There are 4 Groups of 4 teams. 2nd and 3rd Division teams will start in the 1st Round of play. Each group consists of a randomly drawn selection including at least 2 teams from each division.
Every team has three (3) 1st Round games. You will play each team in your Group once.
1st Round Scoring will be based on the 10 point system. Win = 6 points, Tie = 3 points, Each goal = 1 point (max 3 points and you still get points for goals even if you lose or tie), Shutout = 1 point.
After the 1st Round:
(Premier teams will be seeded based on mid-season league standings)
Seeding for the 2nd round will be based on total points. If total points are tied, then the following tiebreakers will determine the seeding:
Elimination round procedures for both Friendship Cup and Raul Briones Cup:
Note - Any forfeit in Cup group games will result in a 3-0 win (10 points) for the winning team. If a team forfeits during the 2nd Leg of the Quarter's/Semi's they will forfeit the series. Also, teams are not allowed to share players for any cup games (i.e. Real Sociedad Royals and Real Sociedad Blacksox cannot share. You can only play with the team that shows on your ID card). Once you play for your team in the cup, you are not allowed to play for any other team in the cup, even if you are dropped from one team and added to the other. Cup rosters will be frozen the day before your first quarterfinal game.