November 10, 2017 (Charlottesville, VA) – Designed to mirror the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Championships, the USYS Presidents Cup is offered to those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique events highlighting competition, camaraderie, and community from the state to regional to national levels.
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) President’s Cup began in early September with over 100 teams looking to earn a spot in the Eastern Regional Championships held this summer. Championship matches were played on November 4th, with Club Champions League (CCL) clubs and their CCL II teams claiming 9 of 14 titles. Included in this group were Beach FC (14UB, 15UG, 16UG, and 17UG), Loudoun Soccer Club (12UG and 13UG), Arlington (15UB and 16UB), and VA Legacy (17UB).
With 4 titles, and 5 teams competing in championship matches, Beach FC was the most well represented club in the tournament. Executive Director, Steve Danbusky had the following to say, “For the past few years Beach FC has been entering teams into the President’s Cup. Being able to play new and diverse competition in a single elimination format adds to the youth soccer experience. Kids have to deal with different pressures, and the benefits of playing in that environment—whether the team wins or loses—are a very important part of development. Additionally, for the teams that advance into the regional competition – they get to experience some great team bonding over a multiple day event.”
CCL recognizes the importance of structuring competition and events so that all players—regardless of where they are in their development—have an avenue to compete against new teams, play in meaningful matches, and strive to improve their game. CCL has worked to maintain this emphasis with its member clubs, shown in part with the implementation of CCL II—the geographically based second division following the same club-to-club model and match day scheduling. As a result of this commitment, CCL has seen a similar presence in the VYSA President’s Cup to that of the VYSA State Cup, with CCL teams playing in nearly all championship matches and claiming a majority of titles.