IFA Challenge Cup Rules

These rules are specific to the IFA Challenge Cup and run alongside and in addition to the General IFA Rules and the IFA Spirit

1. Format

1.1 All rounds of the IFA Cup are drawn on a national basis, meaning all teams understand that their tie may result in a long journey.

1.2 Each round has a deadline by which matches must have been played (barring any weather problems), and failure to agree dates, times and venues will be scrutinised by the IFA Committee and the match will be forfeited if one of the teams has not co-operated fully in agreeing match arrangements.

1.3 Matches must be reported to the IFAWorldNET mailing list as per Rule 3 of the General IFA Rules.

1.4 The deadline for first round matches to be played will be confirmed when the draw is made. Deadlines for the remaining rounds will be communicated in due course.

1.5 Semi-Finals will be played at neutral venues.

1.6 The Final will be on the Friday night before the 2019 Worldnet tournament. Date and venue will be confirmed in due course.

1.7 All teams entering IFA Cup competitions must have played a minimum of 5 league only games during 2017/18 to gain entry into the 2018/19 competition.

2. Switching

2.1 With the consent of both teams, the away team can act as the home team or a neutral venue can be sought. This is to allow those who like to travel to do so, and also to cover for any logistical problems the drawn home team may have in booking a venue for the match, or for drawn away teams to accommodate onwards travel to their senior teams match on any given date.

3. Match Conditions

3.1 The match must be played over the full 90 minutes unless both teams agree before kick-off.

3.2 No extra time will be played. If scores are level after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will take place.