WMFC

WORLD MEDICAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Since Barcelona 1995 to Riviera Maya 2019

History

BRIEF HISTORY

The WORLD FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEDICAL TEAMS was first organized in Barcelona (Spain) in 1995 by Dr. Ferran Morell, full professor of Pneumology at the Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron (Facultat de Medicina Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). For 10 consecutive years (1995-2004) the Championship was held in this Catalan city and 36 different Medical Teams from all over the world, but y ciprimarily from around Europe, come together “not only to play football” but also, as it was stated by the organization, “to make friends”. During this X editions, the matches took place in the Football fields of F.C. Barcelona, and the final was held at the Mini Estadi of this prestigious football club.

Information of this championship was sent all over the world to 300 colleagues and ads were inserted to different medical magazines. A large number of different countries took part during this ten years of Championship: Argentina, Australia, Austria (3 teams), Belgium, Brazil (4 teams), England, Germany (2 teams), Lithuania, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Georgia, Slovenia, and from many different cities in Spain including Barcelona, Girona, Málaga, Mallorca, Murcia, Vitoria and Zaragoza.

As rules underlined, this Championship is exclusive for Medical Doctors, and compulsorily at least 2 players older than 35 from each team had to be on the field at any time during the match. Moreover, in the half-time of the match, two players of each team are requested to answer a simple test on easy medical questions set by the delegates of the Organization, just to make absolutely sure that everyone is an MD. Only one paramedical player aged over 40 and who had already played before 2006 (Germany) was allowed.

Parallel to the tournament, a SYMPOSIUM ON MEDICINE IN HEALTH AND SPORT is held. In this symposium, all players are invited to present their experience in any medical field by oral communication slides or a poster display.

Winners & Editions

Mayan Riviera
2019
Mayan Riviera, Mexico
WINNER
GREAT BRITAIN
Praga
2018
Praga, Czech Republic
WINNER
GREAT BRITAIN
Leogang
2017
Leogang, Austria
WINNER
CZECH REPUBLIC
Barcelona
2016
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
CZECH REPUBLIC
Long Beach
2015
Long Beach, USA
WINNER
CZECH REPUBLIC
Natal
2014
Natal, Brazil
WINNER
BRAZIL
Budapest
2013
Budapest, Hungary
WINNER
GERMANY
Manchester
2011
Manchester, England
WINNER
CATALONIA
Innsbruck
2010
Innsbruck, Austria
WINNER
HUNGARY
Seoul
2009
Seoul, South Korea
WINNER
GREAT BRITAIN
Klaipeda
2008
Klaipeda, Lithuania
WINNER
HUNGARY
Gold Coast
2007
Gold Coast, Australia
WINNER
BRAZIL
Mainz
2006
Mainz, Germany
WINNER
BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro
2005
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
WINNER
BRAZIL
Barcelona
2004
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
BRAZIL
Barcelona
2003
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
CATALONIA
Barcelona
2002
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
BELGIUM
Barcelona
2001
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
CATALONIA
Barcelona
2000
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
SPAIN
Barcelona
1999
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
CATALONIA
Barcelona
1998
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
SPAIN
Barcelona
1997
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
SLOVENIA
Barcelona
1996
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
ARGENTINA
Barcelona
1995
Barcelona, Spain
WINNER
SLOVENIA

