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

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Amway 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 Amway Canadian Championship

Benoît Cheyrou More

Will Johnson delivers heroics in Amway Canadian Championship final

Posted on 30 June 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

Toronto FC wins fifth Voyageurs Cup More

Amway Canadian Championship final match 29 June

Posted on 28 June 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

Toronto FC leads Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 More

Voyageurs Cup to be presented on Wednesday

Posted on 25 June 2016 in Amway 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 Amway Canadian Championship

Toronto FC 1:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Amway Canadian Championship Final kicks off in Toronto

Posted on 20 June 2016 in Amway 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 Amway Canadian Championship

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

Toronto FC advance to Championship final

Posted on 9 June 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

Impact Montréal FC 0:0 Toronto FC More

Whitecaps FC advance to Championship final

Posted on 9 June 2016 in Amway 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 Amway Canadian Championship

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

Canadians play role in Amway Canadian Championship

Posted on 5 June 2016 in Amway 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 Amway Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Toronto FC hold 4-2 series lead

Posted on 2 June 2016 in Amway 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 Amway Canadian Championship

1 June #CanChamp kickoff in Ottawa and Toronto More

Ottawa Fury through to Championship semi finals

Posted on 19 May 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

Ottawa 3-2 Edmonton (on aggregate) More

Preliminary round matchup returns to Ottawa for 2nd leg

Posted on 17 May 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC 3:0 FC Edmonton More

Ottawa Fury FC in good hands with 3-0 series lead

Posted on 12 May 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

FC Edmonton 0:3 Ottawa Fury FC More

Edmonton hosts Ottawa in 2016 Championship opener

Posted on 10 May 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

FC Edmonton v Ottawa Fury FC More

The stakes are high: Amway Canadian Championship starts an epic road to the CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 10 May 2016 in Amway Canadian Championship

First match: FC Edmonton v Ottawa Fury FC More

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The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off 3 May when Ottawa Fury FC host FC Edmonton in a head-to-head elimination series. The two-match qualifying round sets the Battle of the North in motion, which sets itself apart from all North American professional sports leagues that operate on both sides of the border as the only one to hold an all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage.

The qualifying round winner will join the three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series. The home and away Final round will follow with the final match on 27 June where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup.

New to the Canadian Championship in 2017, Canada Soccer has added a Canadian Content rule ensuring that at least three Canadians are included on every starting lineup throughout the competition.

“Canada Soccer is pleased to continue the focus on Canadian player development at the professional level with the introduction of the Canadian Content rule for the Canadian Championship”, stated Victor Montagliani, President, Canada Soccer. He added that “this 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.”

2017 Qualifying Round
3 May Ottawa Fury FC v FC Edmonton
10 May FC Edmonton v Ottawa Fury FC

2017 Semi-final Rounds
23 May (Qualifying Round winner) v Toronto FC
23 May Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact Montréal FC
30 May Impact Montréal FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
31 May Toronto FC v (Qualifying Round winner)

2017 Championship Final
20/21 June First leg between Semi-Final winners
* Should Montreal make the Final this match will be played on June 21
27 June Second leg between Semi-Final winners

The 2017 Canadian Championship features five clubs across three rounds and serves as a conduit to CONCACAF Champions League, the path by which Canadian teams have a chance to play the best clubs in the world at the FIFA Club World Cup, such as reigning champions CF Real Madrid. In line with the launch of the new CONCACAF Champions League format which places the Canadian representative in Phase II beginning in March 2018, a special one-match Canadian playoff between last year's winners Toronto FC (unless Toronto FC repeats as Canadian winners) and the 2017 winners will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance.

Looking ahead to 2018, Canada Soccer has also confirmed plans to expand the Canadian Championship to include winning teams from both League1 Ontario and Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.

About the Canadian Championship:

  • The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship features five clubs from across three professional leagues: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS), FC Edmonton (NASL), Toronto FC (MLS), Ottawa Fury FC (USL), and Impact Montréal FC (MLS).
  • Additional information on the competition format and the clubs’ rosters can be found on the Canadian Championship official website at canadasoccer.com/championship.
  • Fans are encourage to follow @CanadaSoccerEN on Twitter using #canChamp for tournament updates, but also to connect with the five Canadian professional clubs involved for live match coverage (@WhitecapsFC, @FCEdmontonNow, @torontofc, @OttawaFuryFC, @impactmontreal).


What you need to know:

  • The Canadian Championship’s current title holders are Toronto FC, the most successful club with five titles.
  • Since 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in CONCACAF Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Impact Montréal FC twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC this year (currently in the 2016-17 Semi-finals).
  • The Voyageurs Cup has been awarded to the Canadian Championship winner since 2008. Created by the Voyageurs Canadian Supporters group, the trophy represents Canadian fans’ commitment to the game in our country.
  • The George Gross Memorial Trophy recognises the Canadian Championship's most valuable player. The Trophy is named after the late George Gross, a respected journalist and honoured member of the Soccer Hall of Fame. Last year's winner was Benoît Cheyrou of Toronto FC.
  • In 2017, to be eligible as a Canadian on the starting line-up, a player must be a Canadian Citizen and/or hold a Canadian passport and, not played for, or represented, by virtue of dual citizenship or parental lineage, any other Member Association National soccer team, at any level, unless a change of Association, in accordance with FIFA Statutes, to Canada Soccer has been granted.
  • Impact Montréal FC came tantalizingly close to reaching the FIFA Club World Cup in 2015. After tying Mexico’s storied CF América 1:1 at the famed Estadio Azteca in the first leg of the CONCACAF Grand Final, the Impact took the lead in the 8th minute of the second leg in front of 61,004 fans packed into Montréal's Stade Olympique. In a match that will be remembered for years to come, the Impact looked like they would lift Canada into the FIFA Club World Cup for much of the match, before Club América converted three goals in 15 minutes to secure the win.
  • 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.


