Wisconsin Soccer Leagues is looking to bring back a former staple of the state men's adult amateur soccer schedule.
The Wisconsin Challenge Cup is set for Aug. 5 to 7 at the FC Wisconsin Complex in Germantown, with five teams from across the state invited to what WSL officials hope will be the first such event since 2003. Teams from the WSL Major Division will be added to round out the eight-team field.
Green Bay Team Miller (Northern Wisconsin Soccer League), La Crosse Aris SC (National Premier Soccer League), Madison Fire (Madison Soccer Association), Madison 56ers (Premier League of America) and Racine's ACE SC are the five sides invited from outside the Milwaukee area.
The WSL Major representatives will be selected from Croatian Eagles, Bavarian SC, Milwaukee Brewers FC, United Serbian SC, Milwaukee Sport Club and North Shore United, depending on how many spots are left in the field.
The schedule calls for the teams to be split into two groups of four for round-robin play Friday through Sunday, with the two group winners to meet in the final late Sunday afternoon. Group matches will consist of two 30-minutes halves, with the final featuring 45-minute halves.
The Wisconsin Challenge Cup started in 1935, with Milwaukee's Vienna AC winning the first title, and was played every year through 1992. After a four-year hiatus, it returned in 1997 and was held through 2003.
Bavarian SC has won the tournament a record 14 times, followed by the Milwaukee Serbians and Milwaukee Brewers with nine titles apiece. Croatian Eagles sides have won the past five Challenge Cups (1999 through 2003), including the club's Under-23 team in 2002.
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