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PLAY-OFFS RULES: 2015-2016

  1. The play-offs will be played in two (2) stages or as the organising committee finds it necessary.
    1. Preliminary stage
    2. Round Robin stage
  2. All players born in the year 1996 and thereafter will be eligible to play in the play-off stages during 2015 only.
  3. In the continuation of the play-offs, which will take place during 2015, players born in the year in 1996 and thereafter will be eligible to play.
  4. All players must be in possession of a Valid SAFA or SAFA CT player's registration card for the current year.SAB, SSD, FIRST DIVISION, and PSL cards will be allowed.
    1. All players must have a Temporary home affairs issued ID, or ID document/ ID Card or valid passport available for purpose of registration and identification.
    2. f a player is not able to produce proof of identification, such a player will be deemed to be ineligible and will not be allowed to participate in the play-offs.
  5. Players must be registered for the 2015/2016 season with their participating club.
  6. Clubs will be allowed to register twenty (20) players of who Five (5) may be Guest Players for the play-offs only.
    1. Condition for guest players: The guest players must provide the committee with a letter of consent from their club with whom they are registered (Club letter head), accompanied with their player's registration card. (A club stamp will be acceptable)
  7. All players / teams must be registered with the Premier Cup Committee before the end of their first match.
    1. Should a team fail to register before the end of the first game they will be disqualified.
  8. Any team fielding an ineligible player (not properly registered) will be disqualified from the competition.
  9. The pre-preliminary and preliminary stages will be played on a two-legged "home and away" system (Two teams play each other twice)
  10. The team with the highest goal aggregate after two legs will proceed to the next stage of the play-offs.
  11. If after the second match the two teams end up with the same number of goals difference, the "Away goal" Rule will apply for both stages.
  12. If the goal difference is still the same, a penalty shoot-out will take place and the winner will go through to the next stage of the play-offs.
  13. Clubs are reminded to be on time for their matches: A grace period of fifteen (15) minutes allowed should a team arrive late. (To be ready on the field of play)
  14. If a team is not ready to play after the grace period allocated such a club will be deemed to have defaulted. (Team managers are responsible to obtain the times of their fixtures)
    1. If a team fails to pitch for their first match, such a team will be disqualified from the play-offs.
  15. The opponents of the defaulting team will be awarded three (3) goals.
  16. The duration of all matches will be twenty five (25) minutes each way with no extra time.
  17. Teams will be allowed to use Four (4) substitutes per match.
  18. Any player/s sent off shall be suspended for one (1) match. (Not to carry over to the Round Robin stage.)
  19. The committee reserves the right to do random checks on any team's player's cards.
  20. Managers are reminded to be present when referees check player's cards.
  21. In the event of a clash of colours, the team mentioned second on the fixture shall affect the chance of strip.
  22. Participation in the play-offs is R100.00 once of payment.
  23. Entrance fee to the ground will be R5.00 per adults and players, R5.00 per vehicle, and juniors will pay R1.00.
  24. Clubs are responsible for the behaviour of their spectators/supporters.
  25. The committee will not tolerate any misbehaviour towards match officials during the competition. The committee has the right to report any misdemeanour by a participating team to the perpetrator's LFA
  26. No Protest will be allowed throughout the Play-off. Managers are to ask the referee to note any concern on the match sheet. The committee will follow up if requested to do so.
  27. The Premier Cup committee and/or the Sponsor shall not be held responsible for any lost or damage of property, or injuries sustained during or after the match for the duration of the entire playoffs.

THE PREMIER CUP COMMITTEE WILL ARBITRATE ANY MATTER NOT COVERED BY THESE RULES.

