Dates Announced for 2023 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup; Registration Window Opens for Fall Qualifying Rounds

CHICAGO (July 26, 2022) – US Soccer has announced the dates for the 2023 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the national championship of American football.

The qualifying rounds will take place over four weekends from September to December 2022. The actual tournament will begin the week of March 20, 2023, with the final scheduled for Wednesday September 27.

Along with the schedule announcement, US Soccer also opened the registration window for the qualifying rounds. Any US Soccer-affiliated amateur team that meets the minimum criteria may participate in the competition by Tuesday, August 8, 2022, at the 4:00 p.m. CT deadline.

To be eligible to participate in the US Open Cup, an Open Division team must meet the basic criteria set forth in US Soccer’s National Championship Policy, including belonging to a club or league of any member organization of US Soccer and compete in a league with at least four teams where each plays at least ten league games during the year.

The qualifying rounds will be held on a single knockout basis, with four rounds of matches in fall 2022 scheduled for the designated weekends of September 17-18, October 15-16, November 19-20. and December 17 and 17. 18.

All participants in the qualifying round, regardless of level, organizational member affiliation or other attributes, will start on an equal footing and must be able to stage matches in each round of qualification. Matches will be determined geographically to minimize travel time and expense, with random selection used where possible to determine exact matches. Home teams will be determined by coin toss.

The qualifying rounds are an entry point for Open Division teams. Alternate entry is through the National League qualifying track. For the 2023 Open Cup, the National Premier Soccer League and USL League 2 have chosen and met the requirements to enter their teams through the National League track. Through this track, every team in the league participates in the US Open Cup and competes for places in the first round proper via league competition.

A preliminary allocation of 2023 US Open Cup First Round berths to each of the Open Division groups (i.e. Local Qualifiers and each National League) will be announced after the rounds registration deadline. qualifying round and the final number of teams in the qualifying round will be determined. The final distribution will be set in January 2023, following confirmation of the total number of professional teams for the 2023 season.


(see the 2023 Open Division and Qualifying Rounds Handbook for more details):

  • Team is an outdoor soccer team based in the United States.
  • The club or league of which the team is a member is affiliated with a US Soccer member organization;
  • The league of which the team is a member must consist of at least four (4) teams, each playing at least ten (10) league matches in the competition each calendar year;
  • The team must be in good standing with the league of which it is a member;
  • Any team whose league is entering its first competitive season must have started its league schedule at least thirty (30) days prior to the Open Division registration deadline;
  • Any team beginning their first competitive season in an existing league must have started their new league schedule at least thirty (30) days prior to the Open Division registration deadline.
  • A team must identify and book at least one site that meets the minimum standards, including the minimum pitch dimensions for the qualifying rounds of 100 meters long by 65 meters wide and which is available on at least one designated date for each qualifying round.


The storied annual tournament, currently in the semifinals of its 107th edition, is the only top-level competition in U.S. team sports where amateur teams have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition.

Some of the most magical moments in recent Open Cup history have seen local qualifiers make national headlines. Ten years ago, in 2012, Cal FC burst onto the scene with road wins over Division III Wilmington Hammerheads and Division I Portland Timbers.

In 2016, another Southern California team, La Máquina, reached the fourth round and pushed the LA Galaxy into overtime before retiring. A year later, amateur powerhouse Christos FC of Maryland earned a shock 1-0 win over the Division II Richmond Kickers as part of their fourth-round run, where they briefly led DC United (Div. I ), three-time Open Cup champion. but eventually fell after conceding three late goals.

Dallas-based NTX Rayados put his name to light after a 5-2 overtime win over Division II OKC Energy FC en route to a fourth-round visit to Houston Dynamo (MLS) in 2018. With the resumption of the tournament in 2022 after a two-year hiatus imposed by the pandemic, a pair of FC Motown and North Carolina Fusion U23 amateur teams reached the third round, but fell short in tightly contested matches against professional competition.

2023 Lamar Hunt USA Cup schedule

17-18 September 2022 First qualifying round

15-16 October 2022 Second qualifying round

19-20 November 2022 Third qualifying round

17-18 December 2022 Fourth qualifying round

21-23 March 2023 First round proper

April 4-6, 2023 Second round proper (entry of Division II teams)

April 18-19, 2023 Third round proper (Entry for Division I teams)

May 9-10, 2023 Round of 16 (8 seeds entered)

May 23-24, 2023 Round of 16

June 6, 2023 Quarter-finals

August 23, 2023 Semi-finals

September 27, 2023 Final

Seeded Teams = Four US Teams in Concacaf Champions League + Next Top Four Teams in 2022 Division I Regular Season Standings (2 East + 2 West)

The registration round for Division III teams will be determined in January based on the final count of professional teams.

The commissioner will have the authority to set dates outside of the confirmed schedule if such a change is in the best interest of the tournament.

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