This will be the official thread for the Duchy Cups this season. Results, fixtures and tables will be updated throughout the season,
At tonights AGM the clubs were presented witht he new proposals for the league Cups this season. The new format will ensure that teams have more games to play this season due to reduced divisional numbers. The new format also provides a fresh approach to the earlier stages of the cups which fits in well with the finals day and selection of semi-final venues which I believe have been huge successes the last couple of seasons. The format should also help maintain interest levels in teams as most groups will probably go down to the final game to decide which teams go through and who has home advantage in the last 16.
This years Cups format is as follows:
The top two divisions will compete for the Duchy Knockout Cup and the bottom two divisions will compete for the Shoe Boy Cup
Each cup will be made up of 8 qualifying groups of 3 teams (there is 1 group of 4 in the Knockout Cup)
All teams play each other home and away.
The top team at the end of the qualification process will have a home tie in the last 16, the runners up will be an away team in the last 16 and the 3rd (and one 4th placed team) will be eliminated.
This means if you can win you group you have home advantage in the last 16 and if you win it you are just one quarter-final match away from a semi-final which will be held at a neutral ground with 3 appointed match officials.
The league will once more have a finals day were both cup finals will be played back to back at St Dennis FC the day after the FA Cup final to conclude the 2019-20 Duchy League season.
The draws for the qualifying groups were made at the end of the AGM by Tracy Banfield and a member of the Calstock management. They are as follows: Knockout Cup
St Newlyn East
Pelynt Group B
St Minver Group G
Lifton Group H
Holywell & Cubert Athletic
FC Tavyside Shoe Boy Cup Group A
St Annes Chapel Group B
Roche Group D
St Eval Spitfires
St Dominick Group H
Week St Mary
St Columb Major
Bude Town Res
Qualifying group games will begin in September and weather permitting be completed in January, then there will be a round each month up until the finals day in mid May.