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 other Cal North Cups that were established for the Competitive-level teams (State Cup, Presidents Cup and Association Cup). All eligible Cal North Recreational teams may apply to participate in this tournament. The Cal North Founders’ Cup hosts brackets in the U14, U16 and U19 age groups.


Who is eligible to attend the Cal North Founders’ Cup?

In order to participate in Founders’ Cup the team must be a Cal North registered Recreational team that competes in a recreational playing league.  It is for Recreational teams and players ONLY. Recreational teams and/or players that participated in Competitive playing leagues and/or tournaments are not eligible for Founders’ Cup.  Each team must have an approved Cal North roster in order to complete their application for Founders’ Cup. The team must have an approved official Cal North roster and Cal North member passes for participation in Founders’ Cup. Only Cal North rosters and passes issued through Cal North’s Stack Sports software will be accepted. GOTSOCCER ROSTERS ARE NOT USED FOR THE CUP APPLICATION PROCESS OR AT ANY TIME THROUGHOUT CAL NORTH CUP. ONLY THE OFFICIAL CYSA CAL NORTH ROSTER IS ACCEPTED.


New for 2018

With the goal of creating as much parity as we can in the Cal North cups, a placement committee will review all Cal North Cup applications to help ensure placement in the appropriate level of play for each applicant team.  Teams defined as Recreational may be moved to a higher level cup if the committee determines that Founders’ Cup is not the level of play best suited for a team.  Teams being placed in a higher level cup than the cup to which they applied will have the opportunity to opt out without financial penalty within 48 hours of acceptance to a Cal North Cup.


Are Guest Players permitted?

A team may have up to five guest players for Founders’ Cup.  A guest player must be a member of an approved Cal North team, be on an approved roster and have a Cal North member pass before participation in Founders’ Cup. Teams using guest players will submit a Founders’ Cup Guest Player Form at the time of team check in on the first day of competition.


What is the roster submittal requirement?

In order to apply and participate, the official team roster must be approved by the team’s registrar in the Cal North software system. Draft rosters are not acceptable. If the team does not already have a roster that has been approved by the registrar they should communicate with their League registrar in order to obtain an approved roster. Each team may have only 22 active players participate in Founders’ Cup (including up to five guest players).  Teams with rosters and guest players that exceed 22 players will designate players to be crossed off on the roster in order to bring the total of rostered player and guest players to a combined total of no more than 22. A team utilizing guest players must bring a Cal North Founders’ Cup Guest Player Form to check in to designate guest players.


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 should be submitted to the Registrar on the Friday prior to the roster being frozen. Cal North allows an unlimited number of transfers (players moving from one roster to another) and an unlimited number of added players (players not on a Cal North roster this season). All player movement on and off the roster will stop on the freeze date. There is no freeze date for adding or deleting registered team officials (coaches, assistant coaches, managers, etc.). Throughout all roster changes, a team must retain a core of 9 players from their league roster to the Cup roster. Including guest players, teams may roster no more than 22 players with no more than 18 players being eligible to participate in each game. Teams should contact their league registrars for guidance regarding roster changes and/or the timeline for submitting roster changes to the League and/or District prior to the roster freeze deadline.


When does the Cal North Founders’ Cup take place?

The Founders’ Cup calendar can be located on the Cal North website.  2018 Founders’ Cup will take place on October 27-28.


What is the format of the Cal North Founders’ Cup?

Applications will be accepted until brackets are filled or until the application deadline, whichever comes first.  Brackets will be filled on a first-applied, first-accepted basis once the online registration and payment in full has been received at the Cal North office. Teams are placed into brackets by modified blind draw. During the preliminary round play, teams will play round-robin against the other teams in their bracket. Bracket winners will advance to the championship round.  Founders’ Cup competition will be completed in one weekend. In the event of weather-related field cancellations, the games may be postponed to alternate weekends and/or relocated to venues where the conditions allow play to continue.


Where are the games held?

We attempt to schedule games at centrally located venues, however Cal North Founders’ Cup tournament is a Northern California-wide event and therefore games could be hosted by 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 should be prepared to travel anywhere within this area. In the spirit of promoting more events for recreational soccer, Cal North makes every attempt to schedule the Founders’ Cup events at centralized venues such as the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, Cherry Island Soccer Complex near Sacramento, and Mistlin Soccer Park in Ripon. Keep in mind that weather and other unforeseen factors can affect scheduling. We plan to play games at Mistlin Sports Park in 2018.


What cost is associated with the Cal North Founders Cup Tournament?

The Founders’ Cup entry fee is $525. 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 application deadline is October 1st.  In order to be considered for Founders’ Cup teams must complete an application which includes three components: (1) event registration (online entry which can be accessed on the Cal North website’s Founders’ Cup page); (2) entry fees (can be paid online with a credit card or e-check during the application process or sent via check/money order and (3) Cal North staff is able to verify that an official team roster has been approved by the team’s Registrar in the Cal North registration database.  Applications will be accepted until brackets are filled or until the published application deadline, whichever comes first.  Brackets will be filled on a first-applied, first-accepted basis once the online registration and payment in full has been received at the Cal North office


What level of competition should a team expect to experience in Cal North Founders’ Cup?

The Founders’ Cup competition is offered strictly for Recreational level teams and our goal is to ensure only recreational level teams participate regardless of how they have been defined by their league or district.  However, because of the differences in how teams are formed from league to league, there are certainly different skill levels of teams that are truly recreational. 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 recreational teams from other areas in Cal North. This is an opportunity to test the players’ skills against opposing teams that they are playing, very often for the first time ever as well as 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.