Please find following details of the various Mens Knock Out Cup competition formats for your information.
Due to the Federation Six Premier League not concluding until Saturday 7th September and the unavailability of English Park and Eric Adam Park for midweek matches in September there will be no English Cup competition this season.
Canterbury Reserve League
League concludes on 10th August. To reduce the teams to eight for the quarter finals an elimination first round will be played on 17th August and the best eight results will progress through to the next round, i.e., the worst two losers will be eliminated. These elimination first round matches are 90 minute duration only - no extra time is required in the first round as drawn results may occur. The draw for the first round was seeded as per the final league placings, i.e., 1 v 10, 2 v 9, etc. with the top five teams having home ground advantage. The results from the first round matches determines the draw for the quarter finals. From quarter final matches onwards Knock out matches are played under normal FIFA rules with the golden goal rule applying during any extra time period should this be required. The five substitute rule as applying for league matches will still be available in Knock Out matches. Please refer to the attached ten team knock out format paper to see how the draw will be made for following rounds.
Canterbury League, Division One
League concludes on 24th August with the playing of the round postponed from 22nd June. Teams then into a Knock Out Cup commencing with an elimination first round on the 31st August with the six teams playing against each other in three matches with the four best results progressing to the semi final stage on 7th September. The final is scheduled for Saturday 14th September, ground to be determined. Knock out matches from the quarter final round onwards are played under normal FIFA rules with the golden goal rule applying during any extra time period should this be required. The five substitute rule as applying for league matches will still be available in Knock Out matches.
Mens Leagues, Division One, Two, Three & Four
As per the Canterbury Reserve League the league concludes on Saturday 10th August and as they are 10 team leagues the same Knock Out draw structure applies. Please note that the Pegasus Super Youth team will enter the Mens Division Two Cup to replace the Bye. The finals for each of the Mens Cups Divisions One to Four will be played at one venue, to be advised, on Saturday 7th September.
Presidents Division A, B & C
Cup competitions for these three grades are exactly the same as for the Mens Divisions One to Four. The only difference is to allow for rolling substitutes as per the league rules. If the two teams agree prior to the match then substitutes can be rolled. If the teams are not in agreement then five substitutes are allowed but not rolling. The finals for all the Presidents Grades will be played on Saturday 7th September at one venue, again to be advised.
Masters Cups, Divisions One, Two & Three
The round robin phase of each of the Masters Cup Divisions conclude on Saturday 10th August. The table placings from the round robin phase then determine the draw for the quarter final draw in each Masters Cup Knock Out competitions, i.e., 1 v 8, 2 v 7, etc with the teams placed one to four in each table receiving home ground advantage. The finals for each Masters Cup will be played at one venue, to be advised, on Saturday 31st August. Normal Masters competition rules apply for the substitution of players. Knock out matches in the Masters Cup competitions are played under normal FIFA rules with the golden goal rule applying during any extra time period should this be required. Teams knock out at the quarter final stage will be provided with friendly matches on Saturday 24th August against other elimination Masters teams.
Player eligibility in Knock Out matches
Unlike in the league competitions there is restriction on the movement of players in knock out competitions. Once a player has played for a team in a Knock Out Cup match the player is then cup tied to that team. He may not play for any other team in that grade nor can he play for a team in a lower grade Knock Out Cup competition irrespective of whether the team in which he played for first has been eliminated from their own competition. However players are eligible to play for a higher graded team at any stage but this would then make them cup tied to the higher grade and therefore ineligible to move back down. Playing means actually taking the field of play not being named on the card as a substitute but not actually playing.
Should you have any questions of the format of the above competitions or need further clarification please contact me either in the offices of Federation Six Soccer on (03)355-3595 or after hours on (03)377-8800.
Acting Executive Officer