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Quick Start Guide to the HerbaLife World Football Challenge

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

The Second Annual World Football Challenge Kicks Off in FoxboroFoxboro, MA – Tonight marks the beginning of the 2011 HerbaLife World Football Challenge, when the New England Revolution take on the 19-time English Champions and 2010/11 UEFA Champions League Runner-Up, Manchester United.  For fans new to the World Football Challenge (which are quite a few, seeing as this is only the second time the competition has been held) have seemed a little unsure of the “format” or whether it was an actual tournament at all.  So, allow me to educate you over the next five minutes with a crash-course, FAQ-style primer on this summer’s biggest international club soccer tournament.

What exactly IS the World Football Challenge? – The WFC was created in 2009, with an eye towards pitting some of the finest international club teams in the world against each other on American Soil. The first tournament in 2009 (won by Chelsea FC of England) had 4 teams: Chelsea (ENG), Inter Milan (ITA), AC Milan (ITA), and Club America (MEX). The original tournament was done round-robin style, with each team playing three matches in venues across the United States (Revs fans will remember the Milan Derby was played at Gillette Stadium), with the club with the best record taking home the title. This edition of the WFC is quite different, as it now includes Major League Soccer teams as well.

Who is participating in this tournament? – A total of 13 clubs are participating in this year’s tournament: 8 international clubs, and 5 from MLS. They are as follows:

Manchester City (ENG)

Manchester United (ENG)

FC Barcelona (SPA)

Juventus (ITA)

Club America (MEX)

CD Guadalajara (MEX)

Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)

Chicago Fire (USA)

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (USA)

Philadelphia Union (USA)

Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)

Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN/MLS)

What is the format for the tournament ? – The round robin style has been scrapped.  Seven of the international clubs (Sporting Clube being excluded) will play three matches each. The MLS clubs are grouped together by conference, equalling three matches played (thus, New England, Chicago, and Philadelphia play one match each, while LA Galaxy will play two and Vancouver one) and this is done for competition purposes. There will be NO DRAWS in this particular tournament. If the match were to end level, the teams will advance directly to penalty kicks.

What is the scoring format? – Teams are awarded (3) points for a win in regulation, (2) points for a win in penalty kicks, (1) point for a penalty kick loss, (0) for a loss in regulation. Teams are also awarded (1) point per goal in regulation up to a max of three in each match. So, for an example, if a team were to win a match 3-0 in regulation, they would be awarded 6 points (3 for the win, and a max 3 for each goal). The club, or in the MLS case the Conference, with the highest point total at the end of the competition will be crowned champion of the 2011 HerbaLife World Football Challenge.

Are there any limits on rosters and/or substitutions? – Twenty Five (25) players are allowed on the team sheet for each match (11 selected and 14 substitutes), and teams are allowed to use up to 11 of those 14 substitutes during the match.  No cautions or sending-off will carry forward into the next match except red-cards for violent play, serious foul play, or two yellows in the same match (resulting in a red).

What does the schedule look like for the WFC ? – The fixture list for the competition is as follows:

New England Revolution vs.Manchester United  – July 13  –  Gillette Stadium

Los Angeles Galaxyvs.Real Madrid    -July 16  – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Club America  vs.   Manchester City   -July 16  –     AT&T Park

Manchester City  vs.   Vancouver Whitecaps FC  –  July 18   –   Empire Field

CD Guadalajara   vs.  Real Madrid    –  July 20  –    Qualcomm Stadium

Manchester United  vs.Chicago Fire    –  July 23 –   Soldier Field

Philadelphia Union  vs.   Real Madrid   –  July 23   -Lincoln Financial Field

Juventus   vs.  Sporting Clube de Portugal  – July 23     –    BMO Field

Los Angeles Galaxyvs.Manchester City  – July 24   -The Home Depot Center

Juventus  vs.     Club America   -July 26  –   Citi Field

Juventus  vs.     CD Guadalajara-  July 28  –   Carter Finley Stadium

FC Barcelona   vs.    Manchester United –  July 30   –  FedEx Field

FC Barcelona   vs.   CD Guadalajara –    August 3  –   Sun Life Stadium

FC Barcelona   vs   .Club America-August 6  –      Cowboys Stadium

 

It promises to be a great competition and affords American Soccer fans a great opportunity to see some of the World’s best players. Be sure to check back here often as we here at Revs ASN will keep you updated throughout the tournament!

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