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The CVSA Cup

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, D.C. 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 D.C. 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 2017-'18 season, the CVSA Cup is to be contested by 37 teams: the nine Premier Division teams, nine First Division teams, nine Second Division teams (one team is ineligible), and the ten Third Division teams. The lower cup competition, the Copa Bruce, is to be contested by the remainder of teams of the lower divisions who wished 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 is a leading offensive component for the Lions Masters of the CVSA Veterans Division.

Partizan Richmond Premier is the current holder of the CVSA Cup, winning the 2016-'17 tournament with a 6:0 thumping of Screaming Eagles FC in the championship game at City Stadium on June 3, blowing the game open after a 1:0 halftime score. This title was their third CVSA Cup title. For Absolute B.C., the third time was a charm, as they are the current holders of the Copa Bruce, with a 4:3 golden-goal OT victory over Screaming Eagles United at City Stadium earlier on June 3, in a match which preceded the CVSA Cup Final. Absolute has been Copa Bruce finalists on two previous occaisions, coming up short each time. After turning an early 2:0 lead into a 2:3 deficit, they grabbed a late equalizer, and then won the game in golden goal overtime.



Partizan Richmond Premier
2016-'17 Central Virginia Soccer Association Cup Champions



  • First Round - October 8, 2017
    Five games randomly drawn amongst the nine Premier Division, nine First Division, ten Second Division, and ten Third Division teams. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition. Rack City FC is ineligible due to a forfeit in the 2016-'17 CVSA Cup.

    • Glanville Flash 0 vs. Metro Sting Geriatric Express 2
    • LOKO FC 4 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 8
    • Lightning 3 vs. Quilmes AC 1
    • Melo Lion FC 3 vs. Fall Line FC 0 - forfeit; Fall Line FC is ineligible for the 2018-'19 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • Mamma Zû 1 vs. Richmond FC 7


  • Second Round - October 2017
    16 games randomly drawn amongst the five CVSA Cup First Round winners, and the 27 CVSA Cup entrants receiving a First Round bye. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition.

    • Hibachi Box 3 vs. Brew Crew 4
    • OutKast 2 vs. Martin-Star Screaming Eagles 1
    • Fan Rats 2 vs. Foster Made 3
    • Chester FC 2 vs. BBQ FC 2 (3:4 PK)
    • Screaming Eagles United 7 vs. BVB Borussia 0
    • Metro Sting Geriatric Express 3 vs. Richmond City FC II 0 - forfeit; Richmond City FC II is ineligible for the 2018-'19 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • Sporting 804 1 vs. Partizan Richmond FC 8
    • Glanville FC 1 vs. Sticky Rice FX 5
    • Capital City FC 2 vs. Lightning 6
    • Pete's Mom FC 0 vs. Richmond FC 5
    • México Restaurant 0 vs. Lions FC 3 - forfeit; México Restaurant is ineligible for the 2018-'19 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • Richmond Celtic FC 3 vs. FC Bosnia 1
    • Club Atlético Kempes 0 vs. X-Rams 7
    • RVA Reds 1 vs. Absolute B.C. 6
    • Richmond Flames 0 vs. Richmond City FC 2
    • Melo Lion FC 1 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 7



  • Round of 16 - November 19, 2017
    Eight games randomly drawn amongst the 16 CVSA Cup Second Round winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition.

    • Richmond City FC 2 vs. Partizan Richmond FC 3
    • Richmond Celtic FC 6 vs. Brew Crew 1
    • BBQ FC 0 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 6
    • Lightning 1 vs. Absolute B.C. 1 (1:4 PK)
    • Richmond FC 1 vs. Screaming Eagles United 2
    • Foster Made 2 vs. Lions FC 4
    • X-Rams 3 vs. Sticky Rice FX 0
    • Metro Sting Geriatric Express 1 vs. OutKast 3



  • Quarterfinals - Spring '18
    Four games randomly drawn amongst the eight CVSA Cup Round of 16 winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition.

