The 1923 National Amateur Cup was the USFA's first attempt to stage a national knockout competition strictly for amateur soccer teams. This edition however did not reach a conclusion and no overall winner was crowned. The tournament suffered numerous delays. Among the worst instances was an early round game between Swedish Americans of Chicago and Gary, Indiana scheduled for mid December. Poor field conditions due to bad weather prevented the completion of their matchup until the end of March. Consequently no national final or semifinals were played. Ten years prior, the USFA's earlier incarnation, the AAFA, had conducted two tournaments on the amateur level. Both were successful in the sense that they were completed expeditiously however they were able to draw few if any teams from beyond the New York area. The 1923 amateur tournament drew 68 teams ranging from Chicago, Illinois to Rumford, Maine including even a team from Ontario, Canada. The 'finals' in the brackets below represent the national quarterfinal round with the district winners in bold.
United States Soccer Federation
The United States Soccer Federation, commonly referred to as U. S. Soccer, is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the FIFA member governs U. S. amateur and professional soccer, including the mens, womens, youth, beach soccer, futsal, Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup, Soccer is governed by a Board of Directors that administers the affairs of U. S. Soccer. People in key leadership positions include, Sunil Gulati — President Carlos Cordeiro — Executive Vice President Dan Flynn — CEO and Secretary General U. S. Soccer is a member of the worldwide soccer body FIFA and the North American soccer body CONCACAF, and also has a relationship with the U. S. Olympic Committee, Soccer was originally known as the United States Football Association. It formed on April 5,1913 and on August 15 of that year was accepted as one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA and the first from North and Central America. The affiliation was temporary and at the following years FIFA Congress in 1914, the governing body of the sport in the United States added the word soccer to its name in 1945, when it became the United States Soccer Football Association. It dropped the football from its name in 1974 to become known as the United States Soccer Federation. Soccer has hosted several global soccer tournaments, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Womens World Cup in 1999 and 2003, the United States national team was first assembled in 1885 to play Canada in the first international match held outside the United Kingdom. The mens national team was invited to the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and qualified for the World Cup in 1934, finishing third place in 1930 out of 13 teams participating. In 1950 the United States scored one of its most surprising victories with a 1–0 win over heavily favored England, the 1990 mens national team was quickly disposed of at the World Cup, but nonetheless had qualified for its first World Cup in 40 years. The United States hosted the 1994 World Cup, setting total and average attendance records that still stand,1998 saw another disappointing addition to the history of the mens national team as it finished last out of the 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup. This embarrassment, which included a collapse of team chemistry and leadership. The U. S. team hired Bruce Arena, who had won the first two MLS Cups in Major League Soccer history, and who went on to become the most successful United States mens national team manager in history. The team looked to match or surpass that feat in 2006, the U. S. was drawn into a group with Italy, the Czech Republic and Ghana. The United States lost to the Czech Republic 3–0 in their game, drew Italy, 1–1, in their second game. The United States did not advance out of the group, but were the team to face eventual winner Italy without losing. In the wake of the disappointing performance, Arenas contract was not renewed