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English Cup

The English Cup competition has been opened up to all Canterbury Senior Mens Clubs first teams. It is anticipated that the Mainland Premier League and Canterbury League, Division One sides will all enter. This is a straight Knock out competition. Once the entries close a draw will be made for the first round and advised. First round matches are expected to be played in the week of 18th 22nd August with the final scheduled for Saturday 13th August. Teams who still have league commitments will be scheduled for midweek matches. Normal FIFA Knock Out rules apply for the English Cup with the golden goal rule applying should extra time be required. The standard 3 substitute rule will operate as per the Mainland Premier League conditions. For the English Cup an allowance has been made to the playing conditions that makes it permissible for up to three Reserve or second team players to play for their senior team in the English Cup but then still be eligible to participate in their normal Reserve or second team Knock Out Cup competitions. This exception is not intended for regular senior first team players to play down in lower grade competitions.

 

Canterbury League, Division One

League concludes on 30th August. With the late finish of this league and the opportunity provided for these teams in entering the English Cup it has been decided not to run a separate Canterbury League, Division One Knock Out this season.

 

Canterbury Reserve League

League concluded on 9th August. To reduce the teams to eight for the quarter finals a first round will be played and the best eight results will progress through to the next round, i.e., the worst two losers will be eliminated. These 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. Please refer to the attached ten team knock out cup format for how this process works. The final will all take place on Saturday 6th September at a ground to be determined. 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 the Canterbury Reserve League Knock Out matches.

 

 

Mens Leagues, Division One, Two, Three & Four

With the leagues now concluded each of these grades moves into Knock Out Cups. To reduce the teams to eight for the quarter finals a first round will be played and the best eight results will progress through to the next round, i.e., the worst two losers will be eliminated. These 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 determine the draw for the quarter finals. Please refer to the attached ten team knock out cup format for how this process works. The finals for each of these Cup competitions will all take place on Saturday 6th September at one venue to be determined. 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.

 

Presidents Division A, B & C

Cup competitions for these two grades 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 and Masters will be played on Saturday 6th September at one venue, again to be advised.

 

Masters Competitive Cup

With one week still left to be played in the Masters Competitive League the Knock Out for this league will start one week later than the other Mens Knock Outs. The same 10 team Knock Out format will apply with the final scheduled for one week later as the other Mens Knock Outs. The final may be played as a curtain raiser to the English Cup final scheduled for Saturday 13th September.

 

Masters Social Cup

These teams are already in their Cup sections with finals scheduled for Saturday 30th August 2003. Please refer to the information that has already been sent out regarding this competition.

 

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 taking the field of play not being named on the card as a substitute but not actually playing. An exception has been made in the English Cup to allow for up to three Reserve or second team players to play up in the English Cup and then be allowed to play for their regular team in their Knock Out Cups.

 

 

 

Should you have any questions of the format of the above competitions or need further clarification please contact the Mainland Soccer office on (03)355-3595.