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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 2019-'20 season, the CVSA Cup is to be contested by 35 teams: the six Premier Division teams, ten First Division teams, nine Second Division teams, and the ten Third Division teams (one team is ineligible). The lower cup competition, the Copa Bruce, is to be contested by 43 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.

Sporting 804 is the current holder of the CVSA Cup, winning the 2018-'19 tournament with a 6:2 comeback victory over two-time defending champion Partizan Richmond FC, at City Stadium on June 1. After conceding a goal in the first 17 seconds, and then another 15 minutes later, Sporting 804 tied the game at 2:2 at the half, and ran away in the second half for their first CVSA Cup title. For Richmond is for Haters, they erased the sting of last year's loss in the Copa Bruce Final, defeating Richmond FC 3:2 with a golden goal overtime winner at 102'. This was the fourth Copa Bruce title match in five years to go to overtime, with three of those four being decided with a golden goal.

Sporting 804
2018-'19 Central Virginia Soccer Association Cup Champions



  • First Round
    Three games randomly drawn amongst the six Premier Division, ten First Division, nine 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 2020-'21 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 29
    • Partizan Richmond FC vs. Defenestrators Bryan Park "C", 9:00AM
    • Blues FC vs. Cafeteros FC Bryan Park "E", 9:00AM
    • Richmond City FC vs. Renegades UR Intramural #2, 11:00AM


  • 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 2020-'21 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 29
    • The Strongers vs. Rack City FC UR Intramural #2, 3:00PM
    • Screaming Eagles United vs. Lions FC Bryan Park "A", 1:00PM
    • LOKO FC Express vs. Lightning Bryan Park "B", 11:00AM
    • Zulu FC vs. Screaming Eagles RVA Bryan Park "A", 11:00AM
    • FC México RVA vs. Quilmes AC Bryan Park "B", 1:00PM
    • Mamma Zû vs. Pete's Mom FC Bryan Park "E", 11:00AM
    • Hardywood Park FC vs. Richmond City FC Clasico Bryan Park "B", 9:00AM
    • Absolute B.C. vs. Capital City FC Bryan Park "B", 3:00PM
    • Richmond Celtic FC vs. Bollweevils Varina High School, 3:00PM
    • Short Pump FC vs. Partizan Richmond United Bryan Park "C", 11:00AM
    • Screaming Eagles FC vs. Penny Lane Pub FC Bryan Park "C", 3:00PM
    • FC Ivory Stripes vs. The HofGarden Dorey Park #2, 11:00AM
    • P-Zones vs. Sticky Rice FC Bryan Park "C", 1:00PM

    • Wednesday, October 9
    • Kairos FC vs. Partizan Richmond FC / Defenestrators Dorey Park #2, 6:15PM

    • Tuesday, October 22
    • Richmond City FC / Renegades vs. Sporting 804 Dorey Park #2, 6:15PM
    • Blues FC / Cafeteros FC vs. Richmond FC Dorey Park #2, 8:15PM



  • 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 2020-'21 cup competition.





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
    2018-'19 - Sporting 804 6, Partizan Richmond Premier 2



Copa Bruce



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



Richmond is for Haters
2018-'19 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 1979 or before. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2020-'21 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 29
    • Chesterfield Wild SC vs. BVB Bryan Park "E", 1:00PM
    • Sidewalk Café vs. Havoc FC Bryan Park "D", 11:00AM
    • The Murtaughs vs. Richmond City FC Coed UR Intramural #2, 9:00AM
    • Balls 'N Dolls vs. Young Boys of Ivory Stripes Dorey Park #2, 9:00AM
    • Sunday Scaries vs. THP FC Bryan Park "E", 3:00PM
    • Gooners Guild vs. Fat Dragon FC Bryan Park "D", 9:00AM
    • Quattro Dermis FC vs. Tots United Dorey Park #3, 3:00PM
    • 3 Monkeys FC vs. Metro Zû Lions Bryan Park "D", 3:00PM
    • Richmond Gooners vs. Resistance Varina High School, 11:00AM
    • River City FC vs. Rage FC Varina High School, 1:00PM
    • Washed Up vs. HC United Dorey Park #3, 1:00PM



  • Second Round
    Random drawing amongst the 11 Copa Bruce First Round winners, and the 21 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 1979 or before. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2020-'21 cup competition.

      Sunday, September 29
    • Knights vs. Titans Dorey Park #3, 11:00AM
    • The Strongs Old School vs. FISA UR Intramural #2, 1:00PM
    • Screaming Eagles Classic vs. Absolute United Bryan Park "D", 1:00PM
    • LOKO Mix FC vs. Bean FC Bryan Park "A", 9:00AM
    • LFC RVA vs. Centerville Family Practice Varina High School, 9:00AM
    • Kuma FC vs. RIFH FC Bryan Park "A", 3:00PM
    • Home FC Home vs. District 5 FC Dorey Park #3, 9:00AM

    • Wednesday, October 9
    • Gooners Guild / Fat Dragon FC vs. Sidewalk Café / Havoc FC Dorey Park #3, 8:15PM
    • Die Macht FC vs. Balls 'N Dolls / Young Boys of Ivory Stripes Dorey Park #3, 6:15PM
    • Washed Up / HC United vs. UNOS Dorey Park #2, 8:15PM

    • Tuesday, October 15
    • Unicorn Soccer Association vs. Richmond Gooners / Resistance Dorey Park #3, 8:15PM
    • Glanville Evil Poptarts vs. Quattro Dermis FC / Tots United Dorey Park #2, 8:15PM
    • Misfits FC vs. The Murtaughs / Richmond City FC Coed Dorey Park #3, 6:15PM
    • Legend of Ivory Stripes vs. River City FC / Rage Dorey Park #2, 6:15PM

    • Tuesday, October 22
    • Chesterfield Wild SC / BVB vs. 3 Monkeys FC / Metro Zû Lions Dorey Park #3, 6:15PM
    • Villalobos FC vs. Sunday Scaries / THP FC Dorey Park #3, 8:15PM


  • 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 1979 or before. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeitting are ineligible for 2020-'21 cup competition.




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
    2018-'19 - Richmond is for Haters 3, Richmond FC 2 (OT)



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