Dates, locations set for US Club Soccer National Cup XVIII Regionals
(Via US Club Soccer) – The 18th edition of the National Cup, US Club Soccer’s cup-based championship series, features six Regionals throughout the country in June and early July 2019.
In addition to these Regionals, the National Cup also includes various state cups, which begin in the spring. National Cup XVIII Regionals are open to 13-U through 18/19-U boys and girls age groups (2006s through 2000/2001s) for Midwest, Northwest, South Central and Southeast Regionals and 12-U through 18/19-U (2007s through 2000/2001s) for the Mid-Atlantic and West Regionals.
Winning 13-U through 18/19-U boys and girls teams from Regionals and qualifying state cups advance to the National Cup XVIII Finals, of which the location and dates will be announced soon.
Applications will be available in January. The National Cup XVIII will continue to have Super Group (most competitive) and Premier Group brackets.
Participating teams should be well-versed in official National Cup XVIII 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 will be allowed after that time.
- 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: are no longer unlimited 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.
NATIONAL CUP XVIII REGIONALS – 2019:
|June 14-17||South Central: Web page||Tulsa, Okla.: Mohawk Sports Complex|
|June 15-18||West: Web page||Davis, Calif.: Davis Legacy Soccer Complex|
|June 21-24||Midwest: Web page||Chicago, Ill.: Waukegan Sports Park/Libertyville Township Soccer Complex|
|June 22-25||Southeast: Web page||Winston-Salem, N.C.: BB&T Sports Complex|
|June 28-July 1||Northwest: Web page||Redmond, Wash.: 60 Acres|
|June 29-July 2||Mid-Atlantic: Web page||Somerset, N.J.: PDA Soccer Complex/Morningside Farm|
South Central Regional
This is the second time US Club Soccer will host a South Central Regional – supported by recent membership influx in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Mohawk Sports Complex has 17 fields, including 10 with lights.
Davis Legacy Soccer Complex has a long National Cup history, as the venue enters its seventh consecutive year hosting the West Regional. Davis Legacy Soccer Complex recently expanded, and this is the second year in a row that the Regional hosts both boys and girls competition on the same weekend.
The Midwest Regional is the longest running host of a Regional, as Libertyville Township Soccer Complex and Waukegan Sports Park enter their eighth consecutive year. Participants effected by the event cancelation in 2018 will receive a 25 percent discount on 2019 registration fees. To be eligible for this discount, you must not have withdrawn from the event prior to cancelation, advanced to Finals nor received a full refund. More details will be communicated to those participants in the coming weeks.
The BB&T Sports Park has hosted the Southeast Regional the past two summers, as well as from 2008-10. The complex consists of 13 full-size fields and a stadium field.
After stops in Yakima, Wash. and Boise, Idaho the past two summers, the Northwest Regional returns to 60 Acresin Redmond, Wash. after having hosted the event from 2010-14 and 2016. The facility features 25 fields.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional in Somerset, N.J. concludes the Regional slate with competition ending in early July. PDA Soccer Complex and Morningside Farm enter their sixth consecutive year hosting the event.