Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup
The Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup
is a statewide championship that is part of the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Event. The Presidents Cup is an open competition that is focused on teams that wish to play in a statewide competition that also offers opportunity at the regional and national level. The Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup champion advances to Region I Presidents Cup. Regional winners advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup.
The Presidents Cup for U-12 (8v8 only) and U-13 to U-17 (11v11) boys and girls will be conducted during the March to May time period.
In the Presidents Cup Under 12 age group, an 8v8 format (maximum roster of 14 players for the entire current season – including guest players and/or secondary players) will ONLY be offered (no 11v11 format). 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.
Any team participating in the Presidents Cup will be ineligible to participate in the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) or Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup.
The Presidents Cup adopts ‘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 – all games will be scheduled for the same weekend day – Saturday or Sunday. 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.
Competition will start after the roster freeze date—March 21, 2014. All roster freeze dates are 5:00 PM of the particular day specified by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. Team rosters will remain frozen (no adding, dropping or transferring players) until elimination or being crowned champion.
Winners of the Presidents Cup will represent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer at the President’s Cup Regional Championships, May 23-26, 2014 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Regional winners in the Under-13 through Under-17 groups, both Boys and Girls, will vie for the National title. The Presidents Cup National Championships will be held, July 10-13, 2014 and will be played in Greenville, South Carolina.
Entry into the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Presidents Cup competition acknowledges the above and also represents an agreement to participate in the Region I and US Youth Soccer National competitions. Should Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer receive a wild card slot for the Region I competition, the Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup runner-up will represent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer.
The Presidents Cup application fee is $225.00. This application 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 Presidents Cup Finals are scheduled to be played Sunday, May 4th, 2014.