Venues announced for 2016 Sport Chek National Championships
Posted on 16 December 2015 in National Championships
Four provinces - Newfoundland Labrador, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick - have been selected as hosts for the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships. As hosts, the provincial soccer associations will stage both the men's and women's competitions during the Sport Chek National Championships from 5-10 October 2016.
The Sport Chek National Championships are Canada's premier amateur soccer competitions, with provincial and territory winners pitted against each other at the senior and youth levels on the national stage.
"The Sport Chek National Championships encourage excellence in our sport, from the youth to senior levels in amateur club soccer," said Canada Soccer President Victor Montagliani. "Our host provinces and host cities will once again prove to be excellent ambassadors and hosts for our game in Canada."
In 2016, Newfoundland Labrador will host the two senior competitions in St. John's (men's Challenge Trophy and women's Jubilee Trophy), Ontario will host the U-18 Cups in Vaughan, Prince Edward Island will host the U-16 Cups (venues to be confirmed), and New Brunswick will host the U-14 Cups in Moncton.
Next year marks the 94th edition of the senior men's competition (since 1913) and 35th edition of the senior women's competition (since 1982).
New format for youth championships in 2017
Starting in 2017, the Sport Chek National Championships youth competitions will be reorganised into two age categories: the U-15 Cup and U-17 Cup for both boys and girls soccer. It will mark the first time since 2000 since these age categories were featured in the Sport Chek National Championships.
The change reduces two age categories by one year, from U-18 to U-17 and U-16 to U-15. The senior competitions will continue while the U-14 competition will no longer being contested. Each national youth competition will be played in one host city, with venues to be announced at a later time. The competitions will continue to feature province and territory club winners from across the country.
"Canada Soccer engaged in an analysis of the Sport Chek National Championships in 2014 and 2015, consulting with all areas of the membership," said Canada Soccer General Secretary, Peter Montopoli. "In a changing soccer landscape, we feel that these modifications will enhance our national competitions and better reflect the train to compete stage of the long term player development pathway."
Canada Soccer's Sport Chek National Championships youth competitions feature some of the country's bright young talents. From the last two years, more than 50 players from the U-14 and U-16 Cups have featured in Canada's national youth program. The competition also fosters the development of referees and coaches, with notably seven of this year's Canada Soccer Coaching A License candidates having previously coached at the U-14 or U-16 Cup.