Mesa repeats as Mayors' Cup winner

AYSO Region 120 wins Mayors' Cup again with three championship teams. Newport Beach has two champions.

December 08, 2010
(Courtesy of Jeremy…)

The Mayors' Cup is an annual tournament featuring friendly competition among the three AYSO soccer regions of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

The two-day tournament culminates in a trophy and bragging rights for the next year. Each of the three regions sends their top two teams per division. These teams compete to determine one championship team per division (boys' under 10, girls' under 10, BU12, GU12, BU14 and GU14). The region with the most championship teams is declared winner of the Mayors' Cup.

Rather than staying with the region, the trophy or cup is actually housed in the city hall of the winning region. If Corona del Mar (Region 57) is victorious, the trophy will stay at the Newport Beach City Hall for the next year. If Costa Mesa (Region 120) earns the most points, the trophy will stay at the Costa Mesa City Hall for the next year. Since the players in Newport Beach (Region 97) reside in both cities, if Region 97 prevails, the trophy spends half of the year at the Newport Beach City Hall and the other half of the year in the Costa Mesa City Hall. Each region had won the cup in one of the preceding years. (2007 - Newport Beach, 2008 - Corona del Mar, 2009 - Costa Mesa)


The fourth annual tournament was held Saturday and Sunday. Costa Mesa won the Mayors' Cup. Costa Mesa, region 120, repeated its victory of 2009 with three championship teams in boys' under 12, boys' under 14 and girls' under 14.

Region 97, Newport Beach, had two championship teams and Region 57, Corona del Mar, had one championship team.

The teams are divided into six divisions and placed into two pools of three teams within each division. Each team played two games on Saturday and the first- and second-place teams from each pool continued into Sunday play. The top two teams from each pool competed in semifinal cross pool play on Sunday morning. The two semifinal winners competed Sunday afternoon to establish a champion for that division.

Once the final Mayors' Cup game is played, the winning region is determined. Six total points are available as one point is awarded for each divisional championship (BU10, GU10, BU12, GU12, BU14, GU14). If no region has won the majority of points, second-place finishes are used as a tie breaker.

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