Tournament regulations - Partille Cup

Tournament regulations

§ 1 Playing rules

Partille Cup is played according to the IHF rules and SHF regulations. The English text is valid in interpretation issues.

 1.2 Exceptions and/or clarifications to these rules will follow from § 2 and below. 

  • Rule 4:1 paragraph. Rules 4:4-5-6-7, “Goalkeeper as a court player”
. Partille Cup is played according to the paragraphs in all age categories.

  • Rule 4:11, paragraph 1. “In case of an injury”. 
Rule is not applicable in Partille Cup.

  • Rule 7:11-12, “Passive play (max. 6 passes)”
. Partille Cup is played according to the paragraphs in all age categories.

  • Rule 16:8, “Blue card”
. Partille Cup is played according to the paragraph in all age categories

§ 2 Competition form

2.1 Who can participate in Partille Cup

Partille Cup is open to all the club teams in the world. School teams from countries outside the Nordic region are also allowed to participate. From countries that, according to the IHF, are not classified as A- or B-nation, National or Regional teams may also participate in the tournament. National Teams and Regional Teams outside the Nordic Countries, however not teams in Europe from IHF’s A and B nations.

2.2 Competition form

The tournament begins with a qualification round. Teams are divided into groups of 6-8 teams, where all teams play against each other. The three best teams in a group of 6-7 teams and the four best teams in larger groups advance to the A-playoff, the remaining teams in the group are playing the B-playoff. The group play is played Tuesday to Thursday. The playoff takes place on Friday and Saturday and are played according to a cup model, win, or lose. 2 points will be awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows: 

  1. Points

  2. Points (head-to-head)

  3. Difference in goals (head-to-head) 

  4. Goals scored (head-to-head)

  5. Drawing of lots

2.3 Playoff

The three best teams in each six-seven-team group and the four best teams in larger groups advance to the A-playoff. The rest of the teams in the group qualify to the B-playoff. The playoff takes place on Friday and Saturday and are played according to a cup model, win, or lose. At a draw there will be extra time (sudden death) where the first goal scored gives the win. The extra time starts after flipping the coin in the middle of the field.

§ 3 Age categories 2023

B21 - Boys born 1/1 2002 or later
B18 - Boys born 1/1 2005 or later
B16 - Boys born 1/1 2007 or later
B15 - Boys born 1/1 2008 or later
B14 - Boys born 1/1 2009 or later
B13 - Boys born 1/1 2010 or later
B12 - Boys born 1/1 2011 or later
B11 - Boys born 1/1 2012 or later
B10 - Boys born 1/1 2013 or later

G21 - Girls born 1/1 2002 or later
G18 - Girls born 1/1 2005 or later
G16 - Girls born 1/1 2007 or later
G15 - Girls born 1/1 2008 or later
G14 - Girls born 1/1 2009 or later
G13 - Girls born 1/1 2010 or later
G12 - Girls born 1/1 2011 or later
G11 - Girls born 1/1 2012 or later
G10 - Girls born 1/1 2013 or later

§ 4 Match time

All categories play 2 x 15 minutes.

However, the playoff in B21, G21, B18 and G18 play 2 x 20 minutes.

§ 5 Number of players 

A team may use a maximum of 17 players per game. You may use the same player from a club in various teams but NOT in the same age category. All players must be licensed for the club they play for at Partille Cup.

§ 6 Proof of age and participant list

Each team must submit a list of players to the Partille Cup administration before their first match in the tournament. All players MUST be able to identify themselves and to certify their age with a valid passport. ID documents which expired after May 1st are also considered to be valid. Please note, a copy of the passport or ID document is not accepted. The age control can be made on all playing fields used during Partille Cup.

All teams must complete the participants list digitally at Partille Cup Account. The list of participants should be printed from Partille Cup Account and be brought as a physical copy.

If a team uses an unqualified player, they will be excluded from the tournament.

