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CVSA Cup
Stephen Salpukas © 1999

The Arthur Ballner Trophy

The CVSA Cup traces its roots to the beginning of the CVSA, with the first competition being held during the 1975-'76 season. The basic idea of the competition is to have all teams in the league participate in one inclusive tournament. It generally lasts from the fall to the spring, with games played intermittently during the regular season. The tournament gives an opportunity for lower division teams to test themselves against higher competition within the league.

The Cup is one of the four major titles awarded by the league in a calendar year. The others are the Premier Division Spring Champion, Premier Division Summer Champion, and Premier Division Fall Champion.

The trophy awarded to the winners is named for the late Arthur Ballner of Deutscher Sportclub. Mr. Ballner is one of the pioneers of adult amateur soccer in the Richmond area. In the late 1950's he led a group that started playing pickup soccer games near Byrd Airport, and became Deutscher Sportclub in 1960. Throughout the 1960's, he led the Deutscher Sportclub teams to play in Washington, DC leagues on weekends, as there weren't enough players to support a league in Richmond at the time. Their teams were good enough to win the DC Second Divison at one point. As the game grew in the Richmond area Mr. Ballner branched off and founded the Internationals Soccer Club, the precursor to the very first CVSA Champions in the 1975-'76 season, and winners of two of the first three CVSA Cups. Mr. Ballner passed in 1972, three years before the founding of the league, but his enthusiasm and love of the game laid the groundwork for what is now the CVSA.

For the 2013-'14 season, the CVSA Cup will be contested by 23 teams: the five Premier Division teams, nine First Division teams, and nine Second Division teams. The lower cup competition, the Copa Bruce, will be contested by the 57 teams of the Third Division, Fourth Division, Fifth Division, Sixth Division, Seventh Division, & Eighth Division. The Copa Bruce is named for longtime CVSA President S. Bruce Williams, whose idea it was to give the lower division teams a legitimate chance in cup competition. Mr. Williams led the coalition of community, business, & municipal groups who developed the Bryan Park Soccer Complex in the mid-1990's, which the CVSA uses as their primary base of operations. Mr. Williams is still active on the Richmond soccer scene, and was a leading offensive component for the Lions Masters.

Partizan Richmond FC Premier (now Partizan Richmond Premier) is the current holder of the CVSA Cup, winning the 2012-'13 tournament with a 2:1 victory over X-Rams in the championship game at Striker Park on June 9. This was Partizan Richmond FC Premier's third trip to the finals in the past four years, and their second CVSA Cup title in that time frame; it marked the X-Rams's first loss in the CVSA Cup Final in three trips. The Pink Panthers are the current holders of the Copa Bruce, with a 5:1 victory over Lightning at Bryan Park on June 2. This is the first Copa Bruce Championship for the Pinks, and their first cup final since their 2003 appearance.





  • First Round - Sunday, August 25, 2013
    11 games randomly drawn amongst the five First Division, nine Second Division, and nine Third Division teams.

    • Partizan Express 3, Metro Sting New School 1
    • Partizan Richmond Premier 8, Mexico Restaurant 0
    • Lions FC 5, Sticky Rice FC 0
    • Pink Panthers 5, Brew Crew 2
    • X-Rams 4, Richmond Celtic 1888 FC 3
    • Screaming Eagles FC 5, Laurel FC 0
    • Richmond City FC II 2, Partizan Richmond FC 0 - forfeit
    • Richmond City FC 2, Glanville United 1
    • Metro Sting FC 14, CAPS Spartans 1
    • Rockafire Explosion 11, La Flama Blanca SU 0
    • FC Bosnia 13, Southern FC 0

    Excluded from competition - Lightning are banned from the 2013-'14 CVSA Cup for violations of the league's alcohol policy.



  • Second Round - September & October, 2013
    Five games randomly drawn amongst the 11 First Round winners. One team receives a bye into the Quarterfinals.

