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TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted on 17 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer and TSN have unveiled broadcast details for its exclusive live coverage of the 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP More

Canadian Championship: Ottawa Fury FC advance after 3:2 away win in Edmonton

Posted on 11 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

3 May: Ottawa Fury FC 1:0 FC Edmonton 10 May: FC Edmonton 2:3 Ottawa Fury FC More

Canadian Championship: Ottawa wins 1-0 over Edmonton in first of two match qualifying round

Posted on 4 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa 1-0 Edmonton More

Canadian Championship: Battle of the North Qualifying Round Kicks off 3 May in Ottawa

Posted on 1 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

The two-match qualifying series sets the stage for an epic Battle of the North with the chance at international glory on the line More

Canadian Championship Kicks off 10th Edition in May with more Canadian Content

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Canadian Championship

The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off 3 May More

Benoît Cheyrou wins 2016 George Gross Memorial Trophy

Posted on 30 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Benoît Cheyrou More

Will Johnson delivers heroics in Amway Canadian Championship final

Posted on 30 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC wins fifth Voyageurs Cup More

Amway Canadian Championship final match 29 June

Posted on 28 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC leads Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 More

Voyageurs Cup to be presented on Wednesday

Posted on 25 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto or Vancouver to be engraved on maple leaf More

Toronto FC opens with 1-0 lead in Championship final

Posted on 22 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC 1:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Amway Canadian Championship Final kicks off in Toronto

Posted on 20 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

TFC v VWFC on TSN1, TSN4 More

Vancouver Whitecaps FC look to defend their Amway Canadian Championship against Toronto FC

Posted on 10 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Whitecaps 3:2 Fury; TFC 4:2 Impact More

Toronto FC advance to Championship final

Posted on 9 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Impact Montréal FC 0:0 Toronto FC More

Whitecaps FC advance to Championship final

Posted on 9 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps 3:0 Ottawa Fury FC More

Amway Canadian Championship semi-final round moves to Vancouver and Montréal

Posted on 7 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Fury lead 2-0; TFC up 4-2 More

Canadians play role in Amway Canadian Championship

Posted on 5 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Second leg of the semi-final round on 8 June More

Ottawa Fury FC takes 2-0 series lead

Posted on 2 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Toronto FC hold 4-2 series lead

Posted on 2 June 2016 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC 4:2 Impact Montréal FC More

2016 Amway Canadian Championship semi-finals kick off June 1 on TSN

Posted on 31 May 2016 in Canadian Championship

1 June #CanChamp kickoff in Ottawa and Toronto More

Ottawa Fury through to Championship semi finals

Posted on 19 May 2016 in Canadian Championship

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Canada Soccer and TSN have unveiled broadcast details for its exclusive live coverage of the 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP. The action kicks off with a semifinal doubleheader on Tuesday, 23 May as Ottawa Fury FC host Toronto FC at 7 p.m. ET on TSN, followed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact at 10 p.m. ET (see below for the full broadcast schedule).
 
Live streaming and on-demand viewing of the 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP is available to TSN subscribers via the TSN GO mobile app and on TSN.ca/Live. French-language coverage of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact semifinal series is available on RDS, and will include a 30-minute pre-game show.
 
"We are pleased to extend our partnership with TSN and RDS to bring the Battle of the North to fans from coast to coast to coast on television and digital platforms," said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “We’re calling this competition The Battle of the North because it really is the pinnacle of Canadian club soccer, and the only competition that gives Canadian professional clubs an opportunity to advance to the international stage, including the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. Fans can expect to see some world-class soccer in each of these upcoming Canadian Championship matches available on TSN and RDS.”
 
“We’re excited to once again partner with Canada Soccer to deliver exclusive coverage of the CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, as teams compete to earn their spot in the 2018 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Content Strategy and Business, TSN.
 
New Canadian Content rules introduced by Canada Soccer in 2017 will include the requirement that a minimum of three Canadians are in the starting lineup for all Canadian Championship matches which will result in more Canadian players taking the pitch than in any previous editions of the competition’s ten-year history.  The Canadian Content rule builds on the youth development initiatives announced last year, in collaboration with MLS, that include the expansion of the Homegrown Player parameters to ensure that Canadian youth players in MLS club academies or Canadian approved youth clubs will be considered as domestic players in MLS.
 
TSN’s coverage of the Ottawa Fury FC vs. Toronto FC series is led by MLS ON TSN play-by-play commentator Luke Wileman and analyst Steven Caldwell. Peter Schaad delivers the call for Leg #1 of Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact with analysts Nick Dasovic and Perry Solkowski, while TSN’s Vic Rauter hosts coverage for Leg #2 alongside analyst Greg Sutton.
 
