Junior Team Starter
- Dec 8, 2019
City of Liverpool FC
I have missed out saying that in France they have over 7000 teams entering.
8,506, and it lasts for 16 months.I have missed out saying that in France they have over 7000 teams entering.
I prefer the French Cup to the English, the higher numbers (I am not certain they have ever reached over 8,000) make the whole thing more democratic in my opinion. You have one too many rounds, the preliminary is only in a couple of regions, In mainland France, the competition does not generally start before August, with only Paris having matches before the old season has finished. The Outre Mer clubs may have different timetables8,506, and it lasts for 16 months.
The 1st 11 Rounds (Preliminary to 10th) are all geographic draws.
Ligue 1 teams enter from the 10th Round, also known as the Round of 64.
But then France only has 3 national leagues, 2 of which are fully professional. Their 4th level has 4 divisions, and their 5th has 14.
The Copa del Rey in Spain has just 126 teams, 4 of whom (usually including Barca and Real) get a bye to the Round of 32 (which we'd call the 3rd Round, despite it being the 4th). Only the final isn't played between mid-November and mid-February. Guess who complains about having too many matches. The qualifying rounds are, in effect, the leagues and cups from the previous season.
The FA Cup format isn't perfect, but I prefer it to those 2
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