    • Richmond City FC 1, Lions FC 1 (Richmond City advances on PK's)
    • X-Rams 6, FC Bosnia 1
    • Partizan Richmond Premier 6, Richmond City FC II 0
    • Rockafire Explosion 0, Screaming Eagles FC 2
    • Metro Sting FC 2, Pink Panthers 0

    Byes - Partizan Express



  • Quarterfinals - Sunday, February 23, 2014
    Random draw amongst the five Second Round winners, and the bye team. Winners advance to the Semifinal Round.

    • Screaming Eagles FC 0, X-Rams 1
    • Richmond City FC 1, Metro Sting FC 3
    • Partizan Richmond Premier 2, Partizan Express 1



  • Semifinals - Spring, 2014
    Random draw amongst the three Quarterfinal winners, and one Quarterfinal loser. Winners advance to the Final Round.

    • X-Rams
    • Metro Sting FC
    • Partizan Richmond Premier
    • Partizan Express, Richmond City FC, or Screaming Eagles FC




CVSA Cup Past Champions
    1976 - West End FC
    1977 - Internationals
    1978 - Internationals
    1979 - Deutscher Sportclub
    1980 - Deutscher Sportclub
    1981 - Deutscher Sportclub 3, Lions FC 1
    1982 - Lions FC
    1983 - Deutscher Sportclub
    1984 - Lions FC
    1985 - Eclipse
    1986 - European FC
    1987 - Lions FC
    1988 - Eclipse
    1989 - Spiders FC
    1990 - Spiders FC
    1991 - Pink Panthers 3, Fan Rats 2 (OT)
    1992 - Not Played
    1993 - Not Played
    1994 - Fan Rats 5, Lions 30 1
    1995 - Not Played
    1996 - Not Played
    1997 - Not Played
    1998 - Not Played
    1999 - Dublin FC 3, Fan Rats 1
    2000 - Dublin FC 4, Lions FC 2
    2001 - Lions FC 4, BlackWatch FC 0
    2002 - BlackWatch FC 1, Dublin FC 0
    2003 - Lions FC 3, Fan Rats 2
    2004 - Fan Rats 5, Lions Express 2
    2005 - Lions FC 3, Team FCA 2
    2006 - X-Rams 3, Fan Rats 2
    2007 - Lions 80 3, Metro Sting Masters 2
    2008 - Fan Rats 3, Lions 80 1
    2009 - X-Rams 1, FC Bosnia 0
    2010 - Richmond Celtic FC 2, Partizan Richmond FC Premier 0
    2011 - Partizan Richmond FC Premier 3, Brown Distributing 1
    2012 - Metro Sting FC 1, Lions FC 0
    2013 - Partizan Richmond FC Premier 2, X-Rams 1



Copa Bruce



El Bruce
S. Bruce Williams
(1959- )
Father of the Copa Bruce
Founder of the Bryan Park Soccer Complex




  • First Round - Sunday, August 25, 2013
    28 games randomly drawn amongst the 57 teams from the Third Division, Fourth Division, Fifth Division, Sixth Division, Seventh Division, & Eighth Division. One team receives a bye into the next round.

    • Partizan Richmond Cosmos 3, Club Atletico Messi, Ronaldo, & Kompany 1
    • P-Zones 7, Knights 1
    • Mamma Zû FC 4, Screaming Eagles United 0
    • Chester FC 3, Edo's Squid 1
    • Sounders 4, Blast HC 0
    • Pine Street Barbersmen 2, Die Macht FC 0
    • Club Atletico River Plate 6, After Hours FC 0
    • Capital Ale FC I 4, Artillery FC 0
    • Partizan FISA 3, Richmond Blaze FC 1
    • Sticky Rice United 7, ShoreTigers 0
    • Havoc FC 3, Havoc FC 2 0
    • Half Touch FC 5, Random Heroes 2 0
    • Galaxy FU 1, EEI Elite 0
    • Glanville Flash 2, CAPS Quattro FC 0 - forfeit
    • Fan Rats 4, Capital City FC 0
    • Richmond FC 3, Martin-Star United 0
    • Titans Veterans 7, FC Himalayas 0
    • FC Nuclear 8, Ivory Stripes 0
    • Juventus 3, Multiple Scoregasms 0
    • Hardywood Park FC 8, Nekron's Army 1
    • Mamma Zû Tu 6, Resistance 1
    • Buffalo Soldiers 7, Defenestrators 1
    • FC Balkan United 6, San Polo Beach 0
    • Pete's Mom FC 9, Cluster B 1
    • Total Soccer Show 1, Titans 1 (Total Soccer Show advances on PK's)
    • Richmond Street Soccer 2, Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen 0 - forfeit
    • Sicily 4, Bollweevils 3
    • Absolute B.C. 4, Midlo FC 1

