The Elite One Cup is an open tournament where teams compete for youth soccer's one true national championship. All rising U13-19 teams are welcome and encouraged to apply. Applications are given equal consideration regardless of the team's registration provider, membership status, or carding entity. Applications are reviewed by the Elite One Cup Selection Committee, and the top teams are selected and seeded. 
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      City Qualifiers:
      Selected teams participate in one of the city qualifiers, held over three days at premier facilities across the United States in the fall and spring. Up to eight city qualifiers will be held, with dates and locations listed below. Each city qualifier is designed to feature four teams in each age, gender, and division. Winning teams advance to the National Championship.
      Spring city qualifier dates:
      May 14-16, 2021 (DICK'S Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO)
      May 21-23, 2021 (Olympic Fields - Batavia, OH)
      June 4-6, 2021 (Scheels USA Youth Sports Complex - Appleton, WI)
      June 4-6, 2021 (Regional Athletic Complex - Salt Lake City, UT)
    • National Championship:
      A six-day event in July where the top eight teams in each age, gender, and division are split into two groups. In each group, every team during the three-day group stage plays each other once (one game per day). The top two teams from each group, after a day of rest, advance to the semi-finals, followed by the championship and the crowning of youth soccer's one true national champion!
      National Championship dates:
      July 13-18, 2021 (Division I) (Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex - Overland Park, KS)
      Example National Championship schedule:
      Day 1 (Tuesday): Preliminary Games – 1 game each team
      Day 2 (Wednesday): Preliminary Games – 1 game each team
      Day 3 (Thursday): Preliminary Games – 1 game each team
      Day 4 (Friday): Rest Day
      Day 5 (Saturday): Semi-Finals
      Day 6 (Sunday): Finals and Award Ceremony
      All accepted teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games. Teams that advance to the National Championship are guaranteed an additional three games, plus the potenial opportunity to play two more games (semi-finals and finals), for no additional fees. All accepted teams are provided with an Elite One Cup roster, patches to be placed on each player's uniform, and insurance coverage. Benefits of participation include:
      • Highly competitive games.
      • Reduced travel, plus fewer nights away from home.
      • No additional fees. No roster, carding, or membership fees.
      • Insurance coverage provided at no cost.
      • College coaches and professional and national team scouts invited to attend.
      • Team awards for top finishing teams.
      The 2020-21 Elite One Cup team participation fees are as follows:
      Age Group Fee Game Length
      U13 (2008) $1,350 70 minutes
      U14 (2007) $1,450 70 minutes
      U15 (2006) $1,600 80 minutes
      U16 (2005) $1,700 80 minutes
      U17-19 (2004-2002) $1,700 90 minutes
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