The Power Football Conferences announce the start of the CCC-FCIAC Classic

Teams from the CCC or FCIAC have won the CIAC Class LL Boys’ Football Championship in 15 of the last 16 years it has been held.

Six times in that period, the championship game has pitted the CCC against the FCIAC team.

In the girls’ LL class tournament, the winner came from the CCC or FCIAC in 14 of the last 16 matches of the tournament.

It is safe to say that both conferences have proven to be the best in the country.

With all of this recent history, it only makes sense that the two leagues will announce the first FCIAC vs. CCC Kick Off Classic to be played this coming September with 20 boys programs from the two major conferences playing in one weekend in one location.



“When CCC switched to a 15-game schedule, it opened up the possibility of doing that. We called in the coaches in both leagues and they were very responsive and the commissioners of both leagues were on board,” said Glastonbury girls coach and former boys coach, Mark Landers. “It is all about developing the game of football. What better way to do that than having 20 great teams all playing in one place during one weekend?”

Landers said the girls’ team isn’t scheduling, but he hopes next year to have a similar weekend for the girls’ teams.

On the girls’ side after the FCIAC-CCC Classic Match kick off, Glastonbury will face St Joseph on October 4 at 4:30pm Southington plays Ridgefield and Staples plays Farmington on dates to be determined.

There will be 10 boys’ matches all played at the FSA Complex in Farmington on September 23-24. The games will be held on three playgrounds in the complex with artificial grass and lights.

“I think any chance we get to showcase such a sport that has teams from two of the best conferences in the state on year-round and last year for boys’ soccer, you can do it,” said Cel Vitilo, Trumbull boys’ soccer coach. “For years, we had nothing but conference games on our schedules. We loved the idea of ​​having only 15 games given how tight our schedule was at FCIAC, but we couldn’t pass up the chance to represent FCIAC and showcase high school boys football. It reminds me a bit of the ACC/Big Challenge. East in college basketball.”

Games begin Friday night, September 23 at 5:30 with Ridgefield taking on Avon and McMahon taking on South Windsor.

On Saturday 12:30 Danbury plays Southington, LL champion Farmington meets Trumbull and Westhill East Hartford.

“The FCIAC has been chasing the CCC quite a bit the last few years in the state championships. Knowing who is the best in shape first hand can only help us in my opinion,” Vitello said. “The opportunity to represent FCIAC is also important to us. We are proud of what we have achieved in the league. I think the fact that we are identical with Farmington is in a way a sign of how much respect we are across the state. It’s something to be proud of and we can’t wait for the challenge. I will cheer on the rest of the FCIAC members during the event as well.”

Saturday’s games at 3pm will include Staples vs. Glastonbury and Wilton vs. Newington.

When Landers was the boys’ coach at Glastonbury, his team sparred annually with the Dan and Wag Staples teams. Glastonbury defeated Staples 3-2 in the second round of the 2019 CIAC Class LL State Championship.

Class L champion Wethersfield will wrap up at 6pm on Saturday against New Canaan, Greenwich Hall in the rematch of the 2019 Class LL Championship, and Darren meets Cunard.

“There is no doubt that we have created some great matches and some historically important synergies. You can write a story about each of these games on their own,” Landers said. “Traditionally, the CCC and FCIAC have produced amazing players, coaches and teams. It’s great getting conferences together.”


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