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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 2014-'15 season, the CVSA Cup will be contested by 32 teams: the six Premier Division teams, nine First Division teams, nine Second Division teams, and eight "wildcard" teams from the lower divisions. Any of the eight "wildcard" teams losing in the first two rounds of the CVSA Cup are eligible for relegation to the Copa Bruce. The lower cup competition, the Copa Bruce, will be contested by the remainder of teams of the lower division teams who wish to enter. 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.

Metro Sting FC is the current holder of the CVSA Cup, winning the 2013-'14 tournament with a 4:1 victory over defending champions Partizan Richmond Premier, in the championship game at Bryan Park on June 1. Metro Sting FC also won the Spring '14 Premier Division, and this title was their second CVSA Cup title. Club Atlético River Plate are the current holders of the Copa Bruce, with a 5:0 victory over Absolute B.C. at Bryan Park on June 1, in a match which preceded the CVSA Cup final. This is the first Copa Bruce Championship for the Club Atlético, in their first cup final appearance.





  • First Round - Sunday, October 5, 2014
    16 games randomly drawn amongst the six Premier Division, nine First Division, nine Second Division, and eight wildcard teams. Any wildcard losers are automatically relegated to the Copa Bruce, save for wildcard teams losing by forfeit.

    FC Bosnia
    Lions FC
    Metro Sting FC
    Partizan Richmond Premier
    Richmond Celtic FC
    X-Rams
    Glanville United
    La Flama Blanca SU
    Laurel FC
    Metro Sting New School
    México Restaurant
    Partizan Express
    Richmond City FC
    Screaming Eagles FC
    Sticky Rice FC
    Absolute B.C.
    CAPS Spartans
    Club Atlético River Plate
    FC Nuclear
    Lightning
    RCFC II
    Richmond Flames
    Rockafire Explosion
    Titans Veterans
    Fan Rats (wildcard)
    Metro Sting Old School (wildcard)



  • Second Round - October & November, 2014
    Eight games randomly drawn between the 16 CVSA Cup First Round winners. Any wildcard losers are automatically relegated to the Copa Bruce, save for wildcard teams losing by forfeit.





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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
    2014 - Metro Sting FC 4, Partizan Richmond Premier 1



Copa Bruce



El Bruce
S. Bruce Williams
Father of the Copa Bruce
Founder of the Bryan Park Soccer Complex





Club Atlético River Plate
2013-'14 Copa Bruce Champions


  • 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 Atlético 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 Atlético 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 Atlético 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 Atlético 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 Atlético River Plate 2, FC Nuclear 0 - forfeit



  • Semifinals - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Random draw amongst the four Quarterfinal winners. Winners advance to the Final Round.

    • Club Atlético River Plate 2, Pine Street Barbersmen 1
    • Absolute BC 7, Glanville Flash 1



  • Championship - Sunday, June 1, 2014
    Copa Bruce Semifinal winners

      2013-'14 Copa Bruce Final
      Team 1 2 Final
      Club Atlético River Plate 2 3 5
      Absolute B.C. 0 0 0



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
    2014 - Club Atlético River Plate 5, Absolute B.C. 0



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