Follow the Canadian Championship on Twitter by using #canChamp.

Will Johnson scored a dramatic last-minute winner as Toronto FC won the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship title, their first Canadian title in four years. Johnson blasted the winning goal in the fifth minute of added time after a Vancouver collision dropped the ball into his path.

Toronto FC are now five-time Canadian champions, having lifted the Voyageurs Cup in four successive seasons from 2009 to 2012. They won this year's Amway Canadian Championship after knocking off Impact Montréal FC in the semifinals and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the final. Toronto FC won the 2016 title on account of Johnson's away goal, the tie-breaker from a 2-2 final series.

Toronto FC won the first leg 1:0 at BMO Field in Toronto, with Sebastian Giovinco the goalscorer in the 21 June opening leg. Whitecaps FC then outscored Toronto 2:1 in the second leg on 29 June at BC Place in Vancouver, with Nicolás Mezquida, Tim Parker, and Johnson the three goalscorers. Vancouver were moments away from celebrating their second consecutive title before Johnson turned the Championship on its head.

Up to that last moment, Toronto FC remained undeterred in their pursuit for a winner. In the build up to the winning goal, Justin Morrow won the ball deep in his own end before moving the ball quickly to Marky Delgado, Will Johnson and Tsubasa Endoh. Endoh's ball into the box dropped after a Vancouver collision between Kendall Waston and David Ousted, with the ball falling into the path of a streaking Johnson.

The 29-year old Canadian Johnson, in his first season with Toronto FC, scored his incredible Championship winner in full flight, one-timing his left-footed shot into the Vancouver goal.

After a scoreless first half in the 29 June finale, Vancouver substitute Mezquida blew fire into the final with the first goal of the evening in the 47th minute - less than two minutes after he entered the game. Vancouver then took the series lead in the 68th minute after Parker chested a ball to his feet and scored what could have been the Championship winner.

Vancouver had one more chance to score, with substitute Blas Pérez fighting off debutant Raheem Edwards before firing a low shot that hit the far post in the 91st minute. Young forward Edwards may have done just enough in his defensive pursuit to unbalance the dangerous Pérez who could have put the series away.

Four minute later, it was fullback Morrow who won his defensive challenge to set the play in motion towards Johnson's winning goal.

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Toronto FC's winning side featured head coach Greg Vanney and 25 players that dressed over the four matches (two wins, one draw, one loss). The Canadian Championship winners were Molham Babouli, Steven Beitashour, Mark Bloom, Alex Bono, Jay Chapman, Benoît Cheyrou, Marky Delgado, Raheem Edwards, Tsubasa Endoh, Sebastian Giovinco, Nick Hagglund, Jordan Hamilton, Clint Irwin, Brian James, Malik Johnson, Will Johnson, Daniel Lovitz, Drew Moor, Ashtone Morgan, Justin Morrow, Jonathan Osorio, Damien Perquis, Quillan Roberts, Josh Williams, and Eriq Zavaleta.

"I'd like to thank the Canadian Soccer Association and Amway for a great event as well as Vancouver Whitecaps FC for being a phenomenal opponent," said Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney after the victory. "It was just two teams that battled all the way to the wire and we were fortunate enough to make a big play at the end that gave us the result."

Over the course of this year's five-team, eight-match competition, this 2016 Championship set a new record with cumulative 114,360 spectators. Attendance for the final leg at BC Place was 19,376. Television audience was also up for the semifinals and finals, with this the first year of a new broadcast partnership with TSN. The 29 June finale was broadcast live on TSN1 and RDS.

The Amway Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer's professional competition featuring clubs from Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal. The national champion lifts the Voyageurs Cup and wins Canada's lone spot in CONCACAF Champions League on the road to the FIFA Club World Cup. This year marks the ninth edition of the competition, with Toronto FC champions five times (2009-2012 and 2016), Impact Montréal FC champions three times (2008, 2013, 2014), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC champions once (2015).

Toronto FC’s Benoît Cheyrou won the 2016 George Gross Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship.

Cheyrou wore the captain's armband for all four Toronto FC matches in the Championship, helping the club lift their first title in five years. Cheyrou was instrumental throughout the competition in Toronto's midfield. In the semifinals against Impact Montréal FC, he played a key role in the build up of two goals in the first leg and then was Star of the Match in the second match.

The George Gross Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Amway Canadian Championship's most valuable player. Previous winners are Matt Jordan in 2008, Dwayne De Rosario in 2009 and 2010, Joao Plata in 2011, Ryan Johnson in 2012, Justin Mapp in 2013 and 2014, and Russell Teibert in 2015.

Mr. George Gross had a prestigious career as a sports writer in Toronto, writing for the Toronto Telegram, the Soccer and Sport News (as publisher) and Toronto Sun (as founding sports editor). He served as one of the founders of the Eastern Professional Soccer League and also general manager of Toronto City Soccer Club in the early 1960s. In recognition of his years of service to sport, he was inducted to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and to The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. He passed away on 21 March 2008 at age 85.

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