Illinois Presidents Cup
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 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.
COMMON QUESTIONS – SELECT LINK FOR ANSWERS
- Who Can Play In Presidents Cup?
- What Are The Presidents Cup Fees?
- What Players Can Be On My Presidents Cup Roster?
- How Are Seeds Determined
- How Does The Group Play Scoring Work?
- What Are The Team Requirements Prior To Our First Game?
- What Do I Need To Bring To My Presidents Cup Matches?
- What does Illinois Youth Soccer pay for each team advancing to US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup?
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), St Louis Youth Soccer Assoc – IL (SLYSA-IL), ILLOWA or LDE Competitive Soccer League during the current soccer year. The team must be in good standing and in compliance with Illinois Youth Soccer rules and requirements.
WHAT ARE THE PRESIDENTS CUP FEES?
All teams will pay $975 which will cover all expenses for the event.
WHICH PLAYERS CAN BE ON MY PRESIDENTS CUP ROSTER?
In 2012 Illinois Youth Soccer and the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup 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.
Teams that competed in Premier I or Club v Club Division of Midwest Conference or National League PRO or Elite 64 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY PORTION OF THE US YOUTH SOCCER PRESIDENTS CUP SERIES
HOW ARE SEEDS DETERMINED?
For Under-13, seeds are determined as follows
- Fall results of the Illinois Midwest Conference
For 14U-19U seeds are determined as follows:
- #1: Reigning Presidents Cup Champion
- #2: Previous Year’s Presidents Cup Finalists
- #3-4: Previous Year’s Presidents Cup Semifinalists
- #5-8: Previous Year’s Presidents Cup Quarterfinalists
- #9-11: State Premiership
- #12-16: Next Best Midwest Conference Team Records (Premier II or Qualifying Division)
Any vacant group play spots and/or placement for play-in games will be filled by double blind draw.
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.
*Seeds will remain with the club that earned them during the previous competition season. IYSA does reserve the right to adjust seeds as needed or to remove a seed from a team.
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:
- 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: Least Red Card Received
- 6th: Penalty Kicks
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY PRESIDENTS CUP GAMES?
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:
Unless approved by IYSA – teams must play quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in Rockford on the Illinois Youth Soccer assigned day. SAT/ACT or school events such as homecoming, other sporting events, etc will NOT be considered to change elimination round matches. There are multiple dates and locations to take the SAT/ACT test and coaches should notify their players of play dates so they can plan accordingly to avoid 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 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 Presidents Cup Roster in the GotSport Registration System all players who will be competing on your team in Presidents 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 Presidents Cup roster are eligible to compete in Presidents Cup.
- Roster is frozen after team’s first match – players cannot be added after first match.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.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 PRESIDENTS CUP MATCHES
Teams are responsible to print and bring their Match Card to each Presidents Cup game.
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.