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2019 Canadian Championship Draw results announced

Posted on 12 February 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada will now have two spots on the path to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Canada 1 will be represented by the 2019 Canadian Championship winner and Canada 2 will feature an entry from the Canadian Premier League. “We pride ourselves on providing Canadians with expanded oppor More

Canada Soccer outline 2019 Canadian Championship Draw Format

Posted on 6 February 2019 in Canadian Championship

Match-ups for the 2019 Canadian Championship will be announced 12 February following a Draw to determine the competition schedule. The competition will feature 24 games over five rounds including three Qualifying Rounds, the Semi-Final and Final. The Draw will determine the Qualifying Round 1 m More

Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship expands to 13 teams and 24 matches

Posted on 9 January 2019 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer’s newly expanded Battle of the North will feature a 13-team format when the 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off on 15 May. The 24-match schedule features Canadian teams from across five leagues culminating with the Final Round on 18 and 25 September. The five-round competit More

Toronto FC win 2018 Canadian Championship

Posted on 16 August 2018 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC have won their third consecutive and seventh Canadian Championship Voyageurs Cup trophy.  Toronto FC defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5:2 in the second leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round on Aug 15 at BMO Field in Toronto, ON. With the 7:4 Final Round aggregate vict More

Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC even at 2:2 heading into second leg of 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round

Posted on 9 August 2018 in Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC battled to a 2:2 draw in the opening leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round at BC Place on August 8. The second leg at BMO Field kicks off at 19:45 ET on Aug 15 and will be LIVE on TSN1, TSN4, RDS2 and TSNGo. Despite going down to ten men in firs More

Vancouver Whitecaps FC host defending Canadian Champions Toronto FC on TSN

Posted on 8 August 2018 in Canadian Championship

The first leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round kicks off at BC Place in Vancouver, BC at 19:00 PT LIVE on TSN1, TSN4, and RDS2 as 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC face Vancouver Whitecaps FC for Canada’s place in the Concacaf Champions League. Toronto FC, whose 2 More

Toronto to face Vancouver in 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round on TSN

Posted on 26 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round. The two Canadian teams will face each other in the Battle of the North final with Canada’s place in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League on the line. The first leg kicks off on TSN1/4 at 19.00 PT Wednesday More

Toronto FC advances to 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round

Posted on 25 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC earned their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship Final Round with a 3:0 (4:0 on aggregate) victory over Ottawa Fury FC at BMO Field. Ayo Akinola, Jordan Hamilton, and Jonathan Osorio scored the goals for the home side. Toronto won the first leg of the Semi-Final Round 0:1 the previous More

Vancouver turns the tide and defeats Montreal

Posted on 25 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

A penalty goal by striker Kei Kamara at the 60th minute led the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night, in the return leg of their home-and-away semifinal matchup at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.This result enabled the Caps to win the two-game goa More

Toronto, Montréal strike first in 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round

Posted on 19 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

The 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round kicked off in Ottawa and Montréal 18 July with a pair of 1:0 score lines. Canadian MLS teams Toronto FC, Montréal Impact FC and Vancouver Whitecaps joined the competition which is the Canadian pathway to the Concacaf Champions League. The More

Battle of the North continues with 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round

Posted on 18 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC are hoping third time’s the charm in the Semi-Final Round of the Canadian Championship. Up against the reigning Canadian champions for the third year in a row, Ottawa Fury are primed to win their two-match knock-out series against their Ontario rivals. After advancing from More

Toronto FC takes 1:0 lead over Ottawa Fury FC in Canadian Championship Semi-Final

Posted on 17 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

An early goal from Jonathan Osorio led Toronto FC to a 0:1 victory over Ottawa Fury FC in the first leg of the 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final in at TD Place in Ottawa, ON. The teams will travel to Toronto for the return leg on 25 July at BMO Field.Osorio notched the crucial away goal for the More

Impact earns 1:0 victory over Whitecaps in 2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round

Posted on 17 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

Uruguayan Alejandro Silva celebrated his first game in the Canadian Championship with a goal in the 58th minute to lead the Montreal Impact to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night, in the first leg of their home-and-away semifinal matchup at Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebe More

