Cup Rules, Forms, FAQ's, and Downloads


  • Format has been changed to Group Play for the playdowns and Semi-Finals/ Final during Final Four weekend. 
  • Team registration and all event scheduling is being completed in GotSport.
  • Teams may be accepted after the registration deadline under certain circumstances and with fees noted in the Rules document. 
  • Playdown Matches will be a self-schedule format following a specified process and timeline.
  • Teams are NOT permitted to exceed Cup roster sizes. (see Rule 7203)
  • Roster Continuity: All Cup rosters must maintain 8 players (12U) or majority of players (13U-19U) common to the qualifying League roster.  League and Cup rosters are compared for continuity.
  • See the US Youth Soccer NYSW Championships Policy for specific rostering rules and requirements.
  • Cup rosters must be composed of majority of players residing in the geographic boundaries of New York State West. (see table in Rule 7203)
  • For teams in the 12U - 16U age groups, Cup rosters must be composed of majority of players born in the age group in which the team is competing. There is not a majority age requirement for teams participating in the 17U - 19U age groups. 
  • Red carded players permitted to remain on bench with provisions (See Rule 7209 Section 3)

2024 RULES

2024 FORMS
  • Medical Form - required to be shown for each player at Final Four weekend
  • Code of Conduct Form - only required for teams that advance to the Final Four weekend. Please provide at check-in.


  • State Cup Chair - Peter Lautensack
  • Executive Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Technical Director
  • All District Commissioners

2024 FAQ’s


Before the start of the match, each team shall make payment to the referee crew in the amount stated below. It is up to the referees to split the fees amongst themselves according to the table below.

Age Ref AR (2)
 U12 - Both teams pay $60.00 $60.00 $30.00
 U13 - Both teams pay $68.00 $68.00 $34.00
 U14 - Both teams pay $68.00 $68.00 $34.00
 U15 - Both teams pay $90.00 $90.00 $45.00
 U16 - Both teams pay $90.00 $90.00 $45.00
 U17 - Both teams pay $105.00 $105.00 $52.50
 U18 - Both teams pay $105.00 $105.00 $52.50
 U19 - Both teams pay $105.00 $105.00 $52.50



Housing for the Final Four in Cortland is being administered by NYSWYSA & Travel Desk. We have worked to provide a streamlined hotel booking experience for all teams attending the Final Four.  In doing so, part of this effort requires that teams book their hotels through Travel Desk. Hotel reservations are not required and are at the teams discretion, however any teams/ families who are interested in reserving a room must do so through the NYSW approved agency. It is the team responsibility to communicate this requirement to their families. Please do not call the hotels directly to reserve your block.

Rooms are not to be reserved until after you have qualified for the Final Four tournament.  The hotel booking link will be sent to the team contact once qualified.

Teams who commit to using housing provided by NYSW and then do not use at least 50% of rooms reserved, or go outside our Cup housing system will be subject to a $750.00 penalty.