TSL Cups: Rules & Regulations

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  1. Broncos218

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    TSL CUP
    GOLD CUP & SILVER CUP

    Rules & Regulations

    Format
    The TSL Cup is a group and knockout style tournament that includes all teams within the TSL leagues. The format and rules is similar to the FIFA World Cup, in that there will normally be 8 groups of 4 (or occasionally, 5) teams, followed by a knockout stage.

    Cup Structure
    There are 3 "phases" to the current cup strcuture. TSL Cup Qualification will be the group stage. Once the qualification round has been played out and all matches have been completed, teams will then either advance to the Gold Cup or Silver Cup. The TSL Gold Cup is the premier version of the two cups, and will be the knockout stage consisting of the top two teams from each group of the Qualification stage. The TSL Silver Cup will be the knockout stage consisting of all teams that fail to qualify for the Gold Cup. The knockout format will be similar to the Gold Cup bracket, but may be slightly tweaked depending on the number of teams. The winner of each Cup will earn a spot in the end of the season's SuperCup.

    Match Rules
    Each match is played as a single leg. Qualification (group stage) matches that result in a draw after 90 minutes will count as a draw and will not have extra time and/or penalties. However, if a knockout stage match ends in a draw, there will be a replay match at the home of whoever was the visiting team in the first match. Should the score remain tied following the second match, then the two teams will begin a third match "Golden Goal" match, which is detailed below. Away goals are not used as a tiebreaker.

    "Golden Goal" Match
    Normally, we would use an extra time/penalties option in order to break ties where we need a team to advance to the next round. Unfortunately, FIFA 15 does not allow online matches this option, simply ending every game after 90 minutes. Therefore, in order to advance someone following two matches of back-to-back draws, a third "Golden Goal" match will take place where the next team to score wins. This third match will essentially act as extra time of the second match, so the two teams are to play at the home of whoever was home in the second match and use the same players with the same amount of subs remaining as the teams had at the end of the second match. In other words, act as if this third match is simply a continuation of the second. Whichever team scores first starting with this third "Golden Goal" match will be deemed the winner and advance to the next round, with the game ending at that point. If the two teams end the "Golden Goal" match 0-0, continue to play another match, again with each new match acting as a continuation of the original second match of the series.

    Gameplay Settings
    Match and controller settings are the same as those used for TSLeague matches.

    Player Suspensions
    If a player accumulates 2 yellow cards, he is suspended for the next scheduled match. If a player accumulates 1 red card, he is suspended for the next 2 scheduled matches. While the management team will do it’s best to keep track of suspensions in each match thread, it is ultimately each manager’s responsibility to bench their suspended players for the appropriate game.

    Manager Changes
    If a manager leaves during the qualification round AND they have not completed all of their qualification matches, any games they played will be wiped out. Under this scenario, a qualification group would then essentially act as a 3-team, 2-game group (or a 4-team, 3-game group for the original 5 team groupings). If a manager leaves during the knockout rounds, then his team will forfeit the match. However, if at any point a new manager replaces a team mid-season AND that team has yet to complete all of their qualification (group stage) matches, then the team will stay in the cup and continue on without any repercussions.

    Cup Draw
    A cup draw will occur before the tournament, and depending on the number of teams, may also occur again at the beginning of the knockout stage. Normally, since the knockout stage is designed to guarantee that no two teams will meet in the cup twice (except possibly in the final), the knockout stage matches will be determined solely on cup results. However, if a knockout stage draw is necessary, it will be explained in detail at that time. The main pre-tournament draw will consist of 4 pots of 9 teams, with the pots being based on the previous season's league results. The only exception to this structure is that the previous season's Gold Cup winner will be placed in Pot 1, assuming the manager remains in TSL. For example, the pots would be structured with Pot 1 containing the previous Gold Cup winner and the 8 best teams from the previous season's League A, Pot 2 containing the rest of League A and the top-ranked League B clubs, and so on. Slight alterations may be made based upon the total number of members. Furthermore, each group must have each League league represented.

