The Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup
is the first leg of competition in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series (NCS). The Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup competition is an open competition that draws teams that participate at the highest levels of competition throughout the state. The State Cup champion advances to US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. Regional champions advance to compete in US Youth Soccer National Championships in late July.
The Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) competition will be conducted in two specific time periods that aligns the play with the age groups and selected external soccer conflicts. The competition is divided as follows:
March to May – during this period we will conduct the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) for the U-12 to U-17 boys and girls age groups. Please note that the U-15 thru U-17 girls age groups have been moved up from June to March because girls high school soccer has all been moved to the fall by PIAA.
May to June – during this period we will conduct the June Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) for the U-18 to U-19 boys and girls age groups.
Any team participating in the 2013 Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) competition will be ineligible to participate in the 2013 Eastern Pennsylvania Presidents Cup or Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup.
Competition will be single elimination for all ages for boys and girls.
Competition will start after the roster freeze date:
March 22, 2013 | U-12 to U-17 boys and girls
May 17, 2013 | U-18 to U-19 boys and girls
All freeze dates are at 5:00 p.m. of that particular day.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) the U-12 age group will only be an 8v8 format (maximum roster of 14 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 2012/2013 seasonal year.
The Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) winners will advance to the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships to be held June 27 to July 2, 2013 in Kingston, RI. The winners of the Region I Championships will then go on to represent Region I at the US Youth Soccer National Championships from July 22-28, 2013 in Overland Park, Kansas.
Entry into the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) competition acknowledges the above and also represents an agreement to participate in the Region I and US Youth Soccer National competitions. Should the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) champion renege on this obligation, the championship may be forfeit and the team subject to a $500 fine. If the fine is not paid, the sponsoring organization, including all of its teams, players, etc., will be considered in "bad standing" until the fine is paid.
Should Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer receive a wild card slot for the Region I competition, the Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup (NCS) runner-up will represent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and is subject to the fine and rules and regulations as described above.
The NCS application fee is $200.00.