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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. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.

    • Richmond City FC 8 vs. Metro Sting Old School* 0
    • Richmond Flames 4 vs. Absolute B.C. 0
    • Rack City FC* 2 vs. Metro Sting New School 6
    • CAPS Spartans 1 vs. Lightning 3
    • Southern FC* 4 vs. X-Rams 9
    • Pine Street Barbersmen* 2 vs. Titans Veterans 0 - forfeit
    • Glanville United 3 vs. FC Bosnia 3 (FC Bosnia advances on PKs)
    • Partizan Richmond Premier 7 vs. Metro Sting FC 1
    • Fan Rats* 0 vs. Lions FC 8
    • Richmond Celtic FC 1 vs. Laurel FC 2
    • Rockafire Explosion 7 vs. México Restaurant 1
    • P-Zones* 1 vs. La Flama Blanca SU 2
    • LOKO FC* 2 vs. Club Atlético River Plate 1
    • Partizan Cosmos* 3 vs. Sticky Rice FC 1
    • RCFC II 0 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 4
    • FC Nuclear 0 vs. Partizan Express 5

    * - Wildcard team.



  • 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. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.

    • Richmond Flames 2 vs. Lightning 3
    • Partizan Express 10 vs. Pine Street Barbersmen* 1
    • Metro Sting New School 0 vs. Richmond City FC 2 - forfeit
    • FC Bosnia 6 vs. LOKO FC* 2
    • Partizan Richmond Premier 9 vs. Laurel FC 1
    • Rockafire Explosion 1 vs. La Flama Blanca SU 2
    • Lions FC 1 vs. X-Rams 3
    • Partizan Cosmos* 0 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 2

    * - Wildcard team.



  • Quarterfinals - Sunday, February 22, 2015
    Random draw amongst the eight Second Round winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.

    FC Bosnia
    La Flama Blanca SU
    Lightning
    Partizan Express
    Partizan Richmond Premier
    Richmond City FC
    Screaming Eagles FC
    X-Rams



  • Semifinals - Spring '15
    Random draw amongst the four Quarterfinal winners. Ties will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.




  • Championship - Spring '15
    CVSA Cup Semifinal winners will be randomly drawn to determine the home team. A tie will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.





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




  • First Round - Sunday, October 5, 2014
    Random drawing amongst all interested CVSA teams from the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Coed Competitive, & Coed Recreational Divisions. CVSA Cup Wildcard teams are excused from this round. Any team receiving a bye may not receive a bye in future rounds of the Copa Bruce. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.


    • Hardywood Park FC 5 vs. Nekron's Army 1
    • Sidewalk Café 6 vs. Richmond FC 0
    • Midlo FC 2 vs. Glanville Flash 1
    • Richmond Blaze 1 vs. Random Heroes FC 3
    • Chester FC 4 vs. Blast HC 2
    • Fishbowl 0 vs. Defenestrators 0 (Defenestrators advance on PKs)
    • Resistance 0 vs. Artillery FC 2
    • Jamsquad 5 vs. Hearts of Midlothian FC 4
    • Knights 2 vs. Havoc FC 2 (Knights advance on PKs)
    • Capital City FC 2 vs. After Hours FC 3
    • Galaxy FU 2 vs. Pete's Mom FC 0 - forfeit
    • Wafflehaus FC 1 vs. Sounders 6
    • River City FC 2 vs. Martin-Star United 4
    • Ivory Stripes 1 vs. Formerly In-Shape All Stars 2
    • Mamma Zû Tu 3 vs. Club Atlético Messi, Ronaldo, & Kompany 6
    • LOKO FC 2 2 vs. Richmond Street Soccer 3
    • Sticky Rice United 2 vs. Total Soccer Show 0
    • Titans 0 vs. Richmond United 5
    • Screaming Eagles United 4 vs. ManChestHair United 2
    • Brasa FC 2 vs. Edo's Squid Father & Son 6
    • Club Atlético Kempes, Cruyff, & Beckenbauer 2 vs. Die Macht FC 2 (Club Atlético advances on PKs)
    • Brew Crew 0 vs. Quilmes AC 2
    • Probably Hungover 0 vs. Mamma Zû FC 5
    • Multiple Scorgasms 5 vs. Capital Ale FC 3
    • EEI Elite 0 vs. Bollweevils 3

