In the 2014 Spring season, Aegean Hawks games will take the form of Washington Premier League and Region I National Cup action.
Spring 2016 Washington Premier League
The Hawks will be competing in the Washington Premier League and will be seeking their 10th league title. The WPL represents the best local amateur league in the MD/DC/VA area that is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation via the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). In the Spring of 2014, the WPL was recognized as an Elite Amateur League by the USASA. The Aegean Hawks are associated to the USASA by registering players through the Maryland State Soccer Association (MSSA). Prior to 2015, the WPL was affiliated to USASA via the Metro DC/VA Association.
2016 USASA National Cups
The Hawks qualified for regional play in either (or both) the US Amateur Cup and the US Open Cup for 10 straight years (2006-2015). This year the Hawks were unable to continue their streak after falling out in the state qualification process, but look to rebound..
USASA National Amateur Cup
The USASA National Amateur Cup is a national tournament open to all amateur teams affiliated with the USASA (United States Adult Soccer Association). The USASA is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The qualification process is as follows. First, teams have to survive the State qualification process that starts in the Fall season and finishes in the begining of the Spring season. All state champions qualify for regional rounds of the competition. In the regional rounds of the competition, the various state champions are paired up and play single elimination games until a regional champion is determined. The country is split up into 4 regions - DC/VA lies in Region 1, which spans Maine down to West Virginia. The four regional champions qualify for the National rounds of the competition, which takes place over a summer weekend in July or early August at a predetermined location. National semi-finals and finals are played during the course of that weekend to determine that year's National Amateur Champion.
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is similar to England's FA Cup. It is one of North America's longest standing competitions and has been played every year since 1914. It is open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the USSF. The tournament ultimately commences in first round with 24 professional teams (MLS, USL-1, USL-2) and 16 amateur teams (8 PDL, 8 USASA) clubs participating. There is a qualification process for amateur teams (and professional teams for that matter) which is very similar to that of the USASA National Amateur Cup, but is run as a seperate competition. The only wrinkle is that all of the Regional Finalists at the amateur level (USASA) level qualify for the first round of the actual US Open Cup. For more information on the US Open Cup, visit the US Open Cup website (link).
Irrespective of what occurs in the actual US Open Cup, the regional finalists will play each other to determine a champion for each USASA Region. The regional champions qualify for Nationals during a weekend in late July or early August (same location, time as Amateur Cup) to determine an Amateur champion for the US Open Cup (USASA-only). In essence, from the perspective of the amateur team the US Open Cup is exactly like the USASA National Amateur Cup, with the only difference being able to qualify and play in the US Open Cup proper as a regional finalist.
UPDATE: Starting in 2015, qualifying for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup was taken over by US Soccer. The Hawks attempted to qualify for the 2016 tournament and were able to beat rivals Maryland Bays in the 1st round of qualifying 2-1 in AET, but fell to Aromas Cafe FC 1-3 in the 2nd Open Division qualifier. The deadline for registration for 2017 LHUSOC qualifying will be the end of August 2016.
Directions to Fields
Washington Premier League Games
Northern VA Fields