ROUND-ROBIN RULES FOR 2016

  1. ELIGIBILITY

    1. Only players born in or after 1997 will be eligible to play in the 2016 round robin playoffs tournament.
    2. Only bona - fide members of SAFA and their respective Provincial bodies are eligible for participation.
    3. All players must be registered for the 2015/16 season with their participating club. No player will be allowed to play without a SAFA / SAFA CT, National First division, National Second Division, and PSL registration card.
      1. All players must have their Identity document or valid passport available for purpose of registration and identification. Original Driver Licence will be acceptable in the absence of ID document or passport.
      2. If a player is not able to produce the above mentioned proof of identification, such a player will be deemed to be ineligible and will not be allowed to play in the round robin.
      3. No birth certificates, temporary drivers licence, or proof of application for ID forms will be accepted as proof of identity.
      4. No birth certificates will be accepted as proof of identity.
      5. Clubs will be allowed to register twenty (20) players of which five (5) can be guest players for the round robin.
      6. Conditions for the use of guest players: The guest players must provide the committee with a letter of consent from their club with whom they are registered, accompanied with their player’s 2015/2016 registration card. The letter must be on a club letterhead.
    4. All players/teams must be registered with the Premier Cup Committee before the end of their first game.
      1. Should a team fail to register before the end of the first match, they will lose that match by three (3) goals.
      2. Any team fielding an ineligible player will be disqualified from the competition.
  2. FORMAT

    1. Thirty (30) teams divided into seven (7) groups (A to G).
    2. Groups A-E will consist of four (4) teams each and groups F and G will consist of five teams each, shall contest the round robin stage.
    3. The four (4) or five (5) teams play each other once in their respective groups, and a league table of the results is drawn up.
    4. The two (2) top teams in each group shall progress to the METROPOLITAN PREMIER CUP 2013 TOURNAMENT PROPER.
    5. In the event of two (2) teams ending with the same number of points in their groups, the team with the superior goal difference shall be declared the higher group finisher.
    6. If the teams cannot be separated by goal difference (refer to point above), the team that scored the highest number of goals will then be declared the higher group finisher.
    7. If the teams cannot be separated by highest number of goals scored, the corresponding result between the team (s) in the round robin stage will be considered.
    8. If the teams are still tied (having referred to points above ), kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken (as per the FIFA guidelines)
    9. The penalty shootout for the above is only to determine the higher group finisher.
  3. POINTS SYSTEM

    1. The Points system is applicable to the qualifying league round only.
      1. Three (3) points for a win
      2. Two (2) points for a score draw
      3. One (1) point for a goalless draw
  4. DURATION

    1. Each league round robin match shall consist of two (2) halves of 25 minutes each with no extra time.
  5. GENARAL RULES OF THE COMPETITION

    1. Clubs are reminded to be in time for their matches: A grace period of fifteen (15) minutes will be allowed should a team arrive late. (To be ready on the field of play)
    2. If a team is not ready to play after the grace period allocated such a club will be deemed to have defaulted. (Team managers are responsible to obtain the times of their fixtures)
    3. The opponents of the defaulting team will be awarded three (3) points and three goals.
    4. Teams will be allowed to use Five (5) substitutes per match.
    5. Any player/s sent off shall be suspended for one (1) match.
    6. If a team start with less than eleven players, such a team will only be allowed to fill the team to eleven players and no substitutions will be allowed .
    7. The committee reserves the right to do random checks on any team’s players.
    8. Managers are reminded to be present when referees check player’s cards.
    9. In the event of a clash of colors, the team mentioned second on the fixture shall affect the chance of strip.
    10. Participation in the Round Robin is R100.00 per team for those teams that did not play in the preliminary rounds of the playoffs.
    11. The entrance fee to the ground will be R5.00 per adults and players, R5.00 per vehicle, and juniors will pay R1.00.
    12. Clubs are responsible for the behavior of their players, spectators and supporters.
    13. The committee will not tolerate any misbehavior towards match officials during the competition. The committee will have the right to report any club/player/team official found guilty of any misconduct
    14. No Protest will be allowed throughout the round robin stage.
    15. Managers are to ask the referee to note any concern on the match sheet. The committee will follow up if requested to do so. (No game will be stopped, delayed, or cancelled because of the above process.)
    16. The committee and/or the Sponsor shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage of property, or injuries sustained during or after the match.

