[Tournament rules for the 2022 Kuala Lumpur Cup will be updated soon]

1. Tournament Format

Teams will compete in group stages on Saturday 20th August and knockout matches on Sunday 21st August. Tournament formats vary by age group. Please check your schedule at or on the official Kuala Lumpur Cup app, available on iOS and Android

2. Draw for Groups

The Tournament Committee will conduct a draw for all age-groups at a date not less than 10 days before the event.  A fixture list will then be circulated to all participating teams and published on our website at

3. Players

All age groups:
A total of 7 players may be sent onto the pitch for each team (including 6 players and a goal keeper). A maximum of 5 substitutes are allowed for each team, hence, a total of only 12 players are allowed to be enlisted for every team. A team must have 5 players present before the match can begin, otherwise, the team will forfeit the match.

Player Eligibility:
a) Under 8: Born 2014 and later
b) Under 10: Born 2012 and later
c) Under 12: Born 2010 and later
d) Under 14: Born 2008 and later
e) Under 16: Born 2006 and later 

All players must abide strictly to the age categories as listed above, with the exception of female players playing in the boys competitions, who may be two years older in each age category.

All players are required to produce their original IC or Passport when registering on day 1 of the tournament. After registering, players will receive a wristband which they must wear for the duration of the tournament. Players under the age of 12 with no photo ID may present their original birth certificate as a replacement.

4. Rules

Unless amended by the Tournament Committee, all rules should follow according to the rules of FIFA for 7-a-side football.

5. Pitch and Footwear

Playing area is an artificial turf pitch.  Players may wear 13 Plastic studs soccer shoes (metal studs soccer boots are not allowed). Players must wear shin-guards throughout the course of the tournament.

6. Balls

Age groups U8-U12 will use size 4 footballs. The U14 and U16 age groups will use size 5 footballs.

7. Match Times

The matches will be 16 minutes long with no break in between.

8. Red and Yellow Cards

Players shown a red card are sent off immediately and banned from play for one full match. Yellow cards will not be carried through the tournament.

9. OffSide

The offside rule will not be used in this tournament.

10. Scoring from Kick Off and goal kicks

Teams cannot score directly from kick offs or goal kicks. At least 1 additional player must touch the ball from kick off or goal kick before a goal can be awarded.

11. Substitutions

  • The substitute must wait for the player to leave the pitch before entering
  • When substituting, the team must notify the referee when the ball is out-of-bounds for the substitution to happen
  • Substituted players shall be allowed to re-enter during the same match (rolling substitutions)

12. Minimum Number of Players

The minimum number of players to start each half shall be five (5), failing which a walkover shall be awarded to the opponents with full points and a registered score of 3-0 or the actual score at the time of stopping play, whichever is higher.

13. Time Allowance

A maximum of two (2) minutes allowance shall be allowed after the starting whistle by the referee, failing which a walkover may be awarded to the opponents with full points and a registered score of 3-0.

14. Points System

Win: 3 points
Draw: 1 point
Loss: 0 points

15. Teams tied in group stages

In the case that 2 teams are tied at the end of the Group stages, placing will be determined by the following order, in order:

  1. Best goal difference
  2. Highest goals for
  3. Lowest goals against
  4. Winner of head to head match
  5. Sudden death penalty shootout

16. Teams tied in Knockout stages

In the event of a tie in the Knockout Stages, matches will move directly to a sudden death penalty shootout. A winner will be decided when 1 team scores and the other fails to score in the same round.

Note: Only players on the pitch at the end of ordinary time may take a penalty.

17. Conduct

Coaches, team managers & supporters shall not question the referee’s decision. The use of foul language and/or aggressive behaviour could lead to a team being removed from the tournament.

All teams are reminded that this is a youth tournament and that positive support is strongly encouraged. Please take a moment to read our stance on Parent Conduct here.

18. Act of God

If the field becomes unsuitable for play due to heavy rain, lightning or for any other reasons, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on the event or change the format of the event.


In the event that lightning or bad weather causes a stop in play, a match result will stand if more than 10 minutes of that match has been played. If less than 10 minutes of a match has been played at the time of the stoppage, the remainder of the match will be played once conditions are deemed safe by the organiser.

In the case of severe weather, the organiser reserves the right to amend the schedule and formats in order to complete the tournament according to our principles of safety.


A medical team will be on site at both locations to aid injuries, however players must have their own medical insurance. The tournament organisers are not liable for any death, disability, personal injury, loss of property or any other loss howsoever arising from any cause whatsoever at any time during the course of this tournament.

The organising team will take all reasonable precaution, but each player is responsible for his or her personal health and safety upon agreement to participate in this tournament.

21. Jurisdiction

In the event of a protest or dispute, the Tournament Committee shall have sole jurisdiction in settling the matter.