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. Eight teams will compete 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 seven (7) 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 three (3) results with the remaining four (4) matches between the separate league rivals starting in late January and concluding February/March.
The Maryland Champions League will conclude with the team with the best record after seven rounds awarded the Rowland Cup, Maryland's Open competition established in 1914. The winner will advance to the Werner Fricker Cup, the Amateur Open Championship.