The 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP is the 10th edition of the tournament, which features five Canadian professional soccer clubs battling for the Voyageurs Cup and a spot in the 2018 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – the most prestigious tournament in North American soccer. Ottawa Fury FC advanced out of the Qualifying round on a 4-2 aggregate score over Edmonton FC.  With the restructuring of the CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE for the 2018 season, this year’s tournament winner will compete against last year’s champion Toronto FC in a single-game elimination playoff match to determine Canada’s entrant into the CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Toronto FC will automatically qualify by defending their title in this year’s tournament.
 
As the only all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage, including the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, not only will the 2017 Canadian Championship winner claim club soccer supremacy in Canada, but have the chance to carry Canada’s flag in international competition. 
 
 
One of the most distinguished club level trophies in soccer, the FIFA Club World Cup pits the winners of CONCACAF Champions League against the winners of the five other continental championships: Asia's AFC Champions League, Africa's CAF Champions League, South America's Copa Libertadores, Oceania's OFC Champions League, and Europe's UEFA Champions League. The competition also features the host nation's national champions.
 
 
TSN’s Broadcast Schedule of the 2017 Canadian Championship is as follows:
 
Tuesday, May 23

  • 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Semifinal Leg #1: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Toronto FC at 7 p.m. ET on TSN
  • 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Semifinal Leg #1: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact at 10 p.m. ET on TSN/RDS

Tuesday, May 30

  • 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Semifinal Leg #2: Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN/RDS

Wednesday, May 31

  • 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Semifinal Leg #2: Toronto FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC at 7 p.m. ET on TSN

Tuesday, June 20

  • 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Final Leg #1 on TSN

Tuesday, June 27

  • 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Final Leg #2 on TSN

 
*Schedule subject to change
** Final Leg #1 will be on Wednesday, June 21 should Montreal advance to the Final.

Ottawa Fury FC have advanced to the Canadian Championship semi-finals after a 4-2 series victory over FC Edmonton. Ottawa will next face Ontario rivals Toronto FC for the first-time ever in another home-and-away series, with the first leg set for 23 May at TD Place in the nation's capital.

After the first leg finished 1:0 on a late Ottawa goal, the two sides scored five times in the 10 May return leg at Clarke Field in Edmonton. Sito and Steevan Dos Santos (two) scored for Ottawa while Jacob Keegan and Sainey Nyassi scored for FC Edmonton. Canadians Nik Ledgerwood (Edmonton) and Jamar Dixon (Ottawa) both recorded assists.

"It may have been exciting to watch (because) you probably did not know which way it was going to go," said Paul Dalglish, Ottawa Fury FC head coach. "This is a wonderful group of players with great character and great mentality. It's tough coming here, but they grinded it out."

Sito made it 2-0 on aggregate in the opening minute, stealing the ball from Allan Zebie before striding in and beating Tyson Farago with the left foot. In the 9th minute, he nearly made it 3-0, but his drive hit the crossbar and Steevan Dos Santos failed to score on the rebound.

In the 30th minute, an unusual mistake gave Jacob Keegan the opportunity to cut the series lead in half. Irving had dropped the ball in his area in preparation for a long kick, but he had forgotten that Keegan was behind him re-entering the field. Keegan quickly stole the ball, got around Irving, and put the ball into the back of the net.

In the 37th minute, Ottawa regained their 3-1 lead on a penalty. Dos Santos made no mistake with his right-footed shot.

In the second half, Ledgerwood fed Sainey Nyassi for FC Edmonton's second goal in the 61st minute, cutting the series lead to 3-2. In the 67th minute, however, FC Edmonton were reduced to 10 men after Papé Diakité was shown a red card.

In added time with the series all but wrapped up, Dos Santos scored his second goal of the match on a long play forward from Jamar Dixon.

As the only all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage, including the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, the Canadian Championship is viewed as a prestigious event unparalleled in Canada.

New Canadian Content rules introduced by Canada Soccer in 2017 include the requirement that a minimum of three Canadians are in the starting lineup for all Canadian Championship matches which will result in more Canadian players taking the pitch than in any previous editions of the competition’s 10-year history.

In all, 13 Canadians dressed in the match. Home side FC Edmonton started Tyson Farago (goal), Allan Zebie, and captain Nik Ledgerwood, with Adam Straith featuring as a substitute in the second half. Nathan Ingham, Ben Fisk, and Mauro Eustáquio dressed but did not feature. Ottawa Fury FC started Callum Irving (goal), Eddie Edward, and Jamar Dixon while David Paulmin, Aron Mkungilwa and Thomas Meilleur-Giguère dressed but did not feature.

