Première Ligue de soccer du Québec

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Première Ligue de soccer du Québec
Country Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 2012
Divisions 1
Number of teams 7
Levels on pyramid 3
Domestic cup(s) Coupe de la Ligue
League cup(s) Coupe de la Ligue
Current champions CS Mont-Royal Outremont
(2nd)
Most championships FC Saint-Leonard
Website Première Ligue de soccer du Québec website
2014

The Premier League soccer du Québec is a semi-professional league of soccer was created in 2012 and organized by the Quebec Soccer Federation. This league, Teir 3 in the Canadian soccer pyramid, is the highest level of play in Quebec. The Canadian Soccer Association is relying on provincial soccer organizations to sanction regional leagues at the Teir 3 level behind the NASL and MLS. The league commissioner is Stéphan Lessard. The first season of Premier League soccer Quebec began April 15 and ended in October 2012. The first season was won by Saint-Léonard FC.

History[edit]

Before the Second World War soccer was more of a fringe activity than today; however, the best clubs in Quebec were determined in a provincial championship with the winner facing his Ontario counterpart for the title of the "National League.” All the players were not amateurs; in 1934, for example, 27 professionals were identified in Quebec. The war brought a halt to Quebec's semi-professional soccer league development.

Mass immigration of quality players and ambitious leaders in the 1950s allowed Quebec to have many semi-professional teams, and even some professional clubs until the early 1960s. Organizational and competitive disagreements including unhealthy rivalries coupled with slowing immigration reduced the number of skilled young local players taking over from their predecessors. The player pool shrank.

Beginning in 1986, the semi-professional LNSQ (National Soccer League Quebec), stirred passions by creating very good memories. However, at that time the pool of players was not large enough to allow the LNSQ to survive alongside a professional team. The arrival of the Montreal Supra, with all the best players and a much greater media profile was fatal to the fledgling league which lost its splendor before giving way to today’s LSEQ .

In 2011 there are 200,000 players, 300 clubs, 25,000 coaches, 7,000 officials, 50,000 volunteers: soccer is by far the most practiced sport in Quebec, and is experiencing unparalleled popularity throughout the province.

• The organization of soccer in Quebec has changed dramatically with the recent competitions reform conducted by the Federation helping to modernize and stabilize the soccer pyramid, but also to considerably raise standards.

• For several years, the senior level teams of the LSEQ (Quebec Elite Soccer League) enquired about a semi-professional competition.

• The amount of coaches’ development in recent years has led to a major breakthrough in the availability of quality training offered to young participants.

• Thanks to the structure of the club set up, the National Center for High-Performance (NTC), and the academy youth teams of Impact de Montreal, the number of top players developed in Quebec has increased sharply.

• Challenges of the past are no longer as applicable, and it is hoped the PLSQ will facilitate transitioning between the club set up and amateur LSEQ to Impact de Montreal. Also the profile of Impact de Montreal will grow with its 2012 entrance to Division 1 Major League Soccer (MLS). As a result of its promotion, it is much more important for Impact de Montreal to develop its own young talent and offer attractive opportunities to players that previously would have moved to Europe.[1]

Format[edit]

7 teams will play an 18 game season. The winner gets the regular season championship. At the end of the year, there will be a League Cup where the top 6 teams will participate by separating the 6 teams in 2 groups of 3, with the top team in each group making it to the final. The final will be played on a neutral venue.[2]

Each team has a minimum of 9 players paid and is subject to a salary cap 1.

2013 Schedule[edit]

Link[3]

The 2013 season of 63 fixtures starts April 28 and ends on September 29.

All games are to be streamed online.[4][5]

Current teams[edit]

These are the teams from the 2014 season:

Team City Stadium (Capacity) Founded Head Coach
AS Blainville Blainville, Laurentides Stade du Parc Blainville 2012 France Jean-Pierre Ceriani
ACP Montréal-Nord Montréal-Nord, Montréal Parc Saint-Laurent Harry Makdessian
FC Gatineau Gatineau, Outaouais 'Terrain Mont Bleu[6] 2013[7] France Josy Madelonet
FC L'Assomption L'Assomption, Lanaudière Stade André-Courcelles 2012 Costa Rica Marco Torrens
CS Longueuil Longueuil, Montérégie Centre Multi Sport
CS Mont-Royal Outremont Mont-Royal, Montréal REC Mont-Royal 2013[8] Canada Luc Brutus
Première Ligue de soccer du Québec is located in Central Quebec
Blainville
Blainville
Montréal-Nord
Montréal-Nord
Gatineau
Gatineau
L'Assomption
L'Assomption
Longueuil
Longueuil
MR-Outremont
MR-Outremont
Locations of teams for the 2014 PLSQ Soccer season.

Notable players[edit]

Season Standings[edit]

2012 Season - Le classement général[edit]

Overall
Pos Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 FC St-Léonard 16 8 4 4 34 25 +9 28
2 FC L'Assomption 16 7 4 5 34 26 +8 25
3 AS Blainville 16 6 2 8 26 35 -9 20
4 FC Brossard 16 5 4 7 26 28 - 2 19
5 FC Boisbriand 16 4 6 6 22 28 -6 18

Last updated: October 14, 2013 [9]

2013 Season - Le classement général[edit]

Overall
Pos Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 CS Mont-Royal Outremont 18 11 4 3 38 13 +25 37
2 FC St-Léonard 18 11 3 4 32 11 +21 36
3 FC Brossard 18 10 1 7 32 31 +1 31
4 FC Gatineau 18 8 2 8 28 5 +3 26
5 FC L'Assomption 18 7 2 9 25 24 +1 23
6 AS Blainville 18 5 5 8 24 28 -4 20
7 FC Boisbriand 18 2 1 15 15 62 -47 5

Last updated: October 14, 2013 [10]

2014 Season[edit]

Main article :2014 Première Ligue de soccer du Québec season The 2014 season will see the addition on a Cup competition.

2014 League Standings
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 CS Mont-Royal Outremont 14 8 4 2 39 17 +22 28
2 CS Longueuil 14 4 9 1 31 18 +13 21
3 FC Gatineau 13 4 8 1 16 12 +4 20
4 FC L'Assomption-Lanaudière 13 5 3 5 22 28 −6 18
5 ACP Montréal-Nord 14 3 5 6 19 28 −9 14
6 AS Blainville 14 1 3 10 15 39 −24 6

Updated to games played on 11-Aug-2014.
Source: http://www.tsisports.ca/soccer/ligueElite/l_classam.aspx
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Exhibition Games[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ La Federation De Soccer Du Quebec. "Historique". plsq.ca. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Le Fc Gatineau Et Le Cs Mont-Royal Outremont Joignent Les Rangs De La Première Ligue De Soccer Du Québec. - La Première Ligue De Soccer Du Québec". Premiereliguedesoccerduquebec.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Tous Les Matchs De La Première Ligue De Soccer Du Québec Seront Webdiffusés En Direct - La Première Ligue De Soccer Du Québec". Premiereliguedesoccerduquebec.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ TVA Interactif. "Deux équipes de plus - TVA Sports" (in French). Tvasports.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ 397 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes (January 1, 1970). "397 Boulevard de la Cité-Des-Jeunes, Hull, QC - Google Maps". Maps.google.ca. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Le FC Gatineau commence à prendre forme sur journallarevue.com
  8. ^ Des Griffons dans les hauteurs sur expressoutremont.com
  9. ^ La Federation De Soccer Du Quebec. "PREMIÈRE LIGUE de Soccer du Québec". Gol Network. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ La Federation De Soccer Du Quebec. "Le classement général". plsq.ca. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 

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