The State Open Cup, part of the National Championship Series, is open to any registered team in the state as the name implies but is primarily for top-tier teams in Eastern New York. The age groups are Under-12 to Under-19, both boys and girls. It’s a single-elimination tournament that starts and concludes in the spring.

The Challenge Cup is also a single-elimination tournament. For Under-10 and Under-11, both boys and girls, it’s open to any team as there is not a State Open Cup in these age groups and there are two flights of competition promoting a fair game environment. The Challenge Cup Platinum in these younger age groups is for Premier Division and Division 1 teams while Challenge Cup Gold is for Division 2 and below.

The registration deadline is September 8 with the first round to be played on the weekend of September 21 and 22, the second round on October 5 and 6 and the third round on October 26 and 27. The quarterfinals, semis and finals are scheduled for the spring.

The Challenge Cup for Under-12 to Under-16 teams, both boys and girls, is specifically designed for mid- to lower-tiered teams seeking the State Cup experience. The opening rounds, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will all be played in the spring.

Championship Weekend for both the State Open Cup and Challenge Cup is on May 30 and 31, 2020 at a neutral venue to be selected. This year was the first time that all the championship games were played on one weekend and that will continue since it worked out so well.

The Challenge Cup was known as the Arch Cup for the past decade and we would like to thank our friends at Arch Capital Group for their financial support during this time.

To register for the State Open Cup, click

To register for the Under-10 and Under-11 age groups in the Challenge Cup, log on to

For more information, please contact the Eastern New York office at 516-766-0849.