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What is the Founders' Cup?


What is the Founders' Cup?

Cal North Founders’ Cup is a cup competition created specifically for Cal North Recreational-level teams. The Founders’ Cup tournament operates in a format similar to the other Cal North Cups that were established for the Competitive-level teams (State Cup, Presidents Cup and Association Cup). All eligible Cal North Recreational teams may apply to and participate in this tournament. The Cal North Founders’ Cup hosts brackets in the U12, U14, U16 and U19 age groups.


Who is eligible to attend the Cal North Founders’ Cup?

In order to participate in Founders’ Cup the team must be an Under 12-Under 19 Cal North registered Recreational team that competes in a recreational playing league hosted by an affiliated Cal North member league or a Cal North District. Founders’ Cup is for Recreational teams and players ONLY. Recreational teams and/or players that participated in Competitive playing leagues and/or tournaments are not eligible for Founders’ Cup. EXCEPTION: Recreational teams approved by the District Commissioner to compete in a tournament or in a playing league for Competitive teams in order to have a viable playing league may still be eligible to participate in Cal North Founders’ Cup. Players who were rostered on a Competitive-level team during the season are NOT eligible to participate on a Founder’s Cup team unless they have the prior authorization of their District Commissioner. Each team must have its roster approved by its District Registrar in order to complete their application to Founders’ Cup. The team must have an approved official Cal North roster to apply for Founders’ Cup and must have approved US Youth Soccer member passes with the Medical and Liability release on the reverse side of the member pass completed and signed before the first round of play. GOTSOCCER ROSTERS ARE NOT USED FOR THE CUP APPLICATION PROCESS OR AT ANY TIME THROUGHOUT CAL NORTH CUP. ONLY THE OFFICIAL CYSA CAL NORTH ROSTER IS ACCEPTED.


When does the Cal North Founders’ Cup take place?

The Founders’ Cup calendar can be located on the Founders’ Cup page of the Cal North website. In 2014-2015 the U12 and 14 Founders’ Cup preliminary round play will take place in mid-December. Teams advancing to the single elimination rounds will play again in mid-January. The U16-19 age groups play in late February and early March.


What is the format of the Cal North Founders’ Cup?

Teams are placed into brackets by modified blind draw. During the preliminary round play on the first weekend of cup, teams will play round-robin against the other teams in their bracket. On the round-robin weekend teams will have one or two games on Saturday and one or two games on Sunday. Teams qualify to advance to the single elimination rounds either as bracket winners or as a second place team from a bracket with a designated "wild card". Teams advancing to the single elimination rounds will play "knock out" games where the winning teams advance to the following round of play and the losing team is eliminated from the competition. The winning team will continue to advance from each single elimination match. Quarter finals, semifinals and championships are scheduled over the course of the subsequent weekend of the competition. The scheduling of the single elimination round games will be based on the number of brackets. The U12 and older age groups play 11 v 11 matches and will play over a two weekend period. In the event of weather-related field cancellations, the games may be postponed to alternate weekends and/or relocated to venues where the conditions allow play to continue.


Where are the games held?

We attempt to schedule games at centrally located venues, however Cal North Founders’ Cup tournament is a Northern California-wide event and therefore games could be hosted by any of the nine Districts within Cal North’s territorial area (see the map of Cal North territory on the Cal North website) and teams should be prepared to travel anywhere within this area. However in the spirit of promoting more events for recreational soccer, Cal North makes every attempt to schedule the Founders’ Cup events at one central venue. Over the past several seasons most of the cup games have been played at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento, Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove, Mary Grogan Community Park in Modesto and Mistlin Soccer Park in Ripon. Keep in mind that weather and other unforeseen factors can affect scheduling.


What cost is associated with the Cal North Founders Cup Tournament?

The Founders’ Cup entry fee is $450. The entry fee covers the costs of facility rental, field preparation, referees, support staff, awards, and other associated costs. Any cup-related costs incurred by the team for transportation, lodging, food, etc. are the responsibility of the team members. The Reserve Pool entry fee is $550 for teams applying after the deadline.


