The Newark Cup is hosted by Newark FC and is the result of a close working relationship between Newark FC and the Elementary Schools of Newark Unified School District. Games are usually held at the beginning of the year prior to Spring Recreational soccer. Traditionally each school is invited to choose a coach and form both a girls and boys teams from the school’s student body.

In 2024, the Newark Cup will be held from Feb 23-25, with the Schedule & Standings is below (refreshed every 5-minutes):

In all preliminary rounds, the 10 point system will be used to determine which teams will advance to the next round and the 5 goal rule IS in effect:

  • +6 points for a WIN
  • +1 point per goal up to 3 goals max
  • +1 point for a shutout
  • +3 points for a tie ( or a draw. A score of 0-0 is a tie, no point for a shutout)
  • -1 point for each goal scored after a 5 goal differential
  • -1 point per red card (parent, player or coach)

If teams are tied at the end of the preliminary round, the following tie-breaking procedure shall be used to determine which teams advance to the next round in listed order:

  1. Goal differential: Total net score for tournament games. Net score = goals scored, less goals scored against. A maximum differential of 5 goals per game will account for this.
  2. Fewest goals allowed.
  3. Most goals scored (maximum of 5 goals per game will count for this purpose)
  4. Red cards
  5. Coin toss

The GOLDEN GOAL rule will be in place during the overtime period of the Consolation and Championship games. If the teams are tied at the end of the overtime play, then the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty spot per FIFA.

Schools participating in this annual Spring Tournament include: Birch Grove, Coyote Hills, Kennedy Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and Schilling Elementary. If your school is not listed but you would like to participate, reach-out to your school’s Athletic Director and Principal to let them know you want to participate.

Teams from each participating school play a series of qualifying matches and/or are placed in a knockout bracket similar to European and FIFA Cup soccer. As the championship progresses the final will come down to two championship matches. One for girls, and one for boys, with the victors winning the Newark Cup for that year.

Newark Football Club provides logistical support for the Newark Cup in the form of organization, coaching, uniforms, and arranging for venues. Participation from our local schools is vital for keeping the Newark Cup tradition alive.

The Newark Cup is conducted as a method of promoting the sport of soccer at the community level. Newark Cup exists to lay the foundation for a life time of peer to peer collaboration through the promotion of teamwork, healthy lifestyle choices through physical challenges and personal fitness, all while fostering an attitude of perseverance through respectful competition.

It is Newark FC’s desire for Newark Cup to create healthy life long lessons that the youth of our community can carry with them forever.