Regular season play concluded this past weekend in Tennessee State League competition, as teams now set their sights on the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) Fall State Cup. Over the first two weekends in November, TSSA will host 116 teams at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro for the final rounds of a single-elimination tournament.
“We are excited to once again host this yearly event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,” said Hans Hobson, Chief Operating Officer of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. “This is such a thrilling time for all of the players and teams who will be competing, and we look forward to some great action as they battle for the right to be called State Champions.”
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 Division 3).
Fall State Cup includes high school aged boys in the 15U to 19U divisions in addition to the 12U age group for both boys and girls. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of Fall State Cup will be held during the first weekend of November for Division 1 and Division 2 teams. The second weekend will showcase the Division 3 Semifinals and Finals, as well as the Division 1 and Division 2 State Championships. Additionally, all 12U teams will compete during the second weekend of November.
Boys champions at the Division 1 level will advance to the US Youth Soccer (USYS) Regional Tournament 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. Boys champions at the Division 2 level will continue onto regional play in the USYS Southern Presidents Cup in Spartanburg, 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.