Spring 2023 Illinois Cup Details


May 20-21 Tentative Game Times.  
Final game times for Illinois Cup group play games will be announced  April 28 but teams can expect to play in these time frames:

  • 13U Girls: 12pm or Later
  • 13U Boys: 12pm or Later
  • 14U Girls: 12pm or Earlier
  • 14U Boys: 12pm or Later
  • 15U Boys:  12pm or Earlier
  • 16U Boys: 12pm or Later
  • 17U Boys: 12pm or Earlier

Important Dates

  • February 3: Registration closes
  • February 24: Check payments due / credit card payments processed
  • March 5 : Schedules Announced
  • March 20: Coaching Conflicts Due
  • March 20: Graduation Conflicts Due
  • April 26:  Home Team Host Schedule Deadline & Group Play Game Change Submissions Due
  • April 28: May 19-21 Game Times Announced
  • May 19-21: Illinois Cup Group Play Weekend: Rockford
  • May 28: Home Team Host Games Must Be Played By
  • June 2-4: Illinois Cup Semis & Finals: Rockford

Event Resources

Marketing Materials

  • Event Logo and Club Graphics

The Illinois Cup is a state championship tournament open to Illinois Youth Soccer member travel and high-level rec teams.

The Illinois Cup offers two levels of play:

  • Illinois Cup Gold: Open to any Illinois Youth Soccer member team
  • Illinois Cup Silver: Only open to teams that compete in the 3rd division or lower of their league play

This in-state only tournament follows a similar format as the other Cup competition (State & Presidents) and offer teams that State Cup or Presidents Cup may not be right fit for, the chance to experience a state-wide tournament. 

For the Illinois Cup Silver: Only teams or players that play in the following  are NOT eligible for the Illinois Cup Silver:

  • C Division or lower of the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL). Open Division teams are also inelgible UNLESS they played in C Division the previous year.
  • 3rd Division or lower of the Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL)
  • Gold Division or lower of Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL)
  • Gold Division or lower of St Louis Youth Soccer Association Illinois (SLYSA)            
  • Team that finished in 3rd or lower of their Illowa Division the preceding season            

ANY Illinois Youth Soccer member team (including tournament only teams) are eligible for the Illinois Cup GOLD Division

Roster FREEZE once a team plays their first group play match.

48-hrs prior to a team's first match they must enter players into their GotSport roster (instuction here: How To Enter Your Roster Into GotSport)

Teams must also email a copy of their league roster showing all players in GotSport to katie@illinoisyouthsoccer.org no later than 48-hrs prior to their 1st match




Team can mutually agree to move games scheduled for May 19-21 to a location other than Rockford at an EARLIER date.  To submit a mutually agreed upon game change send the following to iysascheduling@gmail.com

  • Include in the email header Illinois Cup Game Change
  • In the body of the email include ALL of the following
    • Age Group 
    • Teams Playing or Game Number
    • New Date
    • New Time
    • New Location - be specific. 
  • Game changes must be submitted by April 26