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40 Years of the Best Adult Soccer in the Richmond Area


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 2016-'17 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. 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 was a leading offensive component for the Lions Masters.

Lions FC is the current holder of the CVSA Cup, winning the 2015-'16 tournament with a 2:1 comeback victory over Metro Sting FC in the championship game at City Stadium on June 11. This title was their record seventh CVSA Cup title. Glanville Flash are the current holders of the Copa Bruce, with a 2:1 golden-goal OT victory over Southern FC at City Stadium earlier on June 11, in a match which preceded the CVSA Cup final. This is the second Copa Bruce Championship for the Glanvillites, with Glanville United having won the 2011-'12 edition.



Lions FC
2015-'16 Central Virginia Soccer Association Cup Champions



  • First Round - Sunday, October 9, 2016
    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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • Lions FC 9 vs. Richmond City FC II 0
    • LOKO FC 1 vs. Richmond Flames 3
    • Fishbowl 1 vs. Martin-Star Eagles United 5


  • Second Round - October 23, 2016
    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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • Martin-Star Eagles United 0 vs. Screaming Eagles FC 4
    • Richmond Celtic FC 6 vs. Hibachi Box 1
    • Lions FC 2 vs. OGC Tomcats 0
    • Richmond City FC 9 vs. Pete's Mom FC 0
    • Gunners FC 0 vs. Rack City FC 1
    • Sticky Rice FC 0 vs. Partizan Richmond Lancers 4
    • Mamma Zû 3 vs. Partizan Richmond United 0
    • Metro Sting Express 2 vs. Quilmes AC 2 (6:5 PK)
    • Glanville Flash 1 vs. FC Bosnia 5
    • Richmond FC 3 vs. Richmond Flames 0
    • Brew Crew 0 vs. Metro Sting FC 10
    • Metro Sting New School 1 vs. CAPS Spartans 0
    • Sporting 804 3 vs. Jamsquad 0 - forfeit. Jamsquad is ineligible for the 2017-'18 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • Lightning 5 vs. Elephant Thai 2
    • México Restaurant 1 vs. Chester FC 3
    • Rockafire Explosion 4 vs. P-Zones FC 0



  • Round of 16 - Spring '17
    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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • Mamma Zû vs. Lions FC TBA
    • Metro Sting Express vs. Richmond City FC TBA
    • Richmond Celtic FC vs. Lightning TBA
    • Richmond FC vs. Sporting 804 TBA
    • Metro Sting New School vs. Screaming Eagles FC TBA
    • FC Bosnia vs. Rack City FC TBA
    • Metro Sting FC vs. Rockafire Explosion TBA
    • Partizan Richmond Lancers vs. Chester FC TBA




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



Copa Bruce



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



Glanville Flash
2015-'16 Copa Bruce Champions



  • First Round - Sunday, October 9 & 23, 2016
    Random drawing amongst all interested CVSA teams from the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Coed Competitive, & Coed Recreational Divisions. Any team receiving a bye may not receive a bye in future rounds of the Copa Bruce. 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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • Fat Dragon FC 4 vs. Tri-City FC 0
    • Bad New Beers - Ardent Craft Ales 0 vs. FC Ivory Stripes 2
    • Team Zissou 0 vs. River City FC 3 - forfeit; Team Zissou is ineligible for the 2017-'18 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • FISA 3 vs. Pup-'N-Suds 0 - forfeit. Pup-'N-Suds is inelgible for the 2017-'18 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.
    • Hardywood Park FC 1 vs. Edo's Squid 6
    • Screaming Eagles United 3 vs. Richmond Blaze FC 2
    • Ewoks 3 vs. Nekron's Army 1
    • Richmond Street Soccer 1 vs. FC Himalayas 1 (3:4 PK)
    • Titans 4 vs. Basshers 0
    • Hakuna LaFratta 2 vs. Absolute B.C. 7
    • LOKO FC 2 0 vs. Fan Rats 5
    • Capital City FC 5 vs. LOKO Mix FC 2
    • Richmond is for Haters 3 vs. Penny Lane Pub FC 2
    • Resistance 1 vs. SMPK Coptic Church 3
    • Club Atlético Kempes 1 vs. Knights 0
    • Glanville FC 4 vs. Borussia Dortmund 1
    • Random Heroes FC 5 vs. Havoc FC 1
    • Die Macht FC 2 vs. Unicorn Soccer Association 1
    • Defenestrators 2 vs. Sidewalk Café 2 (4:2 PK)
    • Legend of Ivory Stripes 2 vs. Galaxy FU 9
    • Richmond City FC Coed 0 vs. 3 Monkeys United 3 - forfeit. Richmond City FC Coed is ineligible for the 2017-'18 CVSA Cup & Copa Bruce.

    Bye - Guerreros.



  • Second Round - November 2016
    Random drawing amongst the 21 Copa Bruce First Round winners, and the one Copa Bruce First Round bye team. 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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • SMPK Coptic Church 1 vs. Richmond is for Haters 6
    • Fat Dragon FC 0 vs. Fan Rats 6
    • Random Heroes FC 3 vs. FC Ivory Stripes 4
    • FISA 2 vs. Defenestrators 4
    • Absolute B.C. 6 vs. Glanville FC 0
    • River City FC 2 vs. Die Macht FC 3
    • FC Himalayas 1 vs. Edo's Squid 4
    • Capital City FC 12 vs. Guerreros 0
    • Titans 4 vs. 3 Monkeys United 0
    • Ewoks 1 vs. Screaming Eagles United 3
    • Club Atlético Kempes 12 vs. Galaxy FU 0



  • Third Round - November 2016
    Random drawing amongst the 11 Second Round Copa Bruce pairings. Six pairings will be drawn, resulting in three games, which eliminate three teams and reduce the field to eight teams. 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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • Defenestrators 2 vs. Screaming Eagles United 2 (3:4 PK)
    • Edo's Squid 3 vs. FC Ivory Stripes 2
    • Titans 2 vs. Capital City FC 3

    Byes - Richmond is for Haters, Fan Rats, Absolute B.C., Die Macht FC, Club Atlético Kempes.



  • Quarterfinals - Spring '17
    Random drawing amongst the three Copa Bruce Third Round winners, and the five Copa Bruce Third Round bye teams. 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 2017-'18 cup competition.

    • Absolute B.C vs. Richmond is for Haters TBA
    • Capital City FC vs. Die Macht FC TBA
    • Club Atlético Kempes vs. Fan Rats TBA
    • Screaming Eagles United vs. Edo's Squid TBA



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)



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