20 Dec Dates, locations of National Cup XVII Regionals announced
The 17th edition of the National Cup, US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship series, features six Regionals throughout June and early July 2018.
The National Cup includes various state cups, which begin in the spring, before progressing to the National Cup XVII Regionals – held in six locations throughout the country. Ultimately, qualifying teams then compete for national titles at the National Cup XVII Finals, to be held July 20-24 at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo.
National Cup XVII Regionals will be open to 12-U through 18/19-U boys and girls age groups (2006s through 1999/2000s) in the Mid-Atlantic and West Regionals, while the other Regionals – Midwest, Northwest, South Central and Southeast – will feature 13-U through 18/19-U divisions (2005s through 1999/2000s).
Winning 13-U through 18/19-U boys and girls teams from Regionals and qualifying state cups advance to the National Cup XVII Finals.
Applications will be available in the coming weeks. The National Cup XVII will continue to have Super Group (most competitive) and Premier Group brackets.
Participating teams should be well-versed in official National Cup XVII rules. New in 2018 are:
- A Code of Conduct (to be released soon) for coaches, staff, players and parents
- Head injuries: passcards will be pulled for players being treated for suspected, serious head injuries. Prior to returning to play, written clearance must be obtained by a doctor/certified athletic trainer.
- Substitutions: this is no longer unlimited for 13-U through 18/19-U age groups. Seven substitutions are allowed per half, and once a player is subbed out in any given half, he/she may not return to play.
- Rosters: the 18-player game day roster will be strictly enforced.
National Cup XVII Regionals – 2018:
|June 15-18||South Central: Web page||Tulsa, Okla.: Mohawk Sports Complex|
|June 16-19||West: Web page||Davis, Calif.: Davis Legacy Soccer Complex|
|June 22-25||Midwest: Web page||Chicago, Ill.: Waukegan Sports Park/Libertyville Township Soccer Complex|
|June 23-26||Southeast: Web page||Winston-Salem, N.C.: BB&T Sports Complex|
|June 29-July 2||Northwest: Web page||Boise, Idaho: Simplot Sports Complex|
|June 30-July 3||Mid-Atlantic: Web page||Somerset, N.J.: PDA Soccer Complex/Morningside Farm|
National Cup XVII Finals – 2018:
|July 20-24||Finals: Web page||Aurora, Colo.: Aurora Sports Park|
South Central Regional
This is the first time US Club Soccer will host a South Central Regional – spurred by recent, large membership growth in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Mohawk Sports Complex boasts 17 fields, including 10 with lights.
“We are so thrilled to welcome US Club Soccer’s National Cup XVII South Central Regional to Mohawk Sports Complex in Tulsa next summer,” said Vince Trinidad, Executive Director of Tulsa Sports Commission. “Hosting this event provides us with a great opportunity to showcase Tulsa as a preferred destination for youth sports, and our staff and volunteers are committed to working diligently to ensure US Club Soccer’s athletes, coaches and fans have the best sports experience here in Tulsa.”
Many hosting venues in 2018 have a long National Cup history, and Davis Legacy Soccer Complex is no exception. Next summer marks the sixth consecutive year hosting the West Regional. This past year was the first time the West Regional was held on one weekend instead of being held on separate, consecutive weekends for boys and girls team. But, the recent expansion of Davis Legacy Soccer Complex allowed the Regional to be held on the same weekend – and that trend continues in 2018.
The Midwest Regional is the longest running host of a Regional, as Libertyville Township Soccer Complex and Waukegan Sports Park enter their seventh consecutive year. Last year’s National Cup XVI Midwest Regional included about 250 teams.
The BB&T Sports Park hosted the Southeast Regional in June 2017, and before that, the complex – now consisting of 13 full-size fields and a stadium field – hosted a Regional from 2008-10.
The Northwest Regional moves to a new location in 2018. The Simplot Sports Complex in Boise, Idaho consists of 161 acres, including 20 grass soccer fields.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional in Somerset, N.J. concludes the Regional slate. PDA Soccer Complex and Morningside Farm enter their fifth consecutive year hosting the event.
National Cup XVII Finals
This is the first time the National Cup Finals will be a five-day event, as it has previously been a four-day event. The added day is a result of growth and the need for an appropriate game-to-rest ratio. In bigger age brackets in the past, sometimes teams were faced with playing elimination games in the morning and afternoon of the same day.
The National Cup XVII Finals returns to Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo., for the second time in three years and third time in the 17-year history of the cup-based tournament. A week before the National Cup XVII Finals, Aurora Sports Park also plays host to the 2018 Girls NPL Finals.
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