The FSFA Vase is a virtual international football tournament for 'non-league' countries that are not affiliated to FIFA or any of the six continental confederations. The competition features teams from the Island Games, the various alternative world cups and a couple of other sides that have appeared in neither but do appear in certain international competitions.
The FSFA Cup also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FSFA Cup which we have been running since 2007. The 8 teams that get to the quarter-finals or beyond will qualify automatically for the 1st Round of the FSFA Cup 2017.
Format. All games are best of 1 and will be have a home team where this is possible. In reality most games, particularly in the early rounds will be staged at neutral venues. The highest ranked teams receive a bye to round 2 which features 32 teams. From there the competition is straight knockout without seeding advantage.
Format of the ties. Home and away where possible. Should a game be drawn after 90 minutes, the game will proceed to a replay which can feature extra time. If a game is still drawn after a replay, there shall be a second replay, with extra time if necessary, at a neutral ground.
Where a game is played at a neutral venue because neither team has a home ground of its own, then extra time shall apply from the first meeting. If a game is played at a neutral venue but the away team can play at home, then the game goes to a replay if drawn after 90 minutes.
A number of sides are making their first appearance in 2017. In addition to the new countries, 2 sides (the Northern Mariana Islands and Tuvalu) have switched over to the FSFA Vase from the FSFA Cup Preliminary Round owing to their low rankings.