District 8 Info Founder’s Cup
1. Must notify your league that you are interested in participation for Founder’s Cup.
2. Registration requirements; all teams will need to submit proper credentials for your team to participate.
A. Players will need to provide a birth certificate (validate D.O.B.) along with picture (scanned) to their league registrar.
B. All Coaching Staff must have completed 1650 along with Live Scan requirements and submit a picture.
3. Individual leagues will have their own deadlines which will be prior to October 15th. Your League Registrar will have her/or his own deadline that they will need comply with District 8.
4. Guidelines set if not followed will affect your teams’ eligibility to participate in Founder’s Cup
What is the Founders' Cup?
Cal North Founders’ Cup is a cup competition created specifically for Cal North Recreational-level teams. The Founders’ Cup tournament operates in a format similar to the Cal North Cups that are established for the Competitive-level teams (State Cup, Presidents Cup and Association Cup). All eligible Cal North Recreational teams may apply to and participate in this tournament. The Cal North Founders’ Cup hosts brackets in the U12, U14, U16 and U19 age groups.
Who is eligible to attend the Cal North Founders’ Cup?
Any Cal North registered Recreational U12 through U19 team that competes in a recreational playing league hosted by a Cal North member league or a Cal North District is eligible to apply Founders’ Cup is for Recreational teams and players ONLY. Teams and/or players that participated in Competitive playing leagues and/or tournaments are not eligible for Founders’ Cup. Players who were rostered on a Competitive-level team during the season are NOT eligible to participate on a Founder’s Cup team unless they have the prior authorization of their District Commissioner. Each team must have its roster approved by its District Registrar in order to complete their application to Founders’ Cup. The team must have an approved official Cal North roster and approved US Youth Soccer member passes with the Medical and Liability release on the reverse side of the member pass completed and signed as required.
When does the Cal North Founders’ Cup take place?
The U12 and 14 Founders’ Cup takes place simultaneously over two weekends in December at a venue separate from the Junior Cup Festival. The U16-19 age groups begin play in March. The dates can be found in the Calendar on the Cal North website.
What is the format of the Cal North Founders’ Cup?
Teams are placed into brackets by modified blind draw. During the preliminary round play on the first weekend of cup, teams will play round-robin against the other teams in the bracket. On the round-robin weekend teams will have one or two games on Saturday and one or two games on Sunday. Teams qualify to advance to the single elimination rounds either as bracket winners or as a second place team from a bracket with a designated "wild card". Teams advancing to the single elimination rounds will play "knock out" games where the winning teams advance to the following round of play and the losing team is eliminated from the competition. The winning team will continue to advance from each single elimination match. Quarter finals, semifinals and championships are scheduled over the course of the subsequent weekend of the competition. The scheduling of the single elimination round games will be based on the number of brackets. The U12 and older age groups play 11 v 11 matches and will play over a two weekend period. In the event of weather-related field cancellations, the games may be postponed to alternate weekends or sometimes relocated to venues where the conditions allow play to continue.
Where are the games held?
The Cal North Founders’ Cup tournament is an Northern California-wide event and therefore games can be scheduled in any of the nine Districts within Cal North’s territorial area (see the map of Cal North territory on the Cal North website) and teams must be prepared to travel anywhere within this area, however in the spirit of promoting recreational soccer, Cal North makes every attempt to schedule the Founders’ Cup events at centrally located venues however weather and other factor can lead to a change in plans.
What cost is associated with the Cal North Founders Cup Tournament?
The Founders’ Cup entry fee is $450. The entry fee covers the costs of facility rental, field preparation, referees, support staff, awards, and other associated costs. Any cup-related costs incurred by the team for transportation, lodging, food, etc. are the responsibility of the team members.
What are the dates/deadlines associated with attending Founders’ Cup?
The Founders’ Cup entry fee is $450 for timely applications received from Cal North member teams. The entry fee covers the costs of facility rental, field preparation, referees, support staff, awards, and other associated costs. Any cup-related costs incurred by the team for transportation, lodging, food, etc. are the responsibility of the team members.
