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The Challenge Trophy
Founded 1912
Region Canada (CONCACAF)
Number of teams varies 10-12
Current champions London Marconi
Most successful club(s) Westminster Royals (8 times)
Television broadcasters sportscanada.tv (website)
Website www.canadasoccer.com/challenge-trophy-s15493
2014
The Challenge Trophy

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[1][3] 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.[1][4]

From 1954 to 1961, the trophy was replaced by the Carling Cup. The original Challenge Trophy is now retired and on display at The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan, Ontario.[3]

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[edit]

Provincial championships determine the teams competing in The Challenge Trophy:

Past winners[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1913
league
Fort William, Ontario Norwood Wanderers
St. Boniface
Lachine
Montreal
Fort William C.P.R. Toronto Old Country
1914
league
Winnipeg, Manitoba Norwood Wanderers
St. Boniface
Fort William C.P.R. Toronto Eatonians Lachine
Montreal
1915
east v. west
Toronto, Ontario Winnipeg Scottish[7] 0-0
6-1
Toronto Lancashire
1916
1917
1918
No Competition
1919 Montreal, Quebec Grand Trunk
Montreal
2-1
1-0
Winnipeg War Veterans
1920
details
Hamilton, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Westinghouse
Hamilton
0-0
2-1
Winnipeg Britannia
1921 Toronto, Ontario Toronto Scottish FC Ladysmith
1922 Toronto, Ontario Hillhurst
Calgary
Toronto Ulster United
1923 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nanaimo Wanderers Montreal C.P.R.
1924 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
United Weston
Winnipeg
Canadian Explosives
Beloeil
1925 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Toronto Ulster United Nanaimo Wanderers
1926 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
United Weston
Winnipeg
Canadian Collieries
Cumberland
1927 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nanaimo Wanderers Fort William Legion
1928
details
Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Westminster Royals[8] 3-2
1-2
6-1
Montreal C.N.R.
1929
details
Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canadian National
Montreal
United Weston
Winnipeg
1930
details
Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Westminster Royals Montreal C.N.R.
1931 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Westminster Royals Toronto Scottish
1932 Toronto, Ontario Toronto Scottish[9] Vancouver North Shore
1933 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Toronto Scottish[9] Prince Albert City Reds
1934 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Verdun Park Prince Albert City Reds
1935 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aldred Building
Montreal
Nanaimo Wanderers
1936 Vancouver, British Columbia Westminster Royals United Weston
Winnipeg
1937 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Johnston Nationals
Vancouver
Toronto Ulster United
1938
5 games
Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Vancouver North Shore T-T
L-W
W-L
T-T
6-2
Dome Mines
Timmins
1939 Carruthers Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Radials
Vancouver
2-2
2-3
2-0
3-1
Carsteel
Montreal
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
No Competition
1946 Toronto Ulster United Fort William Combines
1947 St. Andrew's
Vancouver
Winnipeg Combines
1948[10] Broadview YMCA
Toronto, Ontario
Carsteel
Montreal
4-3
1-3
4-3
St. Andrew's
Vancouver
1949 Mewata Stadium
Calgary, Alberta
North Shore United
Vancouver
4-0[11]
1-2[12]
2-0[13]
Westinghouse
Hamilton
1950
details[14]
Callister Park
Vancouver
Vancouver City 4-1
4-0
Winnipeg Scottish
1951 Wesetmount Athletic Grounds
Montreal, Quebec
Toronto Ulster United St. Andrew's
Vancouver
1952 Stelco
Montreal
Westminster Royals
1953 Westminster Royals Montreal Hakoah
1954 A.N. & A.F. Scottish
Winnipeg[15]
Vancouver North Shore
1955 Westminster Royals Montreal Ukraina
1956 Halecos
Vancouver
5-1 Winnipeg Germania
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
Toronto
1961
details
Faillon Stadium
Montreal, Quebec
Montreal Concordia 1-0 Vancouver Firefighters
1962 Winnipeg Scottish 6-0 Edmonton Edelweiss
1963 No Competition
1964
details
Vancouver Columbus 4-0 Italian Flyers
Sudbury
1965 Vancouver Firefighters 3-0 Oshawa Italians
1966
details
Alexander Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba Vancouver Under 23 All Stars 2-0
1967 Calgary, Alberta Balymena United
Toronto
1-0 Buffalo Kickers
Calgary
1968 Toronto, Ontario Toronto Royals 2-1 Vancouver Columbus
1969 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Columbus 10-0 Montreal Ukraina

