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Canadian Premier League Finals to Determine 2020 Concacaf League Entrant

Posted on 25 October 2019 in FIFA Club World Cup

Canada Soccer is pleased to confirm that the 2019 Canadian Premier League Champion will be given an automatic berth in the 2020 Concacaf League set to commence in the second half of 2020. The winner of the 2020 Concacaf League advances to the 2021 edition of the Concacaf Champions League. Both 20 More

Toronto FC look to overcome 1:2 deficit in Concacaf Champions League Final

Posted on 24 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Toronto FC head to Guadalajara, Mexico down for the first time in their 2018 Concacaf Champions League campaign after suffering a 1:2 loss to Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the first leg at BMO Field on 18 April. Chivas earned a first leg victory and are at home with the lead for the second leg of th More

Toronto FC down 1:2 after opening leg of Concacaf Champions League Final

Posted on 18 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Toronto FC will head to Mexico down for the first time in their 2018 Concacaf Champions League campaign suffering a 1:2 loss to Club Deportivo Guadalajara. After a second minute opener, Chivas earned a first leg victory with a free kick goal midway through the second half and will head home with th More

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC two matches away from FIFA Club World Cup

Posted on 17 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

The Concacaf Champions League Final kicks off on Canadian soil for only the second time as Toronto FC face Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the first leg at BMO Field on TSN2 starting at 20:15 EDT on 17 April. Toronto FC qualified for the tournament as 2017 Canadian Championship winners defeating Montr More

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC advance to Concacaf Champions League Final

Posted on 11 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Canadian International Jonathan Osorio scored early in the first half to earn Toronto FC a 1:1 (4:2) draw with Club América in the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final match at Estadio Azteca. The result earns the 2017 Canadian Championship winners a place against Mexican More

Toronto FC take 3-1 lead in Concacaf Champions League semi-finals

Posted on 4 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Toronto FC : Club América More

Toronto FC to kick off Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final at home

Posted on 3 April 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC open their Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final series at home against Mexico’s Club América on Tuesday 3 April. The opening leg kicks off at 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT and will be broadcast live on TSN. Canadian Internationals Jonathan Osorio and More

Toronto FC advance to Concacaf Champions League Semi-Final

Posted on 14 March 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC earned their place in the Semi-Final round of the Concacaf Champions League on away goals falling 2:3 in the second leg but earning the aggregate victory 4:4 over Tigres UANL in Monterrey, MX through two away goals. Toronto will play the winner of the Qu More

Toronto FC head to Monterrey with a 2:1 lead in Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal

Posted on 8 March 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC earned a 2:1 victory in the opening match of their Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinal matchup with Mexico's Tigres UANL. Toronto went down 1-0 early in the second half as Eduardo Vargas scored for Tigres in the 52', but, Jozy Altidore pulled Toronto More

Quarterfinal round matchup set for 2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC

Posted on 6 March 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

After a 2:0 aggregate victory in their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 against Colorado Rapids, Toronto FC will face Mexico’s Tigres UANL in the Quarterfinal round. The 2017 Canadian Championship winners will open the two-legged series at home 7 March before flying to Monterrey, MX for t More

2017 Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC take 2:0 lead into second leg of CONCACAF Champions League opening round

Posted on 27 February 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Toronto FC returns home with a 2:0 lead in their opening round CONCACAF Champions League series against Colorado Rapids with a Quarterfinal berth on the line. The 2017 Canadian Championship winners went up 1:0 on a goal from Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio early in the second half before 2017 Ge More

Osorio heads home winner as Toronto FC takes 2-0 lead

Posted on 21 February 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Jonathan Osorio of Brampton, Ontario has given Toronto FC an edge in their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series. The Canadian midfielder scored the opening goal of an away 2:0 victory over Colorado Rapids in the Tuesday 20 February opener in Commerce City, CO.The return leg of the serie More

Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC start CONCACAF Champions League campaign

Posted on 20 February 2018 in FIFA Club World Cup

Colorado Rapids 0:2 Toronto FC More

Whitecaps FC complete Champions League run at semi-final stage

Posted on 6 April 2017 in FIFA Club World Cup

Whitecaps FC 1-4 Tigres More

Whitecaps FC trail in CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals

Posted on 15 March 2017 in FIFA Club World Cup

Tigres UANL 2:0 Whitecaps FC More

Whitecaps advance in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 3 March 2017 in FIFA Club World Cup

Vancouver wins series 3-1 over New York More

Whitecaps remain undefeated in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 23 February 2017 in FIFA Club World Cup

New York Red Bulls 1:1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Whitecaps FC win group with perfect record in Scotiabank Champions League

Posted on 29 September 2016 in FIFA Club World Cup

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4:1 Central FC More

Alphonso Davies scores winner as Whitecaps FC clinch Group C

Posted on 14 September 2016 in FIFA Club World Cup

Sporting Kansas City 1:2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC More

Whitecaps FC command Group C in CONCACAF Champions League

Posted on 24 August 2016 in FIFA Club World Cup

Whitecaps FC 3:0 Sporting Kansas City More

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Canada Soccer is pleased to confirm that the 2019 Canadian Premier League Champion will be given an automatic berth in the 2020 Concacaf League set to commence in the second half of 2020. The winner of the 2020 Concacaf League advances to the 2021 edition of the Concacaf Champions League.

