Dates: Friday 18th until Sunday 20th of August 2023



Article 1 – General

  • The Otten Cup is contested annually and can become the property of a participating club if:
  1. the cup is won three times consecutively;
  2. the cup is won for a total of five times;
  • Unless point 1 or 2 is applicable, the tournament winner is cup holder for one year.

Article 2 – Referees

  • Referees and assistant referees are appointed by the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association).


Article 3 – Tournament schedule

  • Eight football clubs take part in this tournament. Group-matches and (cross)finals conform the match programme will decide the final classification. Matches are played on natural grass or artificial pitches.


Article 4 – Age conditions

  • Participation is restricted to players born on or after January the 1st 2005, however a maximum of 4 players is allowed to be overaged. In that case the average age of all players in total has to be under 19.


Article 5 – Participating players

  • Before the start of the tournament each club has to submit a team sheet with names and dates of birth of the participating players. Each club is allowed to take maximal 22 players during the tournament. In case of control, each player has to present a valid identity card.


Article 6 – Effective Playing Time

  • Matches are played in 2 x 25 minutes effective playing time (when the ball leaves play time is stopped and resumes when the ball is brought back into play);
  • No extra time is added to the match;
  • The match stops immediately after the end of the effective playing time.


Article 7 – Flying Chance

  • Teams have the option of continuous substitution of players, where the game does not have to be stopped. Substitutions can be made at any time during the match and does not require permission from the referee;
  • The substitution takes place at the center line of the pitch on the side of the dugouts. Hereby 1 player leaves the field and 1 player replaces him;
  • When there are more than 11 players on the pitch due to incorrect substitution, the last player to enter will be penalized with a yellow card and serve the time penalty. Because of this, the game will be played with 10 players;
  • The teams are responsible for correctly substituting and recording the times of substitutions.


Article 8 – Self-pass

  • A free kick gives a player the opportunity to stop the ball and to start a dribble instead of having to pass the ball;
  • Players need not wait for a sign or whistle from the referee, except when the referee explicitly states "wait for the whistle;
  • Opponents must take a distance of 9.15 meters away as quickly as possible and may not prevent players from starting to dribble, however, players need not wait until opponents are 9.15 meters away;
  • When players choose to make a quick play recovery, the main rule is that opponents may actively defend after 5 meters of dribbling. Referees guide this by coaching the opponents in this;
  • If, in the opinion of the referee, opponents do not give the required distance or space, the opponent in question will receive a yellow card;
  • For a foul worthy of a yellow or red card, the referee may choose to first allow play to resume by a self-pass to still show a yellow card at the next stoppage;
  • For an indirect free kick, players may take a self-pass, but not score themselves, as a goal from an indirect free kick requires the ball to be touched by at least two players;
  • For all other situations, the applicable rules for free kicks remain intact.


Article 9 – Kick-in / Dribble-in

  • If the ball crosses the sideline, a kick-in or dribble-in is awarded. Players may also dribble in place of kicking at a corner kick, goal kick or kickoff;
  • With regard to spacing, the same sub-rules apply as for the self-pass (see article 8);
  • In the case of a kick-in (instead of the throw-in) the offside rule applies;
  • Opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the goal kick or dribble-in has been taken;
  • For all other situations, the applicable rules for the throw-in, corner kick, goal kick and kick-off remain intact.


Article 10 – Registrations.

  • In case of a yellow card, the player concerned must go to the side for 5 minutes;
  • For a second yellow card, the player concerned is sent off the pitch, but may be replaced by a substitute player after 10 minutes;
  • Referees keep time and signal to the penalized player when he may re-enter the pitch. This does not require the game to be stopped;
  • For time penalties, time begins to run from the time a player has left the pitch;
  • In case of a direct red card, the player concerned is sent off the pitch, no new player may be brought in;
  • In case of a red card the player will be suspended for one match, following the match in which the red card was received.

Article 11 – Playing attire

  • Each participating team has to bring at least one reserve player’s kit which is different from their first kit;
  • In cases in which the referee decides that there is a colour clash between the player’s kits of both teams, the first mentioned team has to change their player’s kit;
  • During the tournament, each player has to play with the same number on the shirt.


Article 12 – Penalty-kicks

  • If two or more clubs finish with the same number of points, the goal difference decides. This is the difference between the number of scored goals and the number of goals against. If the goal difference is equal, the total of scored goals decides and, if this is equal also, the mutual result between the clubs decides. If the placing is still unresolved, penalty-kicks will be taken. The referee decides which side of the pitch will be used for the penalty-kicks-procedure;
  • With the exception of a substitute for a goalkeeper who is unable to continue, only players who are on the pitch or are temporarily off the pitch (injury, adjusting equipment etc.) at the end of the match are eligible to take penalty-kicks. Each team is responsible for selecting from the eligible players the order in which they will take the penalty-kicks. The referee is not informed of the order;
  • If at the end of the match and before or during the penalty-kicks one team has a greater number of players than its opponents, it must reduce its numbers to the same number as its opponents and the referee must be informed of the name and number of each player excluded. Any excluded player is not eligible to take part in the penalty-kicks (except as outlined below);
  • A goalkeeper who is unable to continue before or during the penalty-kicks may be replaced by a player excluded to equalize the number of players or, if their team has not used its maximum permitted number of substitutes, a named substitute, but the replaced goalkeeper takes no further part and may not take a penalty-kick. If the goalkeeper has already taken a penalty-kick, the replacement may not take a penalty-kick until the next round of penalty-kicks;
  • The penalty-kicks are taken alternately by the teams. If, before both teams have taken five penalty-kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five penalty-kicks, no more penalty-kicks are taken;
  • If, after both teams have taken five penalty-kicks, the scores are level penalty-kicks continue until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of penalty-kicks. Each penalty-kick is taken by a different player and all eligible players must take a penalty-kick before any player can take a second penalty-kick.


Article 13 – Final matches

  • If a final match ends in a draw after the regular playing-time, penalties will be taken in conformity with article 12.

Article 14 – Insurances.

  • Officials and players of the tournament have to effect a health- and accident insurance. PSV does not accept any financial consequences, nor the consequences of loss or theft of possessions.


Article 15 - Miscellaneous

  • In cases where these regulations are not comprehensive, decisions will be taken by the organisation committee. This committee is in charge of the explanation of these regulations.