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Pine State Players Cup

Pine State Players Cup

September 2021

The National Sports Center is traveling East! Join the NSC tournament staff as they host their first ever tournament outside of Minnesota. The Pine State Players Cup will take place in North Carolina serving 9U-15U age divisions for boys and girls. Champions of each division will receive free team entry fee into Target USA CUP 2022!


Pine State Players Cup is open to all teams (club, intraclub, interclub and tournament teams) that participate in the 9U-15U age divisions and are registered and in good standing with US Club Soccer or has the necessary paperwork from their state to play in a US Club Soccer sanctioned event. Teams are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis or as divisions fill, whichever comes first. 

Click the following sections to learn more. 

Application available March 1

Tournament Details


Timeline of important dates will be available March 1. Check back soon!

Team Eligibility

 Please see the age categories for the tournament.  

  • Tournament ranking committee will place teams into a flight that best fits the team's competitive ability
  • Tournament reserves the right to combine age groups, depending on the total number of teams in identified age divisions. 
  • Teams will be notified prior to the tournament if groups are to be combined
  • Age groups may be flighted to help parity of competition if a group exceeds eight teams
  • All divisions will have three game guarantee, World Cup groups with top teams advancing to the playoffs
    • ​​​​​​​9U/10U: 50-minute games, 7v7 format
    • 11U/12U: 50-minute games, 60-minute finals, 9v9 format
    • 13U-15U: 60-minute games, 11v11 format


2021 Pine State Players Cup rules coming soon. They will be presented in PDF format for easy download and printing.

Event Map

 Official event map will be available two weeks prior to event. 


 1st place teams will receive a trophy. 1st and 2nd place teams will receive medals.

Tournament Fees

Due at application: 

  • 9U/10U: $445
  • 11U-12U: $545 
  • 13U-15U: $595 
  • Weather Cancellation Policy. If cancellation of the entire tournament occurs due to weather conditions, each team will receive a voucher in the amount of the tournament fees and may be used for the 2022 Pine State Players Cup. This does not apply to weather delays, shortened, rescheduled games and/or cancellation of tournament games after the event has begun.
  • Refund Policy: Teams dropping from the tournament prior to August 20 will receive a voucher in the amount of the team fee. The voucher may be used by any team in any age group within the club. The voucher is valid within one year of the event and can be used for the Pine State Players Cup 2022 or Target USA CUP 2022 (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Teams dropping from the tournament on or after August 20 will not receive a voucher.

Required Forms

More information on required forms will be available March 1, 2021. 

Kelli Goodrich

Director & Registrar

Phone: 763.717.3242