Description and Rules - Major League Soccer Rules and Guidelines Standard Tradition Sports Online rules and sportsmanship guidelines are in effect. This is a cheese free zone. Those interested in hardcore, no holds barred, win at all cost FIFA game-play, then this is not the place for you. Therefore, we do not expect to see extreme custom formations, 100% aggression tactics, known glitches and/or otherwise unsportsmanlike conduct. If you have specific questions and/or would like to report another member, please seek guidance via your league commissioner through use of PMs. League Structure 19 Teams, Eastern and Western Conference League Settings XBL> Online Friendlies Half Length = 10 minutes Controls = Manual Game Speed = Slow Squad Type = Custom League Schedule Each team plays a 34-game regular season schedule; 17 home games, 17 away games. Western Conference – 24 in-conference + 10 out-of-conference games: · Western Conference teams will play each West opponent three times (24 games): o West teams will play four conference opponents twice at home and once away o They will play the other four conference opponents once at home and twice away. o The home and away games will be reversed in 2013. · Western Conference teams will play each East opponent once each (10 games): o Five of these will be at home and five will be away. o The East opponents each team faces at home and away will be reversed in 2013. Eastern Conference – 25 in-conference + 9 out-of-conference games: · Eastern Conference teams will play 25 games against other East teams: o East teams will play seven conference opponents three times each (21 games) and o Two conference opponents twice each (four games). · Eastern Conference teams will play each West opponent once each (9 games): o Some will play four at home and five away while others will play five at home and four away. The West opponents each team faces at home and away will be reversed in 2013. MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: FORMAT WHO QUALIFIES: Ten teams, the top five in points from each conference at the end of the regular season, qualify for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. The fourth and fifth place teams in each conference will play a single knockout game, the winner of which will advance to the Conference Semifinals and face the first place team in the conference. The four Conference Semifinals will be decided by two-game aggregate series, with the lower seed hosting the first leg and the higher seed hosting the second leg. If the aggregate score is tied after 180 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary. The two Conference Championships will be decided by a two-game aggregate series, with the lower seed hosting the first leg and the higher seed hosting the second leg. If the aggregate score is tied after 180 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary. MLS Cup will be a single championship match hosted by the higher seed. If the score is tied after 90 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary. Content As is standard in all TSO leagues, we require game summaries to accompany match results. At TSO we encourage content. This is your chance to be creative, add original user generated summaries, team specific pages, weekly league recaps, players of the week, etc. To take the lead on creating content, please see our content manager and/or league commissioner. Match Results It is the responsibility of the winning club (or away draw) to post the match results in the designated TFL match results thread. The match results consist of both goals and match bookings. The format to use when posting match results can be found in the OP of the TFL match results thread.There is no extra time and/or penalties in the TFL. All matches that end in a draw after full time are recorded as a draw. For FIFA12, we capture the following info: Goals Assists MoM Cards Injuries Player Cards and Suspensions A player will be suspended for one game upon receiving his fifth yellow card – regardless of the nature of the infraction that resulted in his being awarded a yellow card. A second suspension of one game would result after the awarding of an additional three cards, as would a third suspension after the awarding of card number eleven. With the “Good Behavior” incentive, it is possible for a player to have a caution expunged. If a player goes three games without receiving a yellow card, after an initial warning, the player will have one yellow card expunged. A player may take advantage of the “Good Behavior” incentive only once throughout the season. Red cards issued in MLS games result in ejection from the game in progress and an automatic one-game suspension and $250 fine. Cards issued in MLS games may not be appealed, except in a case of mistaken identity. Injuries We will be tracking injuries in the MLS and I will be giving you the doctor's results of the injury. The results of the injury could range from no missed time to season ending injury. For your understanding, I will be using a random number generator to give the results, and will not be manipulating the results myself.