ABOUT TENNESSEE STATE LEAGUE (TSL)
The Tennessee State Soccer Association has hosted the Tennessee State Cup as one of our programs since 1976. The Tennessee State League (TSL) was created to allow our teams a manner in which to qualify for the State Cup by playing and thus seeding each team. The TSL is open to all registered clubs/teams in TSSA ages 12-19. Teams complete an applications and are then placed in proper divisions by the State League Commission. The TSL has competitive levels within 3 Divisions (Division 1, Division 2, and Divisions 3). As a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association our Division 1 Champions have the unique opportunity to then compete at Regional and National level competitions that are within the National Championship Series. The Division 1 competitors are considered to be our highest level of competition within the State. Our next level of competition is Division 2 and the Champions at this level have the opportunity to compete at Regional and National level competitions that are within the President’s Cup. Our final level of competition is Division 3. Many of our teams at the Division 3 level are newly formed teams or coming from a more recreational based environment.
Within TSL only the top 10 teams are able to compete in the TSL Division 1 League. Teams that were State Champions or Finalists may earn a bye from participation in the TSL and thus earn an automatic birth into the State Cup. These teams would have to play in the Regional League to earn this spot. We do have promotion and relegation between our divisions each year. Only the top 8 teams in the final State League standings earn an opportunity to play in the State Cup. The State Cup is completed over 2 weekends and is a single elimination tournament.
Our second division is the TSL Division 2 League. All teams must play one another and there are no automatic qualifying spots within this league. There is no limit to the number of teams that may participate in the Division 2, so at times the TSL Commission may break the groups into East/West or East/Central/West. Similar to TSL Division1, only the top 8 teams in the overall final TSL standings will qualify for the State Cup. The State Cup is completed over 2 weekends and is a single elimination tournament.
Our third division is the TSL Division 3 League. All teams must play one another and there are no automatic qualifying spots within this league. There is no limit to the number of teams that may participate in the Division 3, so at times the TSL Commission may break the groups into East/West or East/Central/West. Within the TSL Division 3 League, only the top 4 teams in the overall final TSL standings will qualify for the State Cup. The State Cup is completed over a single weekend and is a single elimination tournament.
In the Fall our High School aged girls are not allowed to play both competitive soccer and High School soccer per Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) rules. During the Fall, we have a season ending State Cup for High School aged boys aged 15-19. In the Spring our High School aged boys are under the same TSSAA restrictions. Therefore, we have a season ending State Cup for ages 12-19 girls and 12-14 boys. In both seasons, accepted teams to our Tennessee State League (TSL) compete for either 4 or 8 final spots in our State Cup. The State Cup is conducted in a single eliminations tournament over two weekends where teams play a single important advancement game each day.
For more information on our State Cup, contact our team at TSL@tnsoccer.org.
STATE LEAGUE (SPRING) – KEY DATES
Team Registration Deadline: December 17, 2023 – Apply by logging into your Affinity Account and choosing 2024 Spring.
TSL Divisions Released: January 5, 2024
Schedules Completed in System: January 21, 2024
Zoom Information Call: January 8, 2024
- Information on how to Register For Zoom: TBD
Schedules to Be Entered By:
- At least 7 Days before game for any games played before January 21, 2024.
- January 21, 2024 for all games for the rest of the season.
Play Dates: January 19, 2024 – May 5, 2024
- No Rain Date/Make Up Weekend. Allowing to play or schedule all the way up to May 5.
- If games are not completed by May 5, then the TSL Committee will determine the outcome that game.
STATE CUP – KEY DATES
Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals November 4-5, 2023:
- DI, II, 15U-19U Boys
- DIII 15U-17U Boys (Semis/Finals)
Championships November 11-12, 2023:
- 12U Boys and Girls 9v9 State Cup (Semi and Finals)
- DI and DII Finals
Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals May 18-19, 2024:
- DI, II, 13U-14U Boys
- DI, II 13U-19U Girls
Championships May 25-26, 2024:
- ALL 12U Boys and Girls 9v9 and 11v11 State Cup (Semi and Finals)
- DIII 13U-14U Boys and 13U-19U Girls
- DI and DII Finals 13U-14U Boys and 13U-19U Girls
Southern Presidents Cup June 14-18, 2024
- 13U-19U Boys and Girls D2 Champions
- Location: Plano, TX
Southern Regionals June 21-27, 2024
- 13U-19U Boys and Girls D1 Champions
- Location: Tampa and Auburndale, FL
USYS National Presidents Cup July 12-16, 2024
- 13U-19U Boys and Girls D2 Presidents Cup Champions
- Location: Witcha, KS
USYS National Championships July 23-28, 2024
- 13U-19U Boys and Girls Regional Champions
- Location: Orlando, FL