    Absolute B.C.
    Lions FC
    OutKast
    Partizan Richmond FC
    Richmond Celtic FC
    Screaming Eagles FC
    Screaming Eagles United
    X-Rams



  • Semifinals - TBA
    Two games randomly drawn amongst the four CVSA Cup Quarterfinal winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by two 15-minute golden goal overtime periods, then a penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition. The winner of the first pairing drawn will be the home team in the CVSA Cup Final.




  • Championship - TBA
    CVSA Cup Semifinal winners. A tie will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.

    2017 - '18 CVSA Cup Final

    City Stadium
    Team 1 2 Final




CVSA Cup Past Champions
    1975-'76 - West End FC
    1976-'77 - Internationals
    1977-'78 - Internationals
    1978-'79 - Deutscher Sportclub
    1979-'80 - Deutscher Sportclub
    1980-'81 - Deutscher Sportclub 3, Lions FC 1
    1981-'82 - Lions FC
    1982-'83 - Deutscher Sportclub
    1983-'84 - Lions FC
    1984-'85 - Eclipse
    1985-'86 - European FC
    1986-'87 - Lions FC
    1987-'88 - Eclipse
    1988-'89 - Spiders FC
    1989-'90 - Spiders FC
    1990-'91 - Pink Panthers 3, Fan Rats 2 (OT)
    1991-'92 - Not Played
    1992-'93 - Not Played
    1993-'94 - Fan Rats 5, Lions 30 1
    1994-'95 - Not Played
    1995-'96 - Not Played
    1996-'97 - Not Played
    1997-'98 - Not Played
    1998-'99 - Dublin FC 3, Fan Rats 1
    1999-'00 - Dublin FC 4, Lions FC 2
    2000-'01 - Lions FC 4, BlackWatch FC 0
    2001-'02 - BlackWatch FC 1, Dublin FC 0
    2002-'03 - Lions FC 3, Fan Rats 2
    2003-'04 - Fan Rats 5, Lions Express 2
    2004-'05 - Lions FC 3, Team FCA 2
    2005-'06 - X-Rams 3, Fan Rats 2
    2006-'07 - Lions 80 3, Metro Sting Masters 2
    2007-'08 - Fan Rats 3, Lions 80 1
    2008-'09 - X-Rams 1, FC Bosnia 0
    2009-'10 - Richmond Celtic FC 2, Partizan Richmond FC Premier 0
    2010-'11 - Partizan Richmond FC Premier 3, Brown Distributing 1
    2011-'12 - Metro Sting FC 1, Lions FC 0
    2012-'13 - Partizan Richmond FC Premier 2, X-Rams 1
    2013-'14 - Metro Sting FC 4, Partizan Richmond Premier 1
    2014-'15 - X-Rams 6, FC Bosnia 0
    2015-'16 - Lions FC 2, Metro Sting FC 1
    2016-'17 - Partizan Richmond Premier 6, Screaming Eagles FC 0



Copa Bruce



El Bruce
S. Bruce Williams
Father of the Copa Bruce
Founder of the Bryan Park Soccer Complex
CVSA President, 1985-1999



Absolute B.C.
2016-'17 Copa Bruce Champions



  • First Round - Sunday, October 8
    Nine games randomly drawn amongst all interested CVSA teams from the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Coed Competitive, & Coed Recreational Divisions. Home teams are listed first. All Coed teams entered in the Copa Bruce may have no more than seven men on the field at any time. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition. Pup-'N-Suds and Richmond City FC Coed are ineligible due to forfeits in the 2016-'17 Copa Bruce.

    • Defenestrators 2 vs. Hardywood Park FC 1
    • HP FC 1 vs. Richmond is for Haters 3
    • Resistance 0 vs. Canadian Enchiladas 1
    • Misfits FC 2 vs. FC Ivory Stripes 1
    • Gooner's Guild 2 vs. Chesterfield Wild SC 0
    • Galaxy FU 13 vs. Fat Dragon FC 0
    • Penny Lane Pub FC 2 vs. 3 Monkeys United 0
    • LOKO FC 2 1 vs. Sidewalk Café 2
    • SMPK Coptic Church 0 vs. Knights 3



  • Second Round - October 2017
    Random drawing amongst the nine Copa Bruce First Round winners, and the 23 Copa Bruce entrants receiving a First Round bye. Home teams are listed first. All Coed teams entered in the Copa Bruce may have no more than seven men on the field at any time. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition.

