible for overseeing compliance with the suspension. Violation of the suspension rules leads to further sanctions.

Suspension from referee assignments means that the suspended person is not allowed to participate in a match event governed by the Federation or IFF as a referee or referee supervisor.

64§ Disciplinary consequences and sanctions
Expulsion from Federation membership is outlined in section 19§ of the Federation’s Code of Operations. Other sanctions include:

 1) Warning
 2) Fine
 3) Suspension from playing (a certain number of games or a fixed term)
 4) Suspension from official’s duties (fixed-term or permanent)
 5) Competition suspension (fixed-term or permanent)
 6) Penalty payment for negligence of the team responsible
 7) Penalty payment for negligence of referee
 8) Revoking referee rights for a fixed term
 9) Suspension from referee assignments for a fixed term
10) Relegating the referee ranking
11) Annulling a match, possibly assigning a rematch
12) Declaring a team to have lost a match with a score determined by the Federation that will not benefit the team guilty of infringement
13) Deducting points from the team
14) Expelling a team from a competition
15) Loss of league membership
16) Suspension from operation (fixed-term or permanent).
 
The sanction for a referee missing and the neglect of the referee’s obligation to make sure that a remark of a referee missing is added to the game report as outlined in section 36 § of these Competition Regulations is always a penalty payment for referee negligence. No separate report to explain absence is required. The penalty payment for referee negligence can also be imposed as a sanction for neglecting the referee’s obligation to provide a receipt for payment.

The penalty payment for referee negligence is EUR 50. Upon written application, the Federation may exempt a referee from the penalty payment for particular, compelling reasons.

When a gross match penalty (match penalty 3) is imposed on a player or team, a fine of EUR 100 is automatically imposed on the club as a consequence.

65§ Ineligible players    
A team that uses an ineligible player shall be deemed to have lost the match in which the ineligible player played.

The score of the match shall be 0–5 or another score determined by the Federation that will not benefit the team that used an ineligible player. In addition, a fine shall be imposed on the club to which the team belongs. If both teams use one or several ineligible players in a match, the match is deemed to have ended 0–0 and no points are awarded for either team.

Under this section, the final score of a match can only be altered if the violation is detected within 45 days of the match or within three (3) weekdays after the end of the regular or play-off rounds. With regard to single play-off, promotion/relegation qualifier matches or Finland Cup matches, the final score can only be altered under this section if the violation is detected within three (3) weekdays of the match.

66§ Raising and processing a disciplinary issue
A disciplinary issue may be raised as the result of a referee report, protest, violation report or another justified reason that comes to the Federation’s knowledge.

In addition to these Regulations, the provisions concerning disciplinary consequences outlined in each league’s regulations shall also apply.

If documents are submitted to the wrong body, this body must immediately forward them to the relevant one.

When a referee report or violation report is submitted, the Federation shall immediately request a response from the party involved and, when required, statements from others whose hearing is deemed to be necessary.

When a response or statement is requested, the respondent must be informed of the deadline and method of submitting the response/statement. Responses and statements must be issued by the given deadline under the sanction that the issue shall be resolved without the response/statement if it is not received in time. The deadline for responses and statements must be reasonable in relation to the prevailing conditions and urgency of the issue. The response and statement can be requested via the club of the party in question. However, no response or statement is requested in disciplinary issues processed by an official repre-senting the Federation, unless the official escalates the issue to a disciplinary body.

A statement must be requested from the Referee Committee before making a decision on relegating referee classification or revoking referee rights.

A disciplinary organ can also consider the need for additional reports in the processing of an issue.

The disciplinary organ must maintain a list of violation reports, protests, requests for response, statement or testimony, sanctions and appeals, and the consequent decisions.

