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Journey to Surrey: finalists for the 2017 Challenge Trophy

Posted on 23 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

On the journey to Surrey, 124 men's teams have competed for a spot at the 2017 Toyota National Championships. The Challenge Trophy finals will be played 4-9 October, with matches to be played at Newton Athletic Fields in British Columbia.

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 FC, Saskatoon HUSA Alumni, Western Halifax FC, Holy Cross SC
Group B: Yukon Selects, FC Winnipeg Lions, Durham Celtic FC, Celtix Haut-Richelieu, Fredericton Picaroons Reds

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Group A

Vancouver Club Inter FC

  • 2017 BC Cup winners coached by Joe Marrello
  • Qualified 15 May with 2:0 win over Aldergrove United (from field of 46 teams)
  • 1-time British Columbia winners (2017)
  • First Challenge Trophy finals at Surrey 2017

Calgary Callies FC

  • 2017 Alberta Cup winners coached by Dave Randall
  • Qualified 4 September with 1:0 win over Edmonton Green & Gold (from field of 8 teams)
  • 21-time Alberta Cup provincial winners (1908-1912, 1923, 1938, 1940, 1949, 1950, 1999, 2000, 2002-04, 2006-09, 2014, 2017)
  • 4-time Challenge Trophy national champions (1999, 2003, 2007, 2008)

Saskatoon HUSA Alumni

Western Halifax FC

Holy Cross SC

  • 2017 Newfoundland Labrador provincial winners coached by Jeremy Babstock
  • Qualified 3 September with 3:1 win over St. Lawrence Laurentians (from field of 6 teams)
  • 19-time Newfoundland Labrador provincial winners (1950, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1983-86, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2009-12, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • Challenge Trophy national champions at Saskatoon 1988

Group B

Yukon Selects

  • 2017 Yukon Territories representatives coached by Jake Hanson
  • Sixth participation at Toyota National Championships (2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2017)

FC Winnipeg Lions

  • 2017 Manitoba Cup provincial winners coached by Tony Nocita
  • Qualified 26 August with 3:1 win over Winnipeg Ital-Inter SC (from field of nine teams)
  • 10-time Manitoba provincial winners (1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2007, 2012-14, 2016, 2017)
  • Challenge Trophy national champions at St. John's 2002 (as Winnipeg Sons of Italy)

Durham Celtic FC

  • 2017 Ontario Cup provincial winners coached by Mike Hadden
  • Qualified 10 September after 2:0 win over Woodbridge Strikers (from field of 32 teams)
  • 2-time Ontario Cup provincial winners (2011, 2017)
  • Previous best result was 3rd place at Brossard 2011

Celtix Haut-Richelieu

Fredericton Picaroons Reds

  • 2017 New Brunswick provincial winners coached by Dave Rouse
  • Qualified 12 August with a 6:1 win over Moncton Codiac (from field of 3 teams)
  • 7-time New Brunswick provincial winners (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014-2017)
  • Previous best result was 6th place at Halifax 2007


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.



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