2016 Maryland State Cup Rules
Important Rule Change:
At the October 2014 MSYSA Executive Board meeting, a motion was made by the MSYSA State Cup Committee that the 2015 MSYSA State Cup rules be adopted. As such, Rule 2.1.3., as listed in the 2014 State Cup rules, would be eliminated. This rule stated that “MSYSA will accept teams that play in a mixed US Youth Soccer and other US Soccer Federation member league as long as the team plays in a US Youth Soccer only division.”
For the 2014 State Cup year, MSYSA implemented a State Cup verification form in which any team using a league that was not MSYSA “pre-approved” would need to have their games verified by the league administrator. The administrator and the team representative verified that the games played in the league were done so in accordance to the stated 2014 MSYSA State Cup rules. During the year, it was brought to the attention of the MSYSA that although the verification form had been “signed off”, there had been teams, in fact, that were not in accordance with this rule.
The MSYSA maintains a strong sense of fairness and equity, and as such, considered the ramifications of limiting state cup qualifying leagues. It was agreed that since the opportunity to play in a winter and spring league was a viable option and that maintaining the integrity of the MSYSA State Cup and the US National Championship Series was of extreme importance, that MSYSA would only consider leagues that consisted of USYSA-only teams as an MSYSA State Cup qualifying league. This motion was voted upon and passed by the MSYSA Executive Board.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament providing teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-13 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group division earn a direct path to the National Championships. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.