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, 2018 with Club Champions League (CCL) claiming 7 of 14 titles. Included in this group were Arlington (06G, 04G, 04B, and 02 Boys) Beach FC (06G and 03G), Loudoun Soccer Club (05B). CCL teams played in 12 of 14 championship matches, and 7 of the 14 matches were played between CCL teams. With 4 total champions, Arlington was the best performing club in the tournament.
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.