With the final group games taking place next weekend, we take this opportunity to remind everyone of the championship regulations.
The championship groupings be made up of three groups of four with an open draw to determine same.
The top two teams in each group proceed automatically to the quarter finals. Final Group positions will be determined as per Rule 6.20 (5) T.O. 2012.
The best third placed team shall automatically constitute the seventh quarter finalist with Rule 6.20 (5) (c) (ii)-(iv) being used to determine any possible tie among third placed teams across groups.
The remaining two third placed teams to play off, the winner of which will proceed as the eighth quarter-finalist and the losing team will play in a Relegation Semi Final.
When the eight teams for the quarter finals have being determined, an open draw system should take place ensuring teams from the same group cannot play each other at this stage. With regard to relegation semi finals, a similar system should be applied, where teams from the same group should not play each other in the first round of the play-off.
Winners of the quarter finals to be put into an open draw to determine semi final pairings, no regard to previous meetings in the competition should be brought in consideration for this round.
T.O. 2012 Rial 6.22 (5)
If a Championship is partly organised on a League basis, the following Regulations shall apply:
(a) League results shall be credited as follows: 2 points for a win, and one for a draw.
(b) If a Team is Disqualified or Retires during the course of the League Stage, its played Games shall stand and its unplayed Games shall be awarded to the Opposing Teams.
(c) Where Teams finish with equal points for Qualification for the Concluding Stages, or for Promotion or Relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified:
(i) W here two Teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition;
(ii) Scóring Difference (subtracting the total scores Against from total scores For);
(iii) Highest Total score For;
(iv) A Play-Off.
Exceptions to (c):
(1) In relation to means (ii) and (iii) above, if the accumulated scores of a team, so involved, are affected by a disqualification, loss of game on a proven objection, retirement or walk over, the tie shall be decided by a Play-Off.
(2) Regulations (i), (ii) and (iii) shall not apply to under 16 or younger age grade competitions.
(d) A Disqualification shall only affect further participation in the current Championship involved and not the following year’s Championship or Qualification for it. In the context of a disqualification, in any Promotion or Relegation Process, a Team shall retain the points it has won in a Stage of the Championship run on a League Basis.
05-Aug-12 by Colette Fox – PRO