This season there will be a new format for the Rowland Cup. We are pleased to announce the Maryland Champions League, a contest involving the top sides from the Maryland Major Soccer League and the Washington Premier League competing to determine who will advance as the state representative in the Region I qualifier for the Werner Fricker Cup.
The competition will use a unique format whereby games played during the regular league season will count towards the Champions League standings. After the fall seasons conclude, cross league matches will be scheduled as part of our MSSA cup season to complete the five (5) game Champions League season. The fall season contests will count twice, towards the team's local league standings and for the Maryland Champions League. That will provide two (2) results with the remaining three (3) matches between the separate league rivals starting in late January and concluding February/March.
The Maryland Champions League will conclude with the top two teams with the best record after five rounds playing for a final. The winner is awarded the Rowland Cup, Maryland's Open competition established in 1914, and will advance to the Werner Fricker Cup, the Amateur Open Championship.
Note: Originally there were four (4) teams from each league competing but one from each did not continue after the league rounds. Any matches played prior to cross-league play were removed from the competition.