|Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) 2006/2007|
After last year's fracas, the format of this season's Copa del Rey competition has been changed once again. Dates have been set for a competition with three initial rounds played over one leg, and two-leg knockouts from there on up to the final. The first three rounds will be between second division A clubs and the top sides from the second division B and the third division, as follows:
The 20 first division clubs will only enter the competition in round four together with the twelve survivors from the previous rounds. The six teams from the lower divisions will play six of the sides who are playing in Europe this season (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Osasuna from the Champions League, and two from Sevilla, Celta and Espanyol, participating in the UEFA Cup). The six second division A sides will be drawn against the remaining side from the UEFA cup participants, Spain's representative in the Intertoto cup (Villarreal), and four of the other first division sides. That will leave eight first division sides who will be drawn against each other. As mentioned above, ties take place over two legs, with the first leg at the ground of the lower division club.
Sixteen teams will therefore go in to a fifth round, where the draw will be free. The only proviso is that, where two sides of different divisions meet, the first leg will be played at the ground of the lower division side. As from the quarter finals this condition will no longer apply.
With no international competitions next summer, the final has been scheduled for 23rd June, once the league season has finished. The venue will be decided at a later date, possibly once the four semi-finalists are known. (05.08. 06)
PS. For complete details of the rules and regulations, plus details of the other domestic competitions (in Spanish), consult circular 3 on the Spanish football federation website, www.rfef.es.
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