Competition Rules & Regulations

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Tournament Structure

  • The Workers Cup tournament is scheduled to be held annually and is free for selected companies to participate in
  • 32 teams will be confirmed to participate in the Workers Cup 2018
  • The season commences on 02 February 2018 and is scheduled to run until 23 March 2018
  • Matches will be played every Friday as per the official competition schedule
  • Matches to be played at (A) Al Duhail SC training pitches and (B) Al Sadd SC training pitches
  • Opening Match & Ceremony and the Final Match & Awards Presentation to be played at Al Duhail SC stadium (QSL venue)
  • Final match schedule confirmed at the Official Draw, which typically takes place one week prior to the Opening Match
  • Team Technical Briefing meeting – compulsory for all Team Managers and Head Coach – scheduled immediately after the Official Draw
  • Two selected teams will be drawn to participate in the Opening Match and be allocated positions A1 and A2 in Group A, prior to the Official Draw
  • 8 Groups of 4 teams will be confirmed for the tournament, with each team playing a minimum of 3 matches, each team in the Group playing each other once
  • Top two teams in each group qualify for the knock-out phase, starting with Round of 16 matches
  • 4th week to commence with the Round of 16 matches
  • 5th week to commence with tournament quarter-finals
  • 6th week for tournament semi-finals
  • 7th week will be reserved for the tournament final, with Third vs Fourth Place play-off played potentially one week earlier (free week)
  • All matches will follow FIFA rules as confirmed in the “Laws of the Game”, with the main exceptions being contained in the following Rules & Regulations information.
  • Teams are asked to ensure that all players arrive 1 hour prior to their scheduled kick off times
  • Teams are asked to ensure that all players arrive 1 hour prior to their scheduled kick off times


Team Structure

  • 11-a-side (10 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper)
  • 9 substitutes (including 1 goalkeeper)
  • Teams may register up to 20 players (including 2 goalkeepers)
  • Team shirt numbers must be between 01 to 99 with 01 reserved for a Goalkeeper (note – number 00 is not permitted to be used)
  • Players must be from the lower qualified workforce sections of the participating company, with no senior office staff or management requested to participate (Qatar ID’s to be provided)
  • Players must be working with the Company for a minimum of six months prior to the start of the tournament, with RP identification card details and / or Contract of Work confirming such timing
  • Companies are not permitted to register staff solely for the purpose of tournament registration prior to the start of the tournament
  • Players are not permitted to be employees of “sub-contractors” of the registered team – the must be direct members of the confirmed participating company
  • All 20 players must register prior to competing on match day 1 for any team
  • Team registrations of the 20 players must also reflect their tournament jersey/shirt/uniform number - cannot change during the tournament (one goalkeeper must be numbered 1)
  • No additional players can be allocated to a team once 20 individuals have been registered. Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis (i.e., medical grounds / long-term injury / emergency goalkeeper replacement)
  • A maximum of 20 players per game may play. All players must be named on the team sheet prior to kick off
  • Any team playing an unregistered player will automatically lose the match 3-0 and will be awarded zero points following the impacted match. Any repeated offence will result in greater sanctions to be determined by tournament organisers
  • Only Registered and approved Team Officials may sit in the team Technical Area during their respective match. Unauthorised individuals will be escorted to the stands
  • Teams must designate a single point of contact for tournament / team administration management
  • Teams must designate a single point of contact for tournament / team administration management
  • Teams are required to register under their company name and must be endorsed by their respective company or sub-contractor


Tournament Structure

  • The 2018 tournament is scheduled to be held between 02 February and 23 March 2018 on each Friday
  • The 2018 tournament is scheduled to be held between 02 February and 23 March 2018 on each Friday
  • Groups will be decided by an open draw to be held in the presence of all teams captains & officials
  • Two teams will be pre-selected for the opening match and will both be featured in Group A. Each team will play every other team in their group on one occasion during the course of the tournament. (Minimum of 3 games played over 3 Fridays)
  • Each team plays one match per day (on Fridays) at the times and venue specified as per the Match Schedule
  • Groups A to D will play at Al Duhail SC training pitches
  • Groups E to H will play at Al Sadd SC training pitches
  • Due to venue restrictions, no changerooms are available for teams either pre, during or post matches
  • For all tournament matches – EXCEPT the Opening Match & Final Match at the QSL venue (Al Duhail SC stadium), no spectators are encouraged to attend matches (again, due to venue restrictions)


