I think this is a case where you shouldn't hate the player, you should hate the game. As I understand it, "The Cup" competition is used to select the 16 wild cards in the playoffs that will consist of 32 teams. The first 16 teams that qualify for playoffs are the first and second place finisher in each division. The Cup will end up ranking the top 32 teams in that competition from 1-32. The wildcards will be selected from the Cup rankings and take the top 16 ranked Cup finishers who didn't already qualify by finishing 1st or 2nd in their division. So there's the game. Some clubs might have a really good younger group that will easily finish in the top 2 in their division, so they don't need them to do well in the Cup competition. They could play girls from that team up in age group during the Cup competition to help out an older group that might not otherwise qualify for the playoffs.I wish that was the case Kicker. DA wants players to play up for development not fill rosters in every age group to stay survive. That's not developing players, lying to players and parents thinking your kid is good enough to play up in which they aren't. Pretty sad.