2018 Canadian Championship Semi-Final Round to kick off 18 July live on CanadaSoccer.com

Posted on 12 July 2018 in Canadian Championship

After advancing from the 2018 Qualifying Round, Ottawa Fury FC host 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC at TD Place while Montreal Impact FC host Vancouver Whitecaps FC at State Saputo. Both matches will be streamed LIVE via CanadaSoccer.com with matches kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET.2018 Ca More

Ottawa Fury FC advances to semi-final round of Canadian Championship

Posted on 28 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC have clinched their spot alongside Toronto FC, Montréal Impact FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the semi-final round of the 2018 Canadian Championship. Ottawa won heir two-match series 2-0 over Blainville after back-to-back 1:0 victories in Laval and Ottawa. In the 27 June mat More

Ottawa Fury FC take 1:0 lead in 2018 Canadian Championship Second Qualifying Round

Posted on 21 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Tony Taylor’s goal in the first minute of the opening leg of the Second Qualifying Round of the 2018 Canadian Championship sends Ottawa Fury FC home up 1:0 against AS Blainville. The Première ligue de soccer du Québec champions AS Blainville, who defeated Oakville Blue Devil More

Ottawa Fury FC open their 2018 Canadian Championship campaign against AS Blainville

Posted on 19 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Première ligue de soccer du Québec Champions AS Blainville play host in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Round against Ottawa Fury FC Wednesday 20 June kicking off at 19.30 ET 2019 LIVE on MyCujoo.tv/canada-soccer. After a 3:1 aggregate win in the First Qualifying Round over Leag More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Decision with respect to Canadian Championship hosts Oakville Blue Devils FC

Posted on 18 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Following a flare being ignited by a spectator at their home game v AS Blainville in the Canadian Championship on 13 June 2018, Oakville was charged with a single count of improper conduct by spectators.  The Canada Soccer Disciplinary Committee fined Oakville $250 for this offence. More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Decision with respect to Canadian Championship hosts AS Blainville

Posted on 15 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Canada Soccer charged AS Blainville with Improper Conduct of Spectators following its Canadian Championship game at Stade Desjardin, Laval on 6 June 2018.   Improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, violence towards persons or objects, letting off incendiary devices, throwing missi More

AS Blainville advance to face Ottawa Fury FC in 2018 Canadian Championship

Posted on 14 June 2018 in Canadian Championship

Diyaeddine Abzi scored a first half added time goal to secure a 1:0 (3:1) First Qualifying Round victory for AS Blainville at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, ON on 13 June. After a 2:1 win at home in an exciting first leg on 6 June, AS Blainville move onto the Second Qualifying Round of the 20 More

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Canada will now have two spots on the path to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Canada 1 will be represented by the 2019 Canadian Championship winner and Canada 2 will feature an entry from the Canadian Premier League.
 
“We pride ourselves on providing Canadians with expanded opportunities to compete in and attend competitions at the highest levels of international soccer,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer.
 
2019 Canadian Championship Draw results are first step to determine Canada 1
 
The expanded 13 team, 24 match 2019 Canadian Championship schedule is now complete after a Draw conducted by Canada Soccer. Across five rounds featuring home and away matches, the Battle of the North will kick off 15 May with three matches featuring three teams playing in three different leagues across three different provinces. Opening round matches will take place in Vaughan, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; and Laval, Quebec as teams look to hoist the Voyageurs Cup and move closer to a chance to earn a first-ever Canadian berth in the FIFA Club World Cup.
 
“The Canadian Championship has provided a tremendous springboard for Canadian players and Canada’s professional teams to gain invaluable experience in international competition with Toronto FC, Montreal Impact FC, and the Vancouver Whitecaps having advanced deep into the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League,” Montopoli said. “The opening round matchups kick off a unique coast-to-coast competition with Canadian Championship matches hosted in five different Canada Soccer Member Association provinces.”
 
Qualifying Round 1 will feature 2018 League1 Ontario (L1O) Champions Vaughan Azzurri playing host to HFX Wanderers FC; the Canadian Premier League’s (CanPL) Cavalry FC playing host to Pacific FC; with 2017 and 2018 Première Ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) champions AS Blainville playing host to York9 FC in matches one through three respectively on 15 May. The return leg will be played on 22 May.
 
