The Competition

The Inaugural competition consists of 9 State of Ohio located teams. The teams are vetted for minimum standards to create the ideal venue for hosting competitive non-league matches.


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Competition Format

Group Format

The teams will be grouped into three groups of three groupings. The teams will compete in a round robin creating two matches per team with at least one host match in the group stage. 

Traditional points scoring of:

1 point per draw

3 points per win

Tiebreaker: Goals scored

Second Tiebreaker: Goals allowed

Group Selection

The teams will be grouped into the least likely to compete in league play with the consideration of geographic location to minimize travel expense.

Tournament Selection

The top six points gatherers will move into the tournament stage. The tournament is a knockout round format. The tournament stage will allow for the top two points recipients of the group stage to receive a bye in the tournament and guaranteed hosting of the second round match. The remaining four teams will be seeded based on points of the group stage. The final two teams will compete for the Heart Cup at a mutually agreeable location.


Corporate Opportunities

The Heart Cup entity has the right to name and allocate sponsorship partners for each match and the tournament. I.E. A final championship partner/provider.

The Heart Cup entity also has the right to name an industry or theme sponsorship for revenue opportunities.

The Heart Cup has control over preferred media templates, social media presentation and tracking mechanisms, as well as board member access to press box/area.

The Heart Cup has right to utilize player/match photos for it’s own media use.

Each team has its own right to obtain and execute sponsorship partners for their own home matches.


The Rules

Home Team Responsibilities

  • Scheduling Venue

  • Marketing Match

  • Obtaining Referees

  • Sending opponent venue location and kit colors at least 5 days prior to match

  • Broadcasting game via video stream, radio, and/or twitter feed

  • Submitting to League Director and Media the outcome of the match:




Home Team Minimal Standards

Regulation Pitch size

Locker rooms (preferably showers)

Opponent team bus parking area

Lights for night matches

Providing match ball

Providing trainer

Provide ice and water

Provide team benches

Media designated area

Player Eligibility      

Team rosters can consist of any status player

Team rosters can change per match

Players can not move teams 

i.e. Start group stage for one squad and switch squads for tournament round

Exception – a player can switch teams in tournament IF the following is met:

Player must resign from former squad in entirety and be rostered for next league match of new competing team

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