Welcome to all teams entered in competition for Fall 2015
This article outlines the format changes for the Virginia State Cup Competition beginning this fall. The result is a combination of both formats with the single-elimination being the format for the Round of 64 (if needed), Round of 32 and Round of 16 games in all divisions. The Champions League tournament format will be played in the Round of 8 for every division with the 4 teams from each age group headed into the Semi Finals.
With regards to the bracket presentation changes for those playing Virginia State Cup Competition it may help to give a brief description as to how brackets work especially for any new parents, managers, etc, who are unfamiliar with them. At any level of competition some number of games are played in each round and the result is that half of the teams that entered that level move onto the next level and so on with each subsequent level until you get to the Finals where only two teams are involved.
All of the Girl's divisions and the U18 Boy's division have 32 teams or less and therefore will work with a 32 team bracket to start with. The U15, U16, and U17 Boy's divisions each had more than 32 teams entered which means that they will have games in the Round of 64. For those U15, U16 and U17 Boy's divisions you will see the bracket page has two tabs relating to the Round of 64 games that lead into their respective position in the Round of 32 competition. Specifically you will see "Round of 64 Flight A" and "Round of 64 Flight B". Those designations of "Flight A" and "Flight B" refer to the top half and the bottom half of the games that lead into the the Round of 32 bracket. As we get to the Champions League format or the round of 8, all 4 teams in Flight A of the Round of 8 will compete with each other as will all 4 teams of Flight B of the Round of 8. The top 2 teams of each of these Flights (i.e., A first and A second and B first and B second) will then move on to the Round of 4 (Semi Final) with A1 playing B2 and B1 playing A2).
We hope that this improved bracket presentation of the competition will help teams as they go forward in State Cup. We are looking forward the new Cup Champions League. We also look forward to hearing from you over the course of the season. Out best wishes to all who have entered the National Championship Series, Virginia State Cup Championship.