Thomas Marechal Cup

Any team from Premier League (PL) and First Division (FD) is welcome to participate to the Thomas Marechal Cup. This year Sports Beijing decided not to participate. Every year, the objective is to get 16 teams for the 1/8 finals (round 2). So all PL teams were automatically qualified for the 1/8 finals and 8 teams from FD competed in round 1 to get their ticket for 1/8 finals. Russia Utd. was also automatically qualified as they were playing in PL last season.

During the team leaders' meeting on August 29, it was decided by vote that 1 team who lost in round 1 would be qualified for round 2 through a draw so that we could get 16 teams. Rockets was the lucky one, although not so lucky as their 1/8 final game was against Afrika Utd. ...