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Battle of the North expands as 2018 Canadian Championship schedule announced

Posted on 10 January 2018 in Canadian Championship

The Battle of the North will kick off 6 June 2018 in Laval, Quebec as Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) and League1 Ontario entrants join the 2018 Canadian Championship. The competition will culminate 15 August when the 11th Canadian Championship winner is presented the Voyageu More

Oakville Blue Devils qualifies for Canadian Championship

Posted on 20 October 2017 in Canadian Championship

Oakville wins League1 Ontario title More

AS Blainville qualifies for Canadian Championship

Posted on 1 October 2017 in Canadian Championship

Blainville wins 2017 PLSQ title, qualifies for 2018 Championship More

Toronto FC repeat as Canadian Champions; earn berth in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 27 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC 2:1 Impact Montréal FC More

Voyageurs Cup to be awarded as rivals clash in Canadian Championship Final Tuesday night

Posted on 26 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Toronto FC will host the Montreal Impact in the second leg of the Canadian Championship Final More

Toronto and Montréal all even in Canadian Championship final

Posted on 21 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Impact Montréal FC 1-1 Toronto FC More

First leg of Canadian Championship FINAL between defending champion Toronto FC and rivals Montreal Impact kicks off Wednesday

Posted on 20 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

The final round of the 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off Wednesday, 21 June More

Toronto advance to final of 2017 Canadian Championship

Posted on 1 June 2017 in Canadian Championship

Aggregate: Toronto FC 5-2 Ottawa Fury FC More

Canadian Championship: Ottawa Fury takes 2-1 lead with historic home win against Toronto FC

Posted on 31 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Ottawa Fury FC 2:1 Toronto FC More

Montréal advance to final of 2017 Canadian Championship

Posted on 31 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Aggregate: Impact Montréal FC 5-4 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Visitors Ottawa Fury FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC lead respective Canadian Championship semi-finals heading into return leg

Posted on 30 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Canadian soccer fans can catch all of the action on TSN 1,3,4 and 5 and RDS More

Canadian Championship: Whitecaps FC take 2-1 lead with home win over Montréal

Posted on 24 May 2017 in Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2:1 Impact Montréal FC More

TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of 2017 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted on 23 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

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The Battle of the North will kick off 6 June 2018 in Laval, Quebec as Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) and League1 Ontario entrants join the 2018 Canadian Championship. The competition will culminate 15 August when the 11th Canadian Championship winner is presented the Voyageurs Cup earning themselves a place in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League and opportunity to play in the FIFA Club World Cup.

The 2018 edition of the Canadian Championship will feature an additional qualifying round with PLSQ champions AS Blainville hosting League1 Ontario (L1O) champions Oakville Blue Devils before traveling to play the return leg 13 June 2018 in Oakville. The winner will face Ottawa Fury FC in the second qualifying round over a home and away series on 20 and 27 June 2018 to determine who will advance to face reigning champions Toronto FC.

Adding teams from the highest levels of competition in Ontario and Quebec builds on the Canadian Content regulations instituted in 2017. All teams were required to start three Canadian players throughout the 2017 Canadian Championship, which will be carried forward in 2018 giving Canadian professionals meaningful minutes in a professional domestic cup competition.

“We are excited to welcome the champions of League1 Ontario and Première ligue de soccer du Québec into an expanded Canadian Championship,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli. “This competition is about showcasing Canadian Content at the top level of professional competition and providing an expanded opportunity for Canadian players, clubs and coaches to have the opportunity to compete in a meaningful national competition with the ultimate goal of advancing to the FIFA Club World Cup.”

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC will open defence of their title in the semi-final round on 18 July 2018 when they travel to face the second qualifying round winners. In the other semi-final, Montreal Impact FC will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The return leg will be played a week later on 25 July 2018.

The semi-final round winners will face off in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final round on August 8 before the final match, which will determine Canada’s 2019 CONCACAF Champions League entry, will be played on 15 August 2018.


