© 2019 World Cup-on-Sea.

World Cup-on-Sea Rules​

  1. Players

    1. All players must be 16 or over on the day of the event

    2. All players must wear shin pads and either studded or bladed football boots

    3. All players must return a signed the event disclaimer before they will be allowed to participate

  2. Teams

    1. Each team is to be comprised of a minimum of eight and a maximum of 13 players

    2. Each outfield player within a team must wear a similar coloured shirt. In the event that two teams play each other wearing the same colour, one team must wear bibs which will be provided, and the team to wear the bib will be selected by the referee

    3. Each team will play a minimum of four matches and a maximum of seven matches (if they progress to the final or the 3rd place play-off)

  3. Matches

    1. Each match will be 20 minutes long with no breaks

    2. There will be four games happening concurrently throughout the group stage, all they will kick off and end simultaneously. If a team is not ready to kick off at the scheduled time the game will start without them

    3. Teams will not swap ends during the match

    4. Goalkeepers can be changed when the ball is out of play and with the referee’s permission

    5. Unlimited substitutions can be made with the referee’s permission, therefore players must notify the referee before making a substitution

    6. Corners and goal kicks will be awarded

    7. If the ball goes out into touch, a team will be awarded a kick-in (as opposed to a throw-in)

    8. Corners and goal kicks will be awarded when the ball goes over the bi-line, depending on the last player deemed by the referee to have touched the ball

    9. Goalkeepers must not touch the ball outside the defined penalty area

    10. Outfield players are allowed to enter and touch the ball in the penalty area, including shooting

    11. Goalkeepers may only distribute the ball with an underarm roll, no kicking or overarm throws are permitted

    12. Once the goalkeeper has rolled the ball to an outfield player, that player must pass the ball to another outfield player before it can be passed back to the goalkeeper

    13. In the event of an outfield player passing the ball immediately back to the goalkeeper after receiving it from the goalkeeper, a back pass foul will be committed and a penalty will be awarded to the opposing team

    14. A foul may result in a direct or indirect free kick at the referee’s discretion

    15. There will be no offside rules

    16. There will be no head height rule

    17. Slide tackles are not allowed

    18. The referee’s decision is final

  4. Penalties

    1. A penalty will be awarded if

      1. A goalkeeper touches the ball outside of the penalty box

      2. A back pass foul is committed

      3. A foul against an attacker is committed in the penalty box

    2. When taking a penalty, the taker must place the ball on the penalty spot and is permitted a single step run-up

  5. Group Stages

    1. There will be 28 teams split into seven groups of four teams

    2. Each team within a group will play each other once

    3. Teams will be awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero points for a loss in the group stages

    4. At the end of the group stages, the overall two best teams across all groups, to be determined by points, goal difference, and goals scored, will automatically go through to the quarter finals

    5. The remaining 12 teams will play each other in the second round to determine who goes through to the quarter finals

  6. Knockout Stages

    1. The knockout stages will comprise of five rounds of matches: the second round, quarter-finals, semi-finals, third place play-off, and the final

    2. In the second round, there will be six matches. The top team from each group will play against the second team from another group, except for one randomly selected game, where two runners up will play each other

    3. The winners of the second round matches will proceed to the quarter-finals, and so on, until the final

    4. Draws will be decided by a penalty shootout. Each team will get 3 penalties and the winner will go through. In the event of a tie after 3 penalties, sudden death will occur