1. General

  • 1. The World Medical Football championships is intended for medical teams only.
    Medical condition: Players must hold a University Degree in Human Medicine and be working (or entitled to work) as a human medical doctor in their country, plus be able to prove a basic medical knowledge under requirement of organizers and/or other teams.
    Exceptions to this rule:
    • 1.1- Non-medical players who participated in WMFC editions previous to Mainz 2006: only one of such players per team is allowed and he must be over 45 and wear a distinctive armband.
    • 1.2- Dentists who participated in WMFC editions previous to Budapest 2013.
  • 2. Team representatives are fully responsible for the medical condition of players. Documents (passports, medical degree, documents and pictures) must be submitted by representatives to organizers well in advance of WMFC. The hosting team will check all documents and may request further evidence if any doubts on the medical status of a player.
  • 3. Team representatives must also submit a team sheet with picture, name, age (birthdate), shirt number and medical specialty of each player.
  • 4. The WMFC is structured in 2 competitions, running in parallel:
    • 4.1- Ferran Morell Cup (Open Trophy): Players are only requested to be male medical doctors and at least 25 years of age at tournament initiation.
    • 4.2- Clemens Vogel Cup (Masters Trophy): Players are also requested to be at least 45 years of age at tournament initiation. Female players over 25 are also eligible.
  • 5. For a particular WMFC edition, a nation may register a maximum of one team in either competition.
  • 6. On-site medical tests: At the end of the match, the captains must select 2 players from the opponent team to answer a questionnaire based on fundamental medical topics. The on-field Delegate is responsible of the fair execution of the tests and should report the outcomes to the organizers. Results of on-field tests will be published, so that same players are not tested again in the following days. In case of unclear medical status of a player, he will be challenged by the Organising Committee. If any player refuses to undertake the test, his team will automatically forfeit the match, resulting in a 3-0 win awarded to the opposition. The Organising Committee will disqualify any team for the rest of the championship if it is proved that there is a non-medical player on the field at any time. And the Board will exclude such team for at least the following 2 editions of the WMFC be punished by a yellow card for not wearing the arm band. A team may choose to play with less than 10 outfield players to avoid receiving a penalty.
  • 7. Changes or updates to these rules must be communicated at least one month prior to the start of the WMFC. After that, a change to existing rules can only be made under exceptional circumstances by a unanimous decision of the Board and communicated as soon as possible to all teams
  • 8. The Competition:
    Results and Tournament standings will be made available daily by the Organising Committee
    • 8.1- The WMFC shall begin with a league among the teams composing one group. The number of groups will depend on the total number of teams enrolled. The composition of the groups will be determined by drawing a lot at the opening ceremony.
    • 8.2- The players must be dressed in their team strip 30 minutes before the match begins. All teams should have an alternative colored team strip to avoid a clash of colors. In this case, the visiting team (listed second in the draw) will change team strip.
    • 8.3- Substitutions are limitless and reversible, i.e. any replaced player can substitute for another player later on in the match. The replaced player must have left the field before the substitute player may enter. Substitutions can only be made within 5 m of the halfway line, at the side of the team managers. Play must not have to stop.
    • 8.4- Any other rules of international soccer apply, unless stated otherwise.
    • 8.5- In case of a situation that has not been covered by these rules , the host Organising Committee will have the final decision. In case of any disagreement, the Board remains the highest authority.
    • 8.6- Preliminary Round Stage and Team Ranking:
      • 8.6.1- Scoring:
        • A. 3 points are awarded to a team that wins a match.
        • B. 1 point is awarded to each team in the event of a drawn match.
        • C. In the event of a walkover, the opposing team will be awarded 3 points and the match result will be recorded as 3:0.
      • 8.6.2- Playoff Criteria:
        • A. If there is a final draw on two teams, decision of qualification is by the following order:
          • A.1- The result of the direct confrontation will decide first.
          • A.2- Obtaining of the highest balance of goals in the stage.
          • A.3- Obtaining the highest number of goals in the stage.
          • A.4- Suffering the lowest number of goals in the stage.
          • A.5- Lowest number of red cards in match between teams.
          • A-6- Lowest number of yellow cards in match between teams.
          • A.7- If there is still a draw the results will be decide by the toss of a coin.
        • B. If there is a final draw on three teams, the order is:
          • B.1- The points obtained between the three teams is considered first.
          • B.2- Obtaining of the highest balance of goals in the matches among themselves in the stage.
          • B.3- Obtaining of the highest number of goals in the matches among themselves in the stage.
          • B.4- Suffering the lowest number of goals in the matches among themselves in the stage.
          • B.5- Lowest number of red cards in matches among themselves.
          • B.6- Lowest number of yellow cards in matches among themselves.
          • B.7- If there is still a draw the results to be decided by lot.
      • 8.6.3- Knockout Stages:
        • A. No extra time will be played; a series of penalty kicks will decide the result in the event of a drawn match.
        • B. A penalty shoot out will begin with series of 5 penalties. In the event of a tie, penalties will be taken on a sudden death basis.
      • 8.6.4 Discipline (Yellow and Red Cards):
        • A. Yellow cards are cumulative. When a player incurs two yellow cards, he will be penalized and disqualified for the following match.
        • B. Two yellow cards obtained in the same match will result in the player receiving a red card and being sent from the field of play. The player will be disqualified for the following match.
        • C. If a player receives a red card during a match, the player will be sent from the field of play. The player will be disqualified for the following match.
        • D. Cards recorded in previous matches are erased before the semifinal (so a player does not miss the final if he obtains only one yellow card in the semi- final).
        • E. In the case of serious misconduct (aggressive and abusive behavior, inconsiderate attitude towards the referee or other players, etc.) the Organising Committee along with the Referees Coordinator will decide on the punishment. The Organising Committee may decide to expel the offending player or team from the WMFC.
        • F. The referees are aware of the amateur nature of the WMFC and will be very strict regarding violent or reckless play.

