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What is Pilot Cup?

The Pilot Cup is a one-week soccer tournament which involves public and private schools in the Newport Beach-Costa Mesa area.  The 18th Annual Pilot Cup Soccer Tournament will run from May 29 - June 3.  Teams are created in the following divisions:

  • 3rd and 4th grade boys
  • 3rd and 4th grade girls
  • 5th and 6th grade boys
  • 5th and 6th grade girls


Winners will receive commemorative awards.  Winning schools will receive the Pilot Cup Perpetual Trophy Award to display at their school for one year. 

Pilot Cup is open to ALL Newport El 3rd – 6th Graders!

Questions? Darcy Gassel: darcygassel@yahoo.com or (949) 500-2252 (texting preferred based on the volume of questions)


How to Register:
Three simple steps:

1 - Download the attached flyer. Click here!
2 - Complete all highlighted areas on the flyer and staple $10 CASH to the form.

3 - Turn the form into Vicky at the Newport El Front Office.


Frequently Asked Questions?

Who plays?  All 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls who want to participate will be allowed to play as long as they can come to the practices and games, have shin guards (required) and cleats (strongly recommended), have a registration form signed by their parent and have paid the $10 cash entry fee. No soccer experience is necessary.
Cost?  Each child must purchase a 2017 Daily Pilot Cup t-shirt for $10. Players are not allowed to play in the tournament without the t-shirt. Only cash is accepted.
When Does Practice Start? Late April.  Volunteer coaches will set practice times dependent on their availability.  Practices are usually held twice a week and are usually held at Newport El or close by.
When Is the Tournament? The tournament will run from May 29 - June 3 at Costa Mesa High School and the adjoining Farm complex in Costa Mesa. Weekday games will start as early as 3:30pm or as late as 7:30 pm. Weekend games are also played. Each team is guaranteed to play at least two games. If a team wins their pool, then they move on to single elimination.