Basic regulations

Etnoliga is organised by the Foundation for Freedom with its seat at Warsaw (00-364), 9 Ordynacka St.

Etnoliga is played in the spirit of fair play. Racism, sexism, homophobia and other acts of discrimination will be severely punished, including exclusion from the games.

Participation in the league is free, however the organiser reserves the right to collect a deposit. Other tournaments and activities of the organiser may be charged.

Match duration, overtimes, penalties, extra points, additional rules and scoring system are set up by the organiser and representatives of the teams before each season.

Number of players

Teams must consist of minimum of 10 players of at least 3 nationalities and at least 3 women. Extra players can sign up until the end of the round-robin phase.

At least two women must be on the field in each team at the same time. A missing women player cannot be completed by a male player. A team without the right number of women is playing shorthanded.

Players may change teams once during the whole tournament and only in the round-robin phase. The exception is the situation of a loan. In each match, a team may borrow one player, subject to the consent of the opposing team captain and reporting to the referee. Goals scored on the loan do not count towards the individual statistics of the player.

Rules of the games

Sliding-tackles are prohibited. Each sliding-tackle will be penalized with a direct free-kick (a sliding-tackle in the penalty field will be penalized with a penalty-kick).

A direct free-kick is awarded to a team for a hand-play or any foul.

An indirect free-kick is awarded to a team for: wasting time, dangerous tackling, double play by the same player according to the rules of football.

The number of substitutions allowed during a match is unlimited. Substitutions should be made in a designated zone of the pitch. Substitutions of goalkeepers should be reported to the referee beforehand.

Yellow card is given to a player who behaves unsportsmanlike, persistently violates the rules, does not keep the required distance from the ball during free kick, uses bad language, commits a major foul. The time of exclusion is 3 minutes and is not reduced when the goal is lost.

A player is penalized with red card for committing or trying to commit a flagrant foul, insulting or spitting on another person, using offensive language or gestures or is handed a second yellow card. Penalized player cannot return to play or be replaced with another player in the match. He/she must pause also in the next game, unless the penalty is due to two yellow cards.

Points: 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss.

The place in the table is determined by: number of points, goal balance, number of goals scored, number of goals lost, direct result, draw.

Final provisions

The organiser does not insure participants and is not responsible for any consequences of possible accidents, particularly injuries resulting from the matches, theft or destruction of personal belongings during the tournament.

Participants agree to the use of their images (photos, videos) for the implementation and promotion of the project. More information about privacy policy.

Any contentious issues are to be decided by the organiser in consultation with the referee and team captains and its decisions are definitive.

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