2. Ferran Morell Cup (FMC): particular aspects

FMC is a 11-a side Football Competition based on FIFA rules with the following exceptions:

  • 1. Duration of games:
    80 minutes, divided in 2 halves of 40 minutes each. Resting time between halves is 10 minutes.
  • 2. Substitutions:
    • Unlimited and reversible (a player may re-enter the match after leaving).
    • No need the game to be stopped nor referees to be warned.
    • Player must leave the field (by central line, on managers side) BEFORE substitute can enter.
  • 3. Age rules (real birthdate to account)
    • 3.1- All players must be at least 25 by the first match of the tournament.
    • 3.2- For outfield players (so not applying to goalkeepers): At all times for the duration of the match, there should be playing at least:
      2 players over the age of 35 AND 2 players over the age of 40.
    • 3.3- To display their status, these 4 players should wear a distinguishing arm band whilst on the field of play.
    • 3.4- Should a team not comply with this rule, one goal will be awarded against the team for each player over the age of 35 or 40 who is not playing. Once this goal is awarded, the team must correct the error. If any player on the field has forgotten to wear the correct arm band, he will be punished by a yellow card for not wearing the arm band. A team may choose to play with less than 10 outfield players to avoid receiving a penalty.
    • 3.5- If a player from the over 35 or over 40 age group are sent off, then the team must maintain that 2 players over 35 and 2 players over 40 are on the pitch, and if they cannot, they must lose another player.
  • 4. Number of players
    • Teams participating in FMC may register up to 25 players.
    • Technical staff may also be registered with the team (no need for them to be medical doctors)

3. Clemens Vogel Cup (CVC): particular aspects

CVC is a 7-a-side football competition intended for male medical doctors over the age of 45. Female players over the age of 25 holding a Human Medicine University Degree are also eligible to play in this tournament.

General FIFA rules apply for the games, with the following exceptions:

  • 1. Duration of games:
    60 minutes, divided in 2 halves of 30 minutes each. Resting time between halves is 10 minutes.
  • 2. Substitutions:
    • Unlimited and reversible (a player may re-enter the match after leaving).
    • No need the game to be stopped nor referees to be warned.
    • Player must leave the field (by central line, on managers side) BEFORE substitute can enter.
  • 3. Age rules (real birthdate to account)
    Male players must be at least 45 and female players must be at least 25 by the first match of the tournament.
  • 4. Field dimensions
    Surface: natural grass or high quality artificial grass
    • Length: 60 ± 5m.
    • Width: 40 ± 5m
    • Goal: 6 x 2m (interior of posts)
    • Penalty Area: 9 x 24m
    • Penalty spot: 9m
    • Double penalty spot: 12m
  • 5. Off-side
    No off-side rule to be used during games.
  • 6. Referees
    • Ideally 1 field referee plus 1 table referee.
    • If not possible, the field referee should be ready to count fouls and times of exclusion to players.
  • 7. Fouls
    • All fouls by each team will be counted during each halftime, by the table (or the referee).
    • When, after a foul, the referee decides to play advantage, the foul should still be counted. In that case the referee warns the teams by shouting “foul accumulated, play on”.
    • If a team commits the 5th foul in a halftime, the referee will warn the team by shouting “5th FOUL” and showing his open hand.
    • Any further foul committed by the team in the same halftime means a DOUBLE PENALTY awarded to the opponent team.
    • For the second halftime, the count of fouls starts at zero for both teams.
  • 8. Double Penalty
    • Free kick from the 12m spot.
    • Goal keeper should be on the goal line.
    • All other players from both teams must remain behind the ball line and further than 6m from the ball, until the kick is produced.
  • 9. Free Kicks
    Opponent players must remain no closer than 6m from the ball, until the kick is produced.
  • 10. Disciplinary actions
    • The referees are aware of the amateur nature of the WMFC, and will be very strict regarding violent or reckless play, including an excessive use of force.
    • Yellow card: Communicates a caution and the involved player is excluded for 2 minutes. Another player can replace him immediately. The involved player is free to rejoin the game after the exclusion period.
    • Red card: Communicates the sending-off to the involved player for the rest of the match.
    • Another player can take his place after 2 minutes (so the team remains 1 less during 2 minutes).
    • A second yellow card to the same player implies a red card.
  • 11. Teams participating in FMC may register up to 16 players.
    Technical staff may also be registered with the team (no need for them to be medical doctors).
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WELCOME TO MEXICO

"Playing football with someone makes him a friend forever"
-Ferran Morell

More than 1500 years ago, the Mayan people received in Chichen Itza all the best ball players from nearby towns. It was a great party where they shared knowledge, played POK TA POK (ball game) and ... they made friends forever...

This year, history repeats itself. It is an honor for Mexico to host the World Medical Football Championship 2019 and 25th Global Congress on Medicine and Health In Sport. It will be a privilege for us that your team to be part of this great soccer, medicine and culture party where we will receive our medical friends from 24 nations in the incredible RIVIERA MAYA, in Quintana Roo, MEXICO.

Welcome to the mayan world... Welcome to Mexico!

RICHARD NORDENWALL (1985-2018)

"... He was a really nice and generous person, both on and of the field. He always had a laugh close by and he could laugh about himself. I sometimes laugh about his story from his last Wmfc in Natal. He was quite sad about missing the last penalty in the semifinal against Brazil. He put the ball over the crossbar. The day after he took a local taxi and the driver looked at him and blurted out Baggio (with reference to Roberto Baggio’s missed penalty in the final of the World Cup -94). The driver had seen the semifinal and kept on with Baggio, Baggio during the whole trip. Richard thought it was hilarious and we laughed about it a lot. And we still do..."
-Gustav Christensen, Swedish Captain