    Tiebreakers
    In the result of a tie in points within a group, the following procedure will be used to determine the final ranking:
    *Note: If at any point during tiebreaking procedures a team is eliminated, then restart the tiebreaker with the remaining teams.
    1. Greatest number of points in matches among tied teams
    2. Greatest goal difference in matches among tied teams
    3. Greatest number of goals scored in matches among tied teams
    4. Greatest goal difference in all group matches
    5. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
    6a. (If two teams remained tied) One match playoff with extra time and penalties if needed at the home of whoever was away in the corresponding group match
    6b. (If three or more teams remained tied OR if all remaining teams have clinched advancement to the next round) Drawing of lots

    League Discipline and the Card System
    The league discipline and card system used for League matches includes Cup matches.
    - Yellow Cards (unplayed matches) will be issued for cancelled matches and other scheduling issues. Keep in mind that the Cup is on a shorter advance schedule than league play. All qualification stage matches must be completed before the start of the knockout stage, while knockout stage matches will normally have a one-week opening.
    - Red Cards (unsportsmanlike conduct) may be issued for manager complaints. Unlike league play, an unbalanced scoreline (5+ goal differential) will not result in a red card due to goal differential being a tiebreaker. However, please take into consideration group placement and opponent's ability level in games with lopsided scorelines.
    For a more detailed outline of the league discipline system, refer to the TSL Rules & Regulations thread.

    Rules
    The TSL Cup follows the same rules as the Tradition Soccer League (TSL). Please refer to the Rules & Regulations thread for TSL for these guidelines. All statistics, cards and suspensions earned in the TSL Cup will be kept separate from league matches and vice versa.
     
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    SUPERCUP
    Rules & Regulations

    Format
    The TSL SuperCup is our very own tournament of champions to be held following each season. The champion of each League level and the 2-3 Cup champions (Gold Cup, Silver Cup, and Premier Cup) will compete for the SuperCup. The SuperCup will therefore be a 6-team knockout style tournament. One side of the bracket will have the League B Champion hosting the League C Champion, with the League A Champion hosting the winner of that match. The other side of the bracket will have the Premier Cup Champion hosting the Silver Cup Champion, with the Gold Cup Champion hosting the winner of that match. The winners of the two semifinal matches will meet in the Final. In addition, there will also be a 3rd-place match between the two losing semifinalists.

    If a team qualifies more than once (i.e. wins their League level and a Cup), then that team will forfeit their extra spots and accommodations to the bracket will be made. The mulltiple-qualifying team will take the most prestigous position in the bracket, which in order are: League A Champion, Gold Cup Champion, TSO-Premier Open Cup Champion, League B Champion, League C Champion, Silver Cup Champion. However, if there are multiple teams that qualify more than once, then first and foremost, accommodations will be made to ensure there are still two semifinal matches (i.e., someone does not receive 2 byes).

    Match Rules
    Each match is played as a single leg. If a match ends in a draw, there will be a replay match at the home of whoever was the visiting team in the first match. Should the score remain tied following the second match, then the two teams will begin a third match "Golden Goal" match, which is detailed below. Away goals are not used as a tiebreaker.

    "Golden Goal" Match
    Normally, we would use an extra time/penalties option in order to break ties where we need a team to advance to the next round. Unfortunately, FIFA 15 does not allow online matches this option, simply ending every game after 90 minutes. Therefore, in order to advance someone following two matches of back-to-back draws, a third "Golden Goal" match will take place where the next team to score wins. This third match will essentially act as extra time of the second match, so the two teams are to play at the home of whoever was home in the second match and use the same players with the same amount of subs remaining as the teams had at the end of the second match. In other words, act as if this third match is simply a continuation of the second. Whichever team scores first starting with this third "Golden Goal" match will be deemed the winner and advance to the next round, with the game ending at that point. If the two teams end the "Golden Goal" match 0-0, continue to play another match, again with each new match acting as a continuation of the original second match of the series.

