Ross Stewart Cup - Under-19 Girls
A tireless ambassador for US Youth Soccer, Ross Stewart's efforts have been memorialized with his name appearing on the Under-19 Girls trophy. The trophy was established in 1980 as the Athena Cup, and renamed the Ross Stewart Cup in 1994. Stewart was a driving force for girls soccer in North Texas. Ross coached a team called The Ding-A-Lings to the first-ever Under-14 Girls Regional title more than 20 years ago. He served on many US Youth Soccer committees, including being the Chairman of the National Youth Challenge Committee. Stewart served on the board of the North Texas State Soccer Association as Youth Commissioner and President. In August 1994, Stewart was selected for the North Texas State Soccer Association Hall of Fame.
James P. McGuire Cup - Under-19 Boys
The Under-19 Boys National Championship, the oldest of the 12 Championships, has been played annually since 1935, except during World War II. Officially known as the United States Soccer Federation National Junior Challenge Cup, the competition was renamed the James P. McGuire Junior Champion Cup in 1975, after the late United States Soccer Federation President. He played for the Brooklyn Wanderers in 1929, and later joined the Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtics who with McGuire at centre half won the U.S. Open Cup. James McGuire also served on World Cup and various other FIFA committees, and earned an international reputation as an excellent soccer administrator and leader.
Francis J. "Frank" Kelly Cup - Under-18 Girls
Francis J. "Frank" Kelly was born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 9, 1924. He played Gaelic Football in his youth and then for the Bohemians Football Club in the League of Ireland from 1945 to 1948. From 1969 through 1973 he was a member, then president, then trustee of the South Jersey Soccer League, and a founding member of the New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association. He was elected 2nd Vice President of the New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association in June 1993 and at one time served as James P. McGuire Cup National Chairman, on the US Youth Soccer Executive Board, and as a member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Soccer. The Frank Kelly Cup was established in 1994, which is also the same year Frank was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
US Youth Soccer Cup - Under-18 Boys
Andy served as a US Youth Soccer volunteer for 19 years. His commitment to US Youth Soccer began in 1978 when he was a coach for a local recreational team. Along with his coaching duties, Andy also served as a referee, president of Mississippi Youth Soccer Association, and a Region III Deputy Director. He was elected to the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors in 1990 as the Region III Director, and was re-elected in 1995. Andy also served on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Federation, and was a longtime youth representative on the U.S. Soccer Coaching Committee. The competition was established in 1994 and named for Andy Stone in 1997.
US Youth Soccer Cup (formerly Laura Moynihan Cup) - Under-17 Girls
The US Youth Soccer Under-17 Girls National Championship was established in 1991. It was renamed in 1998 for Laura Moynihan, who was one of the founders and leaders of girls' soccer within the state of Wisconsin, Region II (Midwest), and US Youth Soccer. A tremendously successful youth soccer coach, all four of Moynihan's children played soccer throughout their childhood and moved on to play and coach at the college level. Laura served as Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her daughter, Susan, succeeded her as head coach at UWM from 1992. Keeping it in the family, Laura's' son, Michael, took over for his sister as the head coach at UWM in 1997.
Don Greer Cup - Under-17 Boys
An Under-17 Boys National Championship was established in 1991 and named in 1993. Greer is the founder of United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) and served as its first chairman from 1974-1984, He served as an official of the California State Soccer Association- North (1962-74) and a USSF Vice President (1972-84). Greer also founded the California Youth Soccer Association and served as its President from 1968 to 1975. He launched the McGuire Cup, the Olympic Development Program and established regional and subregional youth programs for the state associations during his tenure. During his tenure, the number of players participating ballooned from 32,000 to over 1.3 million nationally. He was Inducted into the California Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1985, and received the US Youth Soccer Founder's Award in 1992.
Mavis Derflinger Cup - Under-16 Girls (formerly the Patricia Louise Mosotto Cup)
The Under-16 Girls National Championship began in 1985. In 2010, the Under-16 Girls Cup was renamed the Mavis Derflinger Cup. In the 1970s, US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame member, Mavis Derflinger co-founded the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) and served as treasurer. Derflinger was elected the president of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association from 1979-1981. She held the position of US Youth Soccer Region I director from 1981-1986. In the early 1980s, she became the first female board member of the USSF. In 1986, she was elected as chairwoman of US Youth Soccer, which put her on the USSF Executive Committee. She served as chairwoman through 1990.
