The Illinois Cup is a state championship tournament open to Illinois Youth Soccer member travel and high-level rec teams. This in-state only tournament follows a similar format as the other Cup competition (State & Presidents) and offers teams that State Cup or Presidents Cup may not be right fit for, the chance to experience a state-wide tournament. With the State Cup, Presidents Cup & Illinois Cup, Illinois Youth Soccer can proudly offer a state championship tournament for teams of ALL skill levels.
The Illinois Cup offers two levels of play:
- Illinois Cup Gold
- Illinois Cup Silver
Illinois Cup Gold is open to the following teams
- Any teams registered to and in good standing with an Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive league
- Illinois Youth Soccer Tournament Only Teams
Illinois Cup Silver is open to the following teams
- Teams that play in the IWSL C Division or lower.
- Teams that play in the Open Division are NOT eligible for the Illinois Cup Silver
- Teams that play in the YSSL 3rd Division or lower
- Teams that play in SLYSA Division 1 or lower
- Teams that finished in 3rd place or lower in their Illowa Division the preceding season
- Teams playing UP in age must still meet the division requirements to play in Illinois Cup Silver.
- Example: A 13U team playing in YSSL 1st Division would NOT be eligible to play 14U Illinois Cup Silver. They would have to play in the 14U Illinois Cup Gold Division
- Example: A 12U team playing in IWSL AB would NOT be eligible to play in the 13U Illinois Cup Silver. They would have to play in the 13U Illinois Cup Gold Division.
Illinois Youth Soccer reserves the right to review all applications for placement into Illinois Cup Gold or Silver