1970 and beyond[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1970 no competition[16] Manitoba Selects
1971 Vancouver, British Columbia[17] Vancouver Eintracht 3-1 Windsor Maple Leafs[18]
1972 York Stadium in Toronto, Ontario New Westminster Blues 3-0 Toronto San Fili
1973 St. John's, Newfoundland Vancouver Firefighters 2-0 Toronto West Indies United
1974 St. John's, Newfoundland Calgary Springer Kickers 2-1 Windsor Italia
1975 Calgary, Alberta London Boxing Club of Victoria 3-1 St. Lawrence Laurentians
1976 Winnipeg, Manitoba Victoria West Soccer Club 3-2 Winnipeg Fort Rouge
1977 St. Lawrence, Newfoundland Vancouver Columbus 1-0 St. Lawrence Laurentians
1978 Kitchener, Ontario Vancouver Columbus 3-1 Montreal Elio Blues
1979 Victoria, British Columbia Victoria West Soccer Club 6-2 La Salle Olympics
1980 Halifax, Nova Scotia Saint John Drydock 3-2 Ottawa Maple Leaf Almrausch
1981 Calgary, Alberta Toronto Ciociaro 2-1 Calgary Kickers Holy Cross 1-0[19]
1982 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Victoria West Soccer Club 4-0 Saskatoon United
1983 Thunder Bay, Ontario Vancouver Firefighters 2-1 Windsor Croatia
1984 Victoria, British Columbia Victoria West Soccer Club 1-0 Dundas United Edmonton Ital Canadians
1985 Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta Vancouver Croatia 3-0 Montreal Elio Blues Edmonton Ital Canadians
1986 Rock Forest, Quebec Hamilton Steelers 1-0 Vancouver Croatia Edmonton Ital Canadians
1987
details
Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Lucania FC 1-0 New Westminster Q.P.R. Edmonton Scottish Dartmouth United
1988
details
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Holy Cross
St. John's
2-0 Edmonton Ital-Canadians Norvan ANAF
1989 St. John's, Newfoundland Scarborough Azurri Soccer Club 3-2 Holy Cross
St. John's
Winnipeg Lucania FC
1990
details
Beazley Field in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Vancouver Firefighters 1-0 Dartmouth United Windsor Caboto
1991
details
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Norvan ANAF
Vancouver
3-2(pk) Scarborough Azzuri Winnipeg Lucania FC
1992
details
Burnaby, British Columbia Norvan ANAF
Vancouver
1-0 Edmonton Scottish Lakers du Lac Saint-Louis
1993
details
Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke, Ontario Westside Rino
Vancouver
1-0 Calommiers de Longueuil Edmonton Ital Canadians
1994
details
Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Ital-Canadians 1-0 Scarborough Azzuri "A" King of Donair
Halifax
1995
details
Winnipeg, Manitoba Mistral Estrie 1-0 King of Donair
Halifax
North Shore Pegasus
Vancouver
1996
details
New Minas, Nova Scotia Westside C.I.B.C. 2-1 Cosmos de LaSalle Sons of Italy Lions SC
1997
details
Calgary, Alberta Edmonton Ital Canadians 3-1 North Shore Pegasus
Vancouver
Winnipeg Lucania FC
1998
details
Fredericton, New Brunswick RDP Concordes Quebec 1-0 Hamilton Serbians Calgary Dinosaurs Vancouver Firefighters
1999
details
Chilliwack, British Columbia Calgary Celtic SFC 1-0
[20]
Coquitlam Metro Ford Wolves St. Lawrence Laurentians 4-3 Halifax Dunbrack SC[21]
2000
details
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Winnipeg Lucania FC 2-0 Westside Rinos "A"
Vancouver
Woodbridge Azzuri 3-2 Calgary Celtic
2001
details
reference
Etobicoke, Ontario King of Donair[22]
Halifax
4-1 Victoria Gorge FC Aurora Hearts 1-0 Winnipeg Lucania FC
2002
details
St. John's, Newfoundland Sons of Italy Lions SC 1-0
(et)[23]
St. Lawrence Laurentians King of Donair
Halifax
2-0 Calgary Callies
2003
details
Quebec City, Quebec[24] Calgary Callies SC Panellinios Montréal Surrey United Sokol
2004
details
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island[25] Pegasus FC
Surrey
0-0
(4-3 pens)
Ottawa Royals SC Panellinios Montréal 2-0 Saskatoon Arsenal
2005
details
Calgary, Alberta Scarborough G.S. United, Ontario 3-2 Edmonton Green & Gold Calgary Dinosaurs 2-0 SC Panellinios Montréal
2006
details
British Columbia Ottawa St. Anthony Italia 1-0 Calgary Callies Quebec Select Trois-Rivieres 3-1 Scotia
2007
details
Halifax, Nova Scotia[26] Calgary Callies 5-0 Columbus Clan F.C. St. Lawrence Laurentians 2-1 Halifax City S.C.
2008
details
Newfoundland and Labrador[27] Calgary Callies 3-1 Corfinium AFA Saint-Léonard Avondale Islanders 3-2 Victoria Gorge FC
2009
details
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan SC Hellas
Winnipeg
1-0 Royal Select de Beauport Avondale Islanders 0-0 (4-3)pk Calgary Callies
2010
details
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Churchill Arms F.C. 2-0 Gorge F.C. Halifax Dunbrack 3-2 AEK London
2011
details
Brossard, Quebec HUSA Alumni
Saskatoon
2-0 ICST Pegasus Toronto Celtic 2-2 (pks) Holy Cross Kirby
2012
details
Winnipeg, Manitoba Royal Select de Beauport 3-3 (4-2)pks Edmonton Scottish HUSA Alumni
Saskatoon
3-1 PEI FC
2013
details
Halifax, Nova Scotia Gloucester Celtic
Ottawa
3-0 Surrey United Firefighters FC Winnipeg Lions 2-1 (AET) HUSA Alumni
Saskatoon
2014
details
Vaughan, Ontario London Marconi
London
0-0 (a.e.t.)
4-2 (p)
Calgary Callies
Calgary
Saskatoon HUSA Alumni
Saskatoon
0-0 (a.e.t.)
3-0 (p)
FC Winnipeg Lions
Winnipeg
2015
details
Alberta
2016
details
Newfoundland and Labrador
2017
details
British Columbia

