The Challenge Trophy
|Number of teams||varies 10-12|
|Current champions||Ontario - Gloucester Celtic|
|Most successful club(s)||Westminster Royals (8 times)|
|Television broadcasters||sportscanada.tv (website)|
The Challenge Trophy is a national amateur soccer cup in Canada contested by the champions of individual provincial soccer competitions. It is one of the oldest football competitions in Canada, being held since 1913. It is run by the Canadian Soccer Association.
An unofficial Dominion championship for a trophy donated by The People newspaper of London, named the Peoples Shield, was contested from 1906-1912. Teams from all provinces did not enter the competition in each year, and it was contested by Western Canada in its last years.
On May 24, 1912, the Amateur Athletic Union met in Toronto to determine a competition to crown a Canadian national champion. That year, the executive of the Dominion of Canada Football Association invited the Duke of Connaught to become the Patron of the Association. The Duke donated the Connaught Cup to the FA, which became the championship of Canadian soccer. In 1926, the English FA donated a new trophy to replace it as the national championship named the Challenge Trophy.
The inaugural competition in 1913 and the 1914 edition both featured four teams in a league format; both were won by Manitoba side Norwood Wanderers. From 1915 to 1955, the final was generally played as a best-of-three series between the champions of the west and the champions of the east. The single-game final used today was first implemented in 1956.
In 1927, the previously amateur-only tournament opened to professional teams. Prior to 1940, fifteen finals were played at Carruthers Park in Winnipeg (1923-1939), (roughly halfway across the country) five in Toronto and one each in Vancouver and Montreal.
The tournament acted as a men's national championship at the highest level in Canadian soccer in its early years, however, professional and semi-professional tournaments have taken on more importance in recent decades, including the Amway Canadian Championship.
Qualifying competitions and participants
Provincial championships determine the teams competing in The Challenge Trophy:
- British Columbia: B.C. Provincial Championship
- Alberta: Alberta Major Soccer League
- Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Premier Soccer League
- Manitoba: MSA Cup
- Ontario: Ontario Cup
- Quebec: Quebec Cup
- New Brunswick:
- Prince Edward Island:PEI Senior Men's Challenge Cup
- Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Soccer League
- Newfoundland & Labrador: Newfoundland and Labrador Challenge Cup
- Yukon: best players from territorie compet as Yukon Selects
- Northwest Territories: best players from territorie compet as Yellowknife FC
|Year||Host||Final||Third Place Match|
|Winner||Score||Runner-up||3rd Place||Score||4th Place|
|Fort William, Ontario||Norwood Wanderers
|Fort William C.P.R.||Toronto Old Country|
|Winnipeg, Manitoba||Norwood Wanderers
|Fort William C.P.R.||Toronto Eatonians||Lachine
east v. west
|Toronto, Ontario||Winnipeg Scottish||0-0
|1919||Montreal, Quebec||Grand Trunk
|Winnipeg War Veterans|
|1921||Toronto, Ontario||Toronto Scottish FC||Ladysmith|
|Toronto Ulster United|
|Nanaimo Wanderers||Montreal C.P.R.|
|Toronto Ulster United||Nanaimo Wanderers|
|Nanaimo Wanderers||Fort William Legion|
|Westminster Royals||Montreal C.N.R.|
|Westminster Royals||Toronto Scottish|
|1932||Toronto, Ontario||Toronto Scottish||Vancouver North Shore|
|Toronto Scottish||Prince Albert City Reds|
|Verdun Park||Prince Albert City Reds|
|1936||Vancouver, British Columbia||Westminster Royals||United Weston
|Toronto Ulster United|
|Vancouver North Shore||T-T
|1946||Toronto Ulster United||Fort William Combines|
|1949||Vancouver North Shore||best of 3||Westinghouse
|Vancouver City||Winnipeg Scottish|
|1951||Toronto Ulster United||St. Andrew's
|1953||Westminster Royals||Montreal Hakoah|
|1954||A.N. & A.F. Scottish
|Vancouver North Shore|
|1955||Westminster Royals||Montreal Ukraina|
|1957||Montreal Ukraina||2-1||Vancouver North Shore|
|1958||Westminster Royals||2-0||Winnipeg Scottish|
|1959||Montreal Alouettes||3-2||Westminster Royals|
|1960||Westminster Royals||4-0||Golden Mile
|Montreal Concordia||1-0||Vancouver Firefighters|
|1962||Winnipeg Scottish||6-0||Edmonton Edelweiss|
|Vancouver Columbus||4-0||Italian Flyers
|1965||Vancouver Firefighters||3-0||Oshawa Italians|
|Alexander Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba||Vancouver Under 23 All Stars||2-0|
|1967||Calgary, Alberta||Balymena United
|1968||Toronto, Ontario||Toronto Royals||2-1||Vancouver Columbus|
|1969||Vancouver, British Columbia||Vancouver Columbus||10-0||Montreal Ukraina|
1970 and beyond
- By provincial association
|Prince Edward Island||1|
- By club
|Calgary Callies (99' as Celtic)||4||1|
|Victoria West Soccer Club||4|
|Toronto Ulster United||3|
|8||Vancouver North Shore||2||3|
|St. Lawrence Lauretians||2|
|Edmonton Ital Canadians||2|
|Lucania Soccer Club||2|
|Royal Select Beauport||1||1|
|A.N. & A.F. Scottish||1|
|Calgary Springer Kickers||1|
|King of Donair||1|
|London Boxing Club of Victoria||1|
|New Westminster Blues||1|
|Ottawa St. Anthony||1|
|RDP Concordes Quebec||1|
|Saint John Drydock||1|
|Scarborough Azurri Soccer Club||1|
|Scarborough G.S. United||1|
|Sons of Italy Lions SC||1|
|Vancouver St. Andrew's||1|
|Toronto Ciociaro Soccer Club||1|
|Vancouver Under 23 All Stars||1|
|Churchill Arms F.C.||1|
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