Star Sixes

Star Sixes is a competitive six-a-side indoor football competition, where former international association football players are chosen to represent a senior national team for which they played.[1][2][3] The inaugural event took place in July 2017 in London, England at The O2 Arena.[1][2][3] Further regionalised events were set for late-2017 in Asia but never took place.[1][2][3]


For the inaugural edition, all teams participating will have a squad of ten players, with six being on the field of play including a captain.[4] Squads are chosen by the team captain and the tournament organisers. There will be three groups of four.[4] In the groups, each team will play each other team once and the top two from each group, plus two best third-placed teams, will progress to the quarter-finals, before facing off for a place in the semi-final and subsequent final. Six group matches (two from each group) will take place on day one, before the same amount on days two and three.[4] The quarter-finals will be held on day three with the semi-finals, third place play-off and final following on the last day of competition. There will be no extra time or penalties in the group stage but a penalty shoot-out will be played if a knockout fixture ends tied.[4] Group matches will last for 20 minutes, while knockout fixtures will last for 30 minutes; with short half-time breaks.[4]

2017 edition

2017 Star Sixes Betsafe
Tournament details
Host country  England
Dates 13–16 July
Teams 12
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  France (1st title)
Runners-up  Denmark
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 135 (5.19 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Míchel Salgado
Best player Denmark Chris Sørensen

Before the launch, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Robert Pirès, Michael Ballack, Deco, Carles Puyol, Roberto Carlos and Jay-Jay Okocha were announced as player participants while Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal and Spain were announced as nation participants.[1][2][3] The 2017 edition was officially launched at The O2 Arena on 24 January 2017, during which more players were announced, namely Jens Lehmann, David James, Emile Heskey, Rio Ferdinand, Dominic Matteo and Gaizka Mendieta.[5] Australia and Netherlands were replaced with Denmark and Scotland, but no reason was given.[5][6][7]

The group stage draw, conducted by captains Ballack and Pirès, took place on 24 March, it was broadcast live in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports News HQ.[8]


Gerrard, Pirès, Ballack, Okocha, Deco, Matteo and Puyol are captains of their respective teams.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] Don Hutchison, Olivier Dacourt, Míchel Salgado, Martin Jørgensen, Stig Tøfting, William Gallas and Éric Abidal have since been announced.[14][16][17][18][19][20] Five players were added to Scotland's squad on 10 March, including Paul Dickov and Barry Ferguson.[21] Marcel Desailly was one of three players added to France's squad on 15 March.[22] Juliano Belletti was added for Brazil five days later.[23] Spain added four players on 24 March, and the full Mexico squad was announced on 28 March.[24][25] Gilberto Silva (Brazil) and Christian Abbiati (Italy) were announced on 31 March.[26]

Maniche, Vítor Baía and Fernando Couto joined Portugal's squad on 12 April.[27] Germany added three players days later.[28] John Sivebæk and Daniel Jensen were added to Denmark's squad on 19 April.[29] Scotland completed their squad on 21 April with the additions of Jackie McNamara, Mark Burchill and Neil McCann.[30] Celestine Babayaro joined Nigeria's squad on 5 May.[31] Five more players were announced in May, while Betsafe became the naming rights holders.[32][33] On 26 May, Daniel Amokachi, Julius Aghahowa and Garba Lawal joined Nigeria.[34] José Bosingwa joined Portugal on 7 June.[35] Rivaldo was one of three players added for Brazil on 9 June, he was also named captain for Brazil.[36][37] Fabrizio Ravanelli joined Italy on 15 June.[38]

Dietmar Hamann joined Germany on 16 June,[39] prior to Nuno Gomes, Raul Meireles, Kevin Kurányi, Mads Junker, Mikkel Beckmann, Chris Sørensen, Hjalte Nørregaard and Per Krøldrup all signing up on 23 June.[40] Juninho, Djalminha, Danny Murphy, Paul Merson, Carlos Marchena and Lee Hendrie joined during the following week.[41] Italy added six on 29 June, including Paolo Di Canio, but also lost two as Christian Abbiati and Simone Perrotta (injured) left the competition.[42][43][44] Also on 29 June, three players joined Nigeria.[42] On 30 June, Portugal completed their squad while China's entire team was announced. Youri Djorkaeff also joined France.[45] Twelve new faces joined on 6 July, including two replacements; Richard Hughes replaced Neil McCann (who pulled out following his appointment as Dundee manager) while Erubey Cabuto took the place of the injured Jorge Campos.[44] The squad lists were completed on 11 July with France, Germany and Spain adding players; Germany added three including Timo Hildebrand who replaces Lehmann; this means Germany have eleven players, it is presumed that one of their players will withdraw - that player was later confirmed as David Odonkor.[32][46] German-born former Northern Irish international Maik Taylor was announced as the competition's back-up goalkeeper.[46] Ferdinand withdrew from the competition on 13 July following the passing of his mother. He was replaced by Luke Young.[47]

