Technical Regulations - Football

1. EVENTS
This competition will be conducted during the 23rd Summer Deaflympics from 18 July 2017 to 30 July 2017 and will consist of the following 2 events (1 for men, 1 for women and 0 for mixed):

EventMenWomenMixed
football

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1 Invitation to Participate
ICSD and the Organising Committee will invite all National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) members in good standing to participate in the competition.

2.2 Eligibility

2.2.1 Hearing Loss
Participation in the competition is restricted to athletes who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Refer to the ICSD Audiogram Regulations for additional details on measurement of hearing loss.

2.2.2 Age
Athletes must meet the minimum age requirement for each event listed below:

EventMinimum Age
football16Born on or before 18 Jul 2001

2.2.3 Compliance
Only athletes who comply with the Deaflympics Regulations are allowed to participate in the competition.

2.4 Number of Teams
Each National Federation may enter one (1) men's team and/or one (1) women's team. Participation in the Deaflympics is limited to a maximum of 16 men's teams and 16 women's teams.

2.5 Qualified Teams
Teams Not Yet Available

2.6 Number of Athletes per Discipline
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each Football discipline listed below:

MenWomen
2323

2.7 Number of Athletes per Event
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventMenWomenMixed
football2323-

2.8 Number of Reserves or Substitutes per Event
A maximum number of reserve/substitute athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventReserves/Substitutes
footballNo reserves/substitutes

2.9 Competition Entry Standards
Not Applicable

2.10 Competition Entry Rules
Only an authorised representative of each NDSF is allowed to submit competition entries.

2.11 Non-Starting Athletes
A fine of USD$100 will be levied on each non-starting athlete unless he/she submits a doctor's declaration in writing English that he/she should not be allowed to start.

3. REGISTRATION
Please refer to the 6. Team Sports in the General Technical Rules - Summer Deaflympics, for further details on registration.

4. COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

4.1 Technical Organisation
ICSD is be responsible for the technical organisation of the competition in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

4.2 Committees

4.2.1 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Rosario De Caro - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
(To be announced) -
(To be announced) -
(To be announced) - Sport Liasion Officer
(To be announced) - Deaf Representative

4.2.2 Protest Committee
The Protest Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Rosario De Caro - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
(To be announced) -
(To be announced) -

4.3 Competition Rules
The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the FIFA (version: Rio de Janeiro - 3 to 19 August 2016). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follow:

4.3.1 Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with the Deaflympics Regulations, General Technical Rules - Summer Deaflympics and this Football Technical Regulations.

4.3.2 Cases of a technical nature related to competition rules will be resolved in accordance with the FIFA Rules and Regulations.

4.4 Competition Equipment

All equipment used during competition must comply with the FIFA Rules and Regulations.

4.5 Competition Clothing

4.5.1 Participants must wear competitive uniforms representing their nationality, duly registered and published in accordance with the FIFA Rules and Regulations.

4.5.2 Participants must observe the Deaflympics Regulations regarding advertisements on their uniforms and clothing worn in the competition area.

4.6 Draw
The draw for all events will be conducted under control of the Technical Committee and in accordance with the FIFA Rules and Regulations.

4.7 Competition Plan
The competition plan will be conducted in accordance with the FIFA Rules and Regulations.

4.8 Officials

4.8.1 Judge/Referee/Umpire
Allocation of the officials to conduct the events will be made by the Technical Committee. Whereever possible, officials will posses the FIFA international license valid for 2017. However, officials with the highest level of national accreditation may be assigned.

4.8.2 Appointment
The Organising Committe will appoint and an appropriate number of officials to conduct each event.

4.9 Unforeseen Incidents
In the event of unforeseen incidents not covered by the rules and regulations, the Technical Committee will make a determination. In the absence of the Technical Committee, the ICSD Technical Director will make a determination.

5. VENUES

5.1 Competition Venue
To be announced

5.2 Training Venue
To be announced

6. SCHEDULES

6.1 Competition Schedule
To be announced

6.2 Training Schedule
To be announced

6.3 Technical Meeting

6.3.1 Date and Location
To be announced

6.3.2 Attendance
Each participating NDSF may be represented by a maximum of two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf. The NDSF may also bring an interpreter if necessary.

7. CONTROL AND SANCTIONS

7.1 Hearing Devices
The use of any hearing aid(s)/amplification or cochlear implant is not allowed in the restricted zone area.

7.1.1 Restricted Zone Area
The restricted zone area is in effect at the moment the athlete enter the competition area during the warm-up and competition periods.

7.1.2 Violation and Penalty
When this rule is violated, refer to ICSD Audiogram Regulations 8: Violations and Penalties.

8. PROTESTS

8.1 Procedures for lodging a protest
All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the FIFA Rules and Regulations and will be adjudicated by the Protest Committee.

8.1.1 Any protest must be written in English on the Official Protest Form. The form and a deposit USD$100 must be given to the ICSD Technical Director within 60 minutes after the official public posting of results.

8.1.2 The ICSD Technical Director will decide whether the protest is sport-related or eligibility-related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the ICSD Representative will review all eligibility-related protests.

8.1.3 The deposit of USD$100 will be returned to the applicant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2 Procedure for reviewing a protest
The Protest Committee will meet in the competition venue or a designated office at a time decided upon by the ICSD Technical Director.

8.2.1 The ICSD Technical Director will chair of the Protest Committee.

8.2.2 The Sport Liaison Officer (SLO) will be responsible for booking a meeting room and interpreters.

8.2.3 The SLO will contact and inform all members of the Protest Committee of the meeting time and location.

8.2.4 The ICSD Technical Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

8.2.5 After adjudication, the ICSD Technical Director will forward the original Official Protest Form (along with the protest fee if the protest was denied) to the ICSD Secretariat. The SLO will forward a copy of the form to the Deaflympics Headquarters.

9. ADDENDUM

9.1 Age Eligibility (reference: 2.2.2)
The NDSF shall obtain parental authorisation for all athletes aged 16 and under.

9.2 Competition Plan (reference: 4.7)

9.2.1 Preliminary Round (Group Stages)
During the preliminary round, each team will play against each other team in its own group once. Teams are drawn into groups as determined below:

Men:
The sixteen (16) teams will be drawn into four (4) groups of four (4) teams each.

Women:
The eight (8) teams will be drawn into two (2) groups of four (4) teams each.

9.2.2 Final Round (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals and Classifications)
After the preliminary round is completed, all teams will advance to the final round as determined below:

Men:
• The first placed and second placed teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals: (QF1: A1 v B2) and (QF2: B1 v A2) and (QF3: C1 v D2) and (QF4: D1 v C2).
• The third placed team from each group will advance to the playoffs for 9-12 places: (A3 v B3) and (C3 v D3).
• The fourth placed team from each group will advance to the playoffs for 13-16 places: (A4 v B4) and (C4 v D4).
• The winners of the quarterfinals will advance to the semifinals: (winner of QF1 v winner of QF3) and (winner of QF2 v winner of QF4).
• The losers of the quarterfinals will advance to the playoffs for 5-8 places: (loser of QF1 v loser of QF3) and (loser of QF2 v loser of QF4).
• The winners of the semifinals will advance to the final.

Women:
• The first placed and second placed teams from each group will advance to the semifinals: (A1 v B2) and (B1 v A2).
• The third placed team from each group will advance to the playoffs for 5-6 places: (A3 v B3).
• The fourth placed team from each group will advance to the playoffs for 7-8 places: (A4 v B4).
• The winners of the semifinals will advance to the final.