The Archanta Cup is an international football tournament competed by the national teams of countries in Archanta. It is held in the second year after the OGFIFA World Cup and consists of a qualifying stage played over 1-2 years and the finals played over two weeks in the summer. The competition was first held in 1964 and has had sixteen teams in the final since its inauguration.
The tournament is contested in four stages: a group stage, in which each team in a group of four plays all the others and the two highest placed progress, followed by the quarter-finals, the semi-final and the final and third/fourth place match. Qualification from the group stage is decided on number of points, then goal difference, then total goals scored, then the earliest goal scored, then disciplinary record, and finally if the teams are still level, by flipping a coin.
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The trophy used for the tournament was not the original design, which was a weak construction and was damaged shortly before the first match. The 1968 Cup saw a more durable trophy which has been used to the present day.
The qualifying stages sets teams in groups of five or six, each of whom plays every other twice, at home and away. Groups are decided firstly by seeding the most likely teams to win based on world ranking and historical form into the head of the groups, and then allocating the rest by blind draw. The winner and runner-up of each group receives an automatic place in the finals. The previous winner and the host country automatically qualify, making a total of sixteen teams.
for 2016 qualifiers see Archanta Cup 2016 Qualifiers
The hosting for the 2016 tournament was awarded in 2009 to the Ardisphere, for the first time in the country's history. It is hoped that the Cup will boost the profile of the country and be a recognition of the country's economic emergence as well as a boost for football in the region. The host cities will be Villa Constitución, Jeongto, Cerro y Casa, Ynys Dieithriaid, Palmeras Grises and Capital Boreal.