US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup gives Minnesota Youth Soccer teams in the 13U–18U age groups an alternative to the Minnesota State Cup and a chance to play against teams of similar abilities for the goal of State, Regional and National titles. This event provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer.
Note: Teams have the option to enter either the Minnesota State Cup or Presidents Cup, but may NOT enter both. Teams that compete in the top division of the Midwest Regional league (MRL) or National League as well as teams that finished in the top four of the previous year’s State Cup are not eligible to compete in Presidents Cup.
The Minnesota Presidents Cup is our new statewide championship tournament that is part of the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Event. This spring, Minnesota Youth Soccer hosted this inaugural event as an alternative to the Minnesota State Cup. The tournament gives teams in the 13U–18U age groups, boys and girls, the opportunity to compete for state, regional and national titles.
Play-in games were scheduled to start April 28–29, but that schedule was interrupted by historic record breaking snowfalls across the southern half of the State which made fields unplayable. The initial games of Presidents Cup were postponed to May 4–6 and hosted by the Coon Rapids Soccer Club. During the first weekend three teams; Saint Paul Blackhawks 04 Boys, 00 Girls and the REV 02 Boys punched their tickets to Regionals. After a weekend of group play, 20 teams representing 18 different clubs were still alive and headed to Cottage Grove for the semi-finals.
Cottage Grove United hosted the semi-finals and finals, May 18–20, at Kingston Park. This year MYSA is proud to send 11 teams to represent Minnesota at the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup. The regional event will take place June 14-18 in West Chester, Ohio.
Minnesota Presidents Cup is designed for those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities. The Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences focusing on high level competition, camaraderie and community. Here are a few statements from teams that participated in the event this year.
"Coaches from other states have made positive comments about Presidents Cup, which encouraged me to sign my team up. Presidents Cup has a very similar feeling to State Cup. Winning teams have the ability to advance on to the Regional and National level and MapleBrook is proud and excited to represent Minnesota."
- Head Coach Stuart Trench, MapleBrook 16U Girls
"Presidents Cup was a great experience for my team. With level of my team the competition was a perfect fit. The girls are really looking forward to the regional tournament."
-Head Coach Chris Gudrais, Fusion Select 14U Girls
Thank you to the teams, the State Referee Committee, Coon Rapids Soccer Club, Cottage Grove United and the Cup Committee for making this a successful inaugural year. We look forward to watching this event grow in the upcoming years.
|Jan 5:||Presidents Cup registration opens|
|Presidents Cup registration extended until filled|
|March:||Presidents Cup: Brackets announced|
|April 20:||Presidents Cup: Roster Freeze|
|April 28–29:||Presidents Cup: Group Play Weekend
(Coon Rapids, Minn.)
|May 2 or 3:||Presidents Cup: Self-Schedule Games|
|May 18–20:||Presidents Cup: Semi-Finals & Finals
(Cottage Grove, Minn.)
|June 14–18:||US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup
(West Chester, Ohio)
|July 11–15:||US Youth Soccer National Presidents