Each April, the Oregon Premier Council hosts the OPL State Cup. This is the end-of-the-soccer year capstone event, before tryouts in May and the soccer year begins anew. The event is a U11-U18 competition, open to only Oregon-based OPL teams, with winners earning a chance to compete in the US Club Soccer National Cup.
All U11-U14 teams are seeded in brackets based on the order of their finish in their Fall League, which is the main competitive league for those divisions; the U15-U18 teams are seeded firstly based on the previous year’s State Cup semi-finalists, then based upon current Winter League standings through a pre-determined date, usually the start of Oregon Spring Break.
The OPL State Cup does not have a roster freeze during league play, allowing teams to play all league games using the full flexibility of US Club Soccer and the OPL rules regarding guest players during league seasons. This gives players the opportunity to play up, and for coaches to use second team players in first team games, and vice versa, as a great developmental opportunity. Clubs ARE required to submit Official Rosters for State Cup prior to the start of the tournament for certification; however, this DOES NOT impact team rosters for league play.