    • Heart of Midlothian FC 0 vs. Titans 3 - forfeit; Heart of Midlothian FC is ineligible for the 2018-'19 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • Tri-City FC 2 vs. Galaxy FU 0
    • Richmond is for Haters 6 vs. Unicorn Soccer Association 0
    • Die Macht FC 1 vs. Legend of Ivory Stripes 1 (2:4 PK)
    • FC Himalayas 3 vs. Misfits FC 2
    • Guerrero's 1 vs. Tigres FC 3
    • Bollweevils 3 vs. Defenestrators 10
    • Penny Lane Pub FC 6 vs. FISA 1
    • Canadian Enchiladas 2 vs. Richmond Blaze FC 3
    • Sidewalk Café 0 vs. CAPS Quattro Dermis FC 4
    • Screaming Eagles Classic 2 vs. Knights 4
    • Nekron's Army 1 vs. LOKO Mix FC 3
    • Richmond FC Masters 6 vs. Home FC Home 0
    • Rotating Captains 1 vs. River City FC 6
    • HC United 3 vs. Gooner's Guild 1
    • After Hours FC 1 vs. The Strongs 6



  • Round of 16 - November 19, 2017
    Eight games randomly drawn amongst the 16 Copa Bruce Second Round winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition.

    • Titans 2 vs. The Strongs 4
    • LOKO Mix FC 1 vs. Knights 1 (2:4 PK)
    • Richmond FC Masters 0 vs. Richmond is for Haters 3
    • Tri-City FC 0 vs. Penny Lane Pub FC 4
    • HC United 0 vs. CAPS Quattro Dermis FC 2
    • Defenestrators 3 vs. Legend of Ivory Stripes 1
    • Richmond Blaze FC 3 vs. Tigres FC 5
    • FC Himalayas 0 vs. River City FC 1



  • Quarterfinals - Spring '18
    Four games randomly drawn amongst the eight Copa Bruce Round of 16 winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition.

    CAPS Quattro Dermis FC
    Defenestrators
    Knights
    Penny Lane Pub FC
    Richmond is for Haters
    River City FC
    The Strongs
    Tigres FC



  • Semifinals - TBA
    Two games randomly drawn amongst the four Copa Bruce Quarterfinal winners. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by two 15-minute golden goal overtime periods, then a penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2018-'19 cup competition. The winner of the first pairing drawn will be the home team in the Copa Bruce Final.




  • Championship - TBA
    Copa Bruce Semifinal winners. A tie will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.

    2017 - '18 Copa Bruce Final

    City Stadium
    Team 1 2 Final



Copa Bruce Past Champions
    1999-'00 - Big Nasty 3, Daredevils 1
    2000-'01 - Tyrants 2, Poe's Pub 1
    2001-'02 - Lions Express 3, Fan Rats 0
    2002-'03 - Lions Express 6, Pink Panthers 4
    2003-'04 - BlackWatch United 1, BlackWatch AARP 0 (2OT)
    2004-'05 - Bandito's 4, Sidewalk Café 1
    2005-'06 - Metro Sting Internationals 4, Reggae Boyz FC 3 (OT)
    2006-'07 - Richmond Celtic I 2, 3 Monkeys 2 (4:1 PK)
    2007-'08 - CLG Flames 2, Galaxy FU 0
    2008-'09 - Richmond Celtic FC 1, 3 Monkeys 0 (OT)
    2009-'10 - Sticky Rice FC 3, Glanville United 2
    2010-'11 - Lightning 4, Absolute A.D. 3
    2011-'12 - Glanville United 4, Lightning 3
    2012-'13 - Pink Panthers 5, Lightning 1
    2013-'14 - Club Atlético River Plate 5, Absolute B.C. 0
    2014-'15 - Richmond United 1, Metro Sting Old School 1 (4:2 PK)
    2015-'16 - Glanville Flash 2, Southern FC 1 (OT)
    2016-'17 - Absolute B.C. 4, Screaming Eagles United 3 (OT)



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