- The 8 teams are divided into 2 Pools (Pool A and Pool B)
- Each match is 40 minutes, two 20-minute halves with a five-minute “half-time”
- In each pool, each team will play against each other and the following points shall be awarded for each match:
In each pool teams will be ranked according to the number of points each has accumulated in the tournament.
If the teams are on equal points at the end of their 3 games, ranking is decided as follows:
- Win: 5 points
- Draw: 2 points
- Loss with goal difference of no more than 2: 1 point
- Loss with more than 2 goals between the teams: 0 points
Following the Pool Games, on Saturday afternoon and Sunday the Classification matches will take place
The semi-finals will be as follows:
2nd Pool A v 1st Pool B
1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B
The winners of these matches will play the Final on Sunday and the losers will play 3/4, also on Sunday
If the score in a classification match is a draw, there will be GOLDEN GOAL extra time (max 5 minutes each end)
If the score is still a draw at the end of the extra time, a penalty stroke competition shall be played to establish the winner of the match.
Teams ranked 3 and 4 in Pool A and B will be placed in Pool C on Saturday afternoon.
Each team in Pool C will carry forward to the new pool the result of the match against that other team (only) in their original pool (A or B) who also goes forward with them into Pool C.
Each team will play the other 2 teams in Pool C (being the teams which they have not already played in Pools A or B) – so 2 more games each on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
- Number of matches won
- Goal difference (goals for minus goals against)
- Goals “for” (i.e. scored)
- The result between the teams that are tied
- Penalty Stroke Competition
The following Experimental Rules are being used:
- Green card suspension is 1 minute
- Yellow card suspension is a minimum 3 minutes
- “Time outs” are allowed at any time during a game apart from the award of a penalty corner or stroke.
- Teams cannot carry forward of unused time-outs between halves, or into extra time;
- Each team is allowed a new “Time out” in extra time
All matches are played under the FIH Rules of Indoor Hockey (see www.fih.ch) and the EHF Indoor Club Regulations (see www.eurohockey.org)