Tournament Rules

Saskatoon World Cup 2020 Men’s Rules and Regulations

The objective of the Saskatoon World Cup is to recognize the cultural diversity we have within our community. It is a time for players of an ethnic background to unite and compete in a fun filled event promoting the sport of soccer.

  • Maximum 22 players  – all 22 players can dress

  • Youth players – Minimum 15 years of age

  • 5 import players

  •  Max. 5 premier players (Example: University or Club National’s participants)

  • maximum of 5 Staff


Nation: Any FIFA recognized country or subject to the approval of the Saskatoon World Cup Organization/Registration Committee in their sole and absolute discretion, any ethnically or culturally distinct group.

Staff: Staff may include coaches, managers, trainers, etc. Only Players and Staff allowed on field/bench prior to, after or during games. All Staff must be listed on roster no later than the Roster Submission Deadline. For insurance purposes, all Staff must be appropriately registered with the SSA and have paid the appropriate SSA registration fees.

Youth Player: Any player who is 15 years of age, at the start of Saskatoon World Cup.

Heritage: A distinct cultural, ancestral or citizenship affiliation, which is able to be traced either by marriage to a partner of at least 50 percent heredity, offspring of at least 25 percent heredity or through matrilineal or patrilineal bloodlines.

Team Registration:

Any individual may apply to enter a team in the Saskatoon World Cup tournaments; priority for entry into each event will be given to teams who were entered in the 2018 Saskatoon World Cup.

A team must represent a specific country, or Nation (review Definition) as recognized by FIFA.

Only one team per country will be allowed to enter in each tournament per division.

The deadline for team applications is Wednesday April 1, 2020.

The deadline for team rosters submissions is Monday May 4, 2020.

A Team must use players who have heritage to the country they intend to play for before allowing any other players on their roster, except for the 5 Import Rule.



Each team may have 22 players listed on their roster, and may dress all 22 players, including the keeper(s).

Teams must submit their fully completed roster electronically in the excel format provided by May 4, 2020. Rosters submitted after the deadline will be charged an administration fee of $50/business day. No rosters will be accepted after  May 8, 2020.

A team may register as many as 5 Staff, coaches, managers, trainers, but a maximum of 4 non-playing personnel will be allowed on the bench.

Rosters submitted on the declaration date will be considered final.

Teams may apply to the Saskatoon World Cup Committee to replace players that cannot play due to an injury, and are listed on their roster, provided the application is submitted 1 day prior to the start of the tournament.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to review all rosters and make a ruling on the eligibility of players and teams to participate in the Saskatoon World Cup.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT 1. Teams will be placed in 8 groups of 4. Top 2 Teams will advance to the Knock Out Round of 16, then to the Quarter, Semi and Gold Medal Final.

    View Tie Breaker section.

2. The Top 16 Teams from the previous year will be placed atop of each Group, the remaining Teams will be Drawn and placed in subsequent groups.

3. Qualifiers from the round robin will advance to the knockout rounds where they will compete for the right to advance to the Finals.



Group Stage: 2 – 25 minute halves. (No Overtime)

Knock Out Stage: Two (25) minute halves. If Teams are tied after regulation time, teams will play Overtime consisting of  Two (5) minute halves. If Teams are tied after Overtime, Shoot- out will occur. 5 penalty shooters per Team, then one penalty shooter after that. All Shooters must be in the field of play at the end of game in order to be eligible to participate in the shoot-out.


Tournament specific rules:

  • No foul language.

  • Slide tackles permitted.

  • No off sides.

  • All free kicks are direct.