The application deadline for U12-U14 Founders’ Cup is November 1st at 5:00 PM. The application deadline for U16-U19 Founders’ Cup is January 6th at 5 PM. Any applications completed after the deadline will be diverted to the Reserve Pool and will be placed in the Cup on a space available basis. Reserve Pool applicants are not guaranteed a spot in the competition.
What is the roster submittal requirement?
The official team roster must be approved by the team’s District Registrar in the Cal North registration database by 11/1/13 for U12-U14 teams and by 1/6/14 deadline for U16-U19 teams. If the team roster has a message at the bottom indicating the team is not approved for travel or that there is a player whose birth date has not been confirmed or there is a player without an eligibility date, the message must be cleared by the District Registrar in order to validate the roster. Draft rosters are not acceptable. If the team does not already have a roster that has been authorized by the District Registrar they should email their league registrar or District Registrar well in advance for the specific timelines and deadlines that must be met in order to obtain an approved roster by the application deadline. This will give the registrars adequate time to complete the process for approving and issuing team credentials.
Can I make changes to my roster before attending Founders’ Cup?
Teams can continue to make roster changes after they apply to a Cal North Cup. The team roster "freezes" on the Tuesday prior to the cup’s scheduled start date but all changes must be submitted by the league to the District Registrar on the Friday prior to the roster being frozen. During the season Cal North allows up to 5 inter league transfers per team (players moving from one league’s roster to another league’s roster), an unlimited number of intra league transfers (players moving from one roster to another within the same league and considered to be a "club pass") and an unlimited number of added players (players not on a Cal North roster this season. Although there is no freeze date for adding or deleting registered team officials (coaches, assistant coaches, managers, etc.) all player movement on and off the roster will stop on the freeze date. Throughout all roster changes, a team must retain a core of 9 players from their league roster to the Cup roster. U12 teams may have a maximum of 18 rostered players. U14 and older teams may roster no more than 22 players. Teams should contact their league registrars for guidance regarding roster changes and/or the timeline for submitting roster changes to the league and district prior to the roster freeze deadline.
What level of competition can a team expect to experience in Cal North Founders’ Cup?
Because of the definition of how recreational teams are formed, a Recreational team’s chance of being competitive may improve as the season progresses. There are many intangible and variable factors that contribute to the success of each team. Teams in Founders’ Cup will compete against other Recreational teams from throughout Northern California. The random draw for placing teams in brackets is modified so that teams play against teams from districts other than their own (except in the case where there are more teams from one district than there are brackets, in which case two teams from that district may be in a bracket). Players and coaches will have the opportunity to experience competition against many recreational teams, with many different styles of play. This is an opportunity to test the players’ skills against opposing teams that they are playing, very often for the first time ever. It is an opportunity for teams to observe and learn from other players/teams, to enhance their development, and to measure their own skills against other recreational teams from across the state. As teams seek to be the one team to win the championship in their age group in this challenging and fun-filled format, players and families can see first-hand their progress. For many teams the Founders’ Cup is the culmination of their season. All teams have a shot at winning this title. Recreational teams often discover that their play will intensify in the tournament format and the cup atmosphere.
Interested in Participating?
If your team is interested in applying to Cal North Founders’ Cup first confirm that you have enough players who are committed to participate on all of the dates that are noted on the Founders’ Cup calendar. If not, you may want to consider transferring or adding players to supplement the roster. Keep in mind you will not be able to make roster changes after the freeze date and that Founders’ Cup rules dictate that a minimum of nine (9) players from the team’s roster from league play must carry over to the Founders’ Cup roster. U14 and older teams are allowed to roster up to 22 players however prior to each game the team will be required to designate no more than 18 players for the game roster. Also make sure to discuss with the team how they will obtain funding for the entry fee (sponsorship? team members’ contributions? club or league assistance? fund raiser? etc.)
Use your District Founders’ Cup Representative and your League and District Registrars as a source of information to ensure your questions are answered and the Founders’ Cup deadlines are met.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR TEAM’S PARTICIPATION IN CAL NORTH FOUNDERS’ CUP!!!!