The Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup is an open competition that draws teams that wish to participate in an Eastern Pennsylvania-wide competition which crowns an Eastern Pennsylvania champion.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup for U9 to U17 boys and girls will be conducted during the March to May time period.
Any team participating in the Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup will be ineligible to participate in the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) or Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will be offering two divisions of play for the Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup in the U9 to U11 (8v8) age groups ("A"=Most Competitive and "B"=Competitive). This change will allow for balanced competition with opportunity for more teams to participate.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Turkey Hill Challenge Cup U12 age group has adopted an 8v8 format ONLY (maximum roster of 14 players for the entire current season – including guest players and/or secondary players). In order to participate in an 8v8 playing format, a team cannot have gone over 14 players on their roster at any point during the current seasonal year (Example: 14 Primary Players + 2 Secondary Players makes a team ineligible for U12 Challenge Cup play; 12 Primary Players + 2 Secondary Players would mean the team is ELIGIBLE to compete in the U12 Cups but only the 12 PRIMARY Players could compete in the Cups). Ages U9 through U12 will ONLY play 8v8 while ages U13 through U19 will play 11v11. Any U12 teams playing in any divisions of approved leagues are not U13 Cup-eligible. To be eligible and to play in the U13 Cup there must be nine (9) age-pure U13 players on the original league-approved roster. Likewise, any U8 teams playing in any divisions of approved leagues are not U9 Cup-eligible. To be Cup-eligible for the U9 Cup, there must be nine (9) age-pure U9 players on the original league-approved roster.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup adopts a ‘World Cup’ format for all ages. Group Games and playoffs will be played at Home/Away fields determined randomly by The Cup Draw (teams are randomly selected) into a predetermined schedule. Only The Final will be played at a neutral site. An age group requires four (4) teams for competition to be offered. If less than four (4) teams enter, combined age groups may be created at the discretion of the Cup Commissioner. The winners of the World Cup format brackets will advance to the appropriate single-elimination bracket (i.e. divisional playoffs, quarter-finals, semi-finals, etc.). The Finals will be scheduled by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer at their sole discretion. Teams, regardless of age, may be scheduled to play their Final on a Saturday or Sunday of Championship Weekend. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer cannot accept any scheduling requests. Coaches with multiple teams in The Finals should make arrangements to have – AT LEAST ONE ADDITIONAL ADULT WITH A VALID COACHING PASS present for The Final. Any teams losing their coach during the course of The Final (send off, obligation) cannot proceed unless a valid team official with a current coach/administrator pass is present and assumes the duties of said coach
All roster freeze dates will “freeze” at 4:00 PM EDT of that particular day. Team rosters will remain frozen (no adding or transferring players) until elimination from the competition or being crowned champion. Teams must request to have their roster ‘Unfrozen’. Upon confirmation of Cup elimination or being crowned champion, a team may have its roster ‘Unfrozen’.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup competition ends at the State level. There are no Regional or National stages for the Turkey Hill Challenge Cup.
The Turkey Hill Challenge Cup application fee is $200.00. This fee represents the entrance fee ONLY and does not include referee fees. Referee fees are split between the two competitors according to the current seasonal year referee fee schedule. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer pays ALL referee fees for The Finals
The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Turkey Hill Challenge Cup Finals will be played the weekend of May 14th and May 15th, 2016.