Journey to Surrey: 19 teams qualified for Toyota National Championships
Posted on 20 September 2017 in National Championships
The field has been set for the 2017 Toyota National Championships men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals. From close to 200 adult clubs competing on the journey to Surrey, 19 teams have qualified for the two amateur competitions that run 4-9 October at Newton Athletic Park in British Columbia.
Along with the two adult competitions, youth clubs have also qualified for the U-17 Cup in Fredericton, New Brunswick and the U-15 Cup in Calgary, Alberta. More than 400 youth clubs have competed in the two age groups with the last of the clubs to qualify by 24 September.
For more on these competitions, please visit the Canada Soccer portal for the 2017 Toyota National Championships
The 10 men’s teams competing in the Challenge Trophy finals have been divided into two groups of five teams. Each team will play four matches in five days, with all teams crossing over to play a similar-ranked team from the opposite group on the final day. The two group winners will play in the championship match on Teck Finals Day at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey (12.30 local / 15.30 ET / 12.30 PT).
Eight of the 10 teams have reached the Toyota National Championships in previous years, with notably Calgary Callies FC, Saskatoon HUSA Alumni, FC Winnipeg Lions, and Holy Cross SC are former national champions. New to the Challenge Trophy finals are Vancouver Club Inter FC from British Columbia and Celtix Haut-Richelieu from Québec.
Group A: Vancouver Club Inter FC, Calgary Callies, Saskatoon HUSA Alumni, Western Halifax FC, Holy Cross SC
Group B: Yukon Strikers, FC Winnipeg Lions, Durham Celtic FC, Celtix Haut-Richelieu, Fredericton Picaroons Reds
The nine women's teams competing in the Jubilee Trophy finals have been divided into three groups of three teams. Each team will play four matches in six days: two matches in the initial group phase and then two more in the classification phase. From the group phase, the three group winners will advance to the first classification group (to compete for first to third place), the three runners up will advance to the second classification group (fourth to sixth place), and the three third-place teams will advance to the third classification group (seventh to ninth place).
Eight of the nine teams have reached the Toyota National Championships in previous years, with notably Surrey United SC, Edmonton Victoria SC, and Halifax Dunbrack SC all former national champions. Only CS Mont-Royal Outremont, who eliminated the 2016 national champions from Beauport in the 2017 Québec playoffs, are new to the Jubilee Trophy finals.
Group B: Surrey United SC, Fredericton Picaroons Reds, Halifax Dunbrack SC
Group C: North Shore GSC, Edmonton Victoria SC, Scarborough GS United
Merchandise On Sale
Official 2017 Toyota National Championships merchandise is now available. The merchandise offering features a wide variety of apparel including hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, and toques. Shop onlinehttps://natchampshop.myshopify.com/ or in person at each of the three venues in Surrey, Fredericton, and Calgary from 6-8 October.
Canada Soccer will broadcast every day from each of the three 2017 Toyota National Championships venues, culminating with the six gold-medal matches on Teck Finals Day. The live streaming marks a continued commitment by Canada Soccer to deliver extensive coverage of the Toyota National Championships, including live daily broadcasts from each venue. A complete broadcast schedule will be published shortly. For continued updates visit canadasoccer.com/nationals.
Access competition schedules, scores and standings via the official 2017 Toyota National Championships mobile app. To access the App search ‘Canada Soccer’ in either the iOS or Android app stores.
Website, Digital Media & Photos
Canada Soccer will provide daily coverage of the Toyota National Championships from all three venues via the official website, www.canadasoccer.com/nationals. Participating teams, players, families, and fans are encouraged to share content from this year's Toyota National Championships using venue and competition hashtags on Facebook (CanadaSoccer), Twitter (@CanadaSoccerEN /@CanadaSoccerFR), and Instagram (@CanadaSoccer).
Challenge Trophy - #Surrey
Jubilee Trophy - #Surrey
U-17 Cup - #U17Cup #Fredericton
U-15 Cup - #U15Cup #Calgary
FINAL DAY (all venues) - #TeckFinals
Canada Soccer will tag & publish all photos to www.Flickr.com/canadasoccer, notably starting XI photos before each match. Local organisers will work with each team to organise photos and identify the players in each picture taken.
Toyota National Championships
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.