DESCRIBED by some as ‘Football Christmas’, the IFA’s flagship tournament WorldNET takes place this coming weekend, at the University of Central Lancashire Sports Arena in Preston. With 29 teams from across the UK and 1 from France taking part, a festival of IFA football is guaranteed, as old friends and new meet up. The tournament opens on Friday evening with this year’s IFA Cup Final, to be contested by Preston B and Rochdale. Then on Saturday the 30 teams play in 6 groups of 5, the final placings of which determine whether each team plays in the main cup or plate competitions on Sunday. You can follow results from the tournament on this website and by following @Worldnet2016 on Twitter.
Competing teams are asked to read the following information;
- First and second place in each group qualify automatically for the WorldNET Cup, along with the FOUR best third-placed teams (determined by points, goal difference, goals scored, number of wins and finally drawing of lots, in that order). The group winners and two best runners-up (same criteria to determine) will be seeded for the draw, and paired with an unseeded team, with the onward path pre-determined as shown in the centre pages of the tournament programme.
- The two remaining third-placed teams will be awarded byes to the quarter-final of the WorldNET Plate, the slots in the draw for these teams have already been drawn out, and will be visible in the programme. These two teams will be drawn into one of the two slots.
- The six fifth-placed teams and the two weakest fourth-placed teams will be unseeded for the WorldNET Plate draw, and will be drawn against a seeded team, with the onward path pre-determined as again shown in the programme.