Rules And Regulations

Team Requirements / criteria

  1. No gender restrictions, however it should be noted that there will be no separate categories according to gender, age or ability
  2. A team of 7 people, including goalkeeper and substitutions
  3. Only 1 team from a particular company will be allowed to participate in the tournament in each city. Subsidiaries of conglomerates will be considered as separate entities.
  4. All players must be amateur (no professional / semi-professional players permitted) footballers. Must not have represented any local professional football club beyond 2012.
  5. All players must be over the age of 18 years as on 18th February 2018
  6. All players must be full time employees of the participating company.
  7. Players must carry a company photo id on day of tournament for verification. Incase of no photo id proof shown, the player will not be allowed to participate in
  8. Only the 7 registered players are allowed to participate in the tournament. Should there be an injury to any player or a play is not available to play at any given point in time during the course of the tournament leg, the team has to compete with the remaining players on its team.
  9. Any team caught trying to change players in between the tournament leg, will result in the team being disqualified from the tournament.
  10. All participants should have passports with a minimum validity of 6 months from 1 May 2018 i.e. at least till December 2018. Players must be eligible to travel to the UK. Visas etc are the responsibility of the participants. Please check local timelines for visas and consider these timelines
  11. Incase a player/s from the regional winning team is/are unable to make it to the national finals due to injury or any other personal reason, the team will need to play with the existing members
  12. Incase a player/s from the national winning team is/are unable to make it to Anfield for the World finals due to injury or any other personal reason, the team will need to play with the existing members
1. Tournament Format
  • 5-a-sideteams (Including Goalkeeper)
  • All teams to play each other once, with the top 2 teams qualifying for the finals.
  • Each match is for a duration of 10 minutes, with a 5 minute break in between matches.
  • Size 5 footballs will be used
  • 3 points will be awarded for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss
  • In the situation 2nd and 3rd are tied on points, the team with the better goal difference will proceed forward. If Goal Difference is also equal, then Goals scored will be considered, and lastly, Goal Conceded. If All the above (Goal difference, Goal scored and Goals Conceded) are still equal, then a penalty shootout will decide the result.

The following rules and regulations will apply to Zonal and ‘Finals’ tournament. Teams will be informed of any changes to the below rules on the match day in advance of play. If you have any further questions, please contact your Standard Chartered team representative.

2.1 Number of players
  • Each match shall be played by two (2) teams of five (5) players, including the goalkeeper.
  • Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that the referee is informed before the change is made, and that the change is made during a stoppage in the game.
  • The Rules of the Competition allow for “rolling” substitutes to be used. The number of “rolling” substitutions is unlimited.
2.2 Players’ Equipment
  • Footwear shall be worn in accordance with the Laws of the Game, and subject to any local regulations. (No metal studs or metal blades)
  • The wearing of shinguards, which must be covered by socks in accordance with the Laws of the Game, is compulsory. Any player who fails to wear shinguards does so at their own risk. However the shingaurds are mandatory for the Finals at Anfield.
2.3 Timekeeper / scorer

The referee shall:

  • Record goals scored
  • Act as timekeeper and signify full-time by a whistle
  • Supervise the use of “rolling” substitutes
2.4 Duration of the game
  • The duration of the game shall be 10 minute matches with a 5 minute break In between games. No allowances will be made in games for stoppages except in extreme circumstances.
2.5 Start of play
  • At the beginning of a game the choice of ends and kick off shall be decided by the toss of a coin.The game shall be re-started in like manner after a goal has been scored.
  • After any other stoppage the game shall be re-started by the referee dropping the ball at a point nearest to where it was when play was suspended, unless it was in the goalkeeper’s possession, when the player shall, at the referee’s signal, roll or pass the ball out.
2.6 Ball in and out of play

The ball shall be in play at all times from the start of the game unless:

  • The ball has crossed the goal-line, side-lines or the barricades surrounding the playing area;
  • The referee has given the signal for full-time;
  • The game has been stopped by the referee;
  • When the ball goes out of play a member of the opposing team shall pass the ball into play.
  • You cannot score directly from a pass in (throw in).
2.7 Offside
  • There is no offside. Players may place themselves in any part of the playing area outside the penalty areas.
2.8 Fouls and misconduct
  • A player who unfairly impedes the progress of an opponent when not playing the ball shall be penalised by the awarding of an indirect free kick.
  • A player who is sent off shall not be allowed to take any further part in matches during that stage (minimum 2 matches). No substitute is allowed for a player dismissed for misconduct during the game in which the offence occurred.
  • All players can enter the penalty areas
  • Goalkeepers can come outside their area but cannot handle the ball
  • Goals can be scored from anywhere on the pitch including penalty areas from open play.

    LFC encourages ‘Total Football’ to be played all over the pitch

2.10 Goalkeeper returning the ball into play
  • All goal kicks start with a throw. Remember they cannot go overhead height.
  • After holding the ball the goalkeeper must immediately return the ball into play with a throw
  • Goalkeepers must not hold onto the ball for more than 6 seconds. In the event of this happening the referee will award an indirect free kick.
  • If goalkeepers receive the ball from open play, they can pass it with their feet. If they decide to pick it up then they must throw the ball.
  • A goal keeper cannot pick up a pass from his own team member. If he does so an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.
2.11 Other General rules of the game
  • Apart from the above rules the matches will be run as a normal game. Overhead height is permitted at all times.
3. Other rules
  • All teams participating in the city/national rounds will need to play wearing the jerseys provided by the tournament organisers. Not doing so can result in being disqualified from the event.
  • The final decision pertaining to all regulatory matters of the tournament will lie with the tournament organisers. All decisions taken by the organisers will be final and binding.