The title asks the question very plainly. We’ve noted in almost every piece here at uscupsoccer.co that the national cup competitions are under fire and that some have even been eliminated. We strive to keep up the promotion of the ones that remain and the regions and states that have continued them with or without the national association.
The US Adult Soccer Association makes the minutes of their AGM, Mid-Year, Adult Council, and Executive Commitee meetings available at their website, www.usadultsoccer.com. It is amongst those minutes we found some of the following information.
USASA NATIONAL (WERNER FRICKER) OPEN CUP
- On May, 30 2015 the United States Adult Soccer Association National Board of Directors voted to “eliminate the USASA Open Cup (currently called the Werner Fricker Cup), beginning in 2016 and allow any USASA registered player to participate in what is currently known as the National Amateur Cup.” (Source: usadultsoccer.com)
Those very minutes note that with the US Soccer Federation taking over local qualifying of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, was part of the discussion surrounding the decision.
USASA NATIONAL (GERHARD MENGEL) OVER-30 CUP
- On May, 30 2015 the United States Adult Soccer Association National Board of Directors voted that the Over-30 Cup is no longer a national event. It was noted in the minutes from that meeting that regions could still hold the event if they choose. (source: usadultsoccer.com)
We have seen from Region I an outpouring of support for both of these competitions and they are determined to host them. They have alluded to Region II participation as well, though uscupsoccer.co has not been able to get that word from the source as of yet.