What are the dates/deadlines associated with attending Founders’ Cup?

In order to be accepted for Founders’ Cup teams must complete an application which includes three components: (1) event registration (online entry which can be accessed on the Cal North website’s Founders’ Cup page); (2) entry fees (can be paid online with a credit card or e-check during the application process or sent via check/money order and (3) verification of an official team roster that has been approved by the team’s District Registrar in the Cal North registration database. TEAMS DO NOT NEED TO SEND THE ROSTER. CAL NORTH CUP STAFF WILL CONFIRM THE ROSTER IN THE DATABASE. The deadline to complete and submit an application for U12-U14 Founders’ Cup is November 1st at 5:00 PM and January 6th at 5 PM for U16-U19 Founders’ Cup. Any applications completed after the deadline will be diverted to the Reserve Pool and will be placed in the Cup on a space available basis. Reserve Pool applicants are not guaranteed a spot in the competition.


What is the roster submittal requirement?

In order to apply and participate, the official team roster must be approved in the Cal North Data Management System by the team’s Registrar. Draft rosters are not acceptable If the team does not already have a roster that has been approved by the registrar they should email their League registrar or District Registrar for specific timelines and deadlines that must be met in order to obtain an approved roster by the applicable Founders’ Cup application deadline.

Can I make changes to my roster before attending Founders’ Cup?

Teams can continue to make roster changes after they apply to a Cal North Cup. The team roster "freezes" on the Tuesday prior to the cup’s scheduled start date but all changes must be submitted to the Registrar on the Friday prior to the roster being frozen. During the season Cal North allows up to 5 inter league transfers per team (players moving from one league’s roster to another league’s roster), an unlimited number of intra league transfers (players moving from one roster to another within the same league and considered to be a "club pass") and an unlimited number of added players (players not on a Cal North roster this season. Although there is no freeze date for adding or deleting registered team officials (coaches, assistant coaches, managers, etc.) all player movement on and off the roster will stop on the freeze date. Throughout all roster changes, a team must retain a core of 9 players from their league roster to the Cup roster. U12 teams may have a maximum of 18 rostered players. U14 and older teams may roster no more than 22 players. Teams should contact their league registrars for guidance regarding roster changes and/or the timeline for submitting roster changes to the League and/or District prior to the roster freeze deadline.


What level of competition can a team expect to experience in Cal North Founders’ Cup?

Because of the definition of how recreational teams are formed, a Recreational team’s chance of being competitive may improve as the season progresses. There are many intangible and variable factors that contribute to the success of each team. Teams in Founders’ Cup will compete against other Recreational teams from throughout Northern California. The random draw for placing teams in brackets is modified so that teams play against teams from districts other than their own (except in the case where there are more teams from one district than there are brackets, in which case two teams from that district may be in a bracket). Players and coaches will have the opportunity to experience competition against recreational teams from other areas in Cal North. This is an opportunity to test the players’ skills against opposing teams that they are playing, very often for the first time ever as well as an opportunity for teams to observe and learn from other players/teams, to enhance their development, and to measure their own skills against other recreational teams from across the state. As teams seek to be the one team to win the championship in their age group in this challenging and fun-filled format, players and families can see first-hand their progress. For many teams the Founders’ Cup is the culmination of their season.


Interested in Participating?

If your team is interested in applying to Cal North Founders’ Cup first confirm that you have enough players who are committed to participate on all of the dates that are noted on the Founders’ Cup calendar. If not, you may want to consider transferring or adding players to supplement the roster. Keep in mind you will not be able to make roster changes after the freeze date and that Founders’ Cup rules dictate that a minimum of nine (9) players from the team’s roster from league play must carry over to the Founders’ Cup roster. U14 and older teams are allowed to roster up to 22 players however prior to each game the team will be required to designate no more than 18 players for the game roster. Also make sure to discuss with the team how they will obtain funding for the entry fee (sponsorship? team members’ contributions? club or league assistance? fund raiser? etc.)



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