Over 300 teams set to attend Capital Fall Classic Boys Weekend
(Via Richmond Strikers) – A total of 319 teams will compete in the Capital Fall Classic Boys Weekend, which is set to be played November 12-13 in the greater Richmond area.
The Richmond Strikers Tournament Series end-of-season event will play host to boys teams representing 63 clubs from Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and throughout the host state of Virginia. Attending teams 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), National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), 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 five 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.
Following the conclusion of the Boys Weekend, the 2016 Capital Fall Classic Girls Weekend will be played from November 19-20, including 214 teams representing clubs from seven different states.
In total, more than 530 teams will participate in the tournament over the course of the two weekends.
Capital Fall Classic Boys Weekend Attending Clubs
Maryland: Bowie Soccer, Bethesda SC, FCI Soccer Academy, La Plata Soccer Academy, Locomotive FC, St. Mary’s Soccer
New Jersey: South Jersey Academy FC
North Carolina: AC Sandhills, CASL, Triad Elite SC, Triangle Futbol Club Alliance, XL Soccer World
Ohio: Soccer Vision Academy
Virginia: Annandale United FC, Baystars FC, Beach FC, BRYC, Central Virginia United, Chesapeake SC, Commonwealth FC, Culpeper Comets, Chantilly Youth Association, Dynamo SC, FC Richmond, FC United/CUSC, Fredericksburg FC, FYSA, Golden Ball SA, Greene FC, Gunston SC, Herndon YS, IFC, Leesburg FC, Loudoun Soccer, McLean YS, Monticello United, New River United, Newport News FC, ODFC, Powhatan Fury, Premier AC, Premier Athletic Club, Richmond Kickers, Richmond Strikers, RSK Chesterfield, Shenandoah Valley United, SOCA, SOCA-Augusta, Stafford, Suffolk FC, Southwestern Youth Association, Tidewater Sharks, Virginia Rush, Valley AFC, VB City FC, VIP United FC, Virginia Legacy SC, Virginia Soccer Association, Vienna Youth Soccer, Yorktown FC
West Virginia: Mountaineer United SC, Tri-County Soccer Club