REVISED VERSION: Franz Kuhnlein, THBB e.V.


    0.1.1. Object and aim are to create a common meeting place where addicted persons or groups who are in danger of addiction can meet:
    • To be together in an athletic competition
    • To meet different nationalities
    • To exchange experiences and to further participate in special therapeutic and preventive activities
    0.2.1. The members of the Soccer without Drugs Cup (S-W-D-C) have a privileged right to participate.
    0.3.1 Every member of the S-W-D-C as well as the local organizer may invite other organizations.

    0.3.2. The organisation committee reserves the right of veto for itself against other organisations.
    0.4.1. The organisation committee is responsible for the continuation of the cup as well as the keeping of all rules of the competition.

    0.4.2. This committee will come together as often as possible, at least once a year preferably as close to the following competition, in order to support and organize the next Cup.

    0.4.3. The committee demands of the organizer the adherence to minimum standards for:
    • Accommodation
    • Simple board
    • Information for all participants
    • Languages
    • (Sports) facilities

    0.4.4 In conclusion of the Committee meeting taking place at the venue before the event is held, the Committee shall enter into an agreement with the Organizer on how to carry out the event; in doing so, the Committee shall transfer responsibility to the Organizer definitively.
    0.5.1. Every member of the S-W-D-C may propose an organizer for the cup competition.

    0.5.2. The Committee is best to choose the next organizer at the end of the current competition for the following year and to announce its decision during the final ceremony. In case of several applicants, the decision shall be taken by (simple) absolute majority. "See 0.6.7"
    Organizations interested in organizing the event the following year may put in their application during the current competition with the Committee.
    The S-W-D-C should not take place in the same country for two consecutive years.
    For reasons of better publicity, it is advisable to organize the S-W-C-D in the run-up to or in the aftermath of major events (e.g., FIFA World Championship, UEFA Championship, conferences).

    0.5.3. The organizer undertakes to follow these rules even if they are not a member of the S-W-D-C.
    0.6.1 The cup is under the patronage of the EURO-TC which delegates the responsibility for good organization of the cup to the S-W-D-C in cooperation with the organizer.

    0.6.2 The Organization Committee is to transfer the organization of the cup to the Organizer in the above mentioned manner.

    0.6.3 The Organization Committee consists of one representative from each member organization. The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the member organizations.

    0.6.4 The number of the Committee members is equal to the number of member organizations.

    0.6.5 The Committee consists of a President/Speaker, a Vice-President/Speaker and the Committee Members.

    0.6.6 During public appearances, and official occasions with institutions, and during the S-W-D-C, the Committee members have the obligation to act in accordance with the objectives and content of the S-W-D-C.

    0.6.7 The Organization Committee is able to take decisions if more than half the Committee Members are present. Decisions are taken by simple majority.
    0.7.1. The organizer (in cooperation with the Committee) is to secure the financing of the cup in the most economic way in the interests of all paying participants.

    0.7.2 The financing may come from public as well as private sources unless they come from entities who offer or produce health damaging products.

    0.7.3.The organizer must inform the Committee about the expenses (endorsement / approval by signature).

    0.7.4 The organizer should try to use several sources of financing, among other things by sponsoring.

    0.7.5 Additional acquired funds will be used for the travelling costs of the participating organizations.
    0.8.1 The participants will be informed in writing on a regular basis and in time on the number of participants, planned activities and background information on the location of the event.

    0.8.2 At the place of accommodation all information such as the event’s timetable, the handing over of the cups etc. will be publicly posted on a board.

    0.8.3 The common language is English. In the case that any delegation does not speak English the organizer is to provide a translator as long as the principle of economy is not be touched.
    0.9.1 The location of the event should alternate between different European countries to promote contact with other cultures and countries.

    0.9.2 The Cup should take place during the most favourable climatic months.

    0.9.3 The Cup may take place parallel to the ICAA meeting, however this is not obligatory.
    0.10.1 The organizer obligates itself to advertise the event with the local media and may also advertise for his organization.

    0.10.2 At least half of the organizing Committee should be present during the event to convey to the media the object and goal of the competitive event as a means of prevention against addiction.

    0.10.3and The Organizer should seek to cooperate with the national Football Federation in planning and executing the soccer tournament.
    0.11.1. The Organizer makes use of the locally available media, such as the local press and television. The Committee acts supportive by participating in meetings with the media.
    0.12.1 Additionally, the organizer has to plan the carrying out of the international youth forum.

