The Governors Cup is designed as a third state tournament, coinciding with State Cup and Presidents Cup. The event is designed for those teams that seek the State tournament experience, but does not require the commitment of advancement to a Regional tournament.
Part of the membership feedback we have received was that Presidents Cup was a great experience for our teams when it was added as the sister tournament to State Cup in 2010. Over the years, the Presidents Cup has grown in size, however, and so has the relative ability level of many of the teams that enter the event. Accordingly, our membership has requested a new level of a state tournament to accommodate this growth. This event will give a new tier of teams an opportunity to be successful, while at the same time, providing a more equal level of competition for those teams that participate in Presidents Cup and Governors Cup.
The competition will end at the State level and is targeted for those teams that finished in the lower end of their brackets at Presidents Cup, or for new teams seeking that level of competition and desire a season ending State tournament as an experience for their players.
National League, Regional League and State League teams are not permitted to enter this event.
Ages: U11 – U19, Boys and Girls
Timeframe: As this is the ‘sister’ tournament to Presidents Cup, this event will be held on the same dates and sites as Presidents Cup, over the course of two weekends in both late April/early May (round robin) and late May (semi’s/finals).
- All eligible teams must play in a sanctioned OSA league for the current seasonal year.
- All current National League, Regional League or Ohio Soccer State League teams and players are not eligible for this event.
Recommendations: This event is focused on those teams that seek the State tournament experience, but does not require the commitment of advancement to Regionals.
Important Rules: Club Pass players allowed; when more than 16 teams in a bracket, multiple divisions in age groups may be used where warranted by applications; teams may not play up (those teams seeking a higher level of competition should play in Presidents Cup).
Applications open in October and close mid-December.
More information about Governors Cup can be accessed by clicking the link in the menu to the left.