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Open Cup Game Report
Open Cup Policies and Procedures
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Important Dates

January 15th
Applications and fees are due for U12 - U18

February 28th
Teams will be notified

April 1st
All required U12-U18 paperwork due to Massachusetts Youth Soccer office

April 1st - May 5th
Round of 32 Game U12- U18 
Games are self-scheduled

May 6th - May 16th
Round of 16 Game U12-U18
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields
Lancaster, MA

May 16th and May 17th
Quarterfinal Game U12-U18
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields
Lancaster, MA

May 30th
Semi Finals
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields
Lancaster, MA

May 31st
Finals 
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields
Lancaster, MA

 2014 OPEN CUP RESULTS


Mass Youth Soccer’s Open Cup is open to any U12(8v8)-U18 team playing in a league that is based in, or that has games played in, the state of Massachusetts.  The teams may be registered with any USSF affiliated leagues/associations/organizations (i.e. USYS, US Club Soccer, AYSO, Super Y, etc.) that are in good standing with their league and the USSF.  The team entry fee for Open Cup 2015 is $250.

All teams will be placed in brackets using a double blind draw process. The bracket will be selected first and then teams filling the brackets will be selected.  Two teams from the same club will not be placed in the same bracket unless the number of teams from a single club exceeds the number of brackets available in one gender/ age group. This competition is a single elimination tournament.  

A minimum of four teams must be entered in an age/gender group in order for competition to be held.  If less than four teams are entered, there will not be any play in this age/gender group.

All matches prior to the Round of 16 (Quarter Finals) will be self-scheduled between the two teams. The Tournament-scheduled Round of 16* (Quarter Finals) will be played the weekend of May 16th and 17th.  No Open Cup team will be required to play both days.  The Semi-Final and Final games will be played on May 30th and 31st. Teams will be responsible for half the referees’ fees for all games prior to the Semi-Finals.


*Please note: Some Round of 16 matches may be scheduled during the two weeks prior to the weekend of May 16th and 17th.

Mass Youth Open Cup is considered a pre-qualifier tournament for the State Cup tournament for the following soccer year.  State Cup is a qualifying tournament for USYS National Cup tournament for the current soccer year.  

Teams may NOT participate in both Open Cup and State Cup. If an Open Cup team is eliminated prior to the Round of 16, player(s) may be placed on a State Cup roster, providing the State Cup roster is not frozen.


The winners of the Open Cup will be granted an automatic spot in the following year’s State Cup tournament.  Below are the steps that will be used to make sure the winning team meets the qualifications for State Cup play the following year.

A. If the winning team is currently a Mass Youth/USYS affiliated team, this team:

a. must maintain proper affiliation the following year, and
b. must meet State Cup roster qualification criteria, and
c. must compete in a Mass Youth approved league complying with rule 221.1.4.

B. If the winning team is currently a member of another USSF affiliated organization, this team:

a. must become properly affiliated the following year with Mass Youth/USYS (dual affiliations are permitted), and
b. must meet State Cup roster qualification criteria, and
c. must compete in a Mass Youth approved league complying with rule 221.1.4.

C. If the winning team is currently a member of another USSF affiliated organization and this team provides timely notification it will not meet the above requirements (as noted in sections A and B) for becoming affiliated the following year, then this team will be considered to have abandoned its automatic berth in the following year’s State Cup tournament, then:

a. the Open Cup Administrator will offer the automatic berth to the finals match runner-up, and
b. the runner-up must meet the criteria noted in section A or B of this list.
c. If the finals match runner-up also provides notification it will not meet the criteria noted in sections A or B of this list, then:

i. the Open Cup Administrator will review the record of the semifinal games

1. Of the losing semifinalist team(s) the first team to be offered the automatic berth in the next year’s State Cup tournament will be the team who:

a. has the highest number of goals scored in the semifinal game, or, if still tied,
b. has the lowest number of goals scored against in the semifinal game, or, if still tied,
c. has the highest number of goals scored in both the semifinal game and quarterfinal game (if played), or if still tied,
d. has the lowest number of goals scored against in both the semifinal game and quarterfinal game (if played).
e. If after “a” and “b” both teams are still tied and if one or both teams did not play a quarterfinal game, or after “a”, “b”, “c” and “d” both teams are still tied and both played quarterfinal games, and both teams consent to meeting the criteria of sections A or B, a one game playoff will be held using overtime and KFTM to determine the winner.

2. If, after exhausting the losing semifinalist team(s), no teams consent to meeting the eligibility criteria, the automatic berth will be turned back into the State Cup tournament committee and will be left open for use by the tournament selection committee’s discretion.

To submit your Mass Open Cup Entry Form click here

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