1. The CSL shall sponsor three cups: John Kilby League Cup, Harry J. Saunders Cup and Over-30 Cup.
a. The John Kilby League Cup is open to 1st Division, 1st Division Reserve and 2nd Division teams. 2nd Division Reserve, 3rd Division and Metro Division teams may enter at the discretion of the cups committee.
b. The Harry J. Saunders Cup is open to 2nd Division Reserve, 3rd Division and Metro Division teams.
c. The Over-30 Cup is open to Over-30 Division and Over-40 Division teams.
2. The competition shall be a "knockout" (single loss elimination) competition.
3. Each cup shall be limited to 16 teams on a "first come" basis.
TEAMS & PLAYERS
1. Only CSL affiliated teams, which are no longer in national or state cup competitions as of the entry date deadline are eligible to participate.
2. Clubs may enter multiple teams, but players may only participate for one team of their club. Once a player has signed a match day roster form for one team, he may not play for any other team.
3. The following player participation rules also apply:
a. Any player may participate in the John Kilby League Cup as long as the player is not "league cup tied" to another team.
b. Only players registered on the CSL website for a 2nd Division Reserve, 3rd Division, Metro Division, Over-30 Division or Over-40 Division team may participate in the Harry J. Saunders Cup. Players registered for a 1st Division, 1st Division Reserve or 2nd Division first team may not participate in the Harry J. Saunders Cup.
c. Only players registered on the CSL website for an Over-30 Division or Over-40 Division team may participate in the Over-30 Cup.
SEEDINGS, HOME TEAMS & REFEREE FEES
1. The seedings and drawings shall be done by the CSL cups committee. The exact format shall depend on the amount of entries. If there are not 16 entries in a cup, teams will be awarded BYES based on the current league standings, with the top teams in the tables awarded BYES.
2. If the team selected to play HOME does not have a home ground, then the league cup match shall be played at the VISITING team's home ground. If neither team has a home ground and a League supplied field is used, the cost of the field shall be evenly split between the two teams.
3. A team drawn as the visiting team in the prior round shall be awarded a home match in the next round unless both competiting teams had been drawn as the home or visiting teams in the prior round, in which case the higher drawn team shall be awarded a home match.
4. The team at whose ground the match is NOT PLAYED (i.e. the visiting team) shall be responsible for the center referee fee. If neither team has a home ground and a League supplied field is used, then the cost of the center referee fee shall be evenly split between the two teams.
5. In the John Kilby League Cup, assistant referees (ARs) shall be assigned unless both competiting teams advise the League office ten days prior to the match that they do not wish to have ARs assigned. The cost of the ARs shall be evenly split no matter where the match is played. ARs are not assigned in the Harry J. Saunders Cup and Over-30 Cup, except for the final, unless both teams agree to have ARs, in which case the cost shall be evenly split.
6. League cups finals shall be played at a field selected by the League and the cost of the field and all of the referee fees shall be borne by the League.
1. The scheduling of league cup matches shall be handled by the CSL cups committee and shall be done in a manner as to not interfere with regular league matches.
2. As a general rule, regular league matches take precedence over league cup matches. Therefore, if a regular league match needs to be "made-up", a previously scheduled league cup match may be postponed.
3. In accordance with CSL bylaws, the cups committee shall have the right to schedule league cup matches midweek at night if the cups committee in its judgment believes that a league cups match needs to be played by a certain date.
1. All cup matches shall be played in accordance with all FIFA rules and in accordance with the CSL bylaws.
2. All participating teams are expected to follow all CSL rules governing passes, uniforms, etc.
3. Participating teams are permitted to use 18 players in a match and re-substitution is permitted in all cup matches.
4. At the start of every cup match, each team shall submit the league designated roster form to the referee in the same manner as a regular league match.
5. If a cup match is tied at the end of regulation, the match shall be decided by a 5 round penalty kick shoot out similar to ENYSSA state cup competition. There is no extra time.
CAUTIONS & EJECTIONS
1. Cautions (yellow cards) and ejections (red cards) received during the league cups competition shall be treated in the same manner as cautions and ejections received during the ENYSSA state cup competition.
a. Cautions (yellow cards) received during a league cup match shall not count toward the accumulation of league yellow cards.
b. Ejections (red cards) received during a league cup match shall result in a period of suspension for a time period determined by the arbiter. The period of suspension shall be served during the player's next match, which could be a regular league match, league cup match or state or national cup match.
2. A participating player who is currently suspended from league play shall serve his suspension in the league cups competition if the cup match is his registered team's next scheduled match.
PROTEST & APPEALS
1. All protests shall be handled by the arbiter in the same manner as with CSL regular league matches. The same protest time periods listed in the CSL bylaws shall apply.
2. Any appeals from a decision of the arbiter shall be sent to the CSL appeals committee.
TEAM & PLAYER BREACHES OF RULES
1. The CSL executive board, at the recommendation of the cups committee, shall have the power to disqualify and remove from further participation in the competition any team or player(s) of any participating team who have been found to have violated the rules of the CSL League Cups or the CSL.
2. The CSL executive board, at the recommendation of the cups committee, shall have the power to issue fines for the violation of the rules and/or for misbehavior as set forth in the CSL bylaws.
MATTERS NOT PROVIDED FOR
1. Any matters not provided for in these rules shall be determined by the cups committee, which shall consider all other rules and regulations of the CSL, state and national associations and FIFA, before making its decision.