Illinois Cup

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,

In the inaugural year of the event, the Illinois Cup will be held in the following age groups:

  • 12U (2005) 9v9
  • 14U (2003)
  • 16U (2001)
  • 19U (1998)

If enough teams in an age group not offered apply (i.e 13U, 15U, 17U), that division will be added to the tournament.

REGISTRATION WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 TEAMS PER AGE GROUP. SPOTS FILLED FIRST COME. TEAMS NOT IN THE FIRST 8 WILL BE PLACED ON A WAIT LIST SHOULD THE EVENT EXPANDED TO MORE TEAMS PER AGE OR IF ADDITIONAL AGE GROUPS ADDED.

Illinois Youth Soccer will check with member leagues to verify that teams that apply fit the playing-level criteria.

Teams or players that play in the following groups are not eligible for the Illinois Cup:

  •          A or B Division of the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL)
  •          1st or 2nd Division of the Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL)
  •          Major Club Division of CIYSL North
  •          Platinum Division of Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL)
  •          Platinum Division of St Louis Youth Soccer Association Illinois (SLYSA)
  •          Team that finished in the Top 2 of their Illowa Division the preceding season.
  •          Any team that played in MRL
  •          Any team that played in State Cup
  •          Any team that played in Presidents Cup
  •          Any team that played in State Premiership Division

COMMON QUESTIONS - SELECT LINK FOR ANSWERS

WHAT ARE THE PLAYING RULES?
Illinois Cup Rules (PDF link)

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT STATE CUP DEADLINES?

Important Spring 2017 Cup Dates

  • February 3: Registration Closes
  • March 7: Brackets/Schedule Announced
  • April 22 or 23: Group Play Game #1 - Teams can mutually agree to play another date & location but game MUST be played no later than May 7
  • May 13-14 OR 20-21: Group Play games #2 & #3 in Rockford - Teams will play only 1 of these weekends. Teams will know which when schedules announced March 7
  • June 2-4: Semis & Finals in Rockford

WHO CAN PLAY IN THE NEW ILLINOIS CUP?
This tournament is open to any Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) currently registered team comprised of properly registered and rostered youth players that participates in an IYSA only division of an IYSA affiliated competitive league; Illinois Women's Soccer League (IWSL), Young Sportsmen's Soccer League (YSSL), Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL), St Louis Youth Soccer Association Illinois (SLYSA) or ILLOWA; during the current soccer year. The team must be in good standing and in compliance with Illinois Youth Soccer rules and requirements.

This competition is designed for C/3rd-Level teams and below.

Teams or players that play in the following groups are not eligible for the Illinois Cup:

  •          A or B Division of the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL)
  •          1st or 2nd Division of the Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL)
  •          Major Club Division of CIYSL North
  •          Platinum Division of Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL)
  •          Platinum Division of St Louis Youth Soccer Association Illinois (SLYSA)
  •          Team that finished in the Top 2 of their Illowa Division the preceding season.
  •          Any team that played in MRL
  •          Any team that played in State Cup
  •          Any team that played in Presidents Cup
  •          Any team that played in State Premiership Division

WHAT ARE THE ILLINOIS CUP FEES?

  • All teams will pay $425 ($325 for 12U) at time of applying for the tournament.
  • Referee Fee $80 per team per game
  • Field Rental Fee: $50 per game / $100 per weekend that teams play at Illinois Youth Soccer set location

WHICH PLAYERS CAN BE ON MY STATE CUP ROSTER?
In 2012 Illinois Youth Soccer and the US Youth Soccer  moved to the Club Pass system. The Club Pass allows teams to use on their  roster any player from within their club that is currently registered with an Illinois Youth Soccer competitive member league. Players from outside the club are NOT ALLOWED on Illinois Cup rosters. NO GUEST PLAYERS!

Rosters are frozen once a team plays their first game. Players can only be listed on one Illinois Cup roster and may NOT have played on a State or Presidents Cup teams.

(1) For teams competing in the 13U, 14U, and 15U age groups, each player on the team must be (A) of the age of the age group competition in which the team is participating in that seasonal year, or (B) of the age in either of the next 2 younger age groups of that age group competition in which the team is participating in that seasonal year.

