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U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Committee approved the schedule, format and a contingency plan for the 2021 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the organization announced today.

U.S. Soccer’s National Championship returns to the field for its 107th edition after not crowning an annual champion in 2020 for the first time in its storied history, which dates back to the inaugural 1913-14 competition.


The 2021 Open Cup will kick off May 4 and 5, and only be five rounds – instead of its usual eight – due to COVID-19 implications and a congested schedule later in the year. The five rounds will also take place across a much shorter timeframe of just two months, with the Open Cup Final scheduled for June 29 or 30.

With only five rounds in the 2021 tournament, the number of teams able to compete is reduced to 24 from 101 eligible clubs.


March 29                    Date for confirming Opening Round

March 31                    Opening Round matchups announced

April 19                       Date for confirming Round of 16*

April 21 or 28              Round of 16/Quarterfinal Draw (held earlier if Opening Round is not played)

May 4-5                       Opening Round (8 D-II [USLC], 4 D-III [NISA/USLL1], 4 Open Division clubs)

May 18-19                   Round of 16 (8 D-I [MLS] teams vs. winners from Opening Round)

May 25-26                   Quarterfinal Round

June 15-16                  Semifinal Round

June 29 or 30              Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

For more information, view U.S. Soccer's press release.

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