The US Youth Soccer State Championships is where more than 10,000 teams and 185,000 players from US Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations begin their journey in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The State Cup is where local powerhouses initiate rivalries that will be resolved on the regional and national stage, and where Cinderella stories originate when a team from maybe a lesser known state or club can take down the juggernauts on the way to the national title.
Every State Cup tournament is a spring season open tournament featuring teams from a variety of clubs across each state. Teams must play in a qualifying league to be eligible for this competition. Winning teams advance to compete in the Eastern Regional championships. Hundreds of college coaches flock to the National Championship Series matches to see meaningful games where the nation’s top players are seeking to showcase their skills and advance. Champions (U-13 through U-19) from each regional event earn their place at the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The national championships are the oldest and most storied youth soccer championships in the United States and were first played in 1934. Of the 14 US Youth Soccer national champions in 2017, 12 were State Cup champions and two were state finalists.
This tournament is designed for teams with a high level of play to compete against one another for the opportunity to represent Maine at the Eastern Region Tournament as part of the National Championship Series.
Teams will play other teams in their age group. Games dates will potentially begin the second weekend of May. Winners will go on to the Region 1 Tournament in Fredericksburg, VA, June 28-July 3, 2018.
The 2018 State Cup Policy will be posted soon.
Deering High School Memorial Turf: 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland. Located behind the high school on Ludlow Street. Map it.
Hunter Road Fields: 96 Hunter Road, Freeport. Map it.