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State Cup FAQ's

What forms are required for State Cup games and where do we send the scores/forms after the game is complete?

Please visit this page to view the roster and game card process.

How do we schedule referees for the Self Schedule and Prelim State Cup games?

State Cup assignors must be used. You cannot use club or league assignors for State Cup games. You will submit a ref request form for any new requests or for updates to an existing request.  Please use the forms below.

Cincinnati Area Ref Request Form

Dayton Area Ref Request Form

Columbus Area Ref Request Form

Where are the State Cup Locations for Spring 2021?

Round Robin Weekend 
1. Warren County Sports Park
      1408 North State Route 741
       Lebanon, OH  45036
2. Warrior Soccer Complex 
    4110 Fishburg Rd
    Dayton, 45424
Semis and Finals Weekend
Voice of America 
7850 VOA park Dr
West Chester Township, 45069

What is the hotline number during the Round Robin and Semis/Finals weekends to call for field cancellations/updates due to weather?

We will be using the field hotline at 513-333-5730. Please check for changes.  There will also be a text alert system you can sign up for.

What is the deadline to have the Preliminary and Round Robin Self Schedule game scheduled by?

We plan to have the Play in and Self Schedule games posted by December 4th.  Teams will have until January 23rd to submit their ref request forms with finalized date/location/time info.  Teams who have not submitted their referee request form by January 23rd will have to attend a mandatory scheduling meeting on February 2nd.  

What is the deadline to have the single elimination preliminary game played by?

All preliminary games must be played by April 14th. Do not wait until the last day to play because if you get canceled, there will be no time for reschedules. We cannot grant extensions.

What is the deadline to have the Self Schedule Round Robin game played by?

Your first Round Robin game must be played by Tuesday, May 11. Do not wait until the last day to play because if you get canceled, there will be no time for reschedules. We cannot grant extensions.

What is the distance requirement for playing at a neutral site?

A neutral site must be found if a team would have to travel 60 miles on a school day and are not given at least two weekend date options to play. 

If we are playing the game in a different district than where we are from, what do we put on the referee request form?

Please use the district based on where the game will be played, so that referees may be assigned from the district where the game will take place.

How do we know that referees are scheduled for our game?

Once you submit the referee request form, you should receive a copy of the form you submitted. You will also get an auto-email from Ohio South that your referee request form has been received. 48 hours after submission, you should check the referee scheduler below to double check that your State Cup self schedule game is on the ref schedule.  Three days prior to your game, you should check it again to make sure refs have been assigned.

What happens if we need to change our game date or location and we have already submitted a referee request form?

Once the referee request form has been submitted, there will be no reschedules allowed outside of weather cancellations and/or field closures.
If it is a minor change, like a field number or 15 minute time change, there is an option to update a previously submitted game on the ref request form. Please do everything in your power not to change this game. Make sure you have all current field and location information prior to submitting the request.   If you need to cancel/postpone within 24 hours, please see below.

How do we let the referees know if our self scheduled game gets cancelled/postponed at the last minute?

If you are rescheduling/cancelling within 24 hours you must reach your district assignor by PHONE AND EMAIL .  Please also copy on all emails sent to assignors regarding cancellations.
Cincinnati: Bob Holwadel | 513-305-0407 and
Dayton: Robert Hope | 937-423-4673 and
Columbus: Keith Emerson | 614-353-3404 and

Who pays the referee fees for State Cup?

Teams will each pay half of the referee fees for any preliminary games needed to get down to the round of 16 (or down to brackets of 4 if less than 16 teams enter in an age group) as well as the self schedule round robin game.
Ohio South will pay the referee fees for the Round Robin weekend as well as the Semis and Finals.

How much do teams need to bring in order to pay the referees?

U11-12 9v9 Total referee fee is $118.00 so each team will pay $59.00 ($23/$18/$18)
U13/14-Total referee fee is $140.00 so each team will pay $70.00 ($30/$20/$20)
U15/16 Total referee fee is $160.00 so each team will pay $80.00 ($35/$22.50/$22.50)
U17/18/19 Total referee fee is $180.00 so each team will pay $90.00 ($40/$25/$25)

What other costs may be incurred during State Cup?

The home team is responsible for obtaining and paying for the field rental for both the self schedule preliminary game and the self schedule round robin game. Both teams must agree on the date and time of the self schedule game. If two teams meet at a neutral location, the home team has given up home field advantage and any rental fees will need to be split between both teams.

What is the Club Pass Policy?

Club pass players may be used for State Cup.  Players must be rostered to a team within your club that is an Ohio South/USYS carded team. Players may only be on one event roster for State Cup and/or Presidents Cup.   They may not play for any other team in either event.  If you wish to use a Club pass player, they must be included on your event roster that is turned in to the State office before the kickoff of the first State Cup game.  

Please also see the National Championship Series Playing Rules Rule 221 Section 2 here

Can we request our State Cup Round Robin Weekend games or Semis and Finals games to be moved to a different time and/or location?

We do not honor requests to change times and/or locations for the State Cup Ohio South Scheduled events.
The only time we will make a change is due to field or location issues.

What if we have a league game, tournament, or our players have Prom or SATs?

State Cup games take precedence over all other soccer events. We do the best we can for scheduling, but we cannot make everyone happy. Make sure you communicate early with your parents so they avoid scheduling SATs on the day of State Cup. There are 7 testing dates.  Make sure they register for one of the other 5 test dates instead of in May.

I am a coach of multiple teams. Can you schedule my games so they do not conflict with each other?

Unfortunately, due to issues with field/time slot scheduling, referee availability, and having age groups play at the same time, we cannot schedule around coaches with multiple teams at the Round Robin level.  If the teams advance to the Semis/Finals and play at the same time, we do try to move fields so they are next to each other.

Can my team play in both the State Cup and Presidents Cup?

No, teams and players may only play in one event as they run simultaneously.

What age groups will be competing in State Cup?

U11-U19/20 boys and girls are the eligible age groups for State Cup 2021.

Can my team play up in State Cup?

We do not allow teams to play up in State Cup.

What are the scheduled event dates for State Cup?

Spring 2021:
Play in and Self Schedule RR games: March 1-May 11, 2021
Boys and Girls U11-19/20 Round Robin Weekend May 14-16, 2021
Semis and Finals May 21-23 2021
Rain Date June 5-6, 2021

What are the entry fees for State Cup 2021?

The cost for U11 and U12 9v9 is $700.
The cost for U13-U19 11v11 is $750.
(If your team has to play a single elimination preliminary game, but does not advance, we will keep $200.00 of the entry fee and refund the difference).

What is the playing format?

  1. Preliminary games will be played in single elimination format in order to get down to 16 teams or into brackets of 4 if less than 16 teams enter in an age group. These preliminary games are self scheduled between the home and visiting team.
  2. Once Preliminary games are completed, teams will be seeded into brackets of 4 and will play a Round Robin against the other three teams in their bracket. One of these round robin games will be self scheduled, and the other two will be scheduled by Ohio South during the Round Robin weekends. (All three of these games must be played regardless of whether they will affect the outcome for advancement.)
  3. The Semis and Finals games will be in single elimination format.

Are there refunds if my team decides to withdraw from the tournament?

There are no refunds if your team withdraws.

What is the maximum number of players that can be on the event roster?

The maximum number of players on the event roster for 9v9 is 18, but only 16 players may be game active.  The maximum number of players on the event roster for 11v11 is 22.  For 11v11, a maximum of 18 players may be listed as game active.