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VYSA TO INTRODUCE “CHAMPIONS LEAGUE” FORMAT INTO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (VA. STATE CUP) BEGINNING FALL 2015
Fredericksburg, VA, May 28, 2015
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) announced today that beginning with the Fall 2015 National Championship Series (Virginia State Cup), VYSA will introduce a “Champions League” format for all teams advancing to the round of 8 (quarterfinals). In the Champions League format, the eight teams reaching the quarterfinals in each age group will be placed into two divisions of four where each team will play the other three in their division once with the top two in each division advancing to the semifinals on a point basis. All Champions League Round matches will be played at the Virginia Soccer Training Center, VYSA’s state of the art facility in centrally located Fredericksburg.
“We are excited to be able to offer the top teams in the state the opportunity to play each other in this highly competitive format where teams advance on a point basis to the semi-final rounds of the prestigious National Championship Series (VA State Cup)” commented Anne Thompson, VYSA’s State Cup Chair.
VYSA will be announcing the specifics of the new format in the coming weeks with registration for Fall 2015 opening in July.
About the Virginia Youth Soccer Association: The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) www.vysa.com is a member of the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer representing over 170,000 youth players, coaches and administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia and DC. VYSA oversees programs including the Olympic Development Program (ODP), the National Championship Series (State Cup), the VYSA Academy Program, Coaching Education and more.
About the US Youth National Championship Series: The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
About the Virginia Soccer Training Center: The Virginia Soccer Training Center www.vysatc.com is owned and operated by VYSA and is one of the finest soccer training facilities on the East Coast. Situated on 50 acres of former farmland in Spotsylvania County half way between Washington, DC and Richmond, the facility boasts nine FIFA regulation fields including a small stadium. The facility will be the future home of VYSA’s State offices and indoor training facility.