Oregon Youth Soccer December 2015

The Cup Conundrum

As the rain starts to fall and the holidays inch ever closer, it's hard to believe that we're already less than two months away from kicking off one of the most exciting times of the year in Oregon Youth Soccer.

Every year, hundreds of teams register for and compete in the Oregon Presidents Cup and Oregon State Cup, both presented by the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns. Each Cup represents a fun, safe, competitive environment for teams to test their talent against other outstanding teams from across the state, while competing for the title of Cup champion and, in some cases, advancing to regional- and national-level play!

As exciting a time as it can be for players, parents, coaches, team managers and the hundreds of individuals involved with staging these events, it can also be equally confusing. We have taken each Cup and have answered questions such as these:
• How do the Cups differ?
• What are the entry requirements?
• When are the games played, and where?
• What happens if my team wins? Do we qualify for regional or national-level competition?

Let's get started.

Oregon State Cup

The Oregon State Cup presented by the Portland Timbers (boys) and Thorns (girls) showcases the highest level of competitive play within the state at the U-11 through U-18 age groups. Designed to encourage and honor the elite players in our state, this tournament is structured so that the best team in each age group from each state advances to the US Youth Soccer Region IV (Far West Regional) Championships and, ultimately, the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

It should be noted that while the Oregon State Cup features the highest level of the play in the state, teams of all competition levels are welcome to enter and compete for the title of 2016 Oregon State Champion.

When and where is State Cup played?
Games start in early April (exact schedule varies by age group) and conclude with semi-finals and finals a month later, in early May. Depending on the total number of entries, games may be played on fields anywhere in the state of Oregon.

Do the champions advance out of the state to regional or national competition?
Each Oregon State Cup champion in the U12-U18 age groups will have the opportunity to represent the state at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, to take place this year in Boise, Idaho, June 20-16. Winners at that event will compete for the title of National Champion at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla.

What is the entry fee?
The entry fee for each team at the 2016 Oregon State Cup will be $675.

What is the deadline to register, and how do I register?
All registration for the Oregon State Cup is conducted by club registrars. The tentative deadline to register a team for the 2016 Oregon StateCup is xxxx.

Oregon Presidents Cup

The Oregon Presidents Cup presented by the Portland Timbers (boys) and Thorns (girls) is one of the two developmental, state-level tournaments that is open to all boys and girls teams, in age groups under-11 to under-18, that is not barred from entry by tournament rules. Compared to State Cup, the Oregon Presidents Cup offers a slightly lower level of player, making it perfect for competitive teams that are not among the state's most elite. Those teams will have the chance to compete against like teams statewide for the opportunity to advance to the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup tournament, the second highest-level tournament in US Youth Soccer.

When and where is Presidents Cup played?
U11-U14 teams compete primarily in the fall*, while U15-18 teams in both the boys and girls age groups compete in the spring. Games start April 9 (exact schedule varies by age group) and conclude with semi-finals and finals a month later, on May 7-8. Depending on the total number of entries, games may be played on fields anywhere in the state of Oregon.

• U13 and U14 teams complete preliminary rounds in the fall, then join the older teams for semi-finals and finals in May.

Do the champions advance out of the state to regional or national competition?
Each Oregon Presidents Cup champion in the U13-U17 age groups will have the opportunity to represent the state at the 2016 Region IV Presidents Cup Regional Championships, to take place this year in Arvada, Colo., June 14-19. Winners at that event will compete for the title of National Champion at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, July 14-17 in Tulsa, Okla.

What is the deadline to register, and how do I register?
All registration for the Oregon Presidents Cup is conducted by club registrars. The tentative deadline to register a U15-U18 boys or girls team for the 2016 Oregon Presidents Cup is Jan. 4, 2016.

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