    0.12.2 These activities should imply the conveyance of ideas and values of high therapeutic relevance, such as:
    • Creativity workshops
    • Dance and theatre workshops
    • New technology workshops
    • Video and TV workshops

    The soccer cup and the international youth forum will be interrupted for an entire day where all participants of both of the soccer cup as well as the international youth forum will take part in a common activity. This is intended to express the international and intercultural character of the event properly.

    0.12.3 The teams should try to enable women to participate in the event in the soccer tournament.


    1.1.1. The accommodation norms are stipulated according to the place of accommodation and may be supplemented after discussing the matter with the committee.

    1.1.2. Each team and its persons responsible are to inform its members and ensure the keeping of these norms.

    1.1.3. Ignorance of the accommodation norms is no excuse to not fulfil these obligations.
    1.2.1 Since this is a drug-free meeting, the consumption of alcohol or drugs is strictly forbidden for all teams on the location of the event as well as outside of it.

    1.2.2 In the case of medical and therapeutic indication, where moderate use of neuroleptics upon medical prescription is allowed, the above mentioned rule 1.2.1. does not apply.

    1.2.3 Such neuroleptics will be kept and distributed only by the accompanying staff members. The required administration of neuroleptics must not occur in public.

    1.2.4 Violence in any form as well as physically aggressive playing is strictly forbidden.

    1.2.5 At the beginning of each tournament day, there will be a meeting of all team captains, their representatives and the organizer to inform on changes and to resolve any open questions.

    1.2.6 Ignorance of these rules of conduct does not relieve from the obligation to adhere to these rules.
    1.3.1 The Committee and the Organizer reserve the right to exclude a team from the game or to take other necessary measures.

    1.3.2 The decisions are taken by the majority of votes.

    1.3.3 Non-conformity with the accommodation norms or with the rules of conduct may be punished by immediate exclusion both from the accommodation and from the matches.

    1.3.4 In cases of violence or violations of the rules, the accompanying staff members of the relevant centres have to be heard and have to be enabled to make a statement before a decision is taken by the Organization Committee.
    1.4.1 The organizer is to provide the quality of board and lodging according to a previously defined standard.

    1.4.2 In the case of a complaint or an incident the organizer must take all possible steps to bring forth a solution to the problem as soon as he is informed by a member of the Organisation Committee.
    1.5.1 It is absolutely necessary that each participating team has one English-speaking staff member in its team.

    1.5.2 If the finances allow it, translation from English into other languages is to be provided.
    1.6.1 The organizer makes use of the suitable means to inform the participants on program changes. During the tournament, possible changes will be announced at the morning meetings of the team captains and their representatives.

    1.6.2 On the information board, the following announcements must made available in all languages of the participating teams:
    • Rules of accommodation
    • Rules of conduct of the soccer without drugs cup
    • General rules of conduct during the event
    • Daily results and position in the table
    • Timetable of the sportive activities
    • Workshop programme


    2.1.1 The meaning of the game is the fair-play. The fundamental purpose is not to win, but fair competition with other teams and the good comradeship between all participants.
    2.2.1. The number of teams shall not be less then five and not exceed 20.

    2.2.2. Number of players:
    • The SWDC is exclusively organised as a small field tournament. Each team has 7 players.
    • In each team, only persons who undergo therapy, or who have completed a therapy, or who take part in complementary measures of the centres are allowed to participate in the S-W-D-C.
    • The teams of the participants consist of maximally 12 persons; 2 among these act as accompanying assistants. To the best possible extent, the majority of the players should participate in the S-W-D-C for the first time.
    • If any team has too few players during the course of the tournament, e.g. due to injuries, players from other teams may be used, provided that both teams agree and the arbitration court – see 2.2.5 – gives its consent.

    2.2.3. Length of match:
    • The match lasts 15-20 minutes each half.
    • Each team shall at least play 5 games
    • The tournament timetable shall be prepared by prior agreement with the Organization Committee

    2.2.4. Referees
    • The local organiser is advised to use only referees trained by the national football Federation if possible
      The teams have to provide lines men
    • The official international FIFA rules are applicable to the tournament matches.
    • Prior to the tournament, the referees are informed about the special S-W-D-C rules and are instructed to care for their respect.

    2.2.5. Arbitration court
      Beside the idea of abstinence, fairness has an equal rank within the S-W-D-C!

      An Arbitration Court shall be set up to impose the idea of fairness and to take immediate action during the course of the tournament; the Arbitration Court shall be present at the venue.

