I didn't hear any negative feed back to the new rule last season, so I'm gonna keep it. Welcome to the rules, signup, and discussion thread for the 12th annual bigsoccer.com cup. As your (self-appointed) member of the Divinity of the BS Cup, I am happy to announce the format for this year's cup. (Yes I've kicked Hellghallen out he hasn't been as active any more either.) We will do the same format as last season again, this could change if demand is not great enough, but as of right now, we will start with two tournaments. 1. BS March Madness Early This half of the tournament will be open to all BS.com teams, and will consist of a single elimination tournament with the brackets formed in a random fashion. All games will be played cup-rules at a neutral location of the team's choosing. This format allows participation in the cup, but should be shorter than a group-based format, allowing for flag chasing or other pursuits. This cup is expected to start around the same time as the IGN. If first round matches have not been played by the end of Cup round 9, the match is ruled a forfeit. 2. BS "I got next" Cup This will be a traditional, group based cup that is open only to teams that are in the bottom two divisions in their nation (in the USA, this is D.V and D.VI). Depending on the number of teams that sign up, we will have groups. With that number, we will have a proportionate number of teams make the knockout round. Wins will be worth 3 points, pk losses (i.e., ties after 90 minutes) worth 1 point, losses worth 0 points. Points will be used to reseed teams for the purposes of the knockout bracket. The group play will be home-home against each team in the bracket. The knockout bracket matches will be 1 leg neutral ground. No teams from the same group can meet each other in the first knock out round. In the case of ties within a group, the tiebreakers will be (in order) head to head, goal differential, goals scored, fewest goals allowed, fewest disciplinary points, and average home attendance. In the unlikely event that there is still a tie, then it will be settled by the largest bribe to the tournament administrator. ***Rules Common to Both Cups 1. DEADLINE FOR SIGNUPS: August 15, 2007 (two weeks from yesterday, same day as cup round 5) 2. FIRST BS.COM CUP MATCH: August 22, 2007 (three weeks from yesterday, same day as cup round 6). 3. All games will be played under cup rules. 4. To signup: post in this thread your a) team name, b) team series, c) which cup you want to enter, and d) post your standard league starting 11, this will be the list used for the 3 or 4 starter rule depending on the tournament. Teams will be allowed to post a new "league lineup" if/when they upgrade a position and drop a player from the first team to the second team 6. Since this is a friendly/ reserve cup, your starting lineup should be mostly reserve players. Only 4 players from your posted league lineup will be allowed to play in their league positions in IGN games. For the MM, the limit is 3 since these teams are more well established. If you have 17 or fewer players you will be allowed to add additional starters to be able to field a full team, but you will be ridiculed and told to go buy a cheap $1000 28-year old passable IM. This is the dcuntied memorial rule. Starters can be named as subs. If you play more than the appropriate amount of starters, one goal will be added to your opponents score for each player over the max you play. 7.If you accidentally schedule a friendly other than your BS.com match for the week, you will lose by a walk-over score of 5-0. 8. If a team has not accepted your challenge for a BS Cup match by the Monday before the match, post it in this thread and a member of the duo will check on it and award the walkover. Don't always just schedule the friendly and hope he accepts, if he hasn't accepted by Saturday, send him/her an ht-mail to remind them. 9. the BS.com Divinity may add rules (in a fair manner, or bribery) as the need warrents it. All duo decisions are final (but I'm not really that heavy-handed, as past participants can attest to). If you have any questions, PM me, or post them to this thread. Sign up below with your team name, tournament you are entering, series number, and standard starting 11 league lineup.