eCup Returns for Final Edition in 2023

by Joe Meyer

The Lower League eCup will return in 2023 under a new, single-division format featuring up to 32 lower league clubs and supporters groups from across the United States. After four years, the 2023 tournament is expected to be the fourth and final edition of the Lower League eCup.

“We’re excited to return one final time in 2023” stated eCup Director Joe Meyer. “After four great years, we feel that the eCup has fulfilled its mission as a pandemic-driven event, and can’t wait to go out on a bang while staying true to our supporter-based roots”.

Action will kick off on February 6 with the opening matches of the group stage, and the group stage will continue through Thursday, February 23. The 16-club knockout stage will commence during the final week of February and will conclude on or around March 14, with exact dates to be determined.

While in past years the eCup has featured up to five separate divisions, the 2023 eCup will consist of one division after recent advancements in FIFA gameplay that allow for “cross-console” competition (crossplay).

“With this new format, we’re excited to have the opportunity to crown a single eCup champion for the first time" Meyer continued. “Bringing all of our participants under one umbrella has been a long-term goal of the eCup, and it’s fitting that we’re able to make it a reality during our final tournament”.

Registration for the 2023 Lower League eCup is now open! For more information, contact the eCup via email at

The Lower League eCup is an annual FIFA tournament open to all American lower league soccer clubs and supporters groups. Founded in March 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament is the largest of it's kind and has featured 130+ clubs from 36 states over four tournaments.