Points & Standings

  • 3 points are awarded per win.
  • 1 point is awarded per draw.
  • 0 points are awarded per loss.
  • For and against goals will be recorded.
  • Tournament standings during Group phase will be decided by final points gained, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the teams in question and should they still be equal after such, followed by coin toss (or drawing of lots) between respective teams. Failure of a team to show 10mins after official kick-off time and/or 6 players or less present equals a game forfeit and automatic loss of 3-0 and zero points awarded


Game Structure

  • Teams will play two 25-minutes halves with a 5-minutes half-time and 10 minutes between matches
  • Teams will play two 25-minutes halves with a 5-minutes half-time and 10 minutes between matches
  • The referee will start each game as scheduled. If the players are not ready, the clock will still start as scheduled. Play will begin as soon as there are a minimum of 7 players on the field
  • Time will run continuously, except for serious injuries
  • Teams will be given 10 minutes after the scheduled start time of the match to present the minimum of 7 players required to play the match
  • If a team fails to present the minimum of 7 players after 10 minutes have passed, they will be issued a forfeit
  • If a team fails to field sufficient players for 2 games form the schedule they will be suspended from the tournament and forfeit their participation confirmation deposit
  • A full fixture list, including game dates and times will be issued to all participating teams prior to the start of the competition and can be found on www.workerscup.qa
  • There will be no overtime periods or penalty shootouts in the group stages. In the playoffs (i.e., Round of 16 onwards), penalty shootouts will occur immediately after the match concludes. No overtime will be played


Game Rules

  • All captains and players are expected to read and understand the competition rules and regulations. Any questions or concerns regarding the rules or policies should be brought to the attention of the tournament organisers via workerscup@qsl.com.qa . Additional rules and policies may be added or amended by the organisers (JAC) before or during the tournament as all teams will be notified accordingly. Standard FIFA 11 a-side rules will apply to all games subject to the following rules:
  • The off-side rule will be applied
  • Studded footwear are permitted to be worn by any player
  • All players must wear shin pads
  • The wearing of any form of jewelry (including watches) is not permitted during play
  • All participating teams will be provided with a match day uniform (shirt, shorts, socks) & 2 team official polos
  • Teams must wear the same colour shorts and socks during their matches
  • No advertising is permitted on any team and/or game related uniforms. Only tournament issued uniforms are permitted to be worn on match days. In the case a team wishes to use their own uniform, the tournament organisers need to be notified and approve the uniform.
  • In the event of a team uniform colour clash, one team will be required to wear a tournament bib as provided by the tournament organisers
  • The first half will begin with one team taking the center kick (i.e., the team which does not win the coin toss)
  • The second half will begin with the other team taking the center kick
  • When a goal has been scored the game will be re-started by the team who conceded the goal taking a center kick
  • Opposition players must be at nine meters from where any free-kick is taken
  • The goal keeper must be on the goal line when a penalty is being taken
  • The Referee reserves the right to award yellow cards on dangerous tackles. Two yellow cards result in an automatic red card for the player, who will be systematically ejected from the current match & suspended from the next match. The team who received the red card must play with the remaining players for the rest of the game. Two red cards to a player during the tournament will result in the player being automatically ejected from the tournament. Team may replace the ejected player with a new player


Number of Players per Team and Substitutes.

