The Illinois Cup is a state championship tournament open to Illinois Youth Soccer member travel and high-level rec teams. Starting in 2018, the Illinois Cup will offer two levels of play:
This in-state only tournament follows a similar format as the other Cup competition (State & Presidents) and offer teams that State Cup or Presidents Cup may not be right fit for, the chance to experience a state-wide tournament.
For the Illinois Cup Silver: Only teams or players that play in the following are NOT eligible for the Illinois Cup Silver:
ANY Illinois Youth Soccer member team (inlcuding tournamnet only teams) are eligible for the Illinois Cup GOLD Division
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WHO CAN PLAY IN THE ILLINOIS CUP?
This tournament is open to any team currently registered to Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA). The team must be in good standing and in compliance with Illinois Youth Soccer rules and requirements.
Illinois Cup GOLD Division is open to any member teams
The Illinois Cup SILVER Division is designed for 3rd-Level teams and below.
Unless otherwise noted*, Teams or players that play in the following groups are NOT eligible for the Illinois Cup Silver:
WHAT ARE THE ILLINOIS CUP FEES?
All teams will pay $725 at time of applying for the tournament. This fee covers all expenses for the tournament. Teams that do not play their group play games in Rockford will be refunded $50 per game and if a team adds a 3rd game in Rockford they will be required to pay a additional $50 field rental fee.
WHICH PLAYERS CAN BE ON MY ILLINOIS 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:
If group play ends in a tie, the following criteria will determine tie-breakers.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY ILLINOIS CUP GAMES?
Once the brackets & schedules are announced on , teams will see which date they are scheduled to play. Teams will have two games scheduled in Rockford and one home team host game that must be played by a specific deadline.
Teams can mutually agree to play their matches scheduled in Rockford on another date and location but they must be played BEFORE the scheduled date. Requests to play other than in Rockford MUST be received by the registration deadline.
Teams must play semifinals and finals in Rockford on the Illinois Youth Soccer assigned day. To avoid school conflicts teams must submit specific info no later than August 1. Click here for details on school conflicts
To play on a date and location other the set location, teams must mutually agree and submit the game change request to email@example.com
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 MATCH, TEAMS MUST:
WHAT DO I BRING TO MY ILLINOIS CUP MATCHES
Teams are responsible to print and bring their Match Card to each Illinois Cup game. Here is how you print your Game Card:
Teams also bring the player cards and pinnies for players sitting on the bench for each match
Questions?? Contact Chris Jamrozy at firstname.lastname@example.org / 847-290-1577 ext. 103 or Bill Bruno at email@example.com