Welcome to the 2015 Maryland State Cup competition! This is the first leg of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series and is the premier championship tournament in the state. Teams from all corners of the state will battle each other to earn the coveted title of State champions. Winners in our State championship will represent Maryland at the Region I Regional championships, in Barboursville, West Virginia, where they will compete against teams from 12 other states. The U-13 through U-19 regional champions will move on to the National championships which will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
New for the 2015 State Cup:
- For the cold weather games, we have revised our rules governing the color of the long sleeve undershirts. Teams may continue to wear undershirts that match the color of their jerseys. Alternatively, teams wearing the darker jerseys may wear black undershirts and teams wearing the lighter jerseys may wear white undershirts.
- For the safety of the players, we are implementing a new concussion policy. If a player comes out of the game due to a concussion, the player may only return to State Cup play after submitting a medical release to MSYSA. MSYSA will retain the player’s card until it receives the medical release.
- Over-time periods will only be played for semi-final and final games. For all other rounds of play, if the game is tied at the end of regulation time, the teams will immediately go to penalty kicks to determine the winner.
The online application for the 2015 MSYSA State Cup is scheduled to open January 5, 2015. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, February 12, 2015. Please make sure your application is submitted before the deadline.
The State Cup Draw is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015. ALL TEAMS are required to send a representative to the State Cup Draw.
The initial first round of 32 will be played at a location to be determined. The remaining four rounds of 16, 8, semifinals and finals will be played at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. The Maryland SoccerPlex continues to be the best soccer facility in the entire U.S. Northeast region.
The MSYSA website will have all the current information concerning the State Cup dates and schedules including help with questions on registration and fees. The MSYSA website changes frequently with alerts and updates. Please make a habit of continually checking the website over the duration of State Cup.
We are looking forward to an exciting, competitive and safe environment for State Cup 2015. We hope to see you there!
State Cup Director