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.