Over 200 teams set to compete in Capital Fall Classic Girls Weekend
(Via Richmond Strikers) – A total of 213 teams will compete in the Capital Fall Classic Girls Weekend, which is set to be played November 19-20 in the greater Richmond area.
The Richmond Strikers Tournament Series end-of-season event will play host to girls teams representing 57 clubs from Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and throughout the host state of Virginia.
This will be the second of two event weekends for the Capital Fall Classic, which kicked off November 12-13 with the Boys Weekend. In total, more than 530 teams will participate in the tournament over the course of the two weekends, the largest turnout to date.
Attending teams for the Girls Weekend will include members of a wide range of regional leagues, including the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional League, Club Champions League (CCL), Virginia Premier League (VPL), Elite Development Program (EDP), Florida State Premier League (FSPL), Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS), Virginia Soccer League (VSL) and the North Carolina Classic League, among others.
Every age group from U-9 to U-18 will include multiple divisions, with some featuring as many as four flights. The Premier Division champions in each age group will earn automatic acceptance into the 2017 Jefferson Cup, the flagship event of the Richmond Strikers Tournament Series and one of the nation’s most competitive youth soccer showcases.
In addition to being the only qualifying event for the Jefferson Cup, the Capital Fall Classic is widely utilized as preparation for the upcoming college showcase season.
For the first time, the Capital Fall Classic will now host a goalkeeper clinic for players in the U-11 to U-15 age groups on the Fridays leading into the two tournament weekends. The 90-minute sessions will be conducted at the RiverCity Sportsplex by the Richmond Strikers coaching staff along with other qualified goalkeeper coaches.
Throughout each session, keepers will have the opportunity to participate in several position-specific training elements, including shot stopping, distribution, 1v1s and crosses. In game situations, goalkeepers typically have limited opportunities to show the range of skills necessary to succeed at the next level. These sessions are designed to provide goalkeepers multiple opportunities to demonstrate their skills and athletic ability.
Games will be played on natural grass and artificial turf fields spread throughout the Richmond area, with host sites including Striker Park, West Creek, River City Sportsplex, Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Capital Park, Dorey Park, Longdale Fields, Mary B. Stratton Park, Poor Farm Park and United Training Center.
Capital Fall Classic Girls Weekend Attending Clubs
Florida: Coral Gables Soccer
Maryland: Lutherville-Timonium SC, Maryland Rush Montgomery, Old Line FC, St. Mary’s Soccer
New York: Empire United
North Carolina: Jacksonville Area SA, Pitt Greenville SA, Wilson YSA
Ohio: Soccer Vision Academy
Pennsylvania: North Union United, Vincent United F.C., Vitesse FC
West Virginia: Tri-County SC
Virginia: Annandale United FC, Arlington SA, Beach FC, Broadway Lynx, Central Virginia United, Commonwealth Futbol Club, Culpeper Comets, CUSC/FC United, Chantilly Youth Association, Dynamo SC, FC Richmond, FC Virginia United, Fredericksburg FC, Golden Ball Soccer Academy, Greene Futbol Club, Gunston SC, Herndon YS, McLean YS, Monticello United SC, New River United, Old Dominion SC, Powhatan Soccer Association, Premier AC, Prince William Courage, Reston Soccer Association, Richmond Kickers, Richmond Strikers, RSK Chesterfield, South County Athletic Association, Shenandoah Valley United, SOCA, Springfield Youth Club, Stafford Soccer, Southwestern Youth Association, Sterling YSA, Tidewater Sharks, Virginia Rush, Valley AFC, VB City FC, VIP United, Virginia Legacy SC, Virginia Soccer Association, Yorktown FC