The stage is now set for the opening rounds of the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) Spring State Cup this weekend at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro. Division 1 and Division 2 girls teams in the 13U-19U age groups, along with Division 1 and Division 2 boys teams in the 13U-14U bracket, will compete in quarterfinal play on Saturday to earn their place in the semifinals on Sunday. Additionally, the semifinal and final rounds will take place this weekend for Division 3 girls and boys teams in the 13U-17U groups.
“We are excited to welcome the top eight teams at the Division 1 and Division 2 levels, along with the top four Division 3 teams, to State Cup this weekend,” said Hans Hobson, Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. “We know there will be some incredible action on the field as these teams look to advance to the next round of competition.”
The TSSA State Cup commences following the spring season of Tennessee State League, where 350 registered teams competed over a course of more than 1,100 total games. After this run of matches in the state quarterfinals and semifinals, next weekend will showcase the Division 1 and Division 2 State Championships. In addition to those Division 1 and Division 2 Finals, the semifinal and final rounds will be held next weekend for the 12U boys and girls teams as well.
Following the conclusion of the TSSA Spring State Cup Finals, champions at the Division 1 level will advance to the US Youth Soccer (USYS) Regional Tournament this June in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The competition is part of the USYS National Championship Series, which is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. Champions at the Division 2 level will continue onto regional play in the USYS Southern Presidents Cup this June in Greenville, South Carolina. The USYS Presidents Cup provides a progressive and competitive environment to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community.
Open to all member clubs and their teams, TSSA has hosted the Tennessee State Cup since 1976. Games are played at competitive levels within three divisions (Division 1, Division 2 and Divisions 3).