National Cup XXI Finals caps cup-based championship series
DENVER, Colorado (July 21, 2022) – Two dozen teams were awarded championships at the National Cup XXI Finals, which spanned July 14-21 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado. Girls teams kicked off the event, playing July 14-18, and the boys wrapped up the tournament, competing July 17-21.
The National Cup is US Club Soccer’s longest-running competition, celebrating its 21st edition this summer. The Finals is the culminating event of a cup-based championship series that includes qualifying state cups and National Cup Regionals. More than 7,000 teams competed in this year’s series, including 222 U-13 through U-19 boys and girls teams at the National Cup Finals. The tournament field, which included teams from 22 states, provided a developmentally stimulating environment with geographical diversity, contrasting styles and championship pressure. Winning teams endured three group stage games, before advancing to semifinal and final rounds.
- Tournament HQ: Watch all semifinal and championship games, and view commemorative graphics
Congratulations to the following National Cup XXI Finals winners with qualifying events in parentheses:
U-13 Super Group
Colorado Rush (South Central Regional)
Albion SC Merced (California Cup)
U-13 Premier Group
St. Louis Scott Gallagher IL (Midwest Regional)
Valencia CF Academy NY (Mid-Atlantic Regional)
U-14 Super Group
Aztec Soccer (NEP Regional Cup)
Leahi SC (Hawaii State Cup)
U-14 Premier Group
Virginia Soccer Association (Virginia Cup)
FC United Iowa (Iowa State Cup)
U-15 Super Group
Legends FC (California Cup)
St. Paul Blackhawks (Minnesota Cup)
U-15 Premier Group
Space Coast United (Florida Cup)
California Rush SC (Southwest Regional)
U-16 Super Group
Murrieta Soccer Academy (Southwest Regional)
Colton America SC (Southeast Regional)
U-16 Premier Group
South Dakota United FC (Midwest Regional)
SG1 Soccer (South Central Regional)
U-17 Super Group
North Oaks SC (Midwest Regional)
Virginia Legacy SC (Virginia Cup)
U-17 Premier Group
Sting Austin (South Central Regional)
BVB International Academy TX (South Central Regional)
U-19 Super Group
Salvo SC (Midwest Regional)
STA (New Jersey State Cup)
U-19 Premier Group
Eden Prairie SC (Minnesota Cup)
West Side Alliance SC (South Central Regional)
Three girls teams successfully defended their titles after also winning their National Cup Finals divisions last year: Aztec Soccer, North Oaks SC and South Dakota United FC. On the boys side, STA also repeated as champions, but of a different age group, after winning the U-16 boys Super Group last year and the U-19 boys Super Group this year.
The title winners qualified from a diverse array of events – 14 in total. The leading qualifying events were the National Cup XXI Midwest Regional and the National Cup XXI South Central Regional, which each produced four Finals champions. Two state cups produced a pair of champions: Minnesota Cup and Virginia Cup.
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