Nation Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Player 7 Player 8 Player 9 Player 10
 Brazil Rivaldo (C) Roberto Carlos Juliano Belletti Gilberto Silva Elano Dida Juninho Djalminha Júlio Baptista Amaral
 China Peng Weiguo Peng Weijun Yao Xia Fu Bin Liang Jianfeng Jiang Feng Wei Qun Liu Cheng Chen Yongqiang Hu Zhijun
 Denmark Stig Tøfting (C) Martin Jørgensen John Sivebæk Daniel Jensen Mads Junker Mikkel Beckmann Chris Sørensen Hjalte Nørregaard Per Krøldrup Jan Hoffmann
 England Steven Gerrard (C) Michael Owen David James Emile Heskey Phil Neville Danny Murphy Paul Merson Lee Hendrie Wes Brown Luke Young
 France Robert Pirès (C) Olivier Dacourt William Gallas Éric Abidal Ludovic Giuly Sébastien Frey Marcel Desailly Youri Djorkaeff Bruno Cheyrou Vincent Candela
 Germany Michael Ballack (C) Marco Reich Simon Rolfes Dietmar Hamann Kevin Kurányi Jörg Albertz Jens Nowotny Timo Hildebrand Maurizio Gaudino Dariusz Wosz
 Italy Alessandro Del Piero (C) Simone Barone Fabrizio Ravanelli Paolo Di Canio Angelo Di Livio Stefano Fiore Marco Delvecchio Marco Amelia Massimo Oddo Luciano Zauri
 Mexico Jared Borgetti (C) Luis Hernández Alberto García Aspe Joaquín Reyes Braulio Luna Mario Méndez Miguel Zepeda Alberto Rodríguez Héctor Altamirano Erubey Cabuto
 Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha (C) Celestine Babayaro Daniel Amokachi Julius Aghahowa Garba Lawal Joseph Yobo Taribo West Victor Ikpeba Peter Rufai Uche Okechukwu
 Portugal Deco (C) Maniche Vítor Baía Fernando Couto José Bosingwa Nuno Gomes Raul Meireles Paulo Ferreira Hélder Postiga Luís Boa Morte
 Scotland Dominic Matteo (C) Don Hutchison Robert Douglas Christian Dailly Simon Donnelly Paul Dickov Barry Ferguson Jackie McNamara Mark Burchill Richard Hughes
 Spain Carles Puyol (C) Gaizka Mendieta Míchel Salgado Luis García David Albelda Pedro Contreras Alfonso Pérez Fernando Morientes Carlos Marchena Joan Capdevila

Maik Taylor is a reserve goalkeeper for all nations. Colin Hendry is a replacement for Scotland.

Group standings

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 3 0 0 12 2 +10 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 2 0 1 6 6 0 6
3  Scotland 3 1 0 2 4 10 −6 3 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Mexico 3 0 0 3 3 7 −4 0
England England 1-4 Spain Spain
Mexico Mexico 1-3 Scotland Scotland
Spain Spain 2-1 Mexico Mexico
Scotland Scotland 1-3 England England
Spain Spain 6-0 Scotland Scotland
England England 2-1 Mexico Mexico

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Italy 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
3  Nigeria 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3 Knockout stage or elimination
4  China PR 3 0 0 3 4 14 −10 0
Nigeria Nigeria 3-2 China China PR
Brazil Brazil 2-1 Italy Italy
China PR China 0-7 Brazil Brazil
Italy Italy 2-1 Nigeria Nigeria
Brazil Brazil 3-0 Nigeria Nigeria
Italy Italy 4-2 China China PR

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 3 1 2 0 9 7 +2 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  France 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
3  Germany 3 1 1 1 6 7 −1 4 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Portugal 3 1 0 2 8 9 −1 3
Portugal Portugal 4-6 Denmark Denmark
Germany Germany 4-3 France France
France France 3-2 Portugal Portugal
Denmark Denmark 2-2 Germany Germany
France France 1-1 Denmark Denmark
Germany Germany 0-2 Portugal Portugal

Knockout phase

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
15 July — London        
 Spain Spain  8
16 July — London
 Nigeria Nigeria  1  
 Spain Spain  2
15 July — London
     France France  5  
 Italy Italy  2
16 July — London
 France France  4  
 France France  2
15 July — London    
   Denmark Denmark  1
 Brazil Brazil  3
16 July — London
 Germany Germany  1  
 Brazil Brazil  2 Third place
15 July — London
     Denmark Denmark  4   16 July — London
 Denmark Denmark  3
 Spain Spain  11
 England England  1  
 Brazil Brazil  3


Spain Spain 8–1 Nigeria Nigeria
Brazil Brazil 3–1 Germany Germany
Denmark Denmark 3–1 England England
Italy Italy 2–4 France France


Spain Spain 2–5 France France
Brazil Brazil 2–4 Denmark Denmark

Third place play-off

Spain Spain 11–3 Brazil Brazil


France France 2–1 Denmark Denmark

Top goalscorers

9 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals

Media coverage

Market Broadcast partner Ref
 United Kingdom
Sky Sports (English) [49]
 Italy Fox Sports Italy (Italian)
 France beIN Sports (French)
 Portugal Sport TV (Portuguese) [50][51]
 Denmark TV3 Sport (Danish) [52][53]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arena Sport (Croatian/Serbian) [54]
 Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic
 El Salvador
Sky México (Spanish) [55]
 Brazil SporTV (Brazilian Portuguese)
 Israel Charlton Broadcasting Company (Hebrew)
 Saudi Arabia
 South Sudan
 United Arab Emirates
beIN Sports (Arabic) [50][56]


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