2018 Canadian Championship Schedule (home team listed first)

First Qualifying Round (1QR)
6 June 2018 AS Blainville v Oakville Blue Devils
13 June 2018 Oakville Blue Devils v AS Blainville

Second Qualifying Round (2QR)
20 June 2018 Winner 1QR v Ottawa Fury FC
27 June 2018 Ottawa Fury FC v Winner 1QR

Semi-Final Round
18 July 2018 Winner 2QR v Toronto FC
18 July 2018 Impact Montreal FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
25 July 2018 Toronto FC v Winner 2QR
25 July 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact Montreal FC

Final Round
8 August 2018 Winner Semi-Final v Winner Semi-Final
15 August 2018 Winner Semi-Final v Winner Semi-Final

About the Canadian Championship

  • The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition and it is the sole qualification route for Canadian professional clubs into CONCACAF Champions League and onto the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • The current champions are Toronto FC who have won the tournament six times.
  • Canadian content is a focus of the content and since 2017 competition regulations state that each team must field a minimum of three Canadian starters for each match.
  • 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. 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 Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC.
  • In 2018, the competition will feature six clubs from four different leagues: Toronto FC (MLS), Impact Montreal FC (MLS), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS) all earn automatic berths to the semi-final round. Ottawa Fury FC (USL) earns a second qualifying round berth. In addition, the champions of Ontario and Quebec’s top senior club competitions, League1 Ontario and Première ligue de soccer du Québec, earn entry to the opening first qualifying round.
  • 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 (Semi-finals 2016-17).
  • In 2018, the CONCACAF Champions League format will change to a single-elimination tournament with the winner qualifying for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup. As Canadian Championship winners in 2017, Toronto FC have been drawn against Colorado Rapids in the opening round.


Fans can follow along during the competition using #CanChamp on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For more information on the competition, visit www.canadianchampionship.ca
 

Oakville Blue Devils have clinched their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship after winning the 2017 League1 Ontario championship final. Oakville clinched the title on Friday 20 October after winning with 4-3 on kicks over Woodbridge in the final at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

Woodbridge and Oakville played to a 1:1 draw through 90 minutes before the match went to kicks from the penalty mark. Marco Nunes had given Woodbridge the 1-0 lead in the 11th minute before Brandon Duarte equalised for Oakville in the 66th minute.

Next year will be the first time that the League1 Ontario champions are entered into the Canadian Championship. In 2017, the Championship featured five clubs across three rounds, with Toronto FC winning the Voyageurs Cup and qualifying for CONCACAF Champions League. In 2018, the Championship will feature seven teams including the League1 Ontario and PLSQ winners.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to work themselves over the winter and come back at professional fitness level—otherwise this is pointless,” said head coach Duncan Wilde. “We’ve got a lot of work. We’ve got a lot of training all winter and get ready. The opportunity to play some of the pro teams is exciting.”

In the final, Oakville's starting XI featured Matt George (goal), Brendan Duarte, Anthony Novak, Al James, Hitesh Joshi, Taylor McNamara, Mathew Santos, Filipe Vilela, Judah Hernandez, Victor Gallo, and Connor McNamara. Braden Culver, Khody Ellis, and Stephen Ademolu featured as substitutes.

Throughout the 2017 season, Oakville has also featured Spencer Barber, Adrian Becic, Nolyn Do Nascimento, Anthony Doran, Colin Edwards, Brett Goold, Mason James, Blake Jones, Christian Kusiewicz, Steven Lovell, Stephen Malcolm, Glen McMahon, Christopher Mitchell, David Monk, Logan Podrebarac, Dane Roberts, Junior Roserie, Rahim Thorpe, Gurjot Uppal, Shamar Wright, Christian Young, and Roman Young.

AS Blainville have clinched their spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship after securing first place in the 2017 Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec. Blainville clinched the title on Saturday 30 September with three matches remaining in the PLSQ schedule, with challengers CS Mont-Royal Outremont as CS Longueuil now out of reach in the last month of the season.

AS Blainville have an 11-point lead in the standings after 15 matches, posting 11 wins, two draws and two losses from May through September. They clinched the title with a 3:1 over FC Lanaudière at home on Saturday night, with Pierre-Rudolph Mayard scoring a second-half brace.

Next year will be the first time that the PLSQ champions are entered into the Canadian Championship. In 2017, the Championship featured five clubs across three rounds, with Toronto FC winning the Voyageurs Cup and qualifying for CONCACAF Champions League. In 2018, the Championship will feature seven teams including the PLSQ and League1 Ontario winners.

In winning the 2017 PLSQ title, AS Blainville's lineup featured Rida Aboulhamid, Julien Beausejour, Nazim Belguendouz, Nicolas Bertrand, Kevin Chan-Yu-Tin, Jacques Chupin, Stephen Diaz, Nafi Dicko-Raynauld, Jean-Lou Gosselin, Michelot Hyacinthe, Michael-Ricci Jean-Charles, Axel-Andrade Joseph, Bilal Lachouri, Maxime Leconte, Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, Thibaud Moulinas, Alejandro Nanjari, Hoshang Noor Ali, Erwann Ofouya, Giovanni Pulitano, Idir Redjradj, Guillaume Rivard, Mohamed Sylla, and Ramdane Tafer.

 

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