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Welcome to the 2015 Maryland State Cup
Shaun Fleming - 2015 State Cup Director

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!

 

Shaun Fleming

State Cup Director

statecup@msysa.org

Important State Cup Rule Change
State Cup Qualifying Leagues

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.

2015 State Cup Applications
Registration coming January 5, 2015
Registration coming January 5, 2015
 
Please continue to monitor the website for updates.
 
Registration for the 2015 Maryland State Cup will be available on January 5, 2015.  Teams must submit the following for consideration:
 
Application Fee:  $500
Quarter Finals Fee:  $500
Bond Fee:  $750
  • Uncashed bond checks will be destroyed upon the completion the team's compliance with all rules and policies of the National Championship Series or upon the completion of the National Championship Series.
  • Quarter final checks will be cashed for the teams that will be advancing.  Teams that do not advance to the quarter final rounds will have their uncashed checks destroyed along with their bond checks.
  • Referee fees are not included in the game fee and must be paid in cash at the beginning of each match.
  • Withdrawals must be made to the Cup Director or Designee.  A team may withdraw and have the application fee returned if notice is give PRIOR to the published Cup application closing date. 

 It is the responsibility of the clubs/teams to be famaliar with all Cup rules.

 
Important Dates
2015 Maryland State Cup

All State Cup Dates listed are to be considered tentative except for roster freeze dates and applications dates.  Changes can and will be made based upon field availability, numbers, weather and other considerations. 

2015 MARYLAND STATE CUP TIMELINES

DATE

             EVENT    

LOCATION

COMMENTS

Friday, January 5, 2015

2015 State Cup Application Opens, U12-U19

 

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2015

State Cup Application Closed,

U12-U18

 

Closed at 5:00pm.  All applications must be completed, accompanied with payment and bond, approved league roster and received in or emailed to the state office by 2/17/15, 3:00pm.

Saturday, February 21, 2015,

State Cup Draw, U12-U18

TBD

Each club playing in the Maryland State Cup is required to send a representative from their club and is responsible for disseminating information presented at the draw to their club teams that are participating in the 2015 Maryland State Cup.  More info:  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Roster Freeze Date for teams in brackets that begin play at Round of 32

 

Frozen at 5:00pm.  This early freeze date is for teams of a particular age-gendered bracket that must compete in “PLAY-IN” games.  This is determined by more than 16 teams in a particular age-gendered bracket.

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2015

Play-In Games

TBD

For teams of a particular age-gendered bracket of more than 16 teams.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Play-In Games

TBD

For teams of a particular age-gendered bracket of more than 16 teams.

Tuesday, April 7,  2015

Roster Freeze Date for teams in brackets that begin play at Round of 16

 

Frozen at 5:00pm.  This freeze date is for teams of a particular age-gendered bracket that begin play at the Round of 16.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Round of 16

Soccerplex

 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

 

Round of 8

SoccerPlex

 

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015

Round of 16/8

SoccerPlex

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

State Cup Semi-Finals, U12-U17

SoccerPlex

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Save the Date

SoccerPlex

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

State Cup Finals, U12 – U17

SoccerPlex

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

State Cup Draw, U19

SoccerPlex

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Roster Freeze Date, U18

 

 

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 2015

State Cup Games, U18

SoccerPlex

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Save the Date

SoccerPlex

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Semi-Finals, U18

SoccerPlex

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

State Cup Application Closes, U19

 

Closed at 5:00pm.  All applications must be completed, accompanied with payment and bond, approved league roster and received in or emailed to the state office by 5/23/15.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Roster Freeze Date, U19

 

 

Monday, May 25 – Friday, May 29, 2015

State Cup Games, U19

SoccerPlex

Games will be scheduled by MSYSA and held during the week with all games being completed by 5/29/15.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Finals, U18 & U19

SoccerPlex

 

June 25 – June 30, 2015

Regionals

Barboursville, West Virginia

 

July 19 – July 26, 2015

Nationals

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

NOTES:

  • Age group brackets with 2 teams will not play and all monies will be refunded
  • Age group brackets with 3 teams will play round robin format.

 

2014 State Cup Standings
Complete 2014 Schedules

 The 2014 State Cup brackets can be viewed and printed on the SINC sports web site.  Click on the "GAMES" tab located below the MARYLAND STATE CUP 2014 header and above the PLAY-IN GAMES scroll in yellow.  

Interesting Read

Please click here to view an article posted by Glennon on her blog titled Momastery. The title of the article is "How to watch your kid's game without being a jerk".


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