    Bye - Fishbowl



  • Second Round - September & October, 2013
    14 games randomly drawn amongst the 28 First Round winners, and the one bye team. One team receives a bye into the next round.

    • Fishbowl 4, Mamma Zû Tu 1
    • Glanville Flash 5, Total Soccer Show 0
    • Richmond FC 7, Sounders 2
    • FC Nuclear 2, P-Zones 1
    • Absolute B.C. 7, Buffalo Soldiers 1
    • Juventus 1, Capital Ale FC I 1 (Juventus advances on PK's)
    • FC Balkan United 4, Sticky Rice United 3
    • Partisan FISA 2, Havoc FC 0
    • Partizan Richmond Cosmos 4, Richmond Street Soccer 1
    • Galaxy FU 3, Hardywood Park FC 0
    • Titans Veterans 3, Sicily 1
    • Fan Rats 2, Pete's Mom FC 2 (Fan Rats advances on PK's)
    • Club Atletico River Plate 4, Chester FC 1
    • Mamma Zû FC 0, Pine Street Barbersmen 0 (Pine Street Barbersmen advances on PK's)

    Bye - Half Touch FC



  • Third Round - October, 2013
    Seven games randomly drawn amongst the 14 Second Round winners, and the one bye team. One team receives a bye into the Quarterfinals.

    • Richmond FC 1, Pine Street Barbersmen 1 (Pine Street Barbersmen advances on PK's)
    • Fan Rats 1, Absolute BC 8
    • Half Touch FC 3, Partizan FISA 1
    • Titans Veterans 0, Partizan Richmond Cosmos 1
    • FC Balkan United 4, Glanville Flash 6
    • Club Atletico River Plate 3, Juventus 1
    • Fishbowl 3, Galaxy FU 1

    Bye - FC Nuclear



  • Quarterfinals - Sunday, March 26, 2014
    Random draw amongst the seven Third Round winners, and the bye team. Winners advance to the Semifinal Round.

    • Partizan Richmond Cosmos 0, Pine Street Barbersmen 1
    • Absolute BC 5, Fishbowl 2
    • Glanville Flash 2, Half Touch FC 0 - forfeit
    • Club Atletico River Plate 2, FC Nuclear 0 - forfeit



  • Semifinals - Spring, 2014
    Random draw amongst the four Quarterfinal winners. Winners advance to the Final Round.

    • Pine Street Barbersmen
    • Absolute BC
    • Glanville Flash
    • Club Atletico River Plate



Copa Bruce Past Champions
    2000 - Big Nasty 3, Daredevils 1
    2001 - Tyrants 2, Poe's Pub 1
    2002 - Lions Express 3, Fan Rats 0
    2003 - Lions Express 6, Pink Panthers 4
    2004 - BlackWatch United 1, BlackWatch AARP 0 (2OT)
    2005 - Bandito's 4, Sidewalk Café 1
    2006 - Metro Sting Internationals 4, Reggae Boyz FC 3 (OT)
    2007 - Richmond Celtic I 2, 3 Monkeys 2 (4:1 PK)
    2008 - CLG Flames 2, Galaxy FU 0
    2009 - Richmond Celtic FC 1, 3 Monkeys 0 (OT)
    2010 - Sticky Rice FC 3, Glanville United 2
    2011 - Lightning 4, Absolute A.D. 3
    2012 - Glanville United 4, Lightning 3
    2013 - Pink Panthers 5, Lightning 1



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