August 19-20, 2017
The Cincinnati United Neil Bradford Memorial Cup (formerly the CU Cup & Arsenal Challenge Cup) was born in 1995 as the Sycamore Arsenal Club Classic and hosted 80 teams that first year. Since 1995, the management of the tournament has put one goal above all else ... to provide the most challenging, rewarding and unique soccer experience possible for teams of higher skill levels.
If you live in the Greater Cincinnati
Area and coached, played soccer, or had a child involved in the sport over the
past fifteen years you more than likely had the privilege to meet Neil
Bradford. Neil was instrumental in coaching and player development for
SAY soccer as their National Director of Coaching and a long-time professional
trainer for Cincinnati United Soccer Club.
Roger & Averil Bradford welcomed
Neil, along with his younger sister Vicki, into the world and later into our
hearts from “over the pond” in England. In 2001 Neil moved from
Gloucestershire, England to the United States to work for Challenger
Sports/British Soccer Camps. He later became the National Director of Coaching
for SAY soccer and went on to coach select soccer for Cincinnati United Soccer
Club. After moving to Mason, Ohio Neil met and married Susan Whitt and
together they welcomed a beautiful daughter, Madison.
Neil was a natural born teacher and
leader for the youth of today. He had the amazing ability to transform a
roomful of people (children and adults alike) from being uninterested
bystanders to enthusiastically active participants in drills, games, and
events. This was the best part about Neil and he was in his element when
he was teaching. He sincerely loved the game and was firmly devoted to
In March of 2010, the Bradford family
received heartbreaking news. Neil was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Neil took the news in stride, the way he lived his life -- with a positive,
healthy attitude and a "we will beat it" mentality. After
strenuous surgery and numerous radiation and chemotherapy treatments he was
given a clean bill of health in 2012. Sadly, in 2014, the cancer returned
and after a long, courageous, and valiant fight, Neil was taken from us in
2016, too soon, of course, at the age of forty-four.
Our club wanted to remember and celebrate Neil for all that he meant to
the individuals he touched, while sharing his love of the beautiful game.
For that reason, we are renaming the CU Cup to the CU Neil Bradford Memorial
Cup. The soccer logo for the tournament includes the number 8. Neil
proudly wore this number throughout his soccer career. We will be
donating money to the American Cancer Society and to a college fund for his
daughter, Madison Bradford.
FIELD OF PLAY, DIVISIONS AND BRACKETING
The Cincinnati United Cup invites all elite, premier, "A" & strong "B" level teams from throughout the United States and Canada to apply for entry into the 250 team field.
The tournament hosts the following divisions:
Gold - Elite and Premier level teams
Silver - Lower Premier, "A" level teams teams
Bronze - Lower "A" and strong "B" level teams
Applicants will be selected and bracketed according to the following general criteria with the objective of forming the most competitive divisions possible:
- strength of league record
- strength of league or division
- recent tournament play & competitive level of tournaments selected
- ranking in Gotsoccer.com
- state cup/regional/national results
- past performance in the CU CUP or CU Elite Invitational
- other competitive/geographic factors
(The Director of Competition and/or the Tournament Director may make exceptions or adjustments to the above guidelines in order to balance the competitiveness of certain divisions, depending upon entries)
The CUCup's central communications vehicle is this web site. Teams will find all information about the tournament here.
All teams accepted into the CUCup will be notified by e-mail and directed to this site to obtain the forms necessary registration. NO ACCEPTANCE PACKETS WILL BE SENT.
The CU Cup Scoring Services Group will provide real-time scoring of all play during tournament weekend. By applying for the CU Cup, your team agrees to permit the taking and posting of event photographs, including game action, as well as off-the-field human interest shots. If your team has concerns about the posting of game photos, please do not apply to this event.
The Cincinnati United Cup is staged by the parent volunteers of the Cincinnati United Soccer Club who take enormous pride in making the CU Cup an outstanding soccer experience. They are directed by the Tournament Committee:
Tournament Directors - Joe Wuest
Assistant Tournament Director - Bobby Puppione, David Robertson
- August 19-20, 2017
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Girls U8-U15
- July 21st, 2017
We will be utilizing a mail-in or email registration process only. Please check the registration page for all necessary forms needed.
The tournament is open to currently registered USSF league or association teams comprised of no more than the maximum allowable number of players for their respective age levels. All teams must be currently registered and in good standing with their state, national, or provincial association, and hold a valid US Soccer player pass for the current seasonal year. Passes will be inspected prior to the start of each match. USYS and US Club teams are accepted.
A minimum of 3 games are guaranteed. All games will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as modified by Tournament Rules. Tournament Rules are posted on this website and can be downloaded for print.
Boys & Girls U8 through U15.
U8 will play 5 v 5
U8-10 will play 7v7
U11-12 will play 9 v 9
U13s and U14 and U15s will play 11 v 11
A USSF three-man referee system will be used to the maximum extent possible for all matches with emphasis on divisions U-12 and up. USSF Registered referees, who are in good standing and who wish to referee, are encouraged to sign up via our website -
ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST STAY AT A TOURNAMENT-APPROVED HOTEL
Each player on the Championship and Runner-up teams will receive a custom tournament medallion. A team trophy will be presented to the Championship and Runner-up teams.
Information will be coming in regards to apparel for the tournament.
In compliance with the USYSA Youth Soccer Tournament/Games Hosting Agreement, it is mandatory that medical authorizations for each player be presented at Registration and retained at the field by the team. No player may play without a valid medical release under penalty of forfeiture of the game played in. These medical release forms do not need to be notarized.
2016 Tournament Application
The Cincinnati United Soccer Club utilizes online registrations for all of its tournaments including the 2016 CU Cup
All Entry Fees must be postmarked by July 21ST, 2017 to guarantee consideration. All late applications will be put on a wait list for review. Upon acceptance, the fee is non-refundable. If your team is accepted and later withdraws, the entry fee is non-refundable and sanctions will be placed against your team/club for future participation in Cincinnati United Events.
Check or Money Order Payments:
All Check or Money Order entries must be postmarked by July 21st, 2017 and should be made payable to the Cincinnati United Cup. All entry fees received through check or money order are deposited immediately and refunded within 2 weeks of non-acceptance. Teams must include with your entry fee your teams “certificate of entry” or copy of e-mail entry confirmation. Payments should be mailed to CU Cup, C/O Joe Wuest, PO Box 42589, Cincinnati, OH, 45242-0589.
$400 for U8
$500 for U9 and U10 -- 7v7 divisions
$575 for U10 and U12 -- 9v9 divisions
$625 for U13, and U14 and 15 -- 11v11 divisions
Entry Fees should be mailed to:
c/o Joe Wuest
PO Box 42589
Cincinnati, OH 45242-0589
Acceptance and Schedule
Participation is not final until acceptances are announced in early August 2017. Acceptances will be posted on the Tournament Website. Schedules should be posted 7 days prior to events. Please note some matches may begin at 730am and teams may have early morning matches each day to avoid conflicts for coaches while giving teams plenty of rest between matches.
Please direct any questions you may have to our Tournament Director: Joe Wuest at 513-379-6770 or Email at Joseph.Wuest@hillshirebrands.com