In Qualifying Round 2, the winners of matches one through three from the Qualifying Round 1 will face Canadian Premier League clubs FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC who enter the competition in this round. The opening leg on will take place on 5 June with the return leg going 12 June.
 
Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs Montreal Impact FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and United Soccer League’s (USL) Ottawa Fury FC are set to kick off their Canadian Championship in Qualifying Round 3 when they’ll meet the winners of matches 4 through 6 away on 10 July returning home for the second leg on 24 July.
 
The Semi-Final Round will see Toronto FC (MLS) join the competition as they travel to meet the match seven winner on 7 August, along with the winners of match eight and nine competing in the second semi-final. The higher seed of the winners of match seven and eight will host the second leg in the Semi-Final Round scheduled for 14 August.
 
The 2019 Canadian Championship winner and Canada 1 entrant into the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League will be determined over two legs on 18 and 25 September. The Voyageurs Cup and George Gross Trophy will be awarded on 25 September to the Champions and competition’s most valuable player.
 
Concacaf League expansion results in addition of Canada 2
 
In 2019, Canada Soccer will use the home and away matches in the Canadian Premier League regular season between FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC to determine who advances to the Preliminary Round of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League. Consistent with seeding for the Canadian Championship based on membership, these three inaugural teams will be provided with a unique opportunity for this season to earn the Canada 2 spot in Scotiabank Concacaf League. Starting in 2020, the previous year’s Canadian Premier League champion will earn the right to be designated as Canada 2 in Scotiabank Concacaf League.
 
2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League

 
Toronto FC, the 2018 Canadian Championship winners featuring 2018 George Gross Trophy winner and Men’s National Team player Jonathan Osorio, kick off their Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League campaign 19 February against Panama’s Club Atletico Independiente in Panama City. The teams return to Toronto on 26 February for the second leg at BMO Field.
 

Match-ups for the 2019 Canadian Championship will be announced 12 February following a Draw to determine the competition schedule. The competition will feature 24 games over five rounds including three Qualifying Rounds, the Semi-Final and Final.
 
The Draw will determine the Qualifying Round 1 match-ups for teams entering that round on 15 and 22 May, as well as the subsequent round match-ups to produce the pathway to the Canadian Championship Final Round scheduled for 18 and 25 September.
 
“The continued expansion of the Canadian Championship is a testament to the growth and professionalization of the sport of soccer in our country,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli. “We look forward to welcoming the debutant Canadian Premier League clubs and Vaughan Azzurri to the competition and to the returning clubs as they strive to gain access to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.”
 
The Draw will be conducted to place each round’s entrants into a home and away series denoted by a match number. Qualifying Round 1 (QR1) will feature match numbers one through three, Qualifying Round 2 (QR2) will feature match numbers four through six, Qualifying Round 3 (QR3) will feature match numbers seven through nine, the Semi-Final Round features match numbers ten and eleven with match number twelve being the Final.
 
In QR1, champions from League1 Ontario and Première Ligue de soccer du Québec will not be drawn into the same match number.
 
After QR1 matchups are set, and subject to facility availability, the seeded teams from Qualifying Round 2 onwards will host the second leg.
 

Qualifying Round 1 (QR1) - 15 & 22 May

  • Qualifying Round 1 will feature six clubs drawn to determine match-ups. 
  • Teams entering: Vaughan Azzurri, AS Blainville, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC York9 FC,
  • Match numbers in QR1: 1, 2, and 3


Qualifying Round 2 (QR2) - 5 & 12 June

  • Qualifying Round 2 will feature FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC drawn against QR1 winners of Matches 1 through 3.
  • Match numbers in QR2: 4, 5, and 6

 
Qualifying Round 3 (QR3) - 10 & 24 July

  • Qualifying Round 3 will feature Ottawa Fury FC, Montreal Impact FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC drawn against the winners of QR2 Matches 4, 5 and 6.
  • Match numbers in QR3: 7, 8, and 9

 
Semi-Final Round - 7 & 14 August

  • In the Semi-Final Round, Toronto FC will be drawn into either match 10 or match 11 and will face one of the QR3 winners with the other two QR3 winners completing the Semi-Final match-up.
  • Match numbers in the Semi-Final: 10, and 11

 
Final Round - 18 & 25 September

  • For the Final Round, as in previous years, the highest seeded team has the opportunity to select which leg it wishes to play at home.
  • Match number for the Final: 12
     

Canada Soccer’s newly expanded Battle of the North will feature a 13-team format when the 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off on 15 May. The 24-match schedule features Canadian teams from across five leagues culminating with the Final Round on 18 and 25 September.
 
