Play In The First-Ever
Washington Youth Soccer Open Cup This Year!
New Open Cup to increase development opportunities
for RCL, Select teams
It's become a rite of September — Seattle Sounders FC proudly holding aloft the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, affirming the club's status as champions of the United States' year-long national professional tournament.
The Sounders have won the Open Cup in each of their three years as an MLS club — and starting in 2012, Washington Youth Soccer teams will have the chance to hold an Open Cup of their own!
This spring, Washington Youth Soccer announced the creation of the all-new Open Cup — a brand-new tournament open to Regional Club League (RCL) and Select-level teams that will determine League placement for Select-level teams and influence seeding for State Cup tournament play.
The inaugural Open Cup will begin the weekend of June 15-17 with round-robin play at 60 Acres in Redmond, then conclude with four days of round-robin and elimination play over Labor Day Weekend. By the time summer comes to an unofficial close on Labor Day evening, several of our state's best U12 to U18 boys and girls teams will be crowned Open Cup champions — just like the Sounders!
The tournament is designed to improve pathways between league levels by providing opportunities for Select teams to place into lower divisions of the RCL, based on tournament outcomes. Participants in the Open Cup will be in the U12-U18 age groups and will include RCL teams, teams from Regional Club Associations with endorsement from their Regional Club, and teams from non-Regional Club Associations with review and approval of their player development plans.
Just like the U.S. Open Cup and England's FA Cup, eligible teams will be seeded into certain categories based on their level of play, with lower-level teams entering the competition at earlier stages than higher-level teams.
A complete breakdown of which teams are eligible, plus dates and costs of competition, can be found here.
"The Open Cup is going to open up access to the top competitive leagues and tournaments in our state to an even wider range of teams statewide," says Washington Youth Soccer CEO Terry Fisher. "We're excited to be able to give even more of the talented players in Washington state the chance to compete at the highest level, while also ensuring competitive games that will bring out the very best in our most skilled teams and players."
The goal of this tournament is to link the competitive pathways between Select and Regional League play, while bringing Select players back into the Long Term Player Development pathway in Washington Youth Soccer. The outcome of the Open Cup will influence teams' State Cup seeding. Teams that choose to participate can earn bonus seeing points for State Cup tournament play based on tournament outcomes, while non-RCL teams will have the chance to earn entry into the lower divisions of the RCL.
In so doing, even more of our state's most skilled players will be exposed to a high level of competition and development — while also having the chance to hoist an Open Cup, just like the pros!
For more information on the Open Cup, or to register, visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.