Spring Tournament Registration
Details About State Cup, Presidents Cup & the NEW Illinois Cup

This spring Illinois Youth Soccer will offer three state-wide championship tournament for all levels of 12U-19U competitive teams (for 11U teams click here); the Illinois State Cup, the Illinois Presidents Cup and the new Illinois Cup. Registration for all 3 tournaments are now open.

Illinois State Cup - Click here for complete event details
The Illinois State Cup is the most prestigious tournament in Illinois and the official state championship tournament of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
Don’t be confused by similarly named league tournaments claiming to be a "state cup" championship.

Since 1966, even before its incorporation, Illinois Youth Soccer has been conducting this official annual state competition that is part of the national US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The Illinois State Cup provides an opportunity for approximately 350 teams in the under 12 to 19 age groups to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition. Winners of the Illinois State Cup advance to the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Tournament and have the opportunity to qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Finals. The national finals are a culmination of a year-long series of competitions at the state and regional levels providing approximately 185,000 players on 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations to compete against the best teams in the nation. The Illinois State Cup is one of the largest State Cup competitions in the United States.

Illinois State Cup winners advance on to the 2017 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships.

Illinois Presidents Cup - Click here for complete event details
The Illinois Presidents Cup provides Illinois Youth Soccer teams in the under 13 – 18 age groups an alternative to the Illinois State Cup and an opportunity to advance and compete against teams from across the country in the regional and national competition.

The President’s Cup is a progressive, competitive experience (just like the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series) for teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a Regional or National tournament and have the unique experiences from the competition and camaraderie that a state to regional to national US Youth Soccer tournament offers.

Illinois Presidents Cup state champions advance on to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup.

Illinois Cup - Click here for complete event details
The new Illinois Cup is a state championship tournament open to Illinois Youth Soccer member travel and high-level rec teams. This competition is designed for C/3rd-Level teams and below. This in-state only tournament will follow a similar format as the other Cup competition (State & Presidents) and offer teams that have not gotten the chance to experience a state-wide tournament, that opportunity.

The former U8-U11 event that was called Illinois Cup is being reimagined into the Illinois Youth Soccer Fest with details and registration for that event coming soon.

WHICH EVENT SHOULD MY TEAM PLAY IN?
All three tournaments are open to member Illinois Youth Soccer teams. There are restrictions on which teams can play in the Illinois Cup, but State Cup and Presidents Cup are open to any team. Below you will find information on which competition would be most appropriate for your team based on what division you play in:

Illinois State Cup
Tournament for the top teams in the state. 13U and older winners advance to the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships
Age Groups For Spring 2017 Competition:
  • 2005 (12U) Boys (9v9)
  • 2005 (12U) Girls (9v9)
  • 2004 (13U) Boys
  • 2004 (13U) Girls
  • 2003 (14U) Boys
  • 2003 (14U) Girls
  • 2002 (15U) Boys
  • 2001 (16U Boys
  • 2000 (17U) Boys
  • 1999 (18U) Boys
  • 1998 (19U) Boys*
  • 1998 (19U) Girls*

*For 2017 National Championship Series the U19 age group will be August 1 1997 - December 31, 1998

Best Suited For Teams That Play In:
  • US Youth Soccer National League
  • Midwest Region League Premier I, Premier II, 1st Division
  • State Premiership Division
  • IWSL A Division
  • YSSL 1st Division
  • CIYSL North Major Club Division
  • CIYSL Platinum Division
  • SLYSA Platinum Division
  • Top ILLOWA Teams

 

Illinois Presidents Cup
Alternative to the Illinois State Cup for high-level competitive teams. 13U and older winners advance to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup
Age Groups For Spring 2017 Competition:
  • 2005 (12U) Boys (9v9)
  • 2005 (12U) Girls (9v9)
  • 2004 (13U) Boys
  • 2004 (13U) Girls
  • 2003 (14U) Boys
  • 2003 (14U) Girls
  • 2002 (15U) Boys
  • 2001 (16U Boys
  • 2000 (17U) Boys
  • 1999 (18U) Boys
Best Suited For Teams That Play In:
  • MRL First Division & Qualifying Division
  • State Premiership Division
  • IWSL A or B Division
  • YSSL 1st or 2nd Division
  • CIYSL Platinum Division
  • SLYSA Platinum Division
  • Top Illowa Teams

 

NEW Illinois Cup
New state championship tournament for 3rd level teams. This in-state only tournament will follow a similar format as the other Cup competition (State & Presidents) and offer teams that have not gotten the chance to experience a state-wide tournament, that opportunity.
Age Groups For Spring 2017 Competition:
  • 2005 (12U) Boys (9v9)
  • 2005 (12U) Girls (9v9)
  • 2003 (14U) Boys
  • 2003 (14U) Girls
  • 2001 (16U) Boys
  • 1998 (19U) Boys                                      
Based on registration additional age groups (13U, 15U, 17U, 18U) may be added. 8 teams per bracket will be accepted with other interested teams wait listed, If Registration allows, additional teams will be added.
Best Suited For Teams That Play In:
  • IWSL C Division & Below
  • YSSL 3rd Division & Below
  • CIYSL Gold Division & Below
  • SLYSA Gold Division & Below
  • Illowa Teams that finished below the Top 2 in preceding season
  • High-level rec teams

REGISTRATION

Registration deadline is February 3

FEES

12U (2005) Teams

  • Registration: $325
  • Referee: $60 per game
  • Field Rental Fee: $50 per game or $100 per weekend (3 games) played at IYSA location

13U & Older

  • Registration: $425
  • Referee: $80 per game
  • Field Rental Fee: $50 per game / $100 per weekend (2 games) played at IYSA location

SPRING SEEDS

  • State Cup Seeds - Coming Soon
  • Presidents Cup Seeds - Coming Soon

GAME LOCATIONS
Most games will be assigned to play on a specific date, time and location:

  • Open Cup - State Cup & Presidents Cup Play-Ins: April 22-23 in Aurora
  • Illinois Cup Group Play Game 1: April 22 or 23 in Aurora
  • President Cup Group Play: May 13-14 in Rockford
  • State Cup Group Play: May 20-21 in Rockford
  • Illinois Cup Group Play Game 2 & 3: May 13-14 OR May 20-21 - Final date will be announced with schedule
  • Semis and Finals: June 2-4 in Rockford

Teams can mutually agree to play their scheduled match PRIOR to the scheduled weekends but ALL matches must be played by the designated dates. Team may be fined $250 per game for games not played by the scheduled date.

To play on a date and location other than IYSA assigned location, teams must mutually agree and submit the game change request to chrisj@illinoisyouthsoccer.org no later than

  • Open Cup game change requests must be recevied no later than April 1
  • Illinois Cup Group Play game change requests must be recevied no later than April 1
  • State Cup & Presidents Cup Group Play game change requests must be received no later than May 1

Game change requests received after the listed dates will be subject to a $50 game change fee or may be rejected.

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