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 removal 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 the teams’ representatives before each season.

Number of players

Teams must include minimum 10 players. In each team there must be at least 3 nationalities and 3 women. Extra players can sign up until the end of the round-robin phase.

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

Players may change teams once during the tournament but only in the round-robin phase. The exception is the situation of a loan. In each match, a team may borrow players with the consent of the opposing team’s captain. The team must report the fact to the referee. Goals scored on the loan do not count towards the player’s individual statistics.

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 given to a team for a hand-play or foul.

An indirect free-kick is given 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 persistently violates the rules, does not keep the required distance from the ball during free kick, uses offensive language or swears, commits a major foul. The time of exclusion is 2 or 3 minutes and it is not reduced even when the team loses a goal.

A player is penalized with a red card for: committing (or trying to commit) a flagrant foul, insulting or spitting on another person, and using offensive language or gestures or is penalized with a second yellow card. A penalized player cannot return to the game or be replaced by another player in the match. The player is suspended in the next game unless the penalty results from 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, fair play classification, goal balance, number of goals scored, direct result between teams, draw.

Fair play points: yellow card -1, red card -3. In the case of a second yellow card, a total of 3 points are deducted. For a yellow and then a direct red, a total of 4 points are deducted.

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 their decisions are definitive.