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Girls Mar 20, 2014

Jefferson Cup: Qualifier Weekend gathers 67 girls teams in pursuit of 2015 slots

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RICHMOND, Va. – With two weekends completed, thousands of games played and dozens of trophies already handed out, the 2014 Jefferson Cup might appear to be done and dusted.

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But there’s still two more days of action left in central Virginia’s spring soccer smorgasbord.

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The steady growth of the Jeff Cup has made it a highly selective tournament, with many applying teams unable to secure a slot in the main event, especially on the girls side.

So the hosts, the Richmond Strikers, have added a play-in tourney, the Qualifier Weekend, for the Under-12 through U-16 age groups.

The top finishers in those brackets – two to four teams in each age group – will earn spots in the 2015 Jefferson Cup.

That opportunity has 67 drawn up-and-coming teams from across the eastern United States, with representatives from as far afield as Massachusetts and Ohio hunting for a place in next year’s Girls Weekend.

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Only 18 of them will make the cut for next spring; see further details of the qualification process here.

Qualifier Weekend 2014 kicks off bright and early Saturday morning on the synthetic-turf fields of the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Va., the host venue for all matches.

[ +Visit the Qualifier Weekend home page for schedules, scores and other info ]

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