South Texas Spring Cups Kick Off!

South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) hosts a series of Fall Championships and Spring Cups each year that are designed to provide a wide variety of competitions to best fit the skill and ability level of each individual team and group of players. The focus of these competitions is to accomplish the following:

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  1. Determine a Fall Champion in Division II, Super II, and Division III.
  2. Determine the STYSA State Champion which, in the U14 through U19 groups will represent STYSA at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
  3. Determine the President’s Cup Champion which, in the U13 through U17 age groups, will represent STYSA in the Region III President’s Cup Regional Competition with the other twelve states composing Region III.
  4. Provide a format where a team doing above-average in one level of play may test itself against the next higher level of play.
  5. Provide a format where teams may enter a STYSA-sponsored competition with teams that they may not normally play against.
  6. Provide a quality competition during a period of the year when other sports may decrease the number of teams playing soccer.

Open entry competitions are open to any STYSA registered teams wishing to participate.  

Restricted entry competitions are limited to STYSA registered teams who qualify based on their Fall level of play as defined by STYSA cup rules.

STYSA hosts the following Cup competitions in the Spring (it should be noted that the format and details of each Cup may differ based on the Cup entered and the District in which you play):

  • US Youth Soccer National Championships, President’s Cup and Director’s Cup will, in general, play in the months of March, April, May, and June in an extended tournament format, with an effort to avoid Easter and Spring Break conflicts.
  • The South Texas USYSNC State Cup, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, is the granddaddy of all of the spring cups. Players in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups on the top US Youth Soccer teams compete in the 55 state-level competitions to earn a slot in one of the four US Youth Soccer regional championships. From the 60 teams nationwide that advance into the US Youth Soccer National Championships, 12 will be crowned National Champions.
  • The Presidents Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience for South Texas boys’ and girls’ teams in lower Division I and Upper Super II in the Under-14 through Under-17 age groups, with advancement to state, regional and national events. The US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup events gives players an opportunity to compete against teams from across the country and provides them a chance to experience a unique US Youth Soccer event with camaraderie, community and high-level competition.
  • The Directors Cup is a 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. There is no advancement to Regional or National competitions.
  • South Texas Cup is played similar to Fall Championships, where play begins within the local Association and then advances to District level play in May based on an allocation process and concludes with a State Tournament.
  • Kohl’s Cup events will be held on various dates around the state during the spring. Additional information on each of these competitions can be found by clicking on the links in the left margin.


  1. All participants must be properly registered with STYSA.
  2. All participants must be properly rostered to the team with which they participate.
  3. A player may participate in only one Cup competition during the year.
  4. A player may play for only one team in Cup competition.
  5. STYSA’s Progressive Disciplinary System applies to all Cup competitions at the state level and below. Penalty points do not accrue in advancement play beyond state competition. However, if an ejection is received in the last game of State play, then the individual must sit out the first game of Regional play.
  6. In each Cup, each level of play will have its own disciplinary system (D&P). Decisions from the individual disciplinary systems may be appealed to the STYSA Appeals Committee and/or Executive Committee as designated by the STYSA D&P Procedures. If D&P Procedures are not published for a level of play, the STYSA D&P Procedures shall be used.
  7. For the Cups with restricted entry, the level of play in which the team participated in the immediately preceding fall shall determine the team’s eligibility.
  8. All teams that wish to participate in Cup play must comply with the registration procedures appropriate for their competition as posted on the STYSA website:

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