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National Cup XIX Regionals applications available; Finals to cap cup-based championship series in Colorado

By US Club Soccer, 01/15/20, 9:15AM EST


UPDATE (May 6):

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Cup XIX Regionals and Finals have been canceled.

Applications to all six National Cup XIX Regionals are now available. Regionals will be held in June 2020 at various sites around the country. The National Cup is US Club Soccer’s annual cup-based championship series that incorporates Regionals and state cups into an advancement opportunity to the National Cup Finals.

National Cup XIX Regionals are open to 13-U through 18/19-U boys and girls age groups (2007s through 2001/2002s) for Midwest, Northwest, South Central and Southeast Regionals and 12-U through 18/19-U (2008s through 2001/2002s) for the Mid-Atlantic and West Regionals. Access the applications here.

Winning 13-U through 18/19-U boys and girls teams from Regionals and qualifying state cups advance to the National Cup XIX Finals, which will be held July 17-21, 2020 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (UPDATE - April 14: The National Cup XIX Finals has been canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Teams are encouraged to register ASAP to the National Cup XIX Regional of their choice to ensure a slot and to receive incentivized pricing. There are Super Group (most competitive) and Premier Group divisions.

Participating teams should be well-versed in official National Cup XIX rules.  As a reminder, below are some of the recent rule changes.

  • There is no advanced roster freeze. Once an official team roster is turned in at check-in (either the night prior or the morning of the start of the event), that will be considered the final roster and no additions are allowed after that.
  • Head injuries: passcards will be pulled for players being treated for suspected, serious head injuries. Prior to returning to play, written clearance must be obtained by a doctor. The athletic trainers on-site will need this additional clearance prior to allowing athletes back on the field.
  • Substitutions will be limited for 13-U through 18/19-U age groups. Seven substitutions are allowed per half, and once a player is subbed out in any given half, he/she may not return to play.
  • Rosters: the 18-player game day roster will be strictly enforced.
  • Jersey numbers will be required on all official rosters.
  • Hard casts are not allowed. This includes hard casts with padded covers. There are acceptable soft casts which can be approved in advance of tournament play.
  • Any eyewear worn during games must be sport-approved eyewear.
  • In brackets which require semifinals, teams will be re-seeded based on points, unless two teams have already played each other in group play. In that case, each of those two teams will be placed in different semifinal games.
  • There is a three coach/team staff limit to each team sideline/bench area. The referee has authority to reduce this number if staff behavior is negatively impacting the game.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NationalCupXIX.


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