In 2009, the Under-16 Girls Cup was renamed the US Youth Soccer Cup. The Cup was originally named after Patricia Louise Masotto, whose life was cut short that same year in an automobile accident. Patricia Masotto was a talented soccer player from the time she began playing for the Massapequa Soccer Club in New York. Masotto led her Massapequa Soccer Club team, the Express, to the National Youth Challenge Cup finals (now known as the Ross Stewart Cup for Under-19 Girls teams) in Dallas in 1981. Masotto played for Nassau Community College and was on the All-Region XV Team, MVP in the Region XV Tournament, selected to the National All-Tournament Team and Junior College All-American.
Larry Harmon Cup (formerly D.J. Niotis Cup) - Under-16 Boys
The Dimitrious "Jimmie" Niotis Cup (D.J. Niotis Cup), was first awarded to the Under-16 Boys national champion in 1976. Niotis was former president of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Youth Division (now US Youth Soccer). The D.J. Niotis Cup was officially renamed the Larry Harmon Cup this year (2008) to recognize former Member at Large of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors (2000-2007). Harmon has been involved in soccer for over 20 years. Harmon served as the Local Organizing Committee Chair for the 1996 US Youth Soccer National Championships and the 1988 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships. The former state president (Indiana, 1993-2000) was also on the Federation Board of Directors as a Youth Representative from 2000-2006.
Dr. Dimitrious "Jimmie" Niotis, the former President of the Youth Division of the United States Soccer Federation (now US Youth Soccer) was established in 1976. A World War Two veteran with the U.S. Navy, he served as the National Chairman of the Youth and School Promotion Committee of the United States Soccer Federation. Niotis was a life member of the Chicago National, and was also a member of the Pan-American Committee. He was named Man of the Year in 1973 by the Illinois High School soccer coaches association, and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1963.
US Youth Soccer - Under-15 Girls
At the 2003 US Youth Soccer National Championships, US Youth Soccer honored U.S. Women's National Team veteran, Kristine Lilly, by placing her name on the Under-15 Girls trophy. Lilly became the first player in history (male or female) to appear in 250 career international games in April 2003, and retired in 2011 with 352 caps, the United States' and the World's all-time leader in international appearances. A champion throughout her career, Lilly has won NCAA titles, Olympic medals (Gold in '96), and World Cup's (1991, 1999), and is both the youngest and oldest player to score a goal for the U.S and the only woman to play in five FIFA World Cups. As a youth player, Lilly was a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program at the state (Connecticut) and regional level prior to becoming the only player in U.S. National Team history to play in four different decades.
US Youth Soccer Cup (formerly adidas® Cup) - Under-15 Boys
US Youth Soccer honored an American soccer icon at the 2003 US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 Boys championship was added in 2001, and the championship trophy was simply known as a "National Cup." The trophy now bears the name of US Youth Soccer's long standing partner, in honor of adidas' sponsorship and commitment to US Youth Soccer. For the better part of the last two decades, adidas has helped lead the growth and development of all soccer in the United States. With such international competitions as the adidas Super Group at the Disney Soccer Showcase, the adidas Cup, and the US Youth Soccer adidas All Star teams, adidas has helped give US Youth Soccer players valuable experience against some of the world's top international youth clubs. Adidas has also been the annual presenter of the Golden Boot and Golden Gloves awards, recognizing outstanding individual achievement on the field.
Elmer Ehlers Cup - Under-14 Girls
At the 2002 US Youth Soccer National Championships, US Youth Soccer renamed its Under-14 Girls National Championship trophy, first presented at the 2001 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Lawrence, Ind., to honor longtime youth soccer administrator Elmer Ehlers. He became involved with soccer when his four sons (Michael, Peter, Steven, and Timothy) started playing for the Milwaukee Kickers in 1970. Ehlers then became the team's general manager. He later served 10 years as a Regional Director on US Youth Soccer's Board of Directors (1984-94), and was a lifetime member of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Ehlers served as a commissioner with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, and he is a member of the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame.
William J. "Billy" Goaziou Cup (formerly US Youth Soccer Cup) - Under-14 Boys
Recognizing the benefits younger players receive from experiencing top-level competition and the demand created for more opportunities, the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors voted to add the Under-14 age group to the 2001 US Youth Soccer National Championships. With the addition of the Under-14s, such players as U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team forward, Freddy Adu, who's team won the first US Youth Soccer Under-14 Boys National Cup, are given the opportunity to showcase their talent at the national level. In 2006, the Under-14 Boys Cup was renamed in honor of William J. "Billy" Goaziou, a former treasurer of the United States Soccer Federation.