MASSACHUSETTS STATE CUP
Massachusetts Youth Soccer hosts the Massachusetts State Cups Tournament each year. This tournament brings together some of the best teams in Massachusetts. Competition is held in the Under 13 through the Under 19 year old age groups for both boys and girls. The winner of each age/gender grouping is declared the State Champion and goes on to represent Massachusetts in the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships. Regional winners will then go on to play in the US Youth National Championships.
2014 STATE CUP REDESIGNED
The Massachusetts State Cup will have a new and simplified look in 2014. In an effort to avoid scheduling and coaching conflicts that have increased in recent years the format of the State Cup is being streamlined. In conjunction with these long-needed improvements, Massachusetts Youth Soccer has announced the development of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Open Cup. These two (2) tournaments will run simultaneously and will bring high levels of competition to more teams across the state
The State Cup
The State Cup will be limited to U-13 through U-19 teams. The U13 and U14 age divisions will be limited to 32 teams each. The U15-U19 age divisions will be limited to a maximum 12 teams each.
All teams that wish to submit an application to participate in the State Cup will be ranked with the top maximum number selected for participation. Teams in the U13 through U18 age divisions that are not selected to participate in the State Cup will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Massachusetts Open Cup.
All teams applying to participate in the State Cup will be seeded by a 3-person gender-specific Seeding Committee comprised of 1 Director of Coaching (DOC) from each premier league in Massachusetts (currently MAPLE and NEP) and the Massachusetts State Cup Director.
In the U13 and U14 age divisions, all 32 teams will compete in a single elimination game. The highest seeded teams will be matched against lowest seeded teams. Once the field is reduced to 16 teams, the remaining teams will play in a round robin format.
In the U15 through U19 age divisions, all competition will be in a round robin format.
Each age division will play the appropriate number of games in its bracket based on the number of teams in that bracket. Winners of each bracket, based on total points, will advance to the semi-final round of competition. No more than four (4) teams will advance to the semi-final round from each age division. For the U15 through U19 age divisions, the second place bracket finisher with the highest point total will advance to the semi-final round with the three bracket winners.
The team entry fee for State Cup 2014 is $500.
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer State Cup On-line Application Form is Under Construction and Will Be Posted By September 1, 2013.
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Open Cup
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Open Cup is a tournament similar to the US Open Cup or the FA Cup. All U12 through U19 teams that are properly affiliated with Massachusetts Youth Soccer are eligible to compete in the Open Cup. It will blindly match teams against each other in a single elimination format to eventually find one Open Cup Champion for each age group and gender. This Champion will gain automatic entry into the following year’s State Cup! In an effort to simplify the operation of both tournaments, the competition dates for Open Cup will mirror those of the State Cup. This should help avoid coach and league scheduling conflicts. Details are below:
The Open Cup is open to any U12 through U19 team that is properly affiliated with Massachusetts Youth Soccer Massachusetts Youth Soccer.
All teams will be placed in brackets using a double blind draw process. The bracket will be selected first and then teams filling the brackets will be selected. Two (2) teams from the same club will not be placed in the same bracket unless the number of teams from a single club exceeds the number of brackets available in one gender/ age group.
This competition is a single elimination tournament.
The champion of each age group/gender in this competition will earn an automatic berth in State Cup for the following year given they maintain 51% continuity of their roster.
The team entry fee for Open Cup 2014 is $250.
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Open Cup On-line Application Form is Under Construction and Will Be Posted By September 1, 2013.