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O40 State Cup

USASA Regional Update

FINAL: June 18th - Safira defeated the Renegades 1-0, with the game winning goal netted in stoppage by #10 Andre Carvalho as seen here:  Safira Winning Goal

Photos coming soon!

Semifinals: May 15th - Safira O40 secured a victory in New Jersey over the Den of Lions Legends. After going 0-0 through the end of regulation, Safira president/coach/player, Andre Ferreira netted the game winning PK to advance to the Region I Finals!!. Pennsylvania here comes Safira FC!!!

Game winning PK - by Andre Ferreira

Quarterfinals: April 24th - Safira traveled to Connecticut to play Fairfield GAC in the USASA Region 1 Semifinals.  Safira went down a goal in the first half but fought back in the second half scoring the equalizing goal. A tough 1x1 draw at the end of the 90 minutes against the National Champs defenders. Safira won 3:1 in overtime.

Safira Twitter Post

State Champions!

O40 State Championship

For the second tournament in a row, Riverwalk FC and Safira FC faced off for the title of best over 40 team in the state.

These well matched, highly skilled, clubs play regularly in the New England Over-the-Hill Soccer League.  Both dominant in their own divisions, this rematch was another highly anticipated state final and one that would not disappoint spectators.

Riverwalk was at an early disadvantage when they lost their regular goalie to circumstance outside his and the club's control.  Replacement goalies had their hands full with the offensive firepower of Safira.

Safira set the tone early with a goal off a pass up the middle to Vilburn St. Louis! Vil beat the retreating defender to the ball and placed it perfectly to the outside left corner giving the Riverwalk goalie no chance at the save.

Riverwalk reset after the goal and made a strategic goalie change. They brought in more of a sweeper-keeper to help protect against the ball up the middle.

Right before the half, Riverwalk had an opportunity off a well placed corner that Safira goalie tipped over the cross bar and back out of bounds. 

Safira went into the half up 1-0.

In the 65' Safira served up a beautiful corner of their own. It was headed off the crossbar, bounced back into play and then headed in by #44 Lucas Pedro. 

Riverwalk did not give. They continued to press and create scoring opportunities in the closing minutes of the game.  Their best opportunity came in the 85' with a centering long ball that popped lose inside the Safira eighteen and landed at the feet of Riverwalk. Taking a controlling touch while the Safira defenders closed, he was able to get off a shot which the Safira goalie had anticipated correctly and made the diving save.

With the win, Safira will have another shot at a USASA Region I title. Last year, their quest was cut in PKs in the regional semifinals.

Congratulations to Safira on their second consecutive Over 40 Championship.

Mass Soccer National & Regional Cup Qualifying Rules

National and Regional State Qualifying Tournament Rules

It is the responsibility of all competing team to please review.

O40 Cup General Information

Format:  11v11 Single Elimination Competition

Scheduling:

Each round will take place over the course of a week/weekend.

Teams will be placed in a bracket according to a blind draw conducted by our state registrar.

In the opening rounds (play in rounds, quarterfinals, semifinals) of the competition, the home team (according to the draw) is responsible for securing the fixture and communicate this information to our Cup Commissioner. The home team may defer home field to the visiting team, if they so chose. Here are the rules for scheduling opening round games:

  • Saturday games just kickoff at 10am or later. 
  • Sunday games must kickoff at noon or later
  • For games starting at 3pm or later, the field must have lights. 
  • Consent from your opponent is needed for games kicking off after 6pm. 
  • Mid-week games are welcomed and encouraged if both teams agree.

2021 FAQs

Q: Are Mass Soccer Rosters Required for the Cup?

A:  Yes.  Team managers will have a roster in the Mass Soccer account that they will need to build before the Cup freeze date.  They can import a copy of their roster from another team or competition or build their roster from scratch. For help with your roster, please contact our registrar at Registrar@Mass-Soccer.org.

Teams must print and bring 2 copies of their Cup Roster for each game they play. These rosters must be given to the referee before the game.

Q: Do I need to have a plastic Mass Soccer Player Card to play?

A:  No.  The referee will check you in off the game roster. You may show your ID on your phone or you can print a temporary Mass Soccer ID off the website.  A Mass Drivers License or any government issued photo ID may also be used to verify your identity.

Q:  Who will be our referee/s?

A:  Mass Soccer uses our state assigner to select top referees for every Cup game. Opening rounds will be assigned 3 referees.  Our finals will have a 4th official.  Referees are paid for and provided by Mass Soccer for the entirety of the Cup.

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