St. John's 2016 draw opens door for second Alberta team

This year's Challenge Trophy competition at the Sport Chek National Championships will feature a second Alberta men's team in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador. The second Alberta entry was confirmed after a draw at the Canada Soccer offices following the withdrawal of Northwest Territories entry.

The 12-team Challenge Trophy competition runs 5-10 October 2016. To date, only Surrey Pegasus FC have qualified for the competition, with the 11 other spots to be confirmed between 13 August and 18 September. On that journey to St. John's 2016, Alberta Soccer's two provincial finalists in early September will both qualify to the national Challenge Trophy competition in October.

This year marks the first time since 2008 since the men's Challenge Trophy and women's Jubilee Trophy competitions were hosted in Newfoundland Labrador. The senior competitions have also previously been hosted in this province in 1973, 1978, 1989, and 2002.

Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships have served as our nation’s premier amateur competition for more than 100 years, with the men’s competition inaugurated in 1913 and the women’s competition inaugurated in 1982. At all age levels, the Sport Check 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 (since 2015) and the Amway Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs (since 2008).