The Maryland State Soccer Association is a volunteer organization that was founded in 1924. As the governing body of amateur soccer in the state of Maryland, our mission is to promote and foster soccer in the state. The Association along with our affiliated leagues, teams & players are members of the United States Soccer Federation and the United States Adult Soccer Association. Membership through US Soccer means we are part of both the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The bottom line is that we provide opportunities for adults to continue playing the game they love whether that be at the highest competitve level or recreational play. There is no reason to quit after your adolescent years. Our motto is Still Getting Our Kicks.
MSSA teams are eligible to enter national cups & tournaments sanctioned under US Adult Soccer. Maryland has a rich history of teams that have competed and won cups at the state, regional and national level. The Rowland Cup was first played in 1914 and is Maryland's open competition. The Stewart Cup began in 1932 for teams vying for the state's amateur title. We also offer the Maryland Over-30 Cup, the Morton Cup for teams not competing in the Rowland or Stewart. The Hagan Cup is Maryland's championship for women. Our affiliated teams have the chance to play tournaments run by our leagues and outside of Maryland organized by other US Adult Soccer members.
Every player, team and league is included in the US Adult Soccer Risk Management Insurance Program. The primary component of this program is the package of insurance coverage that reduces risk for our members. This comprehensive plan provides protection in the event of liability claims arising out of activities organized by our members in the event they are sued for incidents involving bodily injury or property damage resulting from an amateur soccer activity. The Accident Risk policy helps defray costs for medical and dental expenses incurred by players injured during sanctioned games.
Referees play an integral part of the game. With the responsibility of the oversight and development of referees statewide, the MSSA through its Referee Committee provides training, clinics and assessments for beginning and experienced referees. Our goal is to get the best-qualified, experienced and knowledgeable referees to officiate our games.