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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 2018-'19 season, the CVSA Cup is to be contested by 35 teams: the nine Premier Division teams, nine First Division teams, nine Second Division teams, and the nine Third Division teams (one team is ineligible). 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 FC is the current holder of the CVSA Cup, winning the 2017-'18 tournament with a 2:0 victory over the CVSA's Cinderella story, the 2016-'17 Copa Bruce Champions Absolute B.C., in the championship game at Bryan Park on July 14, a replay of the rained out game from June 2 at City Stadium. This title was the fourth for Partizan Richmond, separating them from the X-Rams and Fan Rats, and evening them with Deutscher Sportclub, in the number of CVSA Cup titles. For The Strongs, they have known nothing but success in the CVSA, winning the three regular season titles for which they have competed, and now having a Copa Bruce Championship of their own with a 2:1 victory over Richmond is for Haters on June 2 at City Stadium.

Partizan Richmond FC
2017-'18 Central Virginia Soccer Association Cup Champions



  • First Round
    Three games randomly drawn amongst the nine Premier Division, nine First Division, nine Second Division, and nine Third Division teams. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2019-'20 cup competition. Richmond City FC II is ineligible due to a forfeit in the 2017-'18 CVSA Cup.

      Sunday, September 30
    • Martin-Star Screaming Eagles 1 vs. Glanville Flash 4
    • Defenestrators 1 vs. Brew Crew 3
    • Bollweevils 3 vs. Fan Rats 1


  • Second Round
    16 games randomly drawn amongst the three CVSA Cup First Round winners, and the 29 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 2019-'20 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 30
    • Rack City FC 4 vs. Kairos FC 1
    • Hardywood Park FC 1 vs. Pete's Mom FC 7
    • X-Rams 5 vs. Absolute B.C. 2
    • Sporting 804 10 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 1
    • Sticky Rice FX 6 vs. North Chesterfield FC 0
    • LOKO FC 4 vs. Short Pump FC 5
    • The HofGarden 2 vs. Richmond City FC 0
    • The Strongs 6 vs. River City FC 2
    • Capital City FC 0 vs. Richmond Celtic FC 9
    • Richmond Flames 3 vs. FC Inferno 1
    • Partizan Richmond Premier 10 vs. Partizan Richmond United 1
    • FC Ivory Stripes 4 vs. Mamma Zû 2
    • Glanville Waza City 0 vs. Lions FC 11

    • Tuesday, October 16
    • Screaming Eagles United 5 vs. Brew Crew 2
    • Lightning 1 vs. Bollweevils 0
    • Glanville Flash 2 vs. Quilmes AC 2 (4:3 PK)



  • Round of 16
    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 2019-'20 cup competition.

      Sunday, November 11
    • Sporting 804 6 vs. Pete's Mom FC 0
    • Richmond Celtic FC 0 vs. Partizan Richmond Premier 8
    • Lions FC 1 vs. Richmond Flames 1 (11:10 PK)

    • Sunday, November 18
    • FC Ivory Stripes 2 vs. The HofGarden 2 (0:3 PK)
    • X-Rams 1 vs. Sticky Rice FX 3
    • Glanville Flash 1 vs. Lightning 4
    • The Strongs 3 vs. Screaming Eagles United 3 (5:4 PK)

    • Wednesday, November 28
    • Rack City FC 1 vs. Short Pump FC 0



  • Quarterfinals
    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 2019-'20 cup competition.

    The HofGarden
    Lightning
    Lions FC
    Partizan Richmond Premier
    Rack City FC
    Sporting 804
    Sticky Rice FX
    The Strongs



  • Semifinals
    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 2019-'20 cup competition. The winner of the first pairing drawn will be the home team in the CVSA Cup Final.