An official appointed by the Federation shall process the following disciplinary issues:
1) Forfeit and expulsion from the league
2) Infringements referred to in section 65§ of the Competition Regulations, apart from protest-related issues
3) Gross match penalty reports in cases where the maximum sanction, in addition to the automatic suspension from one match, is a competition suspension from two matches
4) Other referee reports that do not lead to disciplinary consequences or lead to a maximum suspension from playing or competing for three (3) matches or one month, or a temporary suspension from referee assignments and a maximum fine of EUR 100.
5) Penalty payments for negligence of the team responsible, maximum fine of EUR 100
6) Penalty payments for negligence of referee
7) Suspension from referee assignments for a fixed term.

The Federation’s official shall inform the disciplinary body about issues processed by him/her. The disci-plinary body shall issue detailed guidelines on disciplinary issues to be handled by officials.

The disciplinary body may, based on its judgment, also undertake to handle some cases involving the above-mentioned issues.
 
67§ Referee report
A referee report is a description of matters related to a match or match event. The referee report is prepared by one or both of the referees and submitted to the Federation.

The report must be impartial and correct and it must specify and describe matters and events as the referee has observed and understood them at the moment of occurrence. In addition to a description of events, the report must specify the reason and explanation why the report is written (e.g., violation of rules), but it must not address any irrelevant matters or possible disciplinary consequences. The referee should not attempt to influence the Federation’s or disciplinary organ’s decision-making with the report.

The referee is obligated to prepare a referee report in cases specified in the Competition Regulations, League Regulations and other rules, regulations and guidelines issued by the Federation. A referee report must also be prepared for other shortcomings, violations or infringements that are of more than a minor nature, when the referee deems it appropriate to subject a case to disciplinary investigation, and whenever the referee deems a report to be necessary.

The report shall be submitted to the Federation no later than on the next weekday following the match. The Federation has sole legitimacy as the proper party in issues raised with referee reports. More detailed guidelines on preparing referee reports are provided in the referee training materials.

68§ Infringement report
A report on an issue related to a match event in which a match participant, player or referee wants to seek resolution from the disciplinary body (based on the belief that his/her rights have been violated in the match event, excluding the issues specified in sections 65§ and 50§), shall be submitted to the Federation, an official designated by the Federation, or the disciplinary body.

A detailed infringement report, including the related claims and justifications, must be submitted to the Federation no later than on the first weekday after the match. The report processing fee is EUR 200, and a receipt confirming this payment shall be attached to the report.

Referees are exempted from the report processing fee. If no sanction or additional sanction is imposed based on a report submitted by the match referee, the processing fee of EUR 200 shall be charged from the referee in arrears, unless new information with significant impact on the justification of the report has come up during the processing.

If the disciplinary body deems that the reported infringement has taken place and decides to impose a sanction on the guilty party, the processing fee shall be returned. The report and any claims presented therein are not binding with regard to the Federation’s or disciplinary body’s decisions. The match score cannot be altered based on a report referred to in this section 68§.

69§ Decisions concerning disciplinary issues and protests
The disciplinary body or assigned official must send its condemnatory decision and protest resolution to the involved party as a regular letter within five days of issuance.

The decision must contain a description of the applicable appeals process.

A decision concerning a player can be delivered via the club. A decision addressed to the Federation’s member organisation can be sent to the address specified by the organisation or to its chairperson or secretary.

70§ Appeal
The sanctioned party, the submitter of an infringement report referred to in section 68§, and the parties of a protest case are entitled to appeal decisions issued by the Federation’s disciplinary body, regional board or a disciplinary body assigned by such board to the Appeals Committee appointed by the Federation’s General Assembly. The Appeals Committee makes decisions based on written materials, voice and video recordings, and telephone and video communications.

Appeals concerning decisions based on the Competition Regulations in matters other than disciplinary issues or protests shall be processed by the Federation’s Board. The appeal addressed to the Board shall comply with the procedure specified herein. The appeal, including justifications, shall be submitted to the Appeals Committee in writing within one week of receiving information about the decision. If the appellant, for a justified reason, is unable to meet the deadline, the Appeals Committee may set a new deadline of a maximum of one week as soon as the reason for the inability to submit the appeal has been removed.

