Last update: 2024-04-22

§ 1. Organizer
LUGI HF of Lund, Sweden organizes Lundaspelen.

§ 2. Playing rules
Lundaspelen is played according to the IHF rules and SHF regulations. The English text is valid in interpretation issues.

§ 3. Competition form
The teams are divided into groups, where all play against all. The top two teams (top-level tournament the top four teams) from each group advance to A-finals, and the remaining teams to B-finals. Exceptions might occur. If there only is one group in a category, a double or single league is played instead off playoffs.

B/G 8 is a one-day tournament (with at least 4 games per team) and is played on 27th (girls) and 28th (boys). No playoffs exist and we do not report results.
B/G 9-14 is played with A-, B- and C-finals, where 1st and 2nd teams go to the A-finals, 3rd and 4th go to B-finals and 5th to 6th placed teams goes to the C-finals.
B/G 15-19 is played with A- and B-finals, where 1st and 2nd placed teams go to the A-finals, and the remaining teams go to B-finals.

The final tournaments are played as a cup (direct elimination). Group placement is decided by the usual system of points. If two or more teams have the same amount of points, their position will be decided by the following priorities:
1) Goal difference
2) Highest amount of scored goals
3) Result of mutual meeting
4) Drawing of lots (if the lot decides between a place in the A- or B-finals)
Ties in playoff games B15/G15 and older is determined by the “shoot out”.
Ties in playoff games B14/G14 and younger will be determined by 7-meter throw (best of 5).
Click here to watch instruction movie about shoot-out.

§ 4. Categories
B/G19 boys/girls born 2005 or later
B/G16 boys/girls born 2008 or later
B/G15 boys/girls born 2009 or later
B/G14 boys/girls born 2010 or later
B/G13 boys/girls born 2011 or later
B/G12 boys/girls born 2012 or later
B/G11 boys/girls born 2013 or later
B/G10 boys/girls born 2014 or later
B/G9 boys/girls born 2015 or later
Mini B/G8 boys/girls born 2016 or later

No overaged players are allowed.

Special class/Parahandboll – 15 years and upwards (mixed category for girls and boys)

§ 5. Number of players and substitutes
A team may use a maximum of 17 players and four team leaders per game. You may use the same player from a club in various teams in the tournament but NOT in the same age category.

§ 6. Game time
All categories play 2 x 15 minutes. No changing of sides – 1 minute half time break.

§ 7. Before the game
Team List
A team list must be registered in the registration system no later than 4 days before the team’s first match. The team list is valid throughout the tournament, but additional players can be added. Teams that have not submitted their team list before the start of their second match will be excluded from the tournament. All participants in the team list are considered to have played with the team. Random check of team list takes place by the organizer. At least one team manager must leave a cell phone number registered as where the team can be reached during the tournament.

• If two teams have the same dress colour, the away team has to change.

§ 8. During the game
All teams have to be ready and dressed at the arena 15 minutes before the trough-off of the game (if a team is delayed the tournament jury must be contacted before a decision is made).

• The home team has the ball at the start of the game.
• The teams cannot request team time out. No time-out at 7-meters throws or suspensions.
• A team that leaves the playing court during an ongoing match will be disqualified from the tournament.
• After the game, each team leader must sign the game protocol.
• Each team is responsible for its’ supporters’ behavior.
• The use of portable sound systems during the match is not allowed. Repeated violation of this rule can lead to disqualification of the team.

The home team has to bring a correct size and authorized ball to the game. The ball must be authorized by the referee. Official handball sizes:

Category Size Meassurment Weight
G19 2 54-56 cm 325-375 gram
G16 1 50-52 cm 290-330 gram
G15 1 50-52 cm 290-330 gram
G14 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
G13 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
G12 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
G11 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
G10 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
G9 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
G8 Gummi 42-45 cm 150-200 gram

B19 3 58-60 cm 425-475 gram
B16 2 54-56 cm 325-375 gram
B15 2 54-56 cm 325-375 gram
B14 1 50-52 cm 290-330 gram
B13 1 50-52 cm 290-330 gram
B12 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
B11 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
B10 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
B9 0 46-50 cm 250-300 gram
B8 Gummi 42-45 cm 150-200 gram

If a match is completed with a different ball size, it will NOT be regarded as a reason for protest.

§ 9. Special Rules
One-to-one-marking is only allowed in the classes B/G 15, B/G 16, and B/G 19.
• B/G9- & 10-categories play with lowered bars.
The rules regarding last 30 seconds and injured players will not be applied.
• The referee decides the official result of the game. The referee’s time is the official playing time.
Handboll glue is only allowed in categories B/G 15, B/G 16 and B/G 19. Only water-based glue is allowed.
Handball regulations vary in different countries. In an international tournament like Lundaspelen this fact can cause problems. We encourage all participants to try to solve these matters with a friendly spirit.

