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Eligibility/Format

Find out the eligibility requirements, game format and other details for each age group of both Schwan's USA CUP and Weekend. Both tournaments are sanctioned by USSF, USYS and US Club Soccer.

Flight Descriptions

  • Read details of the various levels of play in our flight descriptions.
  • Verify player's age using the 2017 age grid. Remember, the oldest player on your team determines the age group.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP WEEKEND 11U & 12U

  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition:
  • 11U-12U Flights: Teams will be placed into flights levels based on their history
  • For more information see our Flight Descriptions page.
  • Format: 9 vs 9
  • Roster size: 18
  • Number of players that may dress for any game: 18
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games non-finals/finals: 50 minutes/60 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Awards: 1st and 2nd place teams in each flight will receive a team trophy and individual medals
  • Minimum number of games: 3
  • Playoff procedures: In USA CUP Weekend all teams play in a preliminary world cup group; the top two teams from each group advance to the playoffs. The remaining teams are eliminated.
  • Notes: Tournament schedulers will make every effort to schedule teams of similar quality in the same flight.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP 11U - 12U

  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Boys and Girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition: Teams apply for 9v9 open
  • For more information see our Flight Descriptions page
  • Format: 9v9
  • Roster size: 18
  • Number of players that may dress for any game: 18
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games non-finals/finals: 60 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Awards: 1st and 2nd place teams in each flight will receive team trophy and individual medals
  • Minimum number of games: four
  • Playoff procedures: All USA CUP 11U-12U teams play in a round robin - world cup group with ALL teams advancing to the playoffs. In age groups/flights with 4-13 teams, all teams will advance to a single A playoff. In age groups/flights with 14+ teams, the 1st and second place team from each group will advance to an A playoff and the remaining teams in the group will advance to a B playoff.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP WEEKEND 9U & 10U Jamboree

  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Gender: Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition: Open - Jamboree Style Event (Minnesota Maroon and Gold)
  • Format: 7 vs 7
  • Roster size: 14
  • Number of players that may dress for any game: 14
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games jamboree format: 50 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Awards: All individuals will receive participation awards
  • Number of games: four
  • Playoff procedures: No playoff - jamboree only
  • Notes: Tournament schedulers will make every effort to schedule teams of similar quality in the same round robin group.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP U9 & U10 Competitive

  • Games for 9U/10U Competitive begin on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 a.m.
  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US Club Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition: Open Flight Only - only for competitive 9U and 10U teams
  • Format: 7 vs 7
  • Roster size: 18
  • Number of players that may dress for any game: 18
  • Length of games non-finals/finals:
    • U9: 50 minutes
    • U10: 50 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Awards: 1st and 2nd place teams will receive team trophy and individual medals
  • Minimum number of games: four
  • Playoff procedures: All USA CUP 9U-10U teams play in a round robin - world cup group with ALL teams advancing to the playoffs. In age groups/flights with 4-13 teams, all teams will advance to a single A playoff. In age groups/flights with 14+ teams, the 1st and second place team from each group will advance to an A playoff and the remaining teams in the group will advance to a B playoff.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP 12U 11V11

  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition: Open Flight Only - only for competitive 11v11 12U teams
  • For more information see our Flight Descriptions page.
  • Format: 11 vs 11
  • Roster size: 18
  • Number of players that may dress for any game: 18
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games non-finals/finals: 60 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Awards: 1st and 2nd place teams will receive team trophy and individual medals
  • Minimum number of games: four
  • Notes: All USA CUP 12U teams play in a round robin - world cup group with ALL teams advancing to the playoffs. In age groups/flights with 4-13 teams all teams will advance to a single A playoff. In age groups/flights with 14 + teams the 1st and second place team from each group will advance to an A playoff and the remaining teams in the group will advance to a B playoff.

Notes

Minimum 6 teams required to offer this flight. Teams placed on waiting list until flight reaches 6 teams.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP WEEKEND 13U - 19U

  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition:
    • 13U: first and second tier (multiple flights possible based on competition makeup)
    • 14U - 19/20U: first and second tier combined (one open flight)
    • For more information see our Flight Descriptions page.
  • Format: 11 vs 11
  • Roster size:
    • 13U - 15U: 18
    • 16U - 19U: 22
  • Number of players that may dress for any game:
    • 13U - 15U: 18
    • 16U - 19U: 18
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games non-finals/finals:
    • 13U - 14U: 50 minutes/70 minutes
    • 15U - 16U: 60 minutes/80 minutes
    • 17U - 19U: 60 minutes/90 minutes
  • Ball size: 5
  • Awards: 1st and 2nd place teams will receive team trophy and individual medals
  • Minimum number of games: three
  • Playoff procedures: In USA CUP Weekend all teams play in a preliminary world cup group; the top two teams from each group advance to the playoffs. The remaining teams are eliminated.
  • Notes: Tournament schedulers will make every effort to schedule teams of similar quality in the same flight.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP U9 & U10 Jamboree

  • Games for 9U/10U Jamboree begin on Friday, July 22 at 7 a.m.
  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated associations are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Gender: Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition: Open - Jamboree Style Event (Minnesota Maroon and Gold)
  • Format: 7 vs 7
  • Roster size: 14
  • Number of players that may dress for any game: 14
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games Jamboree format: 50 minutes
  • Ball size: 4
  • Awards: All individuals will receive participation awards
  • Number of games: four
  • Playoff procedures: No playoff - jamboree only
  • Notes: Tournament schedulers will make every effort to schedule teams of similar quality in the same round robin group.

SCHWAN'S USA CUP 13U - 19U

  • Types of teams accepted: This is an international event. All teams registered and in good standing with their FIFA affiliated association are invited to apply. In the United States all USSF affiliates are invited including US CLUB Soccer, USYS, SAY, AYSO.
  • Boys and girls teams accepted
  • Level of Competition: Teams apply at 11v11 Open.
  • For more information see our Flight Descriptions page.
  • Format: 11vs11
  • Roster size:
    • 13U - 18
    • 14U - 15U: 18
    • 16U - 19U: 22
  • Number of players that may dress for any game:
    • 13U - 19U: 18
  • Number of guest players allowed:
    • Teams may roster up to 6 guest players
    • Players may guest play or double roster on only one team in addition to their primary team
    • Double rostered players are limited to two per team
  • Length of games non-finals/finals:
    • 13U - 14U: 70 minutes
    • 15U - 16U: 80 minutes
    • 17U - 19U: 90 minutes
  • Ball size: 5
  • Awards: 1st and 2nd place teams in all Playoff Flights will receive a team trophy and individual medals
  • Minimum number of games: four
  • Playoff procedures: All USA CUP 13U-19U teams play in a round robin - world cup group with ALL teams advancing to the playoffs. In age groups/flights with 4-13 teams all teams will advance to a single A playoff. In age groups/flights with 14 + teams the 1st and second place team from each group will advance to an A playoff and the remaining teams in the group will advance to a B playoff.