THE PREMIER CUP COMMITTEE WILL ARBITRATE ANY MATTER NOT COVERED BY THESE RULES.

TOURNAMENT RULES FOR 2014/2015

  1. ELIGIBILITY
    1. Only players born on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible to play in the 2015 Metropolitan Premier Cup.
    2. Only bona-fide members of SAFA and their respective Provincial / Regional bodies are eligible for participation. Also, teams from foreign countries invited to participate by the tournament organizers.
    3. All players must be registered for the 2015 season with their participating club. No player will be allowed to play without a SAFA / SAFA Cape Town or a SAFA card from his or her region (Except for visiting teams where special permission has been granted by the Premier Cup Committee).
    4. All players must have their Identity document/smart card or valid passport available for purpose of registration and identification.
    5. If a player is not able to produce proof of identification, such a player will be deemed to be ineligible and will not be allowed to play in the tournament.
    6. Identity document/smart card or valid passport do not make a player eligible to play without proof of registration with SAFA. (Except for visiting teams where the Premier Cup Committee has granted special permission.)
    7. All players are compelled to go through the scrutiny process before they will be allowed to play in the tournament.
    8. The Premier Cup Committee reserve the right to perform random checks on players during the duration of the tournament.
    9. Teams found using an ineligible player/s will be disqualified from the tournament.
  2. TOURNAMENT FORMAT
    1. Thirty-two (32) teams divided into eight (8) groups (A to H) of four (4) teams each shall contest the tournament.
    2. The four (4) teams play each other once in their group and a league table of the results is drawn up.
    3. The two (2) top teams in each group shall progress to the second round of the Metropolitan Premier Cup Super (16) Championship Series (Winner Section).
    4. In the event of two (2) teams ending with the same number of points in their groups, the team with the superior goal difference shall be declared the higher group finisher.
    5. If the teams cannot be separated by goal difference (refer to point above), the team that scored the highest number of goals will then be declared the higher group finisher.
    6. If the teams cannot be separated by the highest number of goals scored, the corresponding result between the teams in the round robin stage will be declared the higher group finisher.
    7. If the teams are still tied (having referred to the points above), kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken (as per FIFA guidelines). Both teams shall require not more than eleven eligible players on the field for the purpose of the penalty kicks.
    8. Should a team refuse to take penalties, then the opponent will be declared the higher finisher in the respective group.
    9. The third placed teams in each section (a-h) i.e. eight (8) teams shall contest the Metropolitan Premier Cup Plate Series.
  3. MATCH DURATION
    1. Round Robin stage:
      Each league round robin match shall consist of two (2) halves of 30 minutes each with no extra time.
    2. Knockout format for winners' section:
      1. The duration of the last sixteen (16) matches will consist of two (2) halves of thirty (30) minutes each way.
      2. The quarterfinals, semi-finals will consist of two (2) halves of thirty five (35) minutes each way.
      3. The final will consist of two (2) halves of forty (40) minutes each way.
      4. In the event of the scores being level at full time, a further duration of eight (8) minutes each way shall be played.
      5. If the match is still level after the extra time, the match will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark (as per FIFA regulations).
    3. Format for Dullah Omar mid-section:
      1. The losers of the quarterfinals of the Winner's section will contest the Dullah Omar Mid-Section competition (Knock out).
      2. The duration of play for this competition will be two (2) halves of thirty (30) minutes each way. No extra time will be played.
      3. In the event that the match ends in a draw, the winner of the match shall be decided by kicks from the penalty mark (as per FIFA regulations).
    4. Format for Plate section:
      1. The quarterfinal, semi-final and final shall consist of two (2) halves of thirty (30) minutes each way.
      2. In the event of the scores being tied at full time, the winner of the match will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark (as per FIFA regulations). No extra time will be played.
    5. Draws for Knockout Stage:
      1. The last sixteen (16) will be BLOCK FIXTURES as stipulated in the fixtures (i.e. winner group "A" vs ...).
      2. The quarterfinal and semi-final of the Winner Section will be open draws.
    6. The Mid Section and Plate Section quarterfinals and semi-finals will be BLOCK FIXTURES.
  4. POINTS SYSTEM

