Registration Open to 16 December
MSSA to conduct five competitions. (9 November) Registration for the 2022 cup season is now open for the Rowland, Stewart, Morton, and the Maryland Over-30 & Over-40 Cups. The season kicks off in January and will run through March.
USASA Region I qualifiers await the winners of several of our competitions. The Stewart Cup champion advances to US Amateur Cup. UPSL & NPSL affiliated Maryland teams are eligible to enter the Stewart Cup but must register all of their players with MSSA prior to taking part in the competition. The Werner Fricker Cup, the National Amateur Open Championship, will receive the Rowland Cup winner. Our Maryland O-30 titleist will compete for the Gerhard Mengel Cup while the O-40 champ in the National Over-40 Cup. The Morton Cup is a state only competition and is not open to teams or players taking part in the Rowland and Stewart Cups. Teams playing in non-affiliated leagues are eligible for the Morton, Over-30 & Over-40 Cups but must register all of their players prior to taking part in the competition. A draw will be held for all of our cups.
Teams must enter online through the links below. The deadline to enter the cups is 16 December 2021. The entry fee is $105 per cup (convenience fee included) and must be paid online. Referee fees for the cups are $210 ($105 per team) and paid at the field by each team.
Matches will be played primarily on Sundays. We will start in January and look to conclude by the end of March.
2022 Cup Season Set
Draw Next Week
Record number sides taking part this season. (17 December) Registration for the 2022 cup season is now complete with 43 teams competing for our five competitions. Our oldest championship, the Rowland Cup, will have 10 sides that will be divided into two groups. We have the same number battling for the Morton Cup that will be played in the same format. The winner of the Rowland will advance to the Region I qualifiers for the Werner Fricker Cup, the Amateur Open champtionship. Our Amateur Cup entry will come from among the Stewart Cup that features 14 clubs. The Maryland O-30 & O-40 Cups will be used to qualify for Region I action as well. A list of all of the entries can be seen below. Once the draws are concluded, the schedules will be posted at the tabs above. The season kicks off in January and will run through March.
Rowland & Morton Kick Off 9 January
Stewart Cup starts its rounds in February. (23 December) The 2022 MSSA Cup season is just around the corner as we will hit the pitch the week after the turn of the New Year. Total of 43 sides will be competing for 5 titles. It all starts with the Rowland and Morton Cups on 9 January. The schedules are posted on the tabs above.
The Rowland Cup is the granddaddy of our competitions, established in 1914 to send a Maryland club to the National Challenge Cup (which became the US Open Cup). It is the state's Open championship with the winner advancing to the Region I qualifiers for the Werner Fricker Cup, the Amateur Open champtionship.
The Morton Cup is a state only competition, the winner not advancing to any Regin I qualifier. It was created in 2013 to recognize the efforts of former MSSA Vice President, Lefty Morton, who left an imprint on the Maryland soccer scene. The teams who play for this title are not eligible to compete for either the Rowland or Stewart Cups.
Both cups will be played in group formats with the top two in each bracket advancing to the semifinals. Matches will be played at various fields in Howard County during March. A tab for Field Directions can be found above. If we get good cooperation from the weather, we should conclude the cup season by the end of March.
Match Day 1 Snowed Out
Rowland & Morton Cups Delayed One Week
Schedules to be reviewed and revised. (7 January) The mild December temperatures gave way to a cold front with heavy snow precipitation this past week. The fields are not playable for this weekend, so the fixtures will be moved to another date. The forecast is looking positive for next week, so cross our fingers and hopefully we get Match Day 2 on the books.
Match Day Moved Around
Hope to get matches played before the storm hits the area. (15 January) Some games have been moved up an hour with the thought that we avoid the snow storm to hit the aea. For some teams, it involves a venue change. Go to the cup schedule to review the changes.