TSL CUP GOLD CUP & SILVER CUP Draw Details Draw Date: Tuesday, May 31 @ 10:15 PM ET We're days away from another season, which means it's time for another Cup draw! With only 34 teams this season, there will be 8 groups in the Qualification stage- 6 of which consist of 4 teams each, and 2 of which will consist of 5 teams (the 5th team being one from the lowest-rated Pot). Teams finishing first and second in their group will advance to the Gold Cup, while 3rd, 4th, and 5th-placed teams will drop down into the Silver Cup. The complete draw details: Schedule The first group match games will open the same week as the start of the TSL season. The Round of 16 (& Preliminary Round) and the Quarterfinals will remain open for a week and a half each. The dates for the schedule will be as follows: 6/1 - 6/8: League Match Week 1 will have Group Matchday 1 6/8 - 6/15: League Match Week 2 will have Group Matchday 2 6/15 - 6/22: League Match Week 3 will have Group Matchday 3 6/22 - 6/29: League Match Week 4 will be a buffer week for unplayed group stage games 6/29 - 7/10: Preliminary Round & Round of 16 will be during League Match Weeks 5 & 6 7/10 - 7/20: Quarterfinals during League Match Weeks 6 & 7 7/20 - 7/27: Semifinals during League Match Week 8 7/27 - 8/3: Gold Cup & Silver Cup Final during League Match Week 9 Groups With 34 teams, Groups A & H will each have 5 teams (chosen because it keeps a balanced bracket format), while the other 6 groups will each have 4 teams. Similar to real-life tournaments with an unequal number of teams per group, the 5th team in each larger group will be a team drawn from the lowest pot, in this case, Pot 4. All groups will still contain at least 1 representative from each League level. Pots There will be 4 pots. The pots are seeded by defending Gold Cup title holder first, League level second, and previous season's results third, with any newcomers being placed into the last pot. Each pot will contain 8 teams (1 for each group), except for Pot 4, which will include 10 teams. Here are the pots: Pot 1: CxMacx10 (Shakhtar Donetsk), Zikry (PSV Eindhoven), wSeals9 (Atletico Mineiro), ASinghal31 (KAA Gent), Broncos218 (Galatasaray), rschwep (Watford), KnightNoles (Malaga CF), Lou (Marseille) Pot 2: redwings8831 (Bournemouth), vipermansa (Olympiakos CFP), BigBeansMcGee (Real Betis), RedAL925 (Torino), John O'Connor (Celta Vigo), abolishthefed (Leicester City), hokie79 (Lille OSC), UcanHateMeNow (Club America) Pot 3: dave okeeffe (LA Galaxy), JFace907 (OGC Nice), Kasper (FC Basel), acisles (Sampdoria), KJLamb23 (Ajax), treshijoskjl (Sunderland), MoonBBad (Hertha Berlin), shootah66 (Atalanta) Pot 4: Frenchie1916 (Crystal Palace), pitt4life21 (CSKA Moscow), PhiGuy179 (Santos FC), Andanas (FC Krasnodar), HAL9100 (Hamburger SV), Isaac Oyer (Middlesbrough), NeuroticTruth (Racing Club), Feverpitch57 (San Lorenzo), KNoonan91 (Sao Paulo), Joffre Aguilar (West Brom) Group Stage Draw Sequence With the real World Cup draw, they draw a team and a slot (1-4) within the group. Since the schedule is already set for each slot within each group, and I don't want to prolong the draw with also drawing group slots when I draw each team, a quick random draw of the slot order will be done for each group beforehand. This is done so that certain pots aren't guaranteed 2 home games and further randomizes the playing order within the group. So for example, I'll randomize Group A and it may turn out that slot 1 goes to the 3rd team drawn, slot 2 to the 1st team drawn, etc. Just check out the previous Cup's draw if this sounds confusing. Primarily, it's just to randomize the matches. After that, the teams will be drawn in a live format, with me posting the results here in this thread at the previously announced draw date & time. First, the Pot 1 teams will be drawn group-by-group from Group A to Group H. Afterwards, Pot 2 will also be drawn group-by-group, then Pot 3, then Pot 4. With this format, it is guaranteed that each group will contain a member from each League level. After Pot 4 has been drawn from Group A to H, the 5th teams for Groups A & H will be drawn (from Pot 4, since Pot 4 contains 10 teams). There will be no knockout stage draw this season. Since there will only be 8 groups in the Cup's group stage this season, the brackets for both the Gold and Silver Cups will be structured such that a knockout stage draw is not necessary. In the Gold Cup, group winners will host group runner-ups. In the Silver Cup, 3rd-place teams will host 4th-place teams, with the expection of two 4th-place teams having to play a Preliminary Round match against a 5th-place team before the Round of 16. For any questions, post over in the Cups Discussion thread.