Teams will consist of 5 players with a minimum of one male and one female player.
At least one female and one male player for each team must be on the field at all times during the game.
All games are 5 players vs 5 players — no goalies.
Each game will be 15 minutes long.
Every player must wear shin guards. Team members not wearing shin guards will not be permitted onto the playing field during the game.
Kick-ins, as opposed to throw-ins, will be used when the ball goes out of play.
When a team scores, the opposing team will take the ball out from behind their own net to restart play.
The winner gets 3 points and the loser will receive 0 points.
In the group stage, if a game ends with a tie each team will be awarded 1 point.
Goal differential will be the tiebreaker to see who advances in the group stages to the knock-out rounds.
In the event that everything is tied between two teams, each team will have a member kick the ball from the half field into the empty pug goal, until a team misses and the other makes. Each member must try once before a player can kick twice.
If the game ends with a tie in knock-out rounds, the teams will play sudden death (“next goal wins”) to advance. Only 5 minutes overtime will be allowed before applying rule #11 in knockout stages as well.
The team at the end of the group stages with the most points will receive a second round bye, putting them into the semi-finals. The team with the second-highest point total will receive a first round bye putting them into the quarter-finals.
The top two teams from each group will advance. A third-team from any group with the highest point total will also advance. The 12 teams with the highest point total after the group stage games advance to the knockout round.
All tiebreakers go head-to-head in an event of a three-way tie, then goal differential. If still tied after that, halfway kicks.