Teacher, Professional Phila DOOPer, Expat-in-training


on June 5, 2012

Occasionally, I have moments of pure genius that strike me. This is one of those times. Behold my plan for a new American soccer tournament…

The Cup of American States & Territories. (also known by its acronym, COAST).

The competition involves entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and overseas territories under the jurisdiction of the United States (e.g. Puerto Rico and American Samoa).

Much like the World Cup, regional qualifications will be based on the relative strength and number of states or territories in the area. Here’s what I’m thinking so far (roughly) based on census regions & divisions, but I’m open to suggestions.

  • Northeast
    • Everyone north from and including MD and DC
    • 11 states + D.C. (12 entries total) in the region
    • 4 states or territories advance
  • South
    • From VA, WV, KY, AR, and OK and south, includes TX
    • Also includes PR and USVI
    • 14 states + 2 territories (16 entries total) in the region
    • 4 states or territories advance
  • Midwest
    • Includes the Dakotas, NE, and KS and going east to OH
    • 12 states in the region
    • 3 states advance
  • West
    • Includes MT, WY, CO, NM, and other states west of them
    • Also includes Guam, American Samoa, Northern Marianas (Territories may be subject to play-in)
    • 13 states + 3 territories (16 entries) in the region
    • 5 states or territories advance

After qualifying, there should be 16 states or territories going to the final tournament (5 western, 3 midwestern, 4 southern, and 4 northeastern). I propose a set up similar to the upcoming Euro 2012 format of four groups of four in round robin play, with the top two from each group advancing to the knockout rounds.

Maybe as the Open Cup grows, we can get this one going. I’ve been looking for a way to finally show other states that we’re better than them.

Go team NJ!


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