Cal North Presidents Cup is the qualifying cup competition for the US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup. It is a competition created for mid-level Cal North Competitive teams. Recreational teams may enter Presidents Cup although Founders’ Cup is a more appropriate cup product for the vast majority of Recreational teams. We generally recommend Presidents Cup for mid-to-upper-level competitive teams. The Cal North Presidents Cup offers brackets in the U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, and U17 age groups.
Who is eligible to attend the Cal North Presidents Cup?
In order to participate in Presidents Cup the team must be a Cal North registered team in the U12-U17 age groups that competes in an approved playing league hosted by Cal North, a Cal North District or a member league . President Cup is open to teams that participated in Gold, Silver Elite, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Recreational playing leagues however it is recommended for teams that play in the Silver or higher divisions of CCSL or any comparable Cal North playing league. Presidents Cup offer an opportunity for U17 competitive teams to enter a single-year age grouping that is not offered in Association Cup. Teams must have an official Cal North team roster that has been approved by their District Registrar in order to complete their application to Presidents Cup. GOTSOCCER ROSTERS ARE NOT USED FOR THE CUP APPLICATION PROCESS OR ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME THROUGHOUT CAL NORTH CUP. ONLY THE OFFICIAL CYSA CAL NORTH ROSTER IS ACCEPTED. The roster requirement also applies to teams that will fulfill their playing league requirement by participating in any official, recognized 2013-2014 Cal North winter or spring playing league. Teams that competed in the 2013/2014 California Regional League or in the Premier division of a playing league OR teams that qualified for the 2012-2013 Cal North State Cup quarterfinals/semifinals/finals are not eligible to participate in the 2014 Cal North Presidents Cup. Cal North State Cup is available for those higher level teams.
When does the Cal North Presidents Cup take place?
The Presidents Cup calendar can be located on the Presidents Cup page of the Cal North website. All dates are subject to change for circumstances beyond the control of the Cup organizers. The U12 and U13 Presidents Cup will take place in January 2014. The U14-U17 age groups start play in early April after the high school CIF exclusionary period has ended and will conclude in early May. U14 teams with players who participate in their high school’s winter soccer season may find the Presidents Cup to be the best option for their team as Presidents Cup play begins after the March 15th conclusion of the CIF exclusionary period.
What is the format of the Cal North Presidents Cup?
Teams are placed into brackets by random draw. During the preliminary round play on the first weekend of the cup, teams will play round-robin against the other teams in their bracket. 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 a bracket winner or as a second place team from a bracket that has been designated to include a "wild card" team. 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. Second round games, round of 16 games, quarterfinals, semifinals and championship are scheduled as necessary over the course of subsequent weekends. The format of the single elimination round games will be based on the number of brackets. The U12 – U17 age groups play 11 v 11 matches and will play matches over the course of two or three planned competition weekends. In the event of weather-related field cancellations, the games may be postponed to alternate weekends or sometimes relocated to venues where the conditions allow play to continue. Presidents Cup Champion teams and specified wildcard teams will advance to US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup Championships in Morgan Hill in June 2014. Regional champions will advance to National Presidents Cup in Greenville, SC in July 2014.
Where are the games held?
We attempt to schedule games at centrally located venues, however Cal North Presidents 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). Teams should be prepared to travel anywhere within this area. Venues will be selected after we confirm the number of applications in each age group. 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, and Mistlin Soccer Park in Ripon.
What cost is associated with the Cal North Presidents Cup Tournament?
The Presidents Cup entry fee is $625 for timely applications. 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 $725 for teams applying after the deadline.
What are the dates/deadlines associated with attending Presidents Cup?
In order to be accepted for Presidents 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 Presidents 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-U13 Presidents Cup is 5 PM November 1, 2013 and 5 PM January 6, 2014 for U14-U17 teams. 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 deadline for submitting a roster to Cal North?
The official team rosters must be submitted by the 11/1/13 deadline for U12-U13 teams and by the 1/6/14 deadline for U14-U17 teams. Teams that will be playing in any official recognized 2013-2014 Cal North winter or spring league in order to fulfill their playing league requirement for Presidents Cup also MUST have a valid Cal North team roster authorized in the Cal North registration database by their District Registrar by the application deadline. If the team does not already have a roster that has been approved by the district 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 Presidents Cup application deadline.
Can I make changes to my roster before attending Presidents 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 by the team’s league to the District 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-U13 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 district prior to the roster freeze deadline.
Interested in Participating?
If your team is planning to apply for Cal North Presidents Cup first confirm that you have enough players who are committed to participate on all of the weekends that are noted on the Presidents 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 changes to your Presidents Cup roster after the freeze date that teams and that Cal North rules require that the team must carry over a core of 9 players from their league roster to their 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.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR TEAM’S PARTICIPATION IN CAL NORTH PRESIDENTS CUP!!!!