State Cup Group Play
The first 32 team’s registered are guaranteed acceptance into the Eastern New York State Cup, for "Group Play". However, additional teams registered, after 32 teams per age division, will automatically be placed on a wait list. The Eastern New York Cup Committee (ENY Cup Committee) has the discretion to add additional "Groups" based on the number of teams on the wait list. If "Groups" are not feasible for wait list teams, your registration fee is fully refunded. The U19 age group is a single elimination tournament.
Each "Team" plays 3 games minimum. In the event that there are an odd number of teams, Eastern New York Cup Committee (ENY Cup Committee) will determine "Group" play utilizing crossover games or may increase / decrease the number of teams allowed in select groups. ENY Cup Committee reserves the right to adjust the schedules based on registrations per age divisions. For example, the small sided U12 play in the US Youth Soccer / ENY Championship Cup is usually, not well registered. If 7 teams register, ENY Cup Committee will advance the teams to the quarter finals, which is single elimination.
All games are assigned points based on game outcome:
- Win = 3 Points
- Loss = O Points
A forfeit is 3 points for the winner and any team that forfeits may not move onto the quarter finals.
The "Group Standings" will reflect the points achieved for each team.
The "Cup Draw" for "Group Play" is public, via a webinar. The quarter finalists from the prior year are seeded, when possible.
All games are played to a decision. At the conclusion of ‘Group Play", the 8 "Group Play" winners, per age group, advance to the single elimination play in the quarter finals. If the number of "Groups" exceed 8, the Group winners with the lowest point value will play an additionally round. If the divisions have less than 8 "Groups", the Group winners will advance and additional teams are selected based on highest total points accumulated. In the event that there is a tie between teams, the winner is determined in order, as follows:
- Winner based on head to head competition
- Goal differential - (Maximum 4 goals/game)
Examples: 15-0 = 4-0 (+4)
8-1 = 5-1 (+4)
2-4 = 2-4 (-2)
3. Least goals allowed
4. Shut Out = 1 Point
5. If the teams are still tied, then a single match elimination game will be played. The home team will be decided on a coin flip.
Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals are a single elimination tournament.