Injured player(s) may be replaced on the list of participants if there is a medical certificate and the number of players on the list of participants is less than 17, after the exclusion of the injured player.

§ 7 Dispensation 

Dispensation can be applied for a maximum of two players.

These players must already have a dispensation issued by their country or district association or be able to prove participation with the team from the previous season. This applies for dispensations issued due to over aged players or mixed teams or if other special conditions. Age dispensation can only be applied for players who are a maximum one year older.

Teams that have not applied for and received an approved dispensation will play outside the competition and their results will be written to 0-10 in each match.

Dispensation must be applied for no later than June 1st. After June 1st, no dispensation applications will be processed unless there are special reasons. Dispensations that are processed after June 1st are subject to an administrative fee of €25. 

Dispensation can only be applied for via the team’s page at Partille Cup Account.

  • Please note that you may not have more over aged players on the participant list who switch with each other between matches.

  • Please note that the rules for age division must continue to be followed in mixed teams.

§ 8 Match information

8.1 Team list

A written team list must be filled out at Partille Cup Account before the tournament start.

The number each player has on the team list must be the same as the number of the shirt.

Random controls of team list will be carried out.

If there are no markings for the technical area it is an area of 8 meters along the sideline where the substitutes are located.

8.2 Players uniforms

All team shirts must be numbered, and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team list. 

Numbers must be on the back of the shirts. Two players may not use the same number in any given match.

If the referee decides that one team should change shirts due to similarity to the opposing team’s shirts, the team appearing last in the match schedule must change.

8.3 At the match

  • All teams must be ready and dressed at the field, 15 minutes before the throw-off.

  • It is allowed to use glue in the matches during Partille Cup. (Except from on the fields Valhalla 1-6 and Prioritet Serneke Arena 1-6, at these fields glue is not allowed).

  • All players must be insured.

  • At the start of the match, the throw-off is taken by the team that is first in the match schedule.

  • Team cannot request team time out. No time out at seven meters throws.

  • A team that leaves the playing field during a match is disqualified from the tournament.

  • It is recommended to use shoes for soccer on all artificial grass fields. It’s not allowed to use shoes with metallic studs.

  • It is not allowed to wear dishwasher gloves during matches, as it is not part of the match outfit, or the equipment used when playing handball.

  • Each team is responsible for its own supporter’s behavior. Bad supporters’ behavior or conduct can result in team’s exclusion from the tournament.

  • All team leaders (maximum 6) must be indicated with their names on the team list. Only these officials are allowed to be in the technical area.  

  • The responsible team leader (coach) must immediately after the match sign the referee’s match protocol to confirm the match result, red cards, and other events during the match. Failure to sign may result in a notification to the Partille Cup competition jury.

  • A player who gets a direct red card will be automatically suspended in the next match. The team leader will be responsible for following up.

8.4 Balls

The home team must bring a correct size and authorized ball to the match. If both teams agree, another ball size may be used.
 It is allowed to use three balls in every match. The referee must authorize them all. The two balls not being used must be placed on the ground next to each goal.

Ball size used:

  • B21, B18: Ball size 58–60 cm, weight 425–475 g 
(IHF size 3)

  • G21, G18, B16, B15: Ball size 54–56 cm, weight 325–375 g
 (IHF size 2)

  • G16, G15, B14, B13: Ball size 50–52 cm, weight 290–330 g
 (IHF size 1)

  • G14, G13, G12, G11, G10, B12, B11, B10: Ball size 46-50 cm, weight 250-300 g
 (Size 0 according to Swedish Handball Federation)

§ 9 Referees

More than 300 referees from 30 countries are participating. The referees are chosen from a selection process and appointed to matches at their normal level. Final referees are appointed based on performance during the week.

The coordinator of the referees during the tournament will be available at Heden. If you have comments about the referees, you are more than welcome to leave your feedback. 

