CHICAGO – The dates, times and locations have been set for 15 of the 16 games taking place across the United States during the weekend of Nov. 20-21 when action resumes in Division Local Qualifying for the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Of the 32 participating teams, the 12 in the Northeast and Central regions will play their final qualifying match and are one win away from reaching the First Round of next year’s competition.

Eleven slots in the Open Cup, set to open March 22-23, will be available to the local amateur squads left standing after four qualifying rounds. The tournament, holding its 107th edition, is the only high-profile event in American team sports that grants amateur sides the opportunity, should they advance far enough, to face professionals in meaningful competition.

To complete the second qualifying round in the West Region, Contra Costa FC (Calif.) defeated Modesto City Football Club (Calif.) 3-1 on Oct. 31 in a game twice rescheduled. Contra Costa FC will next travel to historic Boxer Stadium in San Francisco to take on El Farolito on Nov. 20.

As teams in the Northeast and Central regions will play no more than three qualifying rounds, the schedule in these areas was shifted earlier so that the fourth qualifying round takes place during the Nov. 20-21 window, avoiding play in mid-December for some of the coldest parts of the country. The fourth qualifying round for the Southeast and West regions is set for Dec. 18-19.

Open Division Local Qualifying is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis. Matchups are determined geographically to minimize travel time and expense, with random selection used when practicable to determine opponent pairings. Home teams are determined via random selection. Pairings for subsequent rounds are determined and announced after each preceding round of games has taken place.

2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

Sept. 12-19: First Qualifying Round (Southeast, West), Second Qualifying Round (Central, Northeast)
Oct. 16-31: Second Qualifying Round (Southeast, West), Third Qualifying Round (Central, Northeast)
Nov. 20-21: Third Qualifying Round (Southeast, West), Fourth Qualifying Round (Central, Northeast)
Dec. 18-19: Fourth Qualifying Round (Southeast, West)