Game rules

1. Cup Rules

1.1. Matchstart & No show

Each player has 15 minutes to show up to a match after the set match time.

1.2. Results

Both players are responsible to enter correct results on the ESL website. Therefore both players have to take a screenshot at the end of the match, where we can see the correct result and they need to upload it after the match to the ESL website. If you have a conflict in the match, please open a protest, so the staff team can check the case and make a decision. The decision can also mean that the match can be deleted if there is not enough proof for either player to be the clear winner.

1.3. Protests

If a match was incorrectly reported by your opponents, you have 15 minutes to protest the report. Match protests must include media evidence clearly showing the results of the match/series. Players are responsible for providing proof of match results in case of disputes.

1.4. Final Score

The final score of the match is the score after 90 minutes of the match (full match).

2. Matchmedia

All match media (screenshots, demos, etc) must be kept for at least 15 days. In general, you should upload the match media from a match to the match page as soon as possible. Faking or manipulating match media is of course forbidden and will result in severe penalties. Match media should be named clearly based on what it is. It is not possible to file a protest or write a support ticket to complain about bad match media naming. However, if an admin is hindered in their work because of bad match media names then it can be punished for.

2.1. Screenshots

You have to upload one round screenshot per played round and where necessary a screenshot which is showing the game settings. Both contestants are responsible for uploading this match media. You have 24 hours to upload the match media after your match has ended.

If it is not possible to create a Screenshot via "Print Screen key", you have to use an additional tool. We recommend Fraps or ESL Wire to create the screenshots. All players are obligated to upload a final screenshot of the result, both players are responsible for it.

These screenshots are valid screenshot:
Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2 or Screenshot 3
Notes: If you’re not able to take a screenshot by pressing the “print key”, you have to use an additional tool. Our recommendation is Fraps in order to take the screenshots.

3. Settings

All players are liable to follow the giving settings. Different agreements are not allowed!

3.1. Game settings

Matches have to be played through the Online Friendlies with the following settings:

  • Half length: 6 minutes
  • Controls: Any
  • Game Speed: Normal
  • Squad Type: Online

3.2. Programs

Changes on the game graphics or texture using graphics card drivers, other tools for graphic configuration or programs of this art are forbidden. You can use any program, if it has no effect on the game (voice programs, server administration tools). All other programs are forbidden (including cheats or patch to change the scorecenter or add teams).

3.3. Custom Formations

1. All players are obligated to use the predetermined Formations from EA. Using a self created formations is strictly forbidden!
2. Not following this rule will be punished with one (1) penality point. In addition, the match will be deleted if the winner used a custom formations.

3.4 Team Selection

The participants are not allowed to play with "Soccer Aid" team.
The participants are allowed to play with any other team available in the game.

4. Match rules

4.1. Disconnection

If a player lose connection, a protest must be open as soon as possible so the staff team can check the case and make a decision.

4.2. Matchstart

To start a match you will need to add your opponent on PSN, then invite your opponent via online friendlies using the correct settings.

4.3. Lags

If you experience lag in your match, record your evidence of the lag, leave your match and open a protest with your evidence. Please note that you must leave the match before any goals or red cards have been awarded.

4.4. Bugs

Using the following bugs is strictly forbidden. If any unmentioned bugs will become used, an Admin will decide if a penalty is needed or not.

4.4.1. Known Bugs

Modifying your team in order to have better capacities for your players (which means grow your player to 99) will be punish with 6 Penalty points and 1month ban from the league where you used this bug.
For Team-Ladder, the punishment will be given to the team and the player(s).

4.5. Gameaccount

For competing in FIFA an Online Account is mandatory. This account has to become entered on your Profile and isn't allowed to get changed. This entry has to be done via the command centre below Gameaccounts. Without an entered account, you're not able to compete. For adding it into your profile, you've to add it via Cup Widget on the right hand side next to the Sign up button.

4.5.1. Arrangements

Certain arrangements between the teams/players are allowed. These arrangements may slightly differ from the ESL rules. Arrangements that differ greatly from the set of rules are however not allowed. Please note that the ESL rules were made to guarantee the same advantages/disadvantages for all teams. You are not allowed to file a protest after the match if you think that the agreements made before the match in the end resulted in a disadvantage for you or your team.

All arrangements between teams in addition to the ESL rules have to be written down in the match comments. The other team has to confirm those arrangements in the comments. To avoid an abuse of the edit function, a third comment has to be written.

Please do also keep screenshots and/or logfiles of your arrangements. If you do not fulfill these restrictions, any protests or supports concerning those arrangements will be rejected.

4.6. Not allowed countries

When you have many problems with a country because the connection, please open a protestticket & upload a proof.

5. Penalty Point Catalogue

In general, a player and the team can receive up to 6 penalty points per match, unless a single violation has a higher punishment. A team is only punished once per violation, regardless of how many players. Where a player or team receives penalty points for multiple violations, the penalty points are added together.

Rule violation Number of penalty points
No show* Team: 3; Player: 2
Reject compulsory challenge Normal: 1
Intense (top 10): 2
Abort match Player / Team: 2
Use of ineligible player
Inactive barrage Player / Team: 3
Barraged Player / Team: 6
Unregistered player Player / Team: 3
Missing Premium (where required) Player / Team: 3
Missing Trusted (where required) Player / Team: 3
Ringer/Faker Player / Team: 6
Playing with wrong gameaccount Player / Team: 3
Playing without a registered gameaccount Player / Team: 3
Unsportsmanlike behaviour
Multiple/Fake accounts Warning / 1-4 penalty points
Deception Player / Team: 1 - 4
Fake result Player / Team: 4
Fake match media Player / Team: 6
Fake match Player / Team: 6
Cheating Player: 12 / Team: 6

* In cup and league matches default wins are given instead of a match deletion and penalty points.

Matches get only deleted if the team/player violating the rules won the match or if a match is not played.