The Saran Corporate Soccer 5s has witnessed participation from 221 corporate teams over the past 11 years in these championships. It started with 24 teams in 2002 and has grown to 83 corporate teams participating in 2012. The various categories that have been introduced include the Super Cup, Elite Cup, Champions Cup, Salver, Bowl, Ladies Cup and Media Cup which ensures that every corporate team based on skill sets gets a level ground to participate competitively.
In 2011, a record 83 corporate teams participated, which included India's leading companies from a cross section of sectors such as information technology, banking and finance, FMCG and consultancy, among others.
Participants in the Saran Soccer 5s have ranged from junior managers to India Inc.'s big wigs, including personalities like Sunil Kaushal, Regional Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Nitin Paranjpe, CEO and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Ltd.; R. Gopalakrishnan. Executive Director, Tata Sons; Nirvik Singh, CEO, Grey Group, Asia-Pacific; Mihir Doshi, CEO, Credit Suisse India; Sunil Mehta, Chief Executive and Country Head, AIG; and Tarun Anand, Ex-Managing Director, South Asia, Thomson Reuters; among many others.
Commenting on making an entry into the Limca Book of Records, Sanjiv Saran Mehra, CEO, Saran Sports, said, "We are absolutely thrilled to enter the Limca Book of Records and receive it from the Zen master of Indian Football, Sunil Chhetri." He further added: "This event serves as the ideal platform for the busy executives to relive their school and college days. The tournament has successfully managed to create a stress free environment for relaxed interaction away from the pressures of work place and in the process has led to team building and camaraderie within the employees of the companies."