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

    2018 - '19 CVSA Cup Final
    Saturday, June 1
    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
    2017-'18 - Partizan Richmond FC 2, Absolute B.C. 0



Copa Bruce



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



The Strongs
2017-'18 Copa Bruce Champions



  • First Round
    Nine games randomly drawn amongst all interested CVSA teams from the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Veterans, 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. All Veterans teams must consist of players born 1978 or before. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2019-'20 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 30
    • Scaries 5 vs. Havoc FC 2
    • Premium FC 1 vs. THP FC 3
    • Absolute United 5 vs. Quattro Dermis FC 3
    • SRC FC 0 vs. Bollweevils FC XL 12
    • FC Himalayas 11 vs. Nekron's Army 2
    • Knights 2 vs. BVB 3
    • Tigres FC 1 vs. Chesterfield Wild SC 5
    • LOKO Mix FC 2 vs. Die Macht FC 0
    • LFC RVA 3 vs. 3 Monkeys 5



  • Second Round
    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. All Veterans teams must consist of players born 1978 or before. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2019-'20 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 30
    • Legend of Ivory Stripes 2 vs. Richmond Gooners 0
    • Titans 3 vs. Bean FC 4
    • HC United 1 vs. Richmond FC 5
    • Richmond is for Haters 5 vs. LOKO FC Express 0
    • Metro Zû Lions 7 vs. Home FC Home 0
    • FISA 0 vs. Misfits FC 6
    • Penny Lane Pub FC 2 vs. Glanville United 2 (2:4 PK)
    • Richmond Blaze FC 5 vs. Sidewalk Café 3

    • Tuesday, October 16
    • Young Boys of Ivory Stripes 3 vs. LOKO Mix FC 1
    • Scaries 2 vs. The Murtaughs 3
    • Fat Dragon FC 4 vs. Absolute United 2

    • Wednesday, October 17
    • Gooner's Guild 1 vs. THP FC 4
    • Resistance 3 vs. Bollweevils FC XL 4
    • FC Himalayas 13 vs. Screaming Eagles Classic 0
    • Unicorn Soccer Association 2 vs. 3 Monkeys 5

    • Tuesday, October 23
    • BVB 2 vs. Chesterfield Wild SC 1



  • Round of 16
    Eight games randomly drawn amongst the 16 Copa Bruce Second Round winners. All Coed teams entered in the Copa Bruce may have no more than seven men on the field at any time. All Veterans teams must consist of players born 1978 or before. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2019-'20 cup competition.

      Sunday, November 11
    • Richmond Blaze FC 0 vs. Metro Zû Lions 1

    • Tuesday, November 13
    • The Murtaughs 2 vs. Glanville United 1

    • Sunday, November 18
    • Bollweevils FC XL 1 vs. Richmond is for Haters 2
    • THP FC 1 vs. Young Boys of Ivory Stripes 0
    • Richmond FC 6 vs. 3 Monkeys 0
    • Fat Dragon FC 3 vs. FC Himalayas 1

    • Tuesday, November 27
    • Misfits FC 4 vs. Bean FC 1

    • Sunday, December 2
    • Legend of Ivory Stripes 2 vs. BVB 5



  • Quarterfinals
    Four games randomly drawn amongst the eight Copa Bruce Round of 16 winners. All Coed teams entered in the Copa Bruce may have no more than seven men on the field at any time. All Veterans teams must consist of players born 1979 or before. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2019-'20 cup competition.

    BVB
    Fat Dragon FC
    Metro Zû Lions
    Misfits FC
    The Murtaughs
    Richmond FC
    Richmond is for Haters
    THP FC



  • Semifinals
    Two games randomly drawn amongst the four Copa Bruce Quarterfinal winners. All Coed teams entered in the Copa Bruce may have no more than seven men on the field at any time. All Veterans teams must consist of players born 1979 or before. 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
    Copa Bruce Semifinal winners. All Coed teams entered in the Copa Bruce may have no more than seven men on the field at any time. All Veterans teams must consist of players born 1979 or before. A tie will be settled by two 15-minute golden-goal overtimes, and then a penalty kick shootout if necessary.

    2018 - '19 Copa Bruce Final
    Saturday, June 1
    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)
    2017-'18 - The Strongs 2, Richmond is for Haters 1



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