IBERIA FINALS – Host Guidelines

The Finals of the Iberian Cup and Iberian Shield will be held on alternative weekends with the Shield held first and 1 week later the Cup final will be held.

The date for the Shield final will be May 13th 2023 in Zaragoza, Aaragon.

The date for the Cup final will be May 6th 2023 in Vigo, Galicia

The hosts for both events will be different locations and will be decided and confirmed by January 31st 2023 after Iberian Committee discussion with sub-regions and clubs for expressions of interest and following the rotation system.

The Cup and Shield will have 6 mens teams and 6 ladies teams.


All Sub Regions should ensure they have finalised their respective entrants to the Shield and Cup at a minimum of 50 days before the dates of the first event and those clubs must contact the hosts, confirm attendance and pay the tournament fees one week later.

Any club that hasn’t communicated commitment and paid the tournament fees by the payment deadline date will be considered as ”unable to attend” and the space will be offered up to the next eligible team from the respective sub-region or from another sub-region if agreed by the Iberian Committee.

The IBERIAN SHIELD – Qualification & Implementation

To qualify for the shield the clubs that have first refusal to confirm attendance are:

Andalucia – The club who came second
Central East – The clubs who come first and second in the INTERMEDIATE season
Galicia – The clubs who come 4th, 5th and 6th overall for the season.

The Shield is considered more of a development tournament and will permit discussion regarding the amalgamation of teams and the free lending of players to facilitate a positive and friendly atmosphere for the event.

The IBERIAN CUP – Qualification & Implementation

To qualify for the CUP the clubs that have first refusal to confirm attendance are:

Andalucia – The club that came first in the season.
Central East – The clubs who come first and second in the SENIOR season.
Galicia – The clubs who come 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall for the season.

The Cup is considered to be our flagship tournament and will NOT permit amalgamation of teams and the free lending of players. 

Clubs who have qualified for this event should ensure they have a full panel and substitutes (up to a maximum of 18 fully registered and transferred players).


CUP Seeding – 6 teams – 2 groups

Group A
Winner of Central East
Winner of Galicia
3rd Place Galicia

Group B
Winner of Andalucia
2nd place Central East
2nd Place Galicia

*The shield format will follow the same logic as above.

Senior  – 11 aside
Goal Posts

Junior – (or for 7/9) aside
Goal Posts

Hosts must either order the posts above or arrange to borrow sets from other clubs and must ensure the cost of transport is covered,.,

Full-size pitch and width is to be played in all matches.

Cones must be used to mark on the side line:
The Goal keepers square
The Kickout line
The 20 meter line
The 45 (usually the pitch centre line is accepted as the 45)
The End line

If the goals do NOT sit on the end line comes should be used to mark the end line
One cone of a different colour or size should be used to mark the limits of the keepers square.


Umpires for the games must be allocated equally among the mens and ladies teams who are not currently playing and must include a sideline ref on each side of the pitch and 2 umpires on each end. Referees will NOT start a game until all umpires are in place.

Umpires are expected to pay attention to the game, declare points by raising a hand straight up in the air or point at the ground in the goals for a goal. Use the white flag for points and the green flag for goals if available. Should the ball go wide umpires will declare it wide by putting their hands to the centre of their chest and spreading them out wide in a repeated action.

Please note, if the ball goes over the top of the upright pole it will be considered wide and the umpires should position themselves properly to follow the travel of the ball and follow its flight to assist the referee in making the correct decision.

Referees may need to consult umpires but have final say on all points and actions and can overrule any input if they deem it fit.

CCO – Competition Control Officer

Referees are not machines! They will be focused on the game and keeping score and a CCO (Competition Control Officer) should be appointed to:

Set the games schedule and ensure the running of the event
Set the umpires and remind them to attend
Record the scores from the referees.
Record any cards and apply any sanctions associated with them in terms of the event
Record any disputes related to the competition


Referees are set by the GGE Referee Administrator for both the Shield and the Cup. With the above implemented time gap before the final we should now be able to provide adequate, qualified referees to administrate the events. However, hosts should have a backup plan in the case of emergencies. 

Referees may have travel issues, fall sick or unwell on the day or suffer an injury so the hosts should ensure they have available one or 2 other “backup” referees should this occur. If the host club has none available and as a further failsafe all teams should provide the name of one individual who has the experience required to potential referee on the day also should it be required.


If any broadcasting is performed on life streams, by photography and any awards provided should be given equally to both mens and ladies teams in the respective event.

Hosts should present the cups at the end of the last final game, irrespective if it is the men’s or ladies’ final, and all players involved in the event should be in attendance to spectate, and celebrate the winners, and for photo or media opportunities.

Medals can be awarded at the evening event and a Ladies and Men’s “Player of Tournament” award can be presented (who shall be selected by the Referees.)

Trophies and medals should be ordered in advance online via this website:


40 gold medals x €3.85 = €154
2 trophies = €13 x 2 = €26
Total= €180 per tournament plus P&P

These should be ordered 40 days before the event so they arrive in good time.

Lunches and Dinner Event

Hosts are expected to provide a lunch that includes fruit, an energy bar, an energy drink, and something substantial such as a ham/cheese/tortilla baguette or similair within the price range and of the highest quality possible.

The dinner in the evening can vary widely from location to location and will depend on how it is negotiated but should be at a minimum, a drink, a starter, a choice of mains and if possible a dessert, again depending on location, but should be within the price range and of the highest quality possible.

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