The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the U.S. Soccer Federation’s annual national championship. The 2018 edition represents its 105th year. It 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 (United Soccer League) and Division III (no leagues operating) may enter Open Division Local Qualifying, as long as the team meets basic criteria detailed 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 – such as US Club Soccer – and compete in a league with at least four teams, where each plays at least 10 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.
Questions should be directed to Patrick Hoepp, U.S. Soccer Open Cup Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 528-7042.