§ 10. Age Identification
All players have to show age identification if the tournament jury asks for it. If a team uses an over-aged player, it will be excluded from the tournament.

§ 11. Exceptions
Teams with over-aged players can participate out of competition. The rest of the teams in the group will be informed about this. The teams’ results will be 0-10 in every game. Lundaspelen will not process exemptions for overage players. We recommend reporting in the oldest player’s age if you have overage players.

Local district exemptions or national exemptions do not apply in Lundaspelen. This as the Lundaspelen is an internationally sanctioned tournament and international competition rules apply.
It is not allowed to represent two teams of the same age.

U8-11: It is allowed without restriction for girls to play with boys and boys to play with girls. Lundaspelen will not process exemptions at other ages.

Gender dysphoria – if a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is established, alternatively the legal gender does not match the factual gender, exceptions are always granted. The query for exception must be handled by the local confederation. The proof of a granted exception by the local confederation must then be sent to the Lundaspelen jury ( in connection with the team registration, and no later than three weeks before the first tournament day.

§ 12. Referees and officials
The referees are responsible for the official playing time and the official score. All matches have a Lundaspelen official who operates the score board (inofficial result). Please note the score board only is a service to the audience, not the official score. All the A-finals will have a trained timekeeper and scorekeeper.

§ 13. Tournament jury
The jury decides protests and penalties. The jury’s rulings cannot be changed or overruled. Video review of episodes afterwards will not be used. It is the referee’s observation of facts that will be the base for the tournament jury’s decision.

§ 14. Protests and penalties
Protests have to be given in to the nearest secretariat at the most 15 minutes after the game in question has finished. The secretariat must immediately inform the tournament leader. More information about the handling of protests is available in the tournament binder in the sports hall and in the Lundaspelen app. The protest quota (SEK 600) has to be paid at the same time. The fee will be returned if the protest is accepted..

§ 15. Disqualification and extremely unsportsmanlike conduct
Players and leaders that are disqualified (= direct red card) will be suspended without any jury ruling for the following match. Team officials are responsible for the follow-through. This does not apply for players who receive a red card for his/her third suspension in one game. Players that are excluded according to rule 8:10 (extremely unsportsmanlike conduct, blue card) are suspended from further play until the tournament jury has delivered its verdict.

§ 16. Handball Paste (glue) Ban
All forms of handball paste usage is forbidden in B/G14 categories and younger. Violation against this prohibition results in the following:
Before the game: The player is requested to remove the paste.
During the game: The player is given an oral reprimand and must immediately remove the paste.
If repeated violations occur, the player will be given a red card, but is not necessarily automatically suspended.

§ 17. Walk Over
A team that does not show up in time for match without a legitimate reason will lose the game with 10-0. 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.

§ 18. Playing Program
Lundaspelen reserves the right to make changes in the schedule regarding groups, start times and arenas.

§ 19. Result Service
Results will also be continuously posted on our website and in the Lundaspelen app.

§ 20. Order Regulations
* The team leader stipulated on the team list will at all times be responsible for his/her players behaviour and the cost for any damage they may have caused.
* It is forbidden to consume any form of alcoholic beverages and to handle any narcotics.
* Silence is required at every school between 23.00 – 06.00.
* Each team must clean their sleeping facilities before departure and have the cleaning approved by Lundaspelen hosts.
* All participants must follow instructions from Lundaspelen officials.

§ 21. Fire Safety
* It is forbidden to smoke in Lundaspelens facilities and on the busses.
* It is forbidden to cook any food in the schoolrooms or in the corridors.
* It is forbidden to place any flammable goods in the corridors or rooms. It is also forbidden to place benches, chairs etc in the corridors or outside.
* It is forbidden to use any form of pyrotechnical devices, such as fireworks and firecrackers.
* All doors between corridors and stairways should be kept closed at all times.
If these rules are disobeyed, the offence will be handled by the tournament jury and may lead to disqualification and expulsion from the accomodation.

§ 22. Insurance, Liability
Each team leader must make sure that his/her players are totally insured both on and outside the playing field. Lundaspelen has no general insurances that cover accidents, sickness, thefts, or damages. Lundaspelen is not obliged to refund any team due to force majeure occurrences, for example war, war like occurrences, revolution or similar event, strike, lockout, blockade.
We urge our participants and leaders never to leave any valuables or money unattended!

§ 23. Notice of Changes
Every team manager must make sure that all participants are aware of these rules. Every team manager must make sure that he/she has the latest version of this document.

§ 24. Force majeure
In the event that the tournament can’t be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the tournament organizers (force majeure*) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence or the tournament organizers, the tournament organizers cannot be held liable by the delegations for any damages, costs or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses etc.

Under these circumstances, the tournament organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire registration/accommodation fee and to use it for a future tournament, or to reimburse the delegations after deducting costs already incurred for the organization of the tournament and which could not be recovered from third parties.

*Lundaspelen is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events.