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History of DCFL

It all started in 2010, on Belle Isle, with a recreational adult soccer league called the Detroit City Futbol League.

The Detroit City Futbol League (DCFL) was started as a means to bring people together in Detroit neighborhoods in a fun, healthy and relaxing way beyond traditional community organizing focused on fighting blight or crime. A secondary desire of the league was to promote and market the neighborhoods that make up the city. Great cities are made up of great neighborhoods and all too often people in the city of Detroit, and especially in the surrounding areas, are unaware of the neighborhoods that make up the city.
 
After eight seasons, the DCFL now has more than 30 neighborhoods and 1,300 players participating. Over 80 percent of the participants in the league are residents of the city of Detroit and five have cited the league as a reason they moved in to the city. The DCFL has fostered countless new relationships and connections, and been held up as a model of community engagement both nationally and internationally and has been replicated in multiple communities across the USA.
 
One unintended product of the DCFL was Detroit City FC itself. The five owners of DCFC met each on the pitches of Belle Isle and Ft Wayne, and concocted what would become City. For the record, Sean Mann and Dave Dwaihy represented Hubbard Farms and Alex Wright, Ben Steffens, and Todd Kropp represented Corktown. Also, for the record, Corktown leads the all-time series 5-1-1.

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COPA Trophy

Current Champions: Brush Park

COPA I
The Villages
COPA II
Brightmoor
COPA III
The Villages
COPA IV
Chinatown
COPA V
Old Redford
COPA VI
Chinatown
COPA VII
Southwest
COPA VIII
Brush Park
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Community Service Shield

Current Champions: Osborn

2011
Osborn
2012
Osborn
2013
Osborn
2014
Osborn
2017
Osborn

 


Derbies and Rivalries

Throughout the years, friendly rivalries have formed between teams due to history and/or proximity. Here is a list of some of the most unique cups. These competitions are organized by the captains of the teams and in many cases have a unique trophy based on tradition.

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Ambassador Cup

Corktown leads series 5-1 with tie in 2010.

This rivalry is named after the Ambassador Bridge, which runs between the neighborhoods. The owners of Detroit City FC were originally split between these two teams' rosters.

- Corktown

- Corktown

2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017

- Hubbard Farms

- Hubbard Farms

2013


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The Davison Derby

Series tied 1-1 with tie in 2012.

This rivalry is named after the highway M-8, colloquially referred to as The Davison, which separates these most "northern" neighborhoods in the original 11-member league in 2010.

- Green Acres

- Green Acres

2010

-  Hamtramck

- Hamtramck

2011


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Kopa Kielbasa

Poletown leads series 2-1, with ties in 2013 & 2017.

This most delicious-sounding cup dates back to the storied history of the two neighborhoods. The City of Hamtramck and the Poletown neighborhood in Detroit were once home to the largest Polish populations in the country. 

- Hamtramck

- Hamtramck

2016

- Poletown

- Poletown

2014, 2015


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Old Rose Cup

Old Redford leads 2-0.

This cup was created from the expansion team formed when additional players from the greater Grandmont-Rosedale community formed a team based within the Old Redford district. 

- Grand. Rose.

- Grand. Rose.

- Old Redford

- Old Redford

2014, 2016


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The Parks Cup

Brush Park leads series 3-0.

This unique cup--the only between three teams in the league--dates back to the original days of the DCFL when these were the only teams that had "Park" in their names.

- Brush Park

- Brush Park

2014, 2016, 2017

- Roosevelt Park

- Roosevelt Park

- Lafayette Park

- Lafayette Park


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Springwells Cup

Southwest leads series 1-0.

This cup pits two of the teams from Southwestern Detroit against each other.

- Southwest

- Southwest

2017

- Patton Park

- Patton Park


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Woodbridge Neighborhood Cup

Series tied 1-1.

This rivalry came from the expansion team formed when additional players from Woodbridge formed a team based around the historic neighborhood's iconic Scripps Park.

- Scripps Park

- Scripps Park

2015

- Woodbridge

- Woodbridge

2017


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Legacy Teams

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Brightmoor

Dragons 2011-2016

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Lafayette Park II

2013

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Warrendale

2012-2016

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Springwells

2011-2014

Renamed Patton Park

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Cass Corridor

Rebranded in 2017

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Hubbard Farms

Rebranded 2012

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New Center

Rebranded 2017

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Cody Rouge

2013-2015

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North End

2012

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Grand Circus Park

2014-2016


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