So you want to know more about the X3M Berlin Open. Fine, in this section you’ll find a summary of all necessary tournament details you need to know about the competition.
Start – 30.08.2013 (team “check in” at tournament office in Seelenbinderhalle)
End – 01.09.2013 (final ceremony after gold medal game in Seelenbinderhalle)
The tournament will take place in two halls in east central Berlin. The Seelenbinderhalle (Paul-Heyse-Str. 26, 10407 Berlin) is located in the famous Velodrom, the X3M Arena (Paul-Heyse-Str. 24, 10407 Berlin) approximately 200m away.
Eligible to participate are 12 male club and 4 female teams. Sites from the two highest competitions from Sweden, Finnland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic as well as teams from top competitions from other countries are being preferred to guarantee the international character and level of the event.
If you want to register your club, please follow the instructions on the according page and be aware of all necessary deadlines.
The 12 male teams will be divided into four groups, in which every team meets his opponents once. After this classic group phase the first and second teams as well as the two best third teams reach the quarter finals, the rest advances into the placement games. The 4 female teams play each other as well, whereas after the group phase, the first meets the fourth and the second the third in the semis. You can find the preliminary schedule already online.
The group games are being played 2 x 20 minutes, measured ineffectively. The elimination and placement games will also last 2 x 20 minutes, but will have their last 2 minutes measured effectively. The tournament final will be played 3 x 20 minutes. The breaks between periods last 2 minutes (final 5 minutes). Time outs are only allowed in the bronze and gold medal matches.
A win in the group games is worth 3 points, a tie 1 point and a lost match 0 points. If some teams have the same amount of points after the group phase, the final ranking is being decided as follows:
2. points in mutual matches
3. score difference in mutual matches
4. total score difference
5. goals scored in mutual matches
6. total amount of scored goals
If a play off game (everything but group phase) ends in a tie, a three round penalty shot out follows.
In case you want to protest against an irregularity, that may have happened during a match, you may hand in a written protest at one of the two match secretaries 10 mintes after the end of the relevant game. Additionally, you will be asked to hand in a protest fee of 50 €, which will be refunded in case of a protest approval or kept in case of denial.
The maximum waiting time is 3 minutes. If a team arrives later, the result will be set 0:5 forfait. If both teams arrive too late, both teams will be rated with a 0:5 loss and if this happens in the elimination phase none of them advances into the next round.
The preliminary game schedule has already been published. But please be aware that the organizer may change the schedule in case of an unexpected occurrence.
Rules of the game
The official game rules of the International Floorball Federation will be applied.
If a player is being booked with a red card, this decision leads to the following penalty:
Match penalty 1 – suspension for the rest of the game
Match penalty 2 - suspension for the rest of the game and one further game
Match penalty 3 - suspension for the rest of the game and the whole tournament
Every player has to care about his insurance policies and starts at his own risk.
Every team has to hand in a team list at the tournament check in. Only players on that list are allowed to participate and no new players may be added afterwards.
Each player is allowed to play only for one team in the tournament process. The players must not be under the age of 16 at the time they participate in a game. The player’s identificication may be requested by the opponent teams captain (see “Protest”), by the referee and as well by the tournament organizer.
Each team has to bring along two various sets of jerseys (i.e. light and dark) its contact person has listed in the process of registration (incl. numbers). If the referee decides that the jerseys of two opponents look too similar, the team listed as the away team is obliged to change its set.
Time for warm ups in the floorball rink is not being guaranteed. The teams may therefore practice next to the rink or outside the hall. Please, do not disturb the game play of the scheduled teams.
The dressing rooms will not be locked. When changed before and after the match, please take all of your belongings with you. Other teams may have to use the dressing room as well and the tournament organizer cannot be held responsible in case of any losses.
It is only allowed to play with IFF approved material. Entering the hall grounds (rink and rink area) with shoes, that had been worn outside (street, park etc.) is strictly prohibited.
The official tournament languages are english and german. Please assure, that your contact person commands one of those two languages.
The winners of the tournament will be awarded the “Buddy Bear Cup”, which the teams may keep. After the final match the top scorer, the best goalie, the best player and the “fair play guy” of the competition will be awarded, too.