FSFA Cup 2012
FootySimulator - FSFA Cup 2012
  • The FootySimulator FA Cup 2012 is a virtual tournament run on a knockout basis. Features of the tournament are as follows :
  • Pure knockout format. All fixtures are played on a best of 1 basis. A team is eliminated from the competition by a single defeat.

  • Traditional FA Cup rules. Matches last 90 minutes and take place on the ground of the team drawn first. If a game ends in a draw, a replay takes place on the ground of the team drawn second. If the scores in the replay are level, 30 minutes extra time is played. If the scores are still level, a second replay takes place on a neutral ground. Extra time will be played if necessary. If scores are still level after this, a third replay will be played on a neutral ground. And so on until a winner is determined. Semi finals and final will take place on a neutral ground and will go into extra time in the first match.

  • Seedings. There are 16 seeded teams. These teams are exempt until Round 3. 32 more teams are exempt until round 2. Teams ranked 49-132 enter the competition in Round 1. Two preliminary rounds take place for teams ranked outside the top 132 or for teams who are unranked. Winners of these preliminary matches qualify for Round 1.

  • Open Draw. Any team may draw any other team regardless of seeding, geographical location or political issues.

  • The teams. FSFA Cup 2012 comprises a record 261 teams. These include all the 214 teams that are affiliated to FIFA or a FIFA-recognized confederation. There are also 20 teams that have competed in the Island Games, 14 teams that have taken part in the NF-Board's VIVA World Cup and 13 unranked teams from outside FIFA.

  • The Format. Round 3 consists of 64 teams and from this point the competition is a straight knock-out. The 16 seeded teams are joined by the winners of the 48 Round 2 ties. The 96 teams in Round 2, consist of 32 exempt teams plus the winners of the 64 Round 1 ties. Round 1 includes 84 exempt teams plus 44 winners from the 2nd Preliminary Round ties. The 2nd Preliminary Round consists of 44 exempt teams plus the winners of the 44 1st Preliminary Round ties, 3 of whom will have been determined randomly by lot.