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The Battle of the North

“We’re calling this competition The Battle of the North because it really is the pinnacle of Canadian club soccer, and the only competition that gives Canadian professional clubs an opportunity to advance to the international stage,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary for Canada Soccer. “Canadian clubs have come close to securing a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup in the past, including the Montréal Impact in 2015. We are confident we’ll see some world-class soccer in each of these upcoming Canadian Championship matches.”

The Path to the FIFA Club World Cup

The path to the FIFA Club World Cup started with the Qualifying Round, with Ottawa Fury FC now joining Canada’s three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series. The home and away Final round will culminate with the final match on 27 June where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup. A special one-match Battle of the North playoff between the 2016 Canadian Championships winners Toronto FC and the 2017 winners will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance, unless Toronto FC repeats as Canadian winners.

The winners of the Battle of the North will have earned its spot to compete in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s most prestigious club tournament, that qualifies its champion directly to the FIFA Club World Cup.

One of the most distinguished club level trophies in soccer, the FIFA Club World Cup pits the winners of CONCACAF Champions League against the winners of the five other continental championships: Asia's AFC Champions League, Africa's CAF Champions League, South America's Copa Libertadores, Oceania's OFC Champions League, and Europe's UEFA Champions League. The competition also features the host nation's national champions.

 

The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship kicked off in Ottawa with hosts Fury FC defeating FC Edmonton in the first of two matches in a head-to-head elimination series to determine who will take on Toronto FC in the Semi-final. Ottawa Fury FC now head to Edmonton with a 1-0 series lead ahead of the second leg of the series on 10 May at Clarke Field.

Canadian goalkeeper Callum Irving was the star of the match with a trio of key saves, one point blank on Edmonton's Canadian midfielder Allan Zebie in the 59th minute. Irving's performance set the scene for goalscorer Ryan Williams to deliver the late heroics in the 89th minute.

As the only all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage, including the CONCACAF Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, the Canadian Championship is viewed as a prestigious event unparalleled in Canada.

"It was just a reaction (save)," said Irving. "We knew it was going to be a battle. These two teams have played each other quite a few times and this being a Canadian Championship match, there was a lot of pride on the line and a lot at stake. I think we both came into it willing to fight for the first leg and I expected nothing less from Edmonton or our guys with Ottawa. I am just happy we were able to turn that battle into a 1-0 win."

New Canadian Content rules introduced by Canada Soccer in 2017 include the requirement that a minimum of three Canadians are in the starting lineup for all Canadian Championship matches which will result in more Canadian players taking the pitch than in any previous editions of the competition’s 10-year history.

"We have a home match next week and all our focus is on that match," said FC Edmonton captain and Canadian midfielder Nik Ledgerwood. "It's a great little rivalry we have (with Ottawa) even if we are not close in distance, but the rivalry has been built up over the years. These rivalries bring fans out and help showcase Canadian talent."

Both sides dressed five Canadians in the match. Home side Ottawa Fury FC started Callum Irving (goal), Eddie Edward, and Jamar Dixon while David Paulmin and Thomas Meilleur-Giguère dressed but did not feature. Away side FC Edmonton started Tyson Farago (goal), Allan Zebie, Ben Fisk, and captain Nik Ledgerwood while Adam Straith dressed but did not feature.

"When there are kids watching the Canadian Championship and they see Canadians playing in it, I think it only does well for Canadian development as they have (a competition) in which they hope to play one day," said Irving. "The more Canadian players you can get on the field for these matches, then all the better. It was nice to have my first Canadian Championship match (tonight) as I have grown up watching this competition. I hope it is the first match of many."

The Battle of the North

“We’re calling this competition The Battle of the North because it really is the pinnacle of Canadian club soccer, and the only competition that gives Canadian professional clubs an opportunity to advance to the international stage,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary for Canada Soccer. “Canadian clubs have come close to securing a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup in the past, including the Montréal Impact in 2015. We are confident we’ll see some world-class soccer in each of these upcoming Canadian Championship matches.”

The Path to the FIFA Club World Cup

The path to the FIFA Club World Cup will start at home with the Qualifying Round, whose winner will join Canada’s three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series. The home and away Final round will culminate with the final match on 27 June where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup. A special one-match Battle of the North playoff between the 2016 Canadian Championships winners Toronto FC and the 2017 winners will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance, unless Toronto FC repeats as Canadian winners.

The winners of the Battle of the North will have earned its spot to compete in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s most prestigious club tournament, that qualifies its champion directly to the FIFA Club World Cup.

One of the most distinguished club level trophies in soccer, the FIFA Club World Cup pits the winners of CONCACAF Champions League against the winners of the five other continental championships: Asia's AFC Champions League, Africa's CAF Champions League, South America's Copa Libertadores, Oceania's OFC Champions League, and Europe's UEFA Champions League. The competition also features the host nation's national champions.

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