Definition of cup-tied in English:

cup-tied

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adjective

British
(Of a soccer player) ineligible to play for one’s club in a cup competition as a result of having played for another club in an earlier round: he missed the 2-0 FA Cup victory against Tottenham because he is cup-tied
More example sentences
  • Don't worry if players are cup-tied but get in world class players that will force the rest of the team to improve rather than more squad strengthening that does not create competition for places.
  • The goalkeeper is cup-tied in the competition, having played for Livingston - the club he left four months ago to join Celtic on a short-term deal.
  • A registered professional player is only cup-tied if he has played for another pro club in that year's competition.

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