SOCAL Soccer League and NorCal Premier Soccer are excited to announce that the California Cup will return this spring on March 23 and 24 at Surf Sports Park in Del Mar.
Aimed at uniting California with a true championship, this one-of-a-kind event features the top two teams from Northern and Southern California at the U9 through U12 age groups, playing in a one-weekend tournament to determine the true California State Champion.
Teams qualify for spots in the California Cup via the SOCAL State Cup or NorCal State Cup, respectively. Champions and finalists in the top division of each event will automatically qualify for the event and have the opportunity to represent their half of the state.
"We are looking forward to hosting the California Cup in March 2024 and renewing the competition with NorCal Premier," said Colin Chesters, the SOCAL State Cup Commissioner. "With the top teams from both areas vying to be crowned “The Best in CA” we are expecting great games and look forward to showing NorCal teams that SOCAL teams are ready to bring it!”
“We are excited for the return of the California Cup and our collaboration with SOCAL,” said NorCal Director of Competitions Daniel Chamberlain. “The event provides an amazing opportunity for the best teams in NorCal and SOCAL to compete against each other and test themselves against the best.”
The California Cup began in 2022 as a collaboration between SOCAL Soccer League and NorCal Premier Soccer, featuring a group stage followed by a Final and a 3rd Place match. This means every team will be guaranteed 3 games over the course of the weekend event. Teams will play two group games on Saturday (with the State Cup final acting as the first group stage match), and then a Final or 3rd place match on Sunday.
The State Cup Final each year counts towards the group stage, meaning that the final two matches for each team take place against the two finalists from the opposite side of California.
Both NorCal and SOCAL rotate hosting duties for the California Cup, in odd-numbered years for the former and even-numbered years for the latter.
2024 California Cup Event Details
When: March 23-24, 2024
Where: Surf Sports Park - Del Mar, CA