CHICAGO (June 28, 2018) – U.S. Soccer is now accepting applications from local amateur teams to enter the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship. The entry deadline is Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at 2 p.m. CT.
The history-filled annual tournament, currently at the Quarterfinal stage in its 105th year, is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition.
Any team outside of the professional leagues (Division I Major League Soccer, Division II United Soccer League and Division III [no leagues currently operating]) and outside of any amateur league that chooses the Open Division National Leagues track to enter the Open Cup (which the National Premier Soccer League and Premier Development League have done in recent years, using league results from the previous year to determine its qualifiers) may enter the Open Division Local Qualifying track. To be eligible, a team must meet basic criteria spelled out in U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Policy, including belonging to a club or league of any Organization Member of U.S. Soccer and competing in a league with at least four teams where each plays at least ten league games during the year. Teams may enter by submitting an official application and entry fee via an online portal at ussoccer.com.