Bridgeport Central soccer team disqualified from state tournament after using ineligible player

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)–The Bridgeport Central boys’ soccer team has been disqualified from the Class LL state tournament, after one of its players was ruled ineligible because he competed in a league outside of the CIAC.

The team self-reported the violation to the CIAC after its 1-0 victory over Hall in a state quarterfinal match on November 14.

“We received an email (Friday evening) indicating that one of our players was playing in a league outside of CIAC competitions,” Bridgeport citywide athletic director Chris Johnson told the CT Post. “We investigated it. The accusation was true.”

Coach Jay Silverman told the Post that the team decided to remove the player from its roster before their quarterfinal match on Saturday, but by then it was too late.

“I found out one of my players was asked to play in a tournament last weekend,” Silverman told the Post. “He’s a young kid and decided to go. I’ve got a bunch of seniors that are being punished. It’s just not right. It’s not fair.”

Bridgeport Central’s quarterfinal opponent, will now play in their place against Glastonbury High School in a semifinal match November 18. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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