August 14 is deadline for amateur teams to apply for 2018 U.S. Open Cup qualifying

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01 Aug August 14 is deadline for amateur teams to apply for 2018 U.S. Open Cup qualifying

Via ussoccer.com | U.S. Soccer is now accepting entry forms from local amateur teams looking to compete in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship. The entry deadline for local qualifying is Aug. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. CT.

The history-filled annual tournament, entering its 105th year, is perhaps the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition.

Any team outside of the national amateur leagues (National Premier Soccer League and Premier Development League) or the professional leagues from Division I (Major League Soccer), Division II (North American Soccer League and United Soccer League) and Division III (no leagues operating) may enter Open Division Local Qualifying—as this portion of the competition is called—as long as the team meets basic criteria spelled out in U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Policy. Among these criteria, teams must belong to a club or league of any Organization Member of U.S. Soccer and compete in a league with at least four teams where each plays at least ten league games during the year. Entry is done by submitting an official application form and entry fee to U.S. Soccer headquarters.

After certifying a team’s eligibility to participate, U.S. Soccer will process rosters for approval, arrange matches, appoint match commissioners and officiating crews, administer discipline, promote the games in advance and their results afterwards, and provide a clear link to the final tournament, projected to begin in May 2018.

Open Division Local Qualifying will be conducted on a single-game, knockout basis, with up to three rounds of matches, scheduled for designated weekend dates this fall. All entrants, regardless of level, Organization Member affiliation, or other attributes, will start on equal footing and must be able to host games in every qualifying round. Matches will be determined geographically to minimize travel time and expense, with random selection used when practicable to determine exact pairings. Home teams will be determined by coin flip and will be responsible for arranging the field of play, game balls, paying the officials, and other expenses relating to staging games, while each visiting team will cover its own travel-related costs. U.S. Soccer shall appoint the match officials.

Read the rest of the U.S. Soccer news release here.