  • Each game will be played by 2 teams with 11 players on the field during a game. Fielding more than 11 players at any time during the match will result in an automatic yellow card to the team captain fielding the extra player (and team must immediately revert to maximum 11 players). A second violation will result in a red card and the team captain will be required to sit on the bench for the rest of the match and the offending team will finish the match with 10 players only
  • One player from each team will be the goalkeeper (who must wear distinguishing colors)
  • The number of substitutions is limited to a maximum of 3 substitutions for each half
  • A player who has been replaced cannot return to the playing area as a substitute for another player
  • The player leaving the playing area will do so from the sideline crossing over at the substitution area
  • The player entering the playing area will do so from the substitution area but not until the player leaving the playing area has passed completely over the sideline
  • All players must sign a waiver and release of liability prior to the start of the competition
  • All players must be medically fit to participate in the competition (team medical form signed by senior management / HR or Workers Welfare department of the participating company)
  • A team can submit a complaint about other team within 24 hours after the game is concluded
  • If you have any complaints or concern at any time, please contact the Tournament Director Mr. Lucian Moldovan who will in turn liaise with the tournament organisers
  • If required, temporary action will be taken to address the problem immediately, while a consultation with other organising committee members (QSL & SC) within 24hours will be sought to take further action
  • Complaints must be made IN WRITING and will be discussed at the organising committee meeting. If no written complaint is received, any temporary action taken will be cancelled, and no further action will be taken by the committee


Other Tournament Matters

  • The Workers Cup name and trademark is legally registered with QSL in the State of Qatar
  • All participating teams are required to provide a number of administrative requirements, including but not limited to, company logos, company bios, team registration lists, company representatives for team administration and spectator liaison, various tournament documents (e.g., Copies of Players’ Qatar ID, Medical Clearance, Waiver & Release of Liability etc.)
  • All participating companies and teams are requested to attend the opening match day and final match day to support the Workers Cup tournament. In addition, each participating company is requested to bring spectators to both match days – and throughout the tournament – to support all teams playing
  • All participating teams will be offered a maximum of two VIP invitations for their senior management to attend the opening match day and final match day. Additional requests are subject to venue and availability
  • All participating teams are required to attend the Official Draw and Team Technical Briefing scheduled for one week prior to the Opening Match
  • All participating teams must provide and bear the costs of medical insurance coverage for all players and team officials in the event of any injury or incident during, and/or to and from the tournament venues
  • The display of political, religious and personal messages or slogans in any language or form by players and officials on their playing equipment items, special equipment items or other equipment items (including kit bags, beverage containers, medical bags, etc.) or body is prohibited
  • The similar display of commercial messages and slogans in any language or form by players and officials is not allowed for the duration of their time at any official activity organised (including in the tournament venue and/or stadiums, as well as during official media conferences and other media activities)
  • Banners – any company wishing to print and display any banners or other advertising materials at matches are required to seek written approval from the tournament organisers prior to producing such materials
  • Refundable participation confirmation bond – each participating team will be required to deposit a QR5,000 bond as confirmation of their registration and commitment to the tournament. The bond will be returned to each company at the completion of the tournament. The refund of the bond may be withheld at the decision of the tournament organisers subject to serious matters such as, but not limited to: -

    • failure of the company to complete their participation in the tournament as confirmed (depending on the final circumstances of the withdrawal and ability of tournament organisers to timely replace them),
    • failure of the players or team officials to respect the match officials and/or tournament regulations (which may include a match being delayed or abandoned),
    • significant indiscretions of the spectators of a participating company,
    • material damage to any equipment and/or venue used by the Workers Cup tournament
    • failure to use confirmed bus transportation to / from opening and/or final match days as pre-paid by the tournament organisers,
    • any other major issue which brings the tournament into any trouble/delays
    • each company will have the right to submit a detailed written explanation of appeal within 72 hours of being notified of such action as to withhold their deposit bond (reviewed and decided by tournament organisers)

Other Tournament Matters

  • Team spectators must adhere to the values and spirit of the Workers Cup
  • Team spectators must abide by the leadership and guidance of the participating Company and / or Fans Liaison Representative appointed by each team
  • It is the responsibility of the Company, Team Manager and Fan Liaison Representative to ensure spectator actions are in line with the tournament values
  • Team spectators are not permitted to enter the field of play of any official designated tournament area (ie, Referee changerooms, Team Registration areas etc.)
  • Team spectators are encouraged to contribute positively to the tournament, applauding good play from all teams
  • Workers Cup, QSL and SC will not tolerate racially based harassment or any other discriminatory behavior, whether physical or verbal and will work to ensure that such behavior is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs
  • All players, Referees and staff / volunteers have the right to participate in the tournament and be free of any physical or verbal concerns when performing their respective duties