  • Yellow card is a 4 minute penalty and player must leave the field. If the other team scores, player must sit for entire 4 minute penalty. Team may replace player and return to Full strength

  • Red card is a 6 minute penalty, player must leave playing field and return to dressing room. Team may replace player once the 6 minute penalty is over and instructed by the referee to do so.
  • All Red cards will be reviewed by Saskatoon World Cup Disciplinary Committee, SWC will determine suspensions case by case basis. Saskatoon World Cup decisions will be final.
  • Please remember that the Saskatoon World Cup is meant to unify and bring cultures/nations/countries together. As such, absolutely no racist, sectarian or ethnic abuse of any kind will be tolerated. Any player, coach, team official, or fan deemed guilty of abuse of any kind will be immediately sanctioned, banned or punished by the Saskatoon World Cup Organization/Registration Committee in its sole and absolute discretion.
  • Players, officials and spectators are allowed to take part in or attend matches only on the condition that they observe the rules, regulations, and bylaws of the Association.
  • Every affiliated association, league, club, or team is responsible to the Board of Directors For the actions of its players, officials, and spectators, and is required to take all Precautions necessary to prevent spectators from threatening or assaulting officials and Players during or at the conclusion of the match.
  • No association, league, club or team, referee, player, or official shall bet on any soccer match, and they are also required to prevent betting, the use of objectionable language or signs.


  • All teams guaranteed a minimum of 3 games.

  • Non-taunting goal celebrations are encouraged and will not result in yellow cards.

  • As a sanctioned event, all other rules in accordance with the Indoor Rules and Regulations of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.

  • Once the player has completed the Declaration Form, if heritage is questioned by the tournament committee, the player must have reasonable evidence that their ancestry is from the country stated. If proof is not provided, the player will be unable to participate in the Saskatoon World Cup, and may be called before a discipline committee.

  • Players will be eligible to play for a country based on the following criteria;

1. The country was the player’s first choice on the heritage Declaration or;

2. The player’s first choice is not participating or they were cut from the roster, and the country is their second choice on the declaration form;

3. The player’s first and second choice are not participating or they were cut from both teams, and the country is their third choice on the declaration form; or

4. The player’s three choices are participating or they were cut from all three choices.

  • Registration or roster infringements noticed by the tournament committee may be addressed by the tournament committee via means of a hearing in which the team(s) shall be invited to explain the discrepancies.

  • Appeals to hearings may be heard by the Tournament Chair or his/her designate and two others who were not involved in the original hearing once a $50 Administration Fee is posted to the Saskatoon World Cup (refundable only if the appeal is upheld).

Players on Field

9 vs. 9 soccer (goalkeeper and 8 field players). A minimum of 8 players is required to begin a game.

All substitutions are unlimited and made on the fly, no stoppage of play is required.


Uniforms Teams must have:

  • Numbered matching Home and Away jerseys in different country colours.

  • The Home team shall wear their primary color uniform as registered with the Saskatoon World Cup Roster Sheet.

  • The Visiting team shall change uniforms in the event of their uniforms not being distinguishable from the Home team. Training “bibs” or “pinnies” are NOT allowed in any Game.

  • Country name or logo appearing on both Home and Away.

  • Two sets of matching shorts and socks in different colours.

  • Home and Away jerseys numbered on back.

Anyone on the field or on the bench area prior to, following or during a game, whether it be Staff or Players not playing (ex. injury), must at all times be dressed in Nation team attire. Items including, but not limited to, ripped/torn jeans, baggy shorts and flip flops will not be tolerated. Nation Teams will be given only one warning prior to being fined.



Point accumulation will be as follows:

3 points for a win

1 point for a tie

0 points for a loss


All goals scored for and against shall be used to determine final team standings during group and knock out stages.


The following tie breaking procedures will be used if 2 teams are tied after group stage play:

  • (a) Result of game between the two teams tied
  • (b) Goal Differential
  • (c) Most Goals For
  • (d) Least Goals Against
  • (e) Shoot-out
The following tie breaking procedures will be used if 3 teams are tied after group stage play:
  • (a) The highest point total, based on games among the teams tied.
  • (b) Goal Differential
  • (c) Most Goals For
  • (d) Least Goals Against
  • (e) (Coin Toss, odd coin out)

If  2  teams are tied after the above tie breaking procedures, a shoot-out between the teams will occur. The format and rules of the shoot-out will be determined by the Saskatoon World Cup Organization/Registration Committee in its sole and absolute discretion.



Infringements of any of the above rules may result in a discipline hearing in which the SWC Discipline Director or his designate shall determine a course of action.

For anything not covered in any of the Tournament Rules and Regulation, all extenuating circumstances will be dealt with by the Tournament Chair.