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STYSA Spring Cups Just Around the Corner

Spring is just around the corner. The pitch is lush and green from the rye planted in November and teams are ready to prove themselves against the top teams in South Texas, USYS Region III, and at the National level.

South Texas Youth Soccer crowns a State Champion in its four Spring Cups each year from Under-11 through Under-19 in both boys' and girls' divisions. STYSA Spring Cups are State Competitions and operate under different rules from your association league rules. These rules can be found in the newly updated STYSA Cup Manual.

The granddaddy of them all is the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where 185,000 players on the top 10,000 teams nationwide compete in 55 state-level competitions to be one of 926 teams earning their way to the regional level. From there, 60 teams will advance to the National Championship, where 12 will be crowned as National Champions. The national championships are the final leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and are open to any US Youth Soccer member.

The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport (Under-19 Boys) in 1935. In 2010, the McGuire Cup celebrates its 75th anniversary. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 11 divisions to the national championship tournament, most recently with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys' and Girls' divisions in 2001, to create the current format.

Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. The State Championship will be held at Lindsey Lyons Park in Humble, Tex., May 29-31. Southern Regionals for Region III will be held in Baton Rouge, La., June 17-23. The US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held in Overland Park, Kans., July 20-25.

US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to US Youth Soccer teams from the state, to regional, to national level. The Presidents Cup gives players an additional opportunity to compete against teams from across the country at a high level for the joy and the challenge of the game. It provides the chance to experience a unique US Youth Soccer event with camaraderie, community and competition through sport. Regional qualifiers, known as US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup events, will determine the teams competing in the National Presidents Cup and will feature boys' and girls' teams in the Under-14 through Under-17 age groups in the lower Division I and Upper Super II divisions. The State Championship will be held at the new S.T.A.R. Complex in San Antonio. The US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup will be held in Broken Arrow, Okla., June 11-13, and the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup will be held in Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 8-11.

STYSA Directors Cup is restricted-entry competition for Super II and Division II teams that participated in the Fall season. It is strongly recommended for lower Super II and upper Division II teams. STYSA Directors Cup State Championship will be hosted by Timberline Youth Soccer in Houston from May 15-16. There is no advancement to Regionals or Nationals.

The South Texas Cup is a developmental-level State competition restricted to South Texas-registered Division II and Division III boys and girls teams in the U11 through U19 age groups. The South Texas District first- and second-place teams advance to the South Texas Cup State Championship, May 8-9 in a Western District site to be determined. There is no advancement beyond the South Texas State Cup State Championships.

This is the first year of the new STYSA Competitions Event Administrator position and I am looking forward to working with everyone involved in these competitions. Should you have any questions or comments concerning the STYSA Spring Cups, I can be reached at keithw@stxsoccer.org or in the office at 832-268-0780. Good Luck this spring in whatever Cup your team may be competing.

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