The five-round competition will feature teams from League1 Ontario, the Première ligue du Soccer de Québec (PLSQ), the Canadian Premier League, United Soccer League, and Major League Soccer. The Canadian Championship winner captures the Voyageurs Cup and earns Canada’s sole spot in the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
 
“The Canadian Championship has evolved into a true domestic cup competition with multiple levels of entrants all battling to secure a coveted Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League spot,” said Canada Soccer President Steven Reed. “We are proud to welcome seven teams as first-time entrants from League1 Ontario and the Canadian Premier League that join six returning teams in our 2019 Battle of the North.”
 
Each of the rounds will be contested in a home and away format with the winner being determined by the aggregate score over the two legs.  In the event of a tie, away goals will be used to determine the winner. New for 2019, there will be no extra time with kicks from the penalty mark to be used at the end of the second leg to determine the winner.
 
All 13 teams have been assigned a round in which they will enter the competition, with the 2019 Canadian Championship round-by-round match ups to be announced at a later date.
 
The First Qualifying Round will be played on 15 and 22 May and will feature six teams drawn to determine the matchups. PLSQ winners AS Blainville and League1 Ontario winners Vaughan Azzurri will not be drawn against each other. The four Canadian Premier League teams that entered into Canada Soccer membership in 2018, Pacific FC, Cavalry FC, York9 FC and HFX Wanderers FC will join them in the First Qualifying Round. Only AS Blainville are returning to the competition while the other five teams are all making their Canadian Championship debut.
 
The Second Qualifying Round kicks off on 5 June with the return leg on 12 June and will feature the three First Qualifying Round winners, who will be matched up against Canadian Premier League clubs FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC. Of note, FC Edmonton returns to the Canadian Championship as a member of the Canadian Premier League and as such are granted a bye to this round.  They are joined by Forge FC and Valour FC by virtue of their entry to Canada Soccer as Professional Clubs in Membership in 2017.
 
The Third Qualifying Round will kick off on 10 and 24 July. The Round will feature the three Second Qualifying Round winners drawn against Ottawa Fury FC of the United Soccer League and both Montréal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC from Major League Soccer.
 
The Semi-Final Round (7 and 14 August) will feature three Third Qualifying Round winners plus Toronto FC, who receive a bye to this round as the defending Canadian Championship winners. The two Semi-final winners will then advance to the Final Round which will be contested in a home and away series on 18 and 25 September.
 
Concacaf Champions League
Toronto FC, the 2018 Canadian Championship champions and 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League finalists, will kick off their 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League run 12 February against Round of 16 opponents Club Atlético Independiente of Panama.
 
Since 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC twice (Semi-finals in 2011-12 and Grand Final in 2018); Impact de Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15); and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Semi-finals in 2016-17).
 
About the Canadian Championship
The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into Concacaf Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.
 
Dubbed the Battle of the North, the Championship sets itself apart from all North American professional sports competitions that operate on both sides of the border as the only one to hold an all-Canadian competition that leads to the international stage.
 
Canadian content is a focus of the competition and since 2017, regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three eligible Canadian Internationals as starters for each match.
 
In 2019, the Canadian Championship will feature 13 teams including three Major League Soccer clubs, Toronto FC, Montréal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC; United Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury FC; seven Canadian Premier League clubs, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, and York9 FC; Première ligue du Soccer de Québec’s AS Blainville; and League1 Ontario champions Vaughan Azzurri.
 
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 recognizes the Canadian Championship's Most Valuable Player, with Jonathan Osorio the 2018 winner. The award is named after the late George Gross, an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.
 
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at www.canadasoccer.com
 

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