Registration is now open for New Jersey Youth Soccer’s spring 2022 State Cups competitions.

Those tournaments include the National Championship Series, Presidents Cup and Challenge Cup. The NJYS State Cups will be played in their traditional format this spring, with Under-15 to U-19 teams participating in a single-elimination tournament.

To standardize experiences across all competitions, NJ Youth Soccer has combined the policies and rules for all three competitions into a single document and has updated the roster freeze policy to be more accommodating for play-in games. Additionally, NJ Youth Soccer will schedule the semifinals for 15U to 17U age groups, as well as the finals for all age groups, at a neutral site.

To register, teams will need to apply to the NJYS State Cups tournament on Sports Connect, where they will indicate a preferred flight based on their league flighting. To ease the administrative burden for club administrators and coaches, NJ Youth Soccer will use a single registration to manage all three tournaments.

Early registration is available until February 21 for reduced pricing. Registration officially close on March 7. For assistance in the registration process, contact [email protected].

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