The qualifiers of the inaugural Soccer Laduma League, powered by Puma, are officially over and the tournament will now progress into the group stages.
Qualifying took place over three weeks, with an extra week having been provided due to the intense loadshedding schedule across the country a few weeks ago.
Players have now been moved into the Legends, Premier and Amateur leagues where they will battle it out for amazing prizes, while those in the lower two tiers will also be fighting for promotion in future tournaments.
If you were inactive during the qualifying stages, don’t worry, you won’t be removed from the tournament, but will simply find yourself in the Amateur League where you can still play your games and fight to be promoted.
Of course, with some players having not been active during this period, the tournament organisers use a fair criteria system to determine which players would head into the top tiers.
The explanation below will explain the process in groups where players were less active:
“Two factors determined the players that have made it through to our Legends and Premier leagues:
“1st: Players that played their matches
“2nd: Players that communicated with their opponents attempting to organise their matches
“Firstly, the players that completed their matches were the clear winners in each group as they had their match scores placed down, giving them the higher goal difference score and putting them ahead.
“Secondly, the players that have been trying to get their games played but unfortunately could not were all given forfeit wins, which gave them the victory but ultimately did not affect the goal difference score leaving the players that did play in the lead. This is to ensure that players that attempted to win by talking and not playing could not do so.”
All other registered players will be competing in the Amateur League this season.