This national tournament provides Illinois Youth Soccer teams in the under 13 – 19 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 19U competition ends at the Regional event.
The US Youth Soccer President’s Cup offers an alternative opportunity for teams to compete in a state, 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.
The President’s Cup qualifying tournament will follow the same rules & procedures as the current Illinois State Cup. The Illinois President’s Cup champions advance to the the Midwest Regional President’s Cup from which they can qualify for the National President’s Cup Tournament.
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WHAT ARE THE PRESIDENTS CUP RULES?
Presidents Cup Rules (PDF link)
US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup Rules
US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Info (web link)
WHO CAN PLAY IN PRESIDENTS 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), Southern Illinois Soccer League (SISL) or ILLOWA, during the current soccer year. The team must be in good standing and in compliance with Illinois Youth Soccer rules and requirements.
All teams will pay $925 which will cover all expenses for the event. Click here for a breakdown of the new fee structure
WHICH PLAYERS CAN BE ON MY PRESIDENTS CUP ROSTER?
In 2012 Illinois Youth Soccer and the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series moved to the Club Pass system. The Club Pass allows teams to use on their Presidents Cup 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 Presidents Cup rosters. NO GUEST PLAYERS!
Rosters are frozen once a team plays their first game. Players can only be listed on one State Cup or Presidents Cup roster.
Player that play in the Fall Cups are ineligible for the Spring event.
A team may have on its team roster only players of the following age groups for the seasonal year in which the team is participating in the Presidents Cup:
(1) For teams competing in the Under-13, Under-14, and Under-15 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 Under-16 and Under-17, 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.
Players/Teams that competed in the Group Play Portion of the Illinois State Cup or in the Premier I or Premier II Division of MRL ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY PORTION OF THE US YOUTH SOCCER PRESIDENTS CUP SERIES
There is NO SEEDING for Under-13 Presidents Cup.
For Under-14 thru Under-17 seeds are determined as follows*:
Click here to see Spring Seeded Teams
Any vacant group play spots and/or placement for play-in games will be filled by the
*Team must decide to only compete in Presidents Cup to get seeded. Teams that choose to compete in Open Cup towards State Cup will NOT be seeded. Team must show continuity of roster from previous year to retain seed.
All other teams are placed in the competition based on a double blind draw.
HOW DOES THE GROUP SCORING WORK?
Teams will compete in the single elimination Entry Event until the Round of 16. The final 16 teams will compete in a points-based group round-robin format. Group winners advance to semifinal and then championship play. If only 16 teams apply then we start with the round robin format.
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.
Games will be assigned a specific date and location upon the release of the brackets. Teams can mutually agree to play those matches on another date and at a different location as long as it is played BEFORE the date Illinois Youth Soccer has scheduled it for and they submit that game info by the game change 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 April 6. Click here for details on school conflicts
TEAMS DO NOT ASSIGN REFEREES FOR HOME-TEAM-HOST GAMES. The State Cup Referee Assignor will assign the officiating crew upon receipt of the above listed information.
WHAT DO I BRING TO MY PRESIDENTS CUP MATCHES
Teams are responsible to print and bring their Game Card to each Presidents Cup game. Here is how you print your Game Card, you can also click here for a short instructional video:
Teams also bring their player and coaches cards and pinnies for players sitting on the bench.
WHAT DOES ILLINOIS YOUTH SOCCER PAY FOR EACH TEAM ADVANCING TO REGIONALS?
For each Illinois team that advances to the US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup, Illinois Youth Soccer pays the regional team entry fee and the cost to send an Illinois referee for each team to regionals. Illinois Youth Soccer pays approximately $2500 per team for the regionals.
Presidents Cup champions also receive champion packets from Illinois Youth Soccer.
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