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Region II Policies

PART IV   NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
401 National Cups Policies and Procedures

       
The rules of the national cup competition are published in a separate document published each year by the USASA. The national cups committee consisting of a chairman and four regional commissioners are charged with following and enforcing the rules of the competition.  There are also Regional policies that are in place regarding the National Cup rules. These policies take precedence over National rules only while playing within the region. 

Section 1.
General
(1)   The regional cup commissioner will decide the date and location of the final game of the men's open cup competition.

(2)   No game in any of the National Cup games may be played without the respective Cups Commissioner or USASA Administrator being in possession of the entry form and fees of each of the teams involved.

(3)   If, as a result of the blind draw, for 1st round of Men’s Open Cup, a home team that was a home team the previous year is playing a team that was a visiting team in the previous year, the home/visitor designation will be reversed for the current year.

(4)   If a game is not completed because one of the teams is unable to field at least seven players, the score will stand as of the moment of termination or abandonment. However, if the team responsible for abandonment has more goals than the opposing team, or the game is tied, the opposing team will be awarded a forfeit victory.

(5)   Any scheduled game in which a team forfeits will result in a 3:0 score for the opponent.

6)   For any regional competition which has an uneven number of teams, the state which has had the most entries in that competition will be invited to send their runner-up. In the event the runner-up cannot, or does not want, to attend the regional finals, the hosting state will be asked to send their runner-up.

Section 2. Eligibility

(1)   Any team within the boundaries of Region II, registered in a USASA affiliated national or regional league shall be allowed to enter the National Cup competition through their national or regional league. If any national or regional league has more than one team entering the national cup competition, they must determine a winner amongst themselves. The winner of that competition will be entered into the regional cup competition, along with winners within the same division, from each of the state associations.

(2)   Any player participating on more than one team must have a player pass for each team in which that player is rostered.

(3)  If the Regional Cup Commissioner has not received an original, verified Player Pool Form ten (10) days prior to the first game of the Regional Rounds of Competition, the team will be eliminated from the competition.

(4) All player pool forms must be TYPED or they will be returned to the team. A team that does not submit a Player Pool Form fifteen (15) days prior to the first game of the Regional Rounds of Competition shall be subject to a fine of $100 per day for every day, up to 5 days


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
Anyone affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association can enter the National Cups Competition. In addition, USSF affiliated youth teams may enter. It also includes AYSO teams.

Is there an age limit for my youth team?
There is no age limit for teams entering the National Cup Competition, although it is highly recommended that nothing less than an U-17 or U19 team enter. The competition can be fierce.

How do I enter?
It's simple, just download the amateur cup entry form or the open cup entry form from the download section of this website. Complete it and send to your state cup commissioner, along with the required fees.
Enter on the Amateur Entry form for all teams, except those playing in the US Lamar Hunt Open Cup (Men).  The Open Cup competition is the highest level of soccer in the United States.

How do I know which division to enter?
As stated above, the Open Cup is the highest level of soccer. The Amateur Cup isn't far behind, but is primarily for league teams. A professional player can not play in the Amateur Cup.    
  

How much does it cost?
The fees for participating in National Cup play are minimal. It is $250.00 for Open Cup teams and $200.00 for all other cups. There is a $25.00 fee to the region as well. Check with your state to see if there are any costs associated with the state administration of the cups.
If you become the champion of your state and go on to the regionals,  you will receive a small stipend once you have met all requirements (playing the game, etc.)The check will be made to the team manager and can be used for anything you want. The cost of travel and hotels is up to the team. Again, many of our states help with that cost so be sure and check with your state cup commissioner. If your team is fortunate enough to become a regional winner, you will  be given a subsidy to help get you to the finals. However, the ultimate cost of all expenses is  the responsibility of the team. Some states also help their teams with some of the costs.


What are the dates of the competition?

Each state is different and you will need to check with your cup commissioner as to the state tournament dates. The regional cup games will be held this year in Chicago, IL on June 18-20, 2010. The national finals will be held in Oakford, PA on July 31- August 1, 2010.

The U23 national competition will be held in Kansas City, KS on July 23-25, 2010 and we will send BOTH the first and second place teams from the regionals to that competition,. The U20's will be held in Region I. All teams who want to go to that championship will be automatically given a berth.


U20 Competition

Many of you will recall the Under–20 program when it was begun in 1998 and ended in 2002. Region I and II were the only two regions with numerous teams. Region III and IV barely put together a team to send to the national finals.  Region II won five of the 10 championships. We are still the defending champions in both men and women’s U20’s.

Our Director, Bruno Trapikas, wanted to continue the program for our U-20’s. Without other regions to play, it was difficult, at best. However, we are once again working with Region I to try and get the two regions to play one another for a national title. In any event, we will have a regional winner.  The National Cup Rules will be the rules of play. Where applicable, U20 rules will be the same as U23 rules.

The fees for entering the U20 Program are $225.00, period. One check will suffice and will be made to Region II. Travel will be paid at the same rate to the regional as all other competitions.

Teams will play a two game series over Saturday and Sunday.

Bring in those entries and let's have a great time!

Our Director, Bruno Trapikas, wanted to continue the program for our U-20’s. Without other regions to play, it was difficult, at best. However, we are once again working with Region I to try and get the two regions to play one another for a national title. In any event, we will have a regional winner.  The National Cup Rules will be the rules of play. Where applicable, U20 rules will be the same as U23 rules.

The fees for entering the U20 Program are $225.00, period. One check will suffice and will be made to Region II. Travel will be paid at the same rate to the regional as all other competitions.

Teams will play a two game series over Saturday and Sunday.

Bring in those entries and let's have a great time!