(2) For the teams competing in the 16U, 17U, 18U, and 19U age groups, each player on the team must be (A) of the age of the age group competition in which the team is participating in that seasonal year, or (B) of the age of any younger age group, through the Under 14 age group, of that age group competition in which the team is participating in that seasonal year.

HOW DOES THE GROUP SCORING WORK?
Group winners advance to semifinal and then championship play.

Group play will be based on the same scoring used at the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regionals:

  • Win: 3 points
  • Tie: 1 points
  • Loss: 0 points

If group play ends in a tie, the following criteria will determine tie-breakers.

  • 1st: Head-to-head
  • 2nd: Most Wins
  • 3rd: Goal Differential (4 goal max per game)
  • 4th: Goals Allowed
  • 5th: Penalty Kicks

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY ILLINOIS CUP GAMES?

Once the brackets & schedules are announced on March 7, teams will see which dates and locations they are scheduled to play. Teams will be scheduled on either

  • April 22 or 23 in Aurora
  • May 13 & 14 or May 20 & 21 in Rockford

Teams can mutually agree to play their scheduled match on another date and location . Games scheduled for April 22 or 23 MUST be played no later than May 7 and games scheduled for May 13, 14, 20 or 21 must be played NOT LATER than the designated dates. Requests to play other than at the Illinois Youth Soccer set location MUST be received by April 1. Requests received after April 1 may be declined.

To play on a date and location other the set location, teams must mutually agree and submit the game change request to chrisj@illinoisyouthsoccer.org .

TEAMS DO NOT ASSIGN REFEREES The State Referee Assignor will assign the officiating crew  for all games including games moved to different locations.


WHAT ARE THE TEAM REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO OUR FIRST GAME?
NO LATER THAN 48- HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST HOME-TEAM HOME MATCH, TEAM MUST:

  • Enter into the Official Illinois Cup Roster in the GotSoccer Registration System all players who will be competing on your team in Illinois Cup Cup. The maximum number of players is Twenty-Two (22). Include every player even if a player may be missing the first game(s). Your roster FREEZES after your first match, NO ADDITIONS. Only players who are listed on the official Illinois Cup roster are eligible to compete in Illinois Cup.
    • To Enter Players Into Your Tournament  Roster
      • Login to your team GotSoccer account
      • You will be taken to your team’s Overview page. At the top of the page there is a Gray Bar that runs the length of the page; "Overview" is highlighted in light blue. On that bar click on ROSTER
      • This will take you to your PRIMARY PLAYER LIST
      • Add all your players here (NOT AS GUEST PLAYERS). To add players click the REGISTER NEW PLAYER button and enter the player’s info. The main information to enter is the player’s name, birthdate and id number. If the system asks for any other info (phone, email, etc.) you can just enter the club’s info
      • After you have entered all the players, from the VIEW BY EVENT dropdown menu select "Spring 2017 Illinois Cup " All the players you entered should now be listed.
      • Once all players are entered click the GENERATE ROSTER button. This WILL FREEZE YOUR ROSTER. Do not freeze your roster until it is finalized.
  • Roster is frozen after team's first match - players cannot be added after first match.
  • Email chrisj@illinoisyouthsoccer.org or fax (847-290-1576) a copy of your Illinois Youth Soccer competitive member league roster(s) for EACH PLAYER entered on your Official Entry Event roster in GotSoccer. Only players who are listed in GotSoccer are eligible to compete in State Cup.

WHAT DO I BRING TO MY ILLINOIS CUP MATCHES
Teams are responsible to print and bring their Game Card to each State Cup game. Here is how you print your Game Card:

  1. Log into your GotSoccer account
  2. Select Spring 2017 Illinois Cup from your list of participating event
  3. Select "Schedule"
  4. To download your Game Card for a specific game, go to the GRAY BOX with the PDF SYMBOL and a GAME # on the far left of the match listing. Just click on the game #, download, (you need PDF reader) and print that file.

Teams also bring the player cards and $80 referee fee to each Illinois Cup match

Questions?? Contact Chris Jamrozy at chrisj@illinoisyouthsoccer.org / 847-290-1577 ext. 103 or Bill Bruno at bill@illinoisyouthsoccer.org 











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