Rules And Regulations


The ‘Standard Chartered Trophy…Road to Anfield 2020’ is an international 5-a-side football tournament comprising:

  • City-wise regional rounds within the country
  • A finals qualification tournament which takes place at the end of the regionals in that country
  • The ‘Finals’ tournament at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, UK in May 2020

Team Requirements / criteria

  1. A team of 7 people, including goalkeeper and substitutes
  2. All players must be amateur, no professional / semi-professional players are permitted. This is defined as anyone that has received a payment for playing football in the last 5 years
  3. No gender restrictions, however it should be noted that there will be no separate categories according to gender, age or ability
  4. All participants must be over the age of 18 years as on 16th February 2020
  5. All players must be full time employees of the participating company
  6. 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. In case of multiple team registrations from the same company in a particular city, the respective company will need to decide the team that finally participates in the tournament and communicate the same to the dedicated Standard Chartered corporate Relationship Manager at least 7 days before the tournament.
  7. It is mandatory to have a valid passport while applying to participate in the tournament. These details must be furnished for all 7 members at the time of team registration. Standard Chartered Bank reserves the right to participation.
  8. Players must carry a company photo ID on the day of the tournament for verification. In case of no photo ID proof shown, the player will not be allowed to participate in the tournament
  9. Only the 7 registered players are allowed to participate in the tournament. Should there be an injury to any player or a player is not available to play at any given point in time during the course of the tournament, no replacement will be allowed
  10. Any team caught trying to change players in between the tournament leg, will be disqualified from the tournament
  11. All participants should have passports with a minimum validity of 6 months from 1st May 2020 i.e. at least till December 2020. 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
  12. In case there are less than 2 months from the time of Visa application till the expected date of travel, it is mandatory for the winning team to apply for a Priority Visa. In a situation where this is not followed, the runner up team will automatically be eligible to travel to Anfield in their place. The winning team must confirm the type of Visa application to Standard Chartered at least 1 month prior to the expected date of travel.
  13. In case 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, no replacement will be allowed
  14. In case a player/s from the national winning team is/are unable to make it to Anfield for the finals due to injury or any other personal reason, the team will need to play with the existing members and no replacement will be allowed
  15. It is mandatory for all participating teams to wear only the jerseys provided by the tournament organizers on the day of the tournament. Not doing so can result in disqualification from the tournament
  16. All decisions taken by the referee during the course of the game are final
  • 5-a-side teams (Including Goalkeeper)
  • Teams are divided into groups. Number of teams per group will be communicated on the day of the tournament. All teams to play each other once in the group stages.
  • Top two teams from each group will qualify for the next stage of the tournament leg. All matches after the group stage will be knockout matches.
  • In a situation where the 2nd and 3rd are tied on points, head to head rule will apply. If there’s still no result, the team with the better goal difference will proceed forward. If goal difference is also equal, then goals scored will be considered, and lastly, goals conceded. If all the above (goal difference, goal scored, and goals conceded) are still equal, then a penalty shootout will decide the result – i.e. best of 3 penalties. If at the end of 3 penalties, the score is level, sudden death will follow.
  • 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 case of a walkover for any reason, whatsoever, the winning team will be handed over a 3–0 winning score
  • The winning team at the India finals will receive the ‘Standard Chartered Trophy’. This trophy is a rolling trophy and the team’s name will be engraved on it. The same will have to be handed over back to Standard Chartered two months prior to the launch of the next edition of the tournament, the date of which will be communicated to you

The following rules and regulations will apply to the ‘Zonals’ and ‘Finals’ tournaments. 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 2 teams of 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 shin guards, which must be covered by socks in accordance with the Laws of the Game, is compulsory. Any player who fails to wear shin guards does so at their own risk .
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
  • Play shall be started with a normal kick off at the centre of the pitch
  • 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, then 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

2.9 Free kick / Penalty kick
  • Free kick: When a player is taking a direct or indirect free kick all opposing players shall be at least 6 yards from the ball until it is in play.  All free kicks given against the defending side for infringements committed in or near the penalty area shall be taken from a distance not less than 6 yards outside the penalty area at the nearest point to where the offence occurred
  • Penalty kick: A penalty kick shall be taken 10 yards from the centre of the goal being attacked, and except for the defending goalkeeper, only the player taking the kick can enter the penalty area and for that purpose only.  
  • All players can enter in their own and opponent’s penalty areas at any time apart from penalty kicks. Only the penalty taker and Goalkeeper are allowed in the penalty area until the penalty kick has been taken

  • 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 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.
4. Final gratification
  • The winning team will represent India at the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals, to be played at Liverpool FC’s home ground, Anfield Stadium, on 10th May 2020
  • Participation in the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals includes a trip to the UK, including economy flights and accommodation for 4 nights. In addition, the teams who attend will receive a professional training session with LFC Legends and Coaches to help them prepare for the Finals Tournament
  • Winners will be crowned Overall Champions of the ‘Standard Chartered Trophy 2020’ and receive the ‘Standard Chartered Trophy’