The Tournament

All the entered teams will be split into 2 groups where each team will play each other in games of seven minutes per half.

The top two in each group go through to the semis (winners of one playing the runners up of the other). Then the two winners of the semi then play in the final to decide who is the Design World Cup champion.

Rules* - What you need to know

  • Teams of 7-a-side, with up to 3 subs (squads of 10 players).

  • Substitutions can be made at any time with the acknowledgement of the referee.

  • 14 minute matches, 7 minute halves. Teams change ends at half time.

  • 3 points awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

  • If teams are tied on points in the group stage, the decision goes to goal difference then goals scored, should this not decide a winner, head-to-head competition between the teams is the decider.

  • The top 2 teams from each league will meet in the semi-finals.

  • In the event of a tie at the end of normal time in the semi-finals there will be a further period of 6 minutes extra time (two 3 minute halves). If the match is still tied, there will be a penalty shoot-out to decide the winner.

  • In the event of a tie at the end of normal time in the final, a period of extra time will be added. This will also be a further 6 minutes. If the match is still tied at the end of extra time a further 3 minutes of 'golden goal' period will be added. If there is no winner during the 'golden goal' phase, a penalty shoot-out will be used to determine the overall winners.

  • If the referee deems the strip colours are too similar, bibs will be provided.

  • Rules* - Dos and Dont's

  • The referee will flip a coin to decide which team kicks off.

  • The ball can travel above shoulder height.

  • Players are allowed in the 'D' but the goalkeeper is not allowed outside of the 'D'.

  • The goalkeeper cannot pick up the ball from pass-backs by his own players or directly from a throw-in (he can control with his feet and kick the ball).

  • Corners will be taken from the corner marker. Throw ins are to be taken as normal.

  • Goal kicks will be taken by kicking the ball from the end-line.

  • Free kicks and penalties will be awarded according to the laws of association football.

  • Two-footed tackles are forbidden and penalised with at least a booking for the offending player.

  • Players will be shown a yellow card for each bookable offence. Bookings are carried across from match to match. If a player accumulates 3 yellow cards he will be sent off for the remainder of the tournament.

  • The referee can also show a blue card. This will be issued to penalise persistent swearing or abuse of the officials. Offending players will be sent off for a minimum period of 2 minutes.

  • *specific rules will be gone through by the referees with the teams on the day itself.

    Getting to the event

    Address Monkton Combe School,
    Church Ln, Bath,
    Monkton Combe,
    Postcode: BA2 7HG


    Learn about the tournament before the big day by having a read here about the rules, where the event is and much more.


    There are a lot of activities and food all day for the whole family to enjoy as well as all the football, see what’s on.


    Have any questions about the event? Want to know what colour shorts and socks to bring? Then get in touch.

    Any questions?

    Twitter: @DesignWorldCup
    Phone: 01225 475 860

    Where to go

    Monkton Combe School,
    The Sports Field,
    Church Ln, Bath,
    Monkton Combe,
    BA2 7HG


    - @DesignWorldCup

    Website by

    Event supported by