Sp Champions League - Rules
A country may request to join the SPCL as long as that country has nominated a national Coordinator. It also needs at least 3 teams playing in the 3 top-divisions of SoccerProject.
Every country plays a National Cup to determine which teams will participate in the CL. The national Coordinator chooses the rules (format, schedule, prizes) for the National Cup. But only teams that play in division C or higher may participate in the SPCL.
The number of teams playing in the CL per country is calculated on the results of the previous edition (See Teams Distribution).
A total of 32 teams will play in the SPCL. The first is a knock-out round with a home game and a return. The 16 remaining teams move on to the group stage where they are divided in 4 groups of 4 teams. They play each team twice and the first two of each group qualify for the quarter finals.
From the semi-finals on, the SPCL is played as a Friendly Cup. The 4 teams will receive an invitation on Wednesday after the return of the quarter finals.
The SPCL Admin shall insure that the schedule and results are updated promptly. The schedule for the next weekend’s matches will be send by pm to the Coordinators no later than 00.00h the Tuesday before. It will also be posted on the forum (Global – Friendly Cups).
During the CL, most games will be played as a Friendly Game. This means the managers have to organise the games theirselves. Always invite your opponent as soon as possible. Games are played during the weekend and have to be arranged before Friday evening. Any team not sending an invitation by the correct date or not accepting the invitation, get forfeited. No exceptions!
In the event of a playoff tie, the team with highest away goals wins. When both teams score equal away-goals, a replay is played on Wednesday. The team with the highest coefficient moves on (this can be seen on the ‘Teams’-page in the schedule). If this game ends in a draw, the team with the lowest coefficient moves on.
SPCL points are awarded as follows: 3 points for a win, 1 points for a draw. Forfeits result in a 5-0 win for the other team. If both teams forfeit the result is a 0-0 draw. In the next round the highest seed receives a bye.
The Winner of the previous SPCL will get the top seed for the next SPCL. The other seeds will go to the winners of the National Cups. The seed they get depends on their coefficient.
The minimum number of teams represented by a country in the SPCL shall be 2 regardless of their previous season country coefficient. All new countries will get 2 teams in their initial season regardless of the number of teams that country has registered in Soccer Project.
Besides that, there are also bonus points. For every round you survive you receive some bonus points:
Reaching Group Play = 1 point
Bonus points are not accumulated so the maximum a team can earn is 10.
The team’s coefficient will be used to determine the seeding of the national cup winners for next season. If the previous SPCL winner is from the same country that also has the highest country coefficient, that country will occupy the top 2 seeds. Other seeds are calculated based on a formula*.
Allocation of teams for the next SP CL will be based on Country Coefficients. The Coefficient is calculated by dividing totals points accumulated by each country’s teams. For example: The 4 Czech teams get 3, 9, 12, & 15 points totaling 39 points.
After it is determined how many countries will be represented in the SP CL the country coefficient will be applied to determine the division of teams. For example, say there are 6 countries participating with each country guaranteed 2 teams, 12 teams are guaranteed entry. Any current country with less than a 2.0 country coefficient will only receive the minimum 2 teams. The remaining 20 teams are based on percentage of the country coefficient. Minor changes are possible if a country doesn’t have enough teams in the top-3 divisions of SP**.
National Coordinator Responsibilities
- The National Coordinators are responsible for insuring that all of their country’s matches are played according to the rules.
All National Cups play must be finished within 2 months of the conclusion of the SPCL. The next SP CL will start the 1st week of season 20. Therefore, Edition VII of the SPCL will start on 20 October 2007. The teams have to be sent to the Admin before 14 October 2007.
* Seeds 11-32 will be calculated using the following formula based on Division, Position, and manager ranking points:
For new countries participating in the SP CL, their National Cup-winner’s seeding will be based on their team coefficient. But he can only be seeded AFTER the NC-winners of countries that have previously participated in the SPCL.
** Lithuania (e.g.) gets 10 teams according to the Coefficient. But in SP, they only have 7 teams playing in division A, B or C. So their number will be brought back to 7, the other 3 teams will be divided among the countries who can handle the extra spot(s).