The stars will align when the eagerly-awaited draw for the first-ever Star Sixes tournament takes place.
The galaxy of star players representing 12 countries during four days of intense competition at The O2, London, from 13 – 16 July are now awaiting their fate.
England, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Mexico, Nigeria, Denmark, Scotland and China will be drawn into four groups of three ahead of the brand new six-a-side football tournament.
Full details about the date of the draw will be confirmed here first and our social media channels. The tournament format is illustrated here.
Group stage matches will be played during three ‘sessions’ on Thursday 13 July (doors open 6pm), Friday 14 July (doors open 6pm) and Saturday 15 July (afternoon session, doors open 11.30am).
All 12 countries will play one 20-minute match in each of these sessions. The group stage fixtures will be revealed after the draw has been made.
The top two countries in each group, plus the two best third-placed teams, will progress to the knockout stages.
The second session on 15 July (evening session, doors open 6pm) will feature four quarter-finals – before Star Sixes reaches a pulsating conclusion the following day.
With the silverware at stake, the Sunday 16 July session (doors open 5.30pm) will include two semi-finals, a third-place decider and the Star Sixes final.
From, and including, the quarter-finals, all knockout-stage matches will feature two 15-minute halves, with a short half-time break. Matches that finish all square in the knockout stages will be decided by a penalty shootout.
“With many stellar names already announced, and many more to come, the first-ever Star Sixes tournament is shaping up to be a truly memorable event,” said a Star Sixes spokesperson.
“As the draw for the group stages approaches, it’s worth pointing out that every country will be in action in each of the first three sessions.
“So, for example, if you want to watch England, buying a ticket for the Thursday, Friday or Saturday afternoon session will guarantee this.
“Of course, there will be many people hoping England also feature in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening and the semi-finals and final on Sunday!”
Seven of the 12 countries’ captains have already been announced – Steven Gerrard (England), Michael Ballack (Germany), Carles Puyol (Spain), Robert Pirès (France), Deco (Portugal), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria) and Dominic Matteo (Scotland). Each will feature in their respective country’s ten-man squad.
Other confirmed star names include Roberto Carlos (Brazil), Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, David James, Emile Heskey (all England), Gaizka Mendieta (Spain), Jens Lehmann (Germany) and Don Hutchison (Scotland). Every Star Sixes player will be a fully-capped former international.
“We’ve already announced some truly iconic world stars and with 120 players taking part in total, we’ve got many more big names lined up,” added a Star Sixes spokesperson.
Keep an eye on the Star Sixes website and social media channels for further player announcements in the coming weeks.
Star Sixes will adhere to 11-a-side football rules as closely as possible, and will include: no restrictions on player movement; no head-height rule; no perimeter wall/barriers; rolling substitutions; kick-ins will replace throw-ins.
As well as world-class football action, there will be a spectacular show built around the matches making this an unmissable occasion for the whole family.
Tickets, which are on sale now, start at £30 Adults and £10 Juniors (Under-16s). All Junior tickets for the Saturday afternoon session (described as matinee performance on the ticket website) are only £10. For all other days, Junior tickets start at £15.