A processing fee of EUR 50 is charged for the appeal. A receipt of payment must be attached to the appeal documentation. The application will not be processed if a receipt confirming the fee payment is not provided. The fee will be returned if the case is ruled in favour of the appellant. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

Cases concerning the discharge of members are processed by the Federation’s Board. However, according to section 19§ of the Federation’s Code of Operations, the decision concerning the discharge of a member can be appealed to the next Federation Council meeting. The party involved shall be informed of the decision on an appeal as stipulated above.

71§ Enforcement and expiry
An imposed sanction, as well as other decisions issued by the Federation, are enforceable regardless of any possible appeals. However the Appeals Committee may interrupt the enforcement of a sanction even before the issue has been resolved. The enforcement of other decisions is decided by the Federation’s Board.

A sanction shall be enforced without delay after the involved parties have been informed of it. Suspension from competing or playing shall begin from the next match after the delivery of the specifics of the sanction.

Temporary suspension from competing, official’s duties or playing concerns all divisions and all competitions at the same time.

Suspension from a fixed number of competitions or matches concerns the competition and league in which the offense took place and it is valid in all competitions and leagues specified in the decision.

If the sanction involves suspension from competing, official’s duties, playing, or operations and at least two years have elapsed since its issuance, the Federation’s Board may, for a particular, compelling reason, decide to cancel the sanction upon application.

72§ Protests
A protest is a notice submitted by one of the parties to a match and a claim to annul or alter the match score due to an infringement related to the match, match conditions, or a player’s eligibility, or a violation or incorrect interpretation of the game rules which has or could have influenced the progress and outcome of the match. Decisions made by the referee in a match are final as stated in section 58§ of the Competition Regulations. As a rule, protests against these decisions cannot lead to a rematch. However, the Federation may order a rematch if the referee has made a decision that contradicts the rules.

Only parties to the match are entitled to submit a protest. The protest is addressed to the Federation.
The intent to submit a protest due to events that occurred during a match must be announced to the referee and secretariat within five (5) minutes of the match-ending whistle. A notification of the protest must be added to the game report before signing it. If this notification is missing, the protest will not be processed.

The intent to submit a protest concerning match conditions must be announced to the referee and secretariat and added to the game report before the start of the match. The party submitting the protest must pay the protest fee to the Federation no later than on the next weekday following the protest date marked in the game report. The fee must be paid for every protest marked in the game report. The protest fee is EUR 170 and it will be returned if the protest is granted. For a justified reason, the protest fee can be returned even if the protest is rejected or ignored. The protest will be ignored if the fee is not paid by the due date.

The protest entered in the game report must be submitted to the Federation in writing with justifications no later than 4 p.m. on the third weekday after the match, and a receipt confirming the payment of the protest fee must be attached. Protests arriving after the deadline will not be processed.

Protests concerning a player’s eligibility need not be marked in the game report, but the protest must be submitted to the Federation no later than 4 p.m. on the fifth (5th) weekday after the match. A receipt confirming the protest fee payment must be attached. The protest will be ignored if the fee is not paid by the due date.

The provisions concerning the processing of disciplinary issues shall also apply to protests.

73§ Protest resolution
The match score shall remain in effect until a resolution is issued.

The Federation may order a rematch due to a protest.

The Federation may also declare the protesting team the winner of the match with the score 5–0 or another score determined by the Federation that will not benefit the opposing team.

If a protest submitted by the winning team is found to be justified, the final score of the match will remain in effect, unless the Federation decides to determine another score that is even more advantageous for the team that submitted the protest.
The Federation may also rule in favor of a protest submitted by the team that lost the match or had a tie, but nevertheless keep the match score in effect.

If a protest concerning the participation of an ineligible player or suspended official is found to be justified, the team in question must be deemed to have lost the match.

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