Draw Procedure and Pots for the 2020 Lower League eCup Knockout Stage Draw
The draw for the 2020 Lower League eCup Knockout Stage will take place on Monday, May 4th at 9:00pm Eastern!
Both the Xbox and PS4 divisions are made up of 48 players/clubs. The top 16 players in each division have been awarded byes to the second round of the knockout stage.
Pot A will consist of the top 16 players, the group winners and top-runner ups (three in PS4, four in Xbox One). Players in Pot A have secured a first round bye and can’t play another Pot A club until the Round of 16. Pot B will consist of the remaining 32 players, who will all enter in the first round.
For the draw, two teams from Pot B will be drawn, followed by one team from Pot A. The two teams drawn from Pot B will play each other in the first round, with the winner facing the team drawn from Pot A in the second round.
The first teams drawn will be placed in the upper left hand corner of the bracket, filling out the entire left side of the bracket, before hopping back up to the upper right hand corner and filling out the right side of the bracket.
The pots and qualified teams for the knockout stage draw can be found below! Action begins Thursday night, with the majority of first and second round matches held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As a reminder, players will play their first and second round matches in the same night.
|Xbox One - Pot A|
|Inter Detroit FC||Metro Louisville FC||Florida Tropics SC||Northshore United|
|Amish Country United||Port City FC||Atlantic City FC||Forward Madison FC|
|OlyPen Force||Laredo Heat SC||Oly Town Artesians||Minneapolis City SC|
|FC Tucson||Inland Wolves||Inland Empire FC||Lone Star Republic|
|Xbox One - Pot B|
|Tri-State HSN||Levi United FC||San Lee FC||Boca Raton FC|
|First State FC||Louisiana Krewe FC||Hoboken FC 1912||Small World Soccer|
|OC Spartans||Great White Buffalo||FC Buffalo||Crescent City FC|
|Swan City Syndicate||Asheville City SC||Agents of Hale SG||South Georgia Tormenta FC|
|Union Dubuque FC||Grays Harbor Gulls FC||Harbor Force FC||AFC Mobile|
|Black Plague 1904 SG||Dekalb County United||Little Rock Rangers||OKC 1889 FC|
|Dallas Soccer Alliance||Lane United FC||TCA FC Lionhearts SG||Vacaville Elite|
|Keene FC||Santa Ana Lobos||Oxnard Guerreros||North Texas SC|
|PS4 - Pot A|
|Miami Soccer Academy||FC Motown||Lazers Soccer Club||Elmwood Elite|
|Vlora FC||Greenville Triumph SC||Houston Hotshots||AFC Mobile|
|Tulsa Athletic||Milwaukee Bavarians SC||FF Premier||Oxnard Guerreros|
|Riverside City FC||Inland Empire Republic||Duluth FC||OlyPen Force|
|PS4 - Pot B|
|Inocentes FC||Fall River Marksmen||Greenspoint Gunners||Districtonia Futbol|
|Providence City FC||NY International FC||Hoboken FC 1912||Club Toledo|
|Forward Madison FC||First State FC||The Citizens SG||Metro Louisville FC|
|LSA Atletico Lanier||Dekalb County United||San Lee FC||Asheville City SC|
|FC Buffalo||Atun United||Crescent City FC||Dynamo FC - St. Cloud|
|AC Miracle Hill||Lane United FC||Inland Wolves FC||Union Dubuque FC|
|Coyotes FC||Vacaville Elite||Croatian Eagles SC||Inland Wolves FC|
|Denton Diablos FC||Central Texas Lobos||Lone Star Republic||Des Moines Menace|
Note: If for any reason during the draw there is a technical error, we will treat the two Pots independently. Here's what will be used in the following scenarios. These are highly unlikely, and have many safeguards to prevent this, but I'll share in the interest of fairness.
Example = A team is drawn out of Pot A/B, when the order of the draw dictates that the next player should have come from the other Pot. Ruling = Retroactively bump each team to their original draw position based on order of draw. If for example, a second team is drawn out of pot A, or a third team is drawn out of Pot B, whether it be from paper sticking, a technical error, etc. The players should be placed in the bracket in the order that they were drawn in their pot. For instance, 10th team drawn out of Pot A should be placed in the position originally designated for the 10th team to be drawn out of Pot A, regardless of which two teams they were originally paired with on air. Again, highly unlikely, but this is in the interest of transparency.
The footage of the draw will be reviewed afterwards to check for any mistakes.