      The Arbitration Court is composed of 3 persons in the following manner:
      • Senior referee
      • One representative from the Organizer
      • One representative from the Committee

      The Arbitration Court may be called in immediately after any relevant situation by staff members of any teams participating in the respective match, by the referee, by the Organizer, by any Committee member, or be the Arbitration Court itself.

      The decisions taken by the Arbitration Court are binding!
    2.2.6. Qualifying rules
      The game count is as follows:
      • Win: 3 points
      • Draw: 1 point
      • Lost: 0 points
      • Does a team leave the tournament early all results will be deleted, if only half of the qualifying games have been played by that time.
      • If the early leaving team has played more than half of the qualifying games all further qualifying games are judged 6:0 goals and 3 points for the other team.

      Qualification rules with the scores level
      1. Highest score of points
      2. Highest score of points in direct comparison
      3. Difference in goals in direct comparison
      4. Difference in goals in general
      5. Number of scored goals
      6. Decision by penalty kicking

    Qualification for the finals is found through a cross-matching between the group winners and the teams on second place of the groups to guarantee that in case of unfavourable drawing of the groups only one out of two strong teams reach the final.

    2.2.8. Disciplinary rules
    • A player receiving a red card ore two yellow cards during the tournament is banned for the following match.
    • A player receiving 2 red cards during tournament is banned for all following games of the tournament.
    • If, for whatever reason, any team does not show up for the final placing games, the organising Committee may decide to put this team on the last place on the final table of the tournament.
    2.2.9 Equipment of the teams
    • All teams have to be equiped in the best way depending on their capabilities
    • All teams have to show up uniformly dressed
    • If this is not possible the organiser will provide a unifying element
    2.2.10 Safety and Security
    • Aluminium Studs are forebidden
    • Every player is obliged to wear skin pads
    • During the match, it is forbidden to wear any piercings, jewellery or watches.
    • Every team has to carry first aid equipment
    • The organizing association must ensure that during the tournament first aid providers trained by the regional Red cross be present at all venues at all times.

2.3 Opening and presentation ceremony
    2.3.1 The cup starts with an opening ceremony with the participation of all teams and delegations.

    2.3.2 All teams are welcomed and informed about the time table and other important matters.

    2.3.3 The cup ends with a presentation ceremony. Beside the S–W–D–C, the international youth forum and workshop results will be featured.

    2.3.4 At the end. the Cup will be handed over to the winning team. If any team wins the Cup for three consecutive times, it will pass into their definite ownership.
    A successive Cup will be provided in such a case by the Organization Committee.

    2.3.5 The Organiser tries to provide a memento for all participating teams and to reward the fairest-behaving and nicest team with a Fair Play Special Trophy. This Trophy will be handed over during the presentation ceremony as the last trophy, having the highest ideal value. Beside the behaviour during the tournament, the entire behaviour throughout the entire event and the various activities will be considered in awarding the trophy.

    2.3.6 The Organiser will work for the broadest possible public relations and press-contacts in the local media.

    2.3.7 After the event, the Organiser works out a complete documentation which will be sent to all participating teams three months after the tournament at the latest.

    2.3.8 At the end of the tournament, a select team from all participating teams will play against a VIP team.
2.4 Registration
    2.4.1 All participating teams have to declare by signature the agreement with all the Cup rules.

    2.4.2 Upon registration, a participation fee will be asked from each participating team, which has to be transferred to the Organizer before the event takes place. The participation fee serves to finance the activities of the Committee. The amount of the participation fee shall be fixed by the Committee at the Committee’s meeting preceding the event.

3. Further activities

3.1 Additional sport activities and youth forum
    3.1.1. The organiser provides alternative sport activities and workshops hat may contribute to the success of the event.

4. Minimal standards

  • Hygiene and cleanliness
  • For each 10 persons, one shower and one toilet
  • Breakfast & 1 hot meal per day
  • Hot water at the accomodation and playgrounds
  • Possibilities to wash and dry clothes, especially for jerseys and sports clothes
  • Adequate space for youth forum, including all workshops and forums
  • Common accomodation for all participants to guarantee the personal and cultural exchange which is essential for the S – W – D – C.


5.1. The rules are open for change. Proposals and feed back are welcome.

5.2. The organisation committee is responsible for the updating.

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