Both 2019 Canadian Premier League Finalists Forge FC and Cavalry FC are professional club members of Canada Soccer. The two teams will face off on 26 October and 2 November to crown the debut Canadian Premier League Champion. Calgary, AB’s Cavalry FC were crowned champions of both the Spring and Fall seasons to earn their place in the Finals. Hamilton, ON’s Forge FC finished second in both seasons and qualified for the Finals based on their second-place Fall season placement.

“Canada Soccer would like to congratulate the Canadian Premier League on a successful debut season and wish Cavalry FC and Forge FC the best of luck in the Finals,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “We are Canada Soccer Nation and are proud of our role in developing, governing and growing the game through our support of the expanded professional playing opportunities created through the launch of the Canadian Premier League and the securing of a second Canadian entry in confederation competitions that ultimately lead to the FIFA Club World Cup.”

Montréal Impact will represent Canada in the 2020 edition of the Concacaf Champions League by virtue of having captured Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship.

In 2019, Forge FC gained entry into Concacaf League after a three-way, head-to-head abbreviated qualification structure saw them best FC Edmonton and Winnipeg, MB’s Valour FC. Consistent with seeding for the Canadian Championship based on membership, these three inaugural teams were provided with a unique opportunity to earn a spot in the 2019 Concacaf League. Forge advanced out of the 2019 Concacaf League Preliminary Round defeating Guatemala’s Antigua GFC 2:1 on aggregate before falling to Honduran side Olimpia in the Round of 16.

All seven Canadian Premier League (CPL) teams participated in Canada Soccer’s largest-ever Canadian Championship with Cavalry FC having the best finish of the CPL teams across the country’s 13-team professional club championship. The 2019 edition marked the first time that the provinces of Nova Scotia and Manitoba were represented in the competition. Calvary FC advanced out of Qualifying Round 1 to the Semi-Final Round before falling to eventual 2019 Canadian Champions Montréal Impact 3:1 on aggregate.

The 26 October first leg of the Finals in Hamilton, ON will feature Canada Soccer National List Referees Pierre-Luc Lauzière, Lyes Arfa, Peter Manastyrsky and Yusri Rudolf. Canada Soccer through its National List of Referees has worked closely with the Canadian Premier League to provide the highest standard of officiating through the league’s schedule with 400 referees assigned to 100 matches along with 100 assessors.

Toronto FC head to Guadalajara, Mexico down for the first time in their 2018 Concacaf Champions League campaign after suffering a 1:2 loss to Club Deportivo Guadalajara in the first leg at BMO Field on 18 April. Chivas earned a first leg victory and are at home with the lead for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final 25 April kicking off at 21.30 ET on TSN2.  
 
“We wish Toronto FC all the best as they look to extend their historic 2017 season with a fourth trophy and a chance to play against the world’s elite clubs,” said Canada Soccer President Steven Reed. “The Canadian Championship winners have consistently produced extraordinary results in the Concacaf Champions League and Toronto FC following on Montréal Impact’s appearance as a Canadian-based finalist is another example of Canada as a leading soccer nation.”
 
Canadian Internationals Jonathan Osorio, Ashtone Morgan, Tosaint Ricketts, and Jordan Hamilton have all played a role in Toronto’s historic Champions League run. Osorio is the goal scoring leader of the competition with four goals - three of which have provided Toronto with the opportunity to move forward in the competition - including a late back heel winner in front of his hometown fans to send Toronto FC to Monterrey with a 2:1 opening leg victory in the Quarter-Final. Ricketts and Osorio’s link up in the 12’ of the Semi-Final second leg proved the difference in that round after Morgan scored in the opening leg and he also scored the lone goal in Toronto’s first leg of the Final against Chivas at BMO Field.
 
Toronto FC’s 2017 Canadian Championship victory marked their sixth Canadian title and fifth qualification to Concacaf Champions League. Since the debut of both competitions in 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC once (Semi-finals in 2016-17).
 
In 2018, the Canadian Championship will expand to include the champions from Quebec’s Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) and Ontario’s League1 Ontario. The competition kicks off in June with the champion and 2019 Concacaf Champions League entrant to be determined 15 August.

 
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 competition and since 2017 the 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

Toronto FC will head to Mexico down for the first time in their 2018 Concacaf Champions League campaign suffering a 1:2 loss to Club Deportivo Guadalajara. After a second minute opener, Chivas earned a first leg victory with a free kick goal midway through the second half and will head home with the lead for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Final 25 April.  
 
Canadian International Jonathan Osorio pulled Toronto FC even with his fourth goal of the competition early in the first half while Ashtone Morgan played a strong 90 minutes. Tosaint Ricketts and Jordan Hamilton were unused Canadian subs on the bench for Toronto FC.  

Toronto FC earned Canada’s sole spot in 2018 Concacaf Champions League by defeating Montréal Impact in the 2017 Canadian Championship. It marked Toronto's sixth Canadian title and fifth qualification to Concacaf Champions League. Since the debut of both competitions in 2008, three Canadian winners have reached the Quarter-final stage or further in Concacaf Champions League: Toronto FC once (Semi-finals in 2011-12), Montréal twice (Quarter-finals in 2008-09 and Grand Final in 2014-15), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC once (Semi-finals in 2016-17).

From 16 finalists in 2018 Concacaf Champions League, only the Concacaf winner will advance to the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December.

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