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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.

As the CVSA was not able to resume 11-a-side competition for the 2020-'21 session due to the lingering effects of the virus pandemic, the 2020-'21 CVSA Cup and 2020-'21 Copa Bruce are canceled. Currently the cups are set to resume in September 2021 with the 2021-'22 CVSA Cup and the 2021-'22 Copa Bruce.

For the 2021-'22 season, the CVSA Cup is to be contested by 36 teams from the Premier Division, First Division, Second Division, & Third Division. The lower cup competition, the Copa Bruce, is to be contested by 40 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 2019-'20 tournament with a 3:1 victory over The Strongers at the Longdale Soccer Complex on August 30. Partizan took its fifth overall CVSA Cup, surpassing Deutscher Sportclub (4) and trailing only Lions FC (7) in total championships. The game was tied 1:1 until the 79th minute, when Partizan pulled away with two late goals. The Murtaughs coverted a 10th minute penalty kick, and never looked back, up 5:0 at the half, and rocked the Sunday Scaries 7:0 earlier in the day at Longdale.

The 2019-'20 cup season was notable for a five-month interruption due to the virus, which stopped play in mid-March. After almost having the continuation of the competition shot down by the CVSA Board, play resumed in August with the Copa Bruce Quarterfinals, and culminated with the August 30 championship games. The tournament was a tribute to the perserverance of the 12 teams who waited out the five-month hiatus, and the coalition of the willing who saw the tournament through to its completion.

Partizan Richmond FC
2019-'20 Central Virginia Soccer Association Cup Champions



  • First Round
    Four 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 2022-'23 cup competition.

      Sunday, October 3
    • FCMX RVA 0 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 3 - forfeit; FCMX RVA is ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.
    • Lightning 2 vs. Short Pump FC 10
    • Sunday Scaries 1 vs. Pyramid JV 0
    • Richmond City FC 7 vs. Capital City FC 0



  • Second Round
    16 games randomly drawn amongst the four CVSA Cup First Round winners, and the 28 CVSA Cup entrants receiving a First Round bye. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

      Sunday, October 3
    • LOKO FC 4 vs. Screaming Eagles RVA 2
    • Partizan Richmond FC 9 vs. Quilmes RFC 2
    • Renegades 3 vs. Tots United 0
    • UNOS 1 vs. Mamma Zû 7
    • Richmond FC 4 vs. Young Boys of Ivory Stripes 2
    • Kokomo FC 3 vs. NCF Villalobos FC 2
    • Ashland Town FC 0 vs. Short Pump Metro 1
    • Sporting 804 Reserves 4 vs. West Creek FC 0
    • Absolute United 2 vs. ODB FC 0
    • Pete's Mom FC 2 vs. Brambly Park FC 3
    • Richmond Celtic FC 4 vs. Prestige Estes Worldwide FC 1
    • Cafeteros FC 8 vs. Penny Lane Pub FC 2

    • Tuesday, October 19
    • Cardinal FC 0 vs. Short Pump FC 11
    • Sporting 804 2 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 1

    • Tuesday, October 26
    • Sunday Scaries 3 vs. Defenestrators 0
    • Richmond City FC 11 vs. Richmond City FC Clasico 0



  • 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 forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

      Sunday, November 14
    • Sporting 804 4 vs. Absolute United 1
    • Brambly Park FC 3 vs. Cafeteros FC 0 - forfeit; Cafeteros FC is ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.
    • Mamma Zû 1 vs. Kokomo FC 6
    • Short Pump Metro 2 vs. Short Pump FC 3
    • LOKO FC 1 vs. Sporting 804 Reserves 5
    • Renegades 3 vs. Sunday Scaries 0 - forfeit; Sunday Scaries is ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.
    • Richmond City FC 1 vs. Partizan Richmond FC 3
    • Richmond Celtic FC 1 vs. Richmond 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 forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

    Brambly Park FC
    Kokomo FC
    Partizan Richmond FC
    Renegades
    Richmond Celtic FC
    Short Pump FC
    Sporting 804
    Sporting 804 Reserves




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
    2019-'20 - Partizan Richmond FC 3, The Strongers 1
    2020-'21 - Not Played



Copa Bruce



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



The Murtaughs
2019-'20 Copa Bruce Champions



  • First Round
    Eight 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 1981 or before. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

      Sunday, October 3
    • District 5 FC 9 vs. JDM United 0
    • LFC RVA 4 vs. Quattro Dermis FC 1
    • Knights 5 vs. Puff Puff Pass FC 1
    • Glanville Evil Poptarts 4 vs. BVB 2
    • Centerville Family Practice 2 vs. Richmond City FC Gooners 7
    • Chesterfield Wild FC 1 vs. Titans 2
    • Legend of Ivory Stripes FC 4 vs. Home FC Home 3
    • FISA 7 vs. Resistance 1



  • Second Round
    Random drawing amongst the eight Copa Bruce First Round winners, and the 24 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 1981 or before. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

      Sunday, October 3
    • Die Macht FC 0 vs. The Murtaughs 15
    • Strongs Old School 1 vs. Fan Rats 3
    • Humphrey Pickup FC 2 vs. Top of the Tabol FC 2 (3:4 PK)
    • Bean FC 1 vs. Richmond City FC Coed 1 (6:5 PK)
    • Absolutely Masters 2 vs. Richmandu FC 1
    • Misfits FC 8 vs. Bread Boys of Ivory Stripes 0
    • Hardywood Park FC 7 vs. Screaming Eagles Classic 0
    • Havoc FC 0 vs. HC United 6
    • Blaze FC 2 vs. Gooners Guild 1

    • Tuesday, October 19
    • LFC RVA 3 vs. Do It For Humphrey 4
    • United 0 vs. Legend of Ivory Stripes FC 6
    • LOKO Fever FC 0 vs. Glanville Evil Poptarts 3 - forfeit; LOKO Fever FC is ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.
    • Team 804 0 vs. Titans 2

    • Wednesday, October 20
    • Knights 4 vs. Blues FC 4 (5:4 PK)
    • Station 2 FC 1 vs. Richmond City FC Gooners 3

    • Wednesday, October 27
    • FISA 3 vs. District 5 FC 2



  • 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 1981 or before. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

      Sunday, November 14
    • Knights 1 vs. Legend of Ivory Stripes FC 3
    • Glanville Evil Poptarts 4 vs. Blaze FC 3
    • Fan Rats 5 vs. HC United 1
    • Misfits FC 1 vs. Top of the Tabol FC 3
    • Absolutely Masters 6 vs. Richmond City FC Gooners 2
    • FISA 2 vs. Titans 1
    • Hardywood Park FC 2 vs. Do It For Humphrey 4
    • The Murtaughs 9 vs. Bean FC 0



  • 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 1982 or before. Home teams are listed first. Ties will be settled by penalty kick shootout. Any teams forfeiting are ineligible for 2022-'23 cup competition.

    Absolutely Masters
    Do It For Humphrey
    Fan Rats
    FISA
    Glanville Evil Poptarts
    Legend of Ivory Stripes FC
    The Murtaughs
    Top of the Tabol FC



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)
    2019-'20 - The Murtaughs 7, Sunday Scaries 0
    2020-'21 - Not Played



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