    The points system is applicable to the qualifying league round only and will be allocated as follows:
    1. Three (3) points for a win.
    2. Two (2) points for a score draw.
    3. One (1) point for a goalless draw.
  5. GENERAL RULES OF THE COMPETITION
    1. Registration
      1. Participating teams shall register a squad of twenty (20) players, of which 3 may be guest players. Plus four (4) members in the technical staff (24).
      2. Conditions for guest players: The guest players must provide the committee with a letter of consent from their club with whom they are registered. It must be on the (club letterhead), accompanied with their player's registration card
      3. The managers and coach must be registered for the 2015 season with SAFA.
    2. A total of four (4) substitutes (including the goalkeeper) are allowed in all games.
    3. A player having received two (2) cautions in different matches shall serve an automatic one-match (1) suspension.
    4. All cautions will fall away after the round robin stage.
    5. A player dismissed from the field of play during any match shall serve a one-match (1) suspension.
    6. Such a player may be summoned to appear before the Tournament Disciplinary Committee at the discretion of the tournament organisers.
    7. The Disciplinary Committee will have the right to review the one-match suspension.
    8. If a player was sent-off in the last match of the round robin stage, the suspension will carry through to the knock-out stage.
    9. The referee's decision shall be final and binding and the Tournament Committee shall entertain no protests.
    10. In the event of a colour clash, the second (2nd) team mentioned on the fixture will affect the change of strip. Should a team fail to affect an alternative strip they will forfeit the match.
    11. All team shall have an alternative strip.
    12. The referee will decide if there is a clash of colours or not.
    13. All teams shall participate in all programs arranged by the organisers, and or sponsors as part of the tournament.
    14. Teams will not be allowed to display their sponsor's branding on the venue without consultation and permission from the organisers.
    15. Failure to do so will be deemed as misconduct, and bringing the tournament into disrepute.
    16. Any team bringing the tournament into disrepute shall not have any claim to any awards and/or prize monies.
    17. All teams shall make themselves available for squads, as well as individual photographs. Teams shall also avail themselves for media interviews if required to do so.
  6. INCENTIVES
    1. The tournament organisers shall have the sole right to decide on the incentives to teams, players, managers or coaches.
    2. Should there be more than one player with an equal number of goals scored, no trophy shall be awarded for top goal scorer.
    3. The prize money for the top goal scorer will then be shared amongst the players with equal number of goals scored.
  7. DISCLAIMER

    Neither the Premier Cup committee, nor the sponsors or the host club can be held responsible for the following:
    1. Damages to or theft of vehicles belonging to spectators, visitors or players.
    2. Any injuries sustained as a visitor or player. First aid will be available throughout the tournament especially for players.
    3. The loss of personal items.
    4. The loss of playing kit or valuables from the dressing rooms or anywhere in the proximity of the sports field.

The Metropolitan Premier Cup Tournament Committee will arbitrate any matter not covered by the rules of the tournament. Their ruling will be final and binding on the matter/s concerned.

Contact Information

Tournament Secretary: MG Abrahams
Cellphone: +27 83 243 7021
Fax: +27 21 633 1220
Email: info@premiercup-bayhill.co.za

Tournament Director: Patrick J. Williams
Telephone: +27 21 787 5012 (office)
Cellphone: +27 82 335 7392
Fax: +27 86 601 7169
Email: pj@premiercup-bayhill.co.za