    Bye - Buffalo Soldiers.
    Not participating in the 2014-'15 Copa Bruce - CAPS Quattro Dermis FC, Millennium Falcon, Big Night Out FC, F.W. Sullivan's, Ewoks FC, Ardent Craft Ales, Balls 'N Dolls, Team Xbladezzz, Richmond Shin Kickers, Granby United, The Mercenaries, Imonaboat, Unathletico.



  • Second Round - October & November, 2014
    Random draw amongst the Copa Bruce First Round winners, the Copa Bruce First Round bye team, and any non-forfeitting CVSA Cup Wildcard losers. A bye will be given in this round only if there are an odd number of participants in this round. The Copa Bruce First Round bye team cannot receive a bye in this round. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.

    • Random Heroes 6 vs. P-Zones 1
    • Artillery FC 0 vs. Galaxy FU 13
    • Knights 0 vs. Bollweevils 2 - forfeit
    • Defenestrators 1 vs. Sticky Rice United 3
    • Fan Rats 1 vs. Metro Sting Old School 3
    • Rack City FC 0 vs. Club Atlético Messi, Ronaldo, & Kompany 4
    • Buffalo Soldiers 2 vs. Richmond United 8
    • Southern FC 6 vs. Chester FC 3
    • Martin-Star United 6 vs. Hardywood Park FC 0
    • Quilmes AC 2 vs. After Hours FC 1
    • Screaming Eagles United 2 vs. Sounders 1
    • Club Atlético Kempes, Cruyff, & Beckenbauer 0 vs. Midlo FC 6
    • Richmond Street Soccer 0 vs. Jamsquad 3
    • Sidewalk Café 2 vs. Edo's Squid Father & Son 0 - forfeit
    • Multiple Scorgasms 0 vs. Formerly In Shape All Stars 2 - forfeit

    Bye - Mamma Zû FC.



  • Third Round - Fall '14 / Spring '15
    Random draw amongst the 15 Second Round winners, the one Second Round bye team, and the non-forfeitting CVSA Cup Wildcard losers. There will be six teams drawn, to eliminate three, and pare the Copa Bruce field to 16 teams. The Copa Bruce Second Round bye team will participate in this round; as well, the Copa Bruce First Round bye will participate in this round if not already eliminated. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.

    • Formerly In Shape All Stars vs. Jamsquad Sun Feb 8, TBA
    • Mamma Zû FC 2 vs. Galaxy FU 3
    • Club Atlético Messi, Ronaldo, & Kompany vs. Pine Street Barbersmen Sun Feb 8, TBA

    Bye - Bollweevils, LOKO FC, Martin-Star United, Metro Sting Old School, Midlo FC, Partizan Cosmos, Quilmes AC, Random Heroes, Richmond United, Screaming Eagles United, Sidewalk Café, Southern FC, Sticky Rice United.



  • Round of 16 - Sunday, February 22, 2015
    Random draw amongst the three Copa Bruce Third Round winners, and the 13 Copa Bruce Third Round bye teams. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.
    Bollweevils
    Galaxy FU
    LOKO FC
    Martin-Star United
    Metro Sting Old School
    Midlo FC
    Partizan Cosmos
    Quilmes AC
    Random Heroes
    Richmond United
    Screaming Eagles United
    Sidewalk Café
    Southern FC
    Sticky Rice United



  • Quarterfinals - Spring '15
    Random draw amongst the eight Round of 16 winners. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout.




  • Semifinals - Spring '15
    Random draw amongst the four Quarterfinal winners. Ties will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.




  • Championship - Spring '15
    Copa Bruce Semifinal winners will be randomly drawn to determine the home team. A tie will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.




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

Disciplinary Point Totals - 2014-'15 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce



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