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The Thomson Cup is an amateur football cup played in Great Britain.
Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. In 2011, Great Britain had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.
The Thomson Cup started in 2001 and encourages football teams from around the country to compete for a place in the final which is always played in a large stadium. The travel group Thomson Holidays have sponsored the cup since it began thus coining the name 'The Thomson Cup'
The competition runs similarly to the FA cup or the League Cup but does not have as many knock-out rounds. 32 teams are randomly picked from the entrants and the teams then play against each other usually under park conditions or town football pitches. 8 teams reach the quarter-finals, 4 teams reach the semi-finals and 2 teams reach the finals.
(Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2006 cup final has been delayed until May 2007. This was due to cup tie replays and reserve matches which were rescheduled to be played at Selhurst Park)
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