    Gameplay Settings
    Match and controller settings are the same as those used for TSLeague matches.

    Player Suspensions
    If a player accumulates 2 yellow cards, he is suspended for the next scheduled match. If a player accumulates 1 red card, he is suspended for the next 2 scheduled matches. While the management team will do it’s best to keep track of suspensions in each match thread, it is ultimately each manager’s responsibility to bench their suspended players for the appropriate game.

    Rules
    The TSL SuperCup follows the same rules as the Tradition Soccer League (TSL). Please refer to the Rules & Regulations thread for TSL for these guidelines. All statistics, cards and suspensions earned in the TSL SuperCup will be kept separate from league and TSL Cup matches and vice versa.
     
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    TSO-PREMIER OPEN CUP
    (defunct as of S18)
    Rules & Regulations

    Format
    The TSO-Premier Open Cup is a cup competition open to two groups of people: (1) premier members within TFS, and (2) all TSO members not in TSL. It will be formatted as a single-elimination 1-leg knockout tournament (yet having replay matches in the event of a tie), with random draws occurring before each round to determine the matchups. The winner of the tournament will earn a berth to the TSL SuperCup.

    Cup Draw
    The initial draw will include all teams and determine the matches and byes for Round 1. Before each following round, another draw will be conducted to determine the matches for that round. Previous league/cup results and TSL affiliation will have no bearing in the draw, as it will always be completely random. However, should a participating manager have no previous TSL experience, they must be drawn against a current TSL manager for their first match (if the non-experienced manager advances from its first match via a forfeit, they will again be drawn against a current TSL manager in the following round, ensuring that their first completed match is against a current TSL manager).

    Cup Participation
    A sign-up thread will be posted 1-2 weeks before the scheduled start of the Open Cup. At this time, TSL premier members and non-TSL members on TSO may announce their participation. If a non-TSL user chooses to participate, they may select their team at this time as well.

    Team Selection
    For all competing users with a TSL team, they must use their current team in the Open Cup. For all users that are not in the TSL league, any team rated 4.5* or lower that is not already occupied by any TSL user may be selected.

    Match Rules
    Each match is played as a single leg. If a match ends in a draw, there will be a replay match at the home of whoever was the visiting team in the first match. Should the score remain tied following the second match, then the two teams will begin a third match "Golden Goal" match, which is detailed below. Away goals are not used as a tiebreaker.

    "Golden Goal" Match
    Normally, we would use an extra time/penalties option in order to break ties where we need a team to advance to the next round. Unfortunately, FIFA 15 does not allow online matches this option, simply ending every game after 90 minutes. Therefore, in order to advance someone following two matches of back-to-back draws, a third "Golden Goal" match will take place where the next team to score wins. This third match will essentially act as extra time of the second match, so the two teams are to play at the home of whoever was home in the second match and use the same players with the same amount of subs remaining as the teams had at the end of the second match. In other words, act as if this third match is simply a continuation of the second. Whichever team scores first starting with this third "Golden Goal" match will be deemed the winner and advance to the next round, with the game ending at that point. If the two teams end the "Golden Goal" match 0-0, continue to play another match, again with each new match acting as a continuation of the original second match of the series.

    Gameplay Settings
    Match and controller settings are the same as those used for TSLeague matches. However, managers with no previous TSL experience will always be the away team.

    Player Suspensions
    If a player accumulates 2 yellow cards, he is suspended for the next scheduled match. If a player accumulates 1 red card, he is suspended for the next 2 scheduled matches. While the management team will do it’s best to keep track of suspensions in each match thread, it is ultimately each manager’s responsibility to bench their suspended players for the appropriate game.

    Rules
    The TSO-Premier Open Cup follows the same rules as the Tradition Soccer League (TSL). Please refer to the Rules & Regulations thread for TSL for these guidelines. All statistics, cards and suspensions earned in the TSO-Premier Open Cup will be kept separate from league and other cup matches and vice versa.
     
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