§ 10 Tournament jury

The tournament jury is composed of indipendent representatives. The jury decides protests and penalties. The jury’s rulings cannot be changed or overruled.

§ 11 Protests and penalties

11.1 Protests

Protests must be notified within 15 minutes to the competition secretariat on the playing fields after the actual match is finished. Then within 60 minutes the protest must be handed in to the competition secretariat at Heden Center, by the team manager. 

The protest fee (500 SEK) must be paid at the same time. It will be returned if the protest is accepted.  

11.2 Suspension

  • Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following match. 

  • The tournament jury can decide about suspension for further matches in case of a direct red card.

  • Each team has the responsibility that a suspended player does not participate in a match/es where he or she is suspended.

  • Severe offenses will be reported to the Handball Federation of the nation concerned.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If a player that is suspended participates in a match, the team with the suspended player automatically loses the game with 0-10.

§ 12 Walk Over and abandoned match 

12.1 Walk Over

A team that does not show up without a legitimate reason will lose the match with 0-10. If this happens more than once, the team may be excluded from the tournament. If there are compelling reasons the jury can exclude a team on the first offence. For example, if a deliberate walk over benefits the own or another team in the group. The Tournament Jury has the right to re-schedule WO match.

12.2 Abandoned match

If a match is interrupted for some reason and can’t be played to the end, the tournament jury will decide if the match must be replayed or decided by penalty shoot-out or restarted from the minute when it was interrupted, or if the result will be fixed or if one of the teams or both teams lose 0-10.

§ 13 Playing fields


All the playing fields are on artificial turf.


The playing fields are divided in the following areas: Heden, Kviberg and Valhalla IP. 


If there are bad weather matches can be moved to other fields. 

§ 14 Match schedule

The competition committee has the right to make changes in groups, times and playing fields. Any changes to the schedule may occur without contact with the teams until 24 hours before the start of the match. Should changes be made within a shorter time frame the team leaders concerned will be informed via phone and email. Keep your team updated with the schedule online via our mobile app and website.

§ 15 Organizer

IK Sävehof organizes Partille Cup. 

§ 16 Regulations for school accommodation

16.1 General

The team manager, as indicated on the participant list, is responsible for any damage caused by his or her players.

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is absolutely forbidden in the schools.

  • Silence is prescribed in each school between 23.00-06.00.

  • Before departure, you must clean your classroom.

  • We urge all participants and leaders to never leave valuables or money unattended at the school.

16.2 To prevent fire

  • Smoking is prohibited in the schools.

  • It is forbidden to cook, make coffee or make other types of food in the classrooms and corridors.

  • It is forbidden to hang clothes or other combustible materials in the corridors.

  • It is forbidden to move desks and chairs etc. out of the classrooms into corridors or other public areas.

  • Please note that doors between the corridors and the stairs must be closed at all times.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in disciplinary actions and may result in exclusion from the tournament and accommodation.

§ 17. Insurance and responsibility 

17.1 Responsibility

By registering to participate in Partille Cup, the registrant (who is the team leader in charge or someone else tasked by the team leader in charge) verifies that the team leader in charge has been made aware of these stipulations and that the team leader in charge has the necessary authority and permission from the participants, the participants’ guardians, and the registered association. Participation in the tournament is at the participants’ own risk and the team leader in charge is responsible for all participants whom the team leader has registered, which should be included in the list of participants.

17.2 Insurance

The team leader in charge is obligated to ensure that all participants are insured on the playing field. Each participant is responsible for his or her personal insurance off the field. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Sweden must have personal medical insurance. Neither Partille Cup nor the organizer has collective insurance to cover injuries, illness, theft, or damages.

Neither Partille Cup nor the organizer is responsible for compensation, and they are also not responsible for financial losses or damages that may occur due to events outside the control of Partille Cup or the organizer, such as war-like events, fire, flood, interruptions in public transport connections, government actions, strike, or other similar circumstances.


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