Most titles[edit]

By provincial association
Rank Province Titles
1 British Columbia 39
2 Ontario 17
3 Quebec 12
4 Manitoba 11
5 Alberta 8
6 Saskatchewan 1
New Brunswick 1
Newfoundland 1
Nova Scotia 1
Prince Edward Island 1
By club
Rank Club Champions Runners-up
1 Westminster Royals 8 2
2 Vancouver Columbus 4 2
Calgary Callies (99' as Celtic) 4 2
Vancouver Firefighters 4 1
Victoria West Soccer Club 4
6 Toronto Scottish 3 1
Toronto Ulster United 3
8 Vancouver North Shore 2 3
St. Lawrence Lauretians 2
Edmonton Ital Canadians 2
Lucania Soccer Club 2
Nanaimo Wanderers 2
Norwood Wanderers 2
United Weston 2
Norvan ANAF 2
Winnipeg Scottish 2
17 Pegasus F.C. 1 2
Holy Cross 1 1
Royal Select Beauport 1 1
HUSA Alumni 1
A.N. & A.F. Scottish 1
Aldred Building 1
Balymena 1
Calgary Springer Kickers 1
Canadian National 1
Carsteel 1
Grand Trunk 1
Halecos 1
King of Donair 1
Hamilton Steelers 1
Hillhurst 1
Johnston Nationals 1
London Boxing Club of Victoria 1
Manitoba Selects 1
Mistral Estrie 1
Montreal Alouettes 1
Montreal Concordia 1
Montreal Ukraina 1
New Westminster Blues 1
Ottawa St. Anthony 1
Radials 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
Stelco 1
Toronto Ciociaro Soccer Club 1
Toronto Royals 1
Vancouver City 1
Vancouver Croatia 1
Vancouver Eintracht 1
Vancouver Under 23 All Stars 1
Verdun Park 1
Westinghouse 1
Westside C.I.B.C. 1
Westside Rino 1
Churchill Arms F.C. 1
SC Hellas 1
Gloucester Celtic 1
London Marconi 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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