Saku Cup 2019 is an international youth football tournament, which is held in September and October in Saku, Estonia.
In all the age groups up to 70 teams are invited to take part in the tournament with clubs from Estonia, Finland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and elsewhere expected to participate.
Saku Cup is one of the two annual tournaments organised by local football club Saku Sporting, the second tournament will be held in autumn and called Saku Spring. Saku Sporting was founded in 2005 and has now over 300 youth players in their training groups.
Saku Cup was held for the first time in 2016, but tournament organizers have many years of experience running tournaments like Hillar Otto Memorial and Tartu Santos Cup in Tartu as well as Tallinn and Saaremaa Cup in the last decade.
The organisers’ objective is to offer all the participants an enjoyable, memorable football experience and a useful preparation for the upcoming season.
Matches will be played on Saku stadium artificial grass. Saku is a small borough in Harju County, Estonia, located 8km south from Tallinn, the capital. Saku is the biggest small borough in Estonia and it is the administrative centre of Saku Parish.
Saku is most known by Saku Brewery which is one of two biggest breweries in Estonia.
Saku Manor traces its history back to 1463. The current manor house was built in 1825–1830 in a neoclassical style, and is possibly designed by the renowned St. Petersburg architect Carlo Rossi. It is one of the finest examples, perhaps the finest, of a neoclassical manor house in Estonia.
Arrival of the foreign teams, finnish teams can take the morning ferry. Matches start at 12.00, but foreign teams first match can be arranged from 14.00. Group stage matches.
Group stage matches continue, placing matches in the second part of the day.
Final placing matches for all the participating teams Award ceremony at 13.30. Departure of the foreign teams.
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Saku Cup 2019 rules
I FIFA Laws of the Game
The international youth football tournament Saku Cup 2019 shall follow the international laws of the game provided by FIFA.
NB! If there are conflicting claims in the FIFA rules and in the Saku Cup 2019 rules and regulations, the tournament guide shall apply.
II Size of the team and duration of the match
III Use of older players in the tournament
In boys age groups 2006, 2007, 2008 and girls age group 2006/2007 it is allowed to use in one team up to 2 older players, who have been born later than 1 August the prior year.
In boys age groups 2004, 2005 it is allowed to use in one team up to 3 older players, who have been born later than 1 August the prior year.
For example: In the boys age group 2006, it is allowed to have in one team two older players, who have been born later than 1.08.2005.
IV Players participating in several teams
During the youth football tournament Saku Cup 2019, it is not allowed for the players to play in more than one age group. If this rule is ignored, the player will be disqualified from the tournament and the game of the violating team will be cancelled. The result -/+ will be noted in the tournament chart and this means that the other team has won.
Saku Cup 2019 matches will be held in Saku, all matches of the tournament will be played on Saku stadium artificial turf (address Tallinna mnt. 10, 75501, Saku).
NB! Tournament organizers reserve the right to make changes in the time schedules during the tournament!
VI Tournament system
Saku Cup 2019 is divided into two phases: subgroup tournaments and playoffs.
In the subgroup tournaments, the teams are divided into subgroups of 4-6 teams, where all teams will play against each other once. In the matches held during the subgroup tournament, a victory gives each team 3 points, a draw game 1 point and loss 0 points.
If some teams get equal scores in subgroups, the final ranking will be decided according to:
- match between each other
- overall goal difference
- number of goals
- disciplinary actions
- abandoned matches, cancellation of results
- red cards
- drawing lots
All places in the Saku Cup 2019 tournament will be determined in the playoff system. The playoff system for each age group will be announced by the organizers one week before the tournament begins.
During the playoff and final match, if the match ends with a draw after the end of match time, the teams have to start shooting penalties immediately. There will be no extra time during the tournament matches.
The number of penalties in each age group:
- Boys in age groups 2006, 2007, 2008 and Girls age group 2006/2007 – 3 penalties
- Boys in age groups 2004 and 2005 – 5 penalties
A protest is directed against the validity of the result of the match. A protest has to be based on that whether the player has right to participate or not, on serious violation of the rules by the referee or on some other incident that affected the result of the match.
The protest must be submitted in writing by a team representative (a person who has been designated on the registration form as team leader) no later than 30 minutes after the end of the protested match.
A general protest against the whole opposing team is not acceptable.
Protest against the yellow or red card or against the removal of player from the field after the referee has showed two cards, is only allowed if referee made a mistake against the corresponding player.
Protest processing fee is 75 EUR. This amount will be refunded if the protest is successful.
The possible disagreements and protests will be solved by a three-member jury. The jury includes the head referee and two head organizers of the tournament.
NB! Jury’s final decision cannot be appealed!
All the referees are accepted by the Estonian Football Association or the head referee of the tournament.
If on the football field there is not at least 7 players (boys age group 2004 and 2005) or 5 players (boys age groups 2006, 2007, 2008 and girls 2006/2007) then in 5 minutes after the start of official match time, a +/- loss will be entered into the tournament table.
The teams having won the first, second and third place will be awarded with trophies and medals. The best player of each age group and goalkeeper will be awarded with the special prizes.
XIII Medicine/medical aid
The organizers of Saku Cup 2019 football tournament will not take any responsibility for injuries, which happen during the football tournament. Teams have an obligation to ensure that all trauma situations will be resolved.
If possible, the football tournament organizers will assist with their medical skills.
XIV Warnings and removals
A player removed from the field will be disqualified for the next match held Saku Cup 2019 tournament.
NB! The referee, who serves the match, has the right to demand harsher punishment for the disqualified player. The referee must submit a written application to the tournament head referee, who makes the final decision. The decision of the head referee is final and cannot be appealed.
The decision will be notified to the team representative specified on the registration form.
XV Recognition of fair play
For the recognition of fair play it is recommended that players shake hands with the opposing players and referee right after the line-up (before the match starts) and after the final whistle.
By participation in Saku Cup 2019 football tournament, the team confirms being aware of all the rules of the tournament.
XVII Balls used in matches
All the balls used during the Saku Cup 2019 have a marking “FIFA APPROVED” or “FIFA INSPECTED”.
XVIII Registration of the team
When arriving to the tournament, all the teams have to submit the completed registration form to the tournament organizers before their first competitive match. If possible, the signed registration form can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The players not listed on the registration form cannot participate. Teams are not allowed to add more players to the registration form during the tournament.
XIX Start of the match and its accompanying rules
The team has to be on the match field 5 minutes before the match starts.
If the uniforms of both teams are in the same colour, the team who has been listed as the second team has to change shirts or wear vests.
Vests are guaranteed by the tournament organizer.
Team size in boys age groups 2004, 2005- 20 players.
Team size in boys age groups 2006, 2007, 2008 and girls 2006/2007 – 16 players.
XX State of emergency, tournament management
The jury of the tournament has right to make changes in match times and locations, if it is necessary and an inevitable event requires it!
NB! Tournament organizers are not responsible for the event of theft during the tournament!