Official FIL rules are applied with few modifications
● Playing time: 3x 10 mins, modified running time (stopped after penalties and goals only). During the last 2 minutes of every match the time is stopped with the whistle. The breaks between periods are 3 mins. Final game – 3x 12 mins stopped time, the breaks between periods are 3 mins.
● In the event of a tie score at the end of play-off games each team is awarded 3 penalty shots. If the game is still tied, there shall be 1 penalty shot for each team until the game is resolved. In case of a tie score at the end of the final game the 5 min. sudden-death overtime periods follow until the game is resolved. Round-robin and Z group games can end with tie (see tournament system below).
● Shot limit is 30 s, clear-up limit is 10 s.
● Penalties: A minor penalty 1 min. for personal fouls (cross-checking, tripping, slashing, holding etc.), a major penalty 3 mins for dangerous fouls (charging into the boards, butt-ending attempt etc.).
● Number of players for each game: 23 incl. goalies, number of players in team for the tournament is not limited. A player can play only for one team in the tournament.
● Coincidental minor/major penalties: when coincidental minor penalties or coincidental major penalties of equal duration are imposed against players of both teams, the penalized players shall all take their places in the penalty box and teams shall play 5 on 5. Such penalized players should not leave the penalty box until the first non technical stoppage of play following the expiry of their respective penalties.
● A match penalty involves the suspension of the player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately. The “in home” player is to replace the penalized player for the full three minutes of playing time regardless of the number of goals scored. A player incurring a Match Penalty shall automatically receive a game suspension. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to expel such a player from the tournament.
● Time-outs: each team shall be allowed a maximum of one 30 sec. time-out per game.
● Teams are obligged to have proper and unified jerseys incl. shorts. Two sets of uniforms are welcome. In case that opponents have similar uniform colors, a set of pins will be provided to one of the teams (a toss will decide).
● Traditional wooden sticks and large goalie sticks (Wall) are NOT allowed.
As the tournament is also a promotion of the game of lacrosse to public and media we ask all players to play fair and within the rules and spirit of sportsmanship.
Playing system 2018
All fourteen teams start in one round-robin group. Each of them plays four games against various opponents. In order to keep the round-robin interesting and enable more international games Czech teams were placed to the system to positions which minimize their games in round-robin, although total avoiding of their mutual games was not possible. Other teams‘ placing was decided by toss.
Team standings after their three round-robin games is decisive for the play-off settings. Top four teams qualify to the Gold semi-finals. Teams ranked 5th to 8th will compete for overall 5th to 8th place starting in Blue semi-finals, teams ranked on 9th–11th place play Y group for overall 9th–11th place, teams ranked on 12th–14th place play Z group for overall 12th–14th place
All of the round-robin games will be played using the following scoring system: Maximum five points total will be awarded as follows: period win – one point, period tie – half point, win the game – two points, tie the game – one point.
The following criteria decide the team standings in round-robin and Z groups:
1. number of points;
2. head-to-head match;
3. total scored/received goals difference;
4. total higher number of scored goals;
Download the playing system here.