Format:

The 2-day International Super Masters 5-a-side/Futsal World Cup Football Tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark focuses on 5-a-side/futsal, and 4-a-side running football (May 29-30: 60+ only); 5-a-side walking football, and 5-a-side running football (May 29-30: 65+ only). Invited 65+ and 60+ men's representative teams for the 2021 tournament include all 24 teams (one per country) that registered for 2020 from North America, Europe, UK, Gulf States, and Asia/Africa. Eldest recorded participant to date, 83 years of age! In the round-robin league tournament format, each 65+ international team is guaranteed a minimum of 5 games (i.e., 15-minute individual game durations). Each 60+ international team is guaranteed a minimum of 5 games per day (i.e., 15-minute individual game durations). See below for team trophies and players' medals.

The following International Super Masters Tournament rules have been purposely modified and developed since 2006 from each international masters tournament around a common core of essential small-sided competitive game rules (e.g., SAFETY 1st, multiple substitutions) that are used within various countries (Europe, N. America, SE Asia, UK including AMF & FIFA Masters/Seniors 5v5/Futsal, Star Sixes Football, “The Dutch Way: 4v4 SSG Method”, 3v3 TSS Masters Canada, 3v3 Kick it USA, 3v3 Soccer UK, IWFF, Walking Football Association England, European Legends Walking Football) and without any advantage to any singular nation or masters team - this provides fairness and simplicity for all participating multinational players, teams, and equally important, for officiating referees at this multi-lingual international super masters event.


Rules:

(1) The minimum age for 60+ international teams is December 31st 1961 D.O.B. and the minimum age for 65+ international teams is December 31st 1956 D.O.B. (strictly enforced). Based on a longitudinal research project, masters/veterans players who were formally registered at the first 55+ super masters tournament in Swansea 2017 will be eligible to participate in the 2021 international tournament. Thus, for the 2021 international masters tournament ONLY, each 60+ team will be allowed to register a maximum of two players who were born in 1962. Each invited super masters club/team (one per country) can include players from any organization, community, national football association or region. Team size is restricted to 6-9 eligible (age-appropriate) tournament players.  This international tournament is a 2-day event. For obvious reasons and fairness to all travelling participants, teams/players cannot register for 1-day (i.e., Sunday) games only.

(2) International masters/veterans teams will play in a five-a-side/futsal competition on FIFA standard fields. The field size for an international super masters 5-a-side/futsal pitch is 30 X 25 metres and the goal posts are 5m x 2m (5.0m semi-circle goal area). Games will take place simultaneously on the field throughout each day of the tournament. Pitch 1 is that which is closest to the sports pavilion. The home team on the schedule will defend the goal nearest to the sports pavilion from K/O.

(3) Games = 5-a-side (4 outfield players and a goal keeper). Centre kick-off is only taken to begin games by the home team. Goalkeeper will begin play when any goals are scored and when there is a goal-kick (using a dead-ball kick from the goalkeeper area and which must be kicked along the surface, not arial). Goalkeeper cannot pick-up the ball from a pass-back, goalkeeper cannot kick from hands, goalkeeper cannot execute over-arm throws. 60+ Goal-keepers are permitted outfield. 60+ players can enter the 5-metre GK zone at will. Flying subs any time from the mid-centre line.

(4) Regular corner kicks apply, dead-ball kicks are taken from the sideline and must be executed on the ground (not arial). There is no off-side. Normal infringement rules apply - fouls, handball etc. Indirect free-kicks only - 3 metre distance (unless infringement in goal area and 8m penalty kick). For the team penalty shoot-out competition (a total of 5 penalty takers on each team only), regular penalty shoot-out rules apply for the 60+ running football.

(5) 60+ Day 2, May 30th 4-a-side Football - The field size for an international super masters 4-a-side pitch is 20 metre (length) X 20 metre (width) and the goal posts are 3m wide and 1.5m high. Above International masters 5-a-side/futsal football rules apply PLUS SPECIFIC RULES include: (a) Players are only eligible to play in the 4v4 games if they have already played in the Day 1 May 29th 5v5 games; (b) a registered 4-a-side team must have a minimum of 5 players ("no" goalkeepers) -multiple flying subs can be used; (c) Indirect free-kicks = 3 metre distance.



(6) 65+ Walking Football games on Saturday. Above International masters 5-a-side/futsal football rules apply PLUS SPECIFIC RULES FOR 65+ WF games include (a) "No running allowed" (strictly enforced on OR off the ball) - i.e., walking/fast-walking ONLY as defined by one foot on the ground at all times, (b) There is a ball height restriction of 6-feet only (or height of the cross-bar whichever is highest) and NO heading allowed; (c) goalkeepers have a restricted and protected (no players allowed) semi-circle "D" zone area of 5 metres; (d) Only a 1-step approach is allowed prior to shooting for the 65+ WF penalties.

(7) Rule number 1! ALL masters/veteran players and injury prevention. Absolutely no dangerous tackles (e.g. from behind, or sliding tackles that make physical contact with opposition player). It is imperative to play with safety in mind toward others and self (including shin pads must be worn). The collegial atmosphere among world cup masters players, teams and referees has always been exceptional and SAFETY will be strictly enforced by the match officials. In the unlikely event of disciplinary issues, the following use of BLUE or RED colour cards will be shown at the discretion of referees: Blue Card offences will be issued for repeat Technical (e.g., running x 3 in WF) or combinations of technical and penal offences (foul play). However, a straight Blue card will also be awarded if the offence is of a reckless nature. A Blue card will result in a 3-minute game expulsion (non-replacement); Red Card Offences are based on FIFA/FA Laws (e.g. foul and or abusive language, excessive foul play, DOGSO offence). Multiple Blue or a Red Card offence will result in a number of game forfeits which will be determined by the Head Referee.

(8) Results (see below). In the round-robin format, there will be 1-point for a tie and 2-points for a win. In the event of a points tie (including goal difference) on completion of all games, teams will compete in a further 10-minute golden goal game. If still tied, there will be a 1-shot penalty shoot-out “knock-out” for 5 players on each team. If 3 or more teams are tied on points (including goal difference), a 1-shot penalty shoot-out “knock-out” for 5 players on each team will decide the winning team. At the Head Referees discretion, a tie in a knock-out round can result in a “best of 3” penalty shoot-out competition.


Insurance is the sole responsibility of the team or individual. Under no circumstances are officials, organizers or the host organization legally responsible for any claim whatsoever.


Results:

Click here for the 2006-2019 results history of the International Masters 5-a-side World Cup Football Tournaments.


MAY 2021 RESULTS: 60+ International Super Masters/Veterans 5-a-side & 4-a-side Running Football

60+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Football Champions Trophy TBD
60+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Football Runners-up Trophy TBD
60+ International Super Masters 4-a-side Football Champions Trophy

TBD

60+ International Super Masters 4-a-side Football Runners-up Trophy TBD
60+ International Team Penalty Shoot-Out Champions Trophy TBD
60+ International Team Penalty Shoot-Out Runners-up Trophy TBD

 

MAY 2021 RESULTS: 65+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Walking & Running Football

65+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Walking Football Champions Trophy TBD
65+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Walking Football Runners-up Trophy TBD
65+ International Team Penalty Shoot-Out Champions Trophy TBD
65+ International Team Penalty Shoot-Out Runners-up Trophy TBD
65+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Running Football Champions Trophy TBD
65+ International Super Masters 5-a-side Running Football Runners-up Trophy TBD

* Participation medals for all registered Super Masters/Veterans Players.

 
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