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Iron to host Carlisle United in EFL Football Manager Cup first round

19 April 2020

The Iron have been drawn to face Carlisle United in the first round of the EFL Football Manager Cup.

Harry Jamieson, from the club's backroom staff, will take on Cumbrians supporter Riegan Thompson for a place in round two of the competition. The match will take place on Tuesday, April 21, with a kick-off yet to be determined.

After two failed attempts in FIFA 2020 tournaments, we've now turned our hand to Football Manager.

If you’re missing the thrill of seeing your team in action on the pitch, then we might just have the next best thing.

Alongside Football Manager and the EFL's official charity partner, Mind, we're bringing you the EFL Football Manager Cup – an FM tournament that will take place over the next month.

Fifty-four Clubs from across the EFL, each represented by a virtual manager, will face off in a straight knockout competition with the final two teams left standing facing off in the showpiece final in mid-May. 

The list of virtual managers representing the 54 Clubs includes current pro footballers, backroom staff and even some famous faces from the FM community.

The draw for Round One will take place live on the FM Twitter page at 3pm tomorrow, April 19th, and those matches will take place from Monday, April 20, until Thursday, April 23. Ten teams will be given a first-round bye and go straight into the second round.

After each round is completed, we’ll be uploading highlights onto the FM YouTube channel for you to catch up on all of the action and there will be a full written round-up on the FM website.

As well as supporting your team during the tournament, you can also show your support for the EFL’s charity partner, Mind, the mental health charity. In these tough times their services are needed more than ever so while you’re being entertained by the action, please consider donating here.

EFL FOOTBALL MANAGER CUP SCHEDULE

  • Round One draw – Sunday 19 April
  • Round One match dates – Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April
  • Round Two – week commencing 27 April
  • The ‘Round of 16’ – week commencing 4 May
  • The Quarter Finals – 11 May to 14 May
  • The Semi-Finals – Saturday 16 May
  • The Final – Sunday 17 May

TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

Fity four teams across the EFL’s three divisions compete in a knockout tournament with the aim to crown one club as the EFL Football Manager Cup winner.

Due to there being 54 teams taking part, 10 teams will be given a bye into Round Two. This will be determined by random during the first round draw and has been implemented to ensure 32 teams take part in Round Two. 

TOURNAMENT RULES

• Matches to be played on FM20 Touch Versus mode, teams must play as themselves. 

• This is a straight knockout tournament, with all ties comprising one game. Each tie will go to extra-time and penalties, if necessary, to produce a winner. 

• The ‘home’ team of each tie will host the match .

• Suspensions/injuries won't carry over to the next round.


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