2020 Canadian Championship

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2020 Canadian Championship
Championnat Canadien 2020
CountryCanada
DatesJune 16 – September 24
Teams12 (from 4 leagues)
Defending championsMontreal Impact
2019

The 2020 Canadian Championship will be the thirteenth edition of Canada's national soccer cup tournament, awarding the Voyageurs Cup. It will be held from about June 16 to September 24, 2020; each stage consists of a home-and-away series.

The tournament will include twelve teams: Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Montreal Impact of MLS; the seven Canadian Premier League clubs; and the champions of League1 Ontario and Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.[1][2] Ottawa Fury FC will be absent for the first time since 2013, having suspended operations in late 2019.[3]

A new format based on regional brackets will be used for the first time. Eight teams will enter in the qualifying round and four teams will receive byes to the quarter-finals. The winner is expected to qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.

Format[edit]

The format of the competition was changed slightly to accommodate the departure of Ottawa Fury FC. Each round of the four-round tournament will be played in a two-legged tie format. The League1 Ontario champion Master's FA, Première Ligue de soccer du Québec champion A.S. Blainville, and six CPL clubs will enter in the qualifying round in June. They are joined by the three Major League Soccer teams and the remaining CPL club (given bye as the furthest advancing club in the 2019 Canadian Championship) in the quarter-finals in July. The semi-finals will follow in August, and the finals will be in September.[4]

Distribution[edit]

Distribution of teams for 2020 Canadian Championship
Round Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Qualifying round
(8 teams)
Quarter-finals
(8 teams)
  • 3 Major League Soccer teams
  • 1 Canadian Premier League team
  • 4 winners from the qualifying round
Semi-finals
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the quarter-finals
Final
(2 teams)
  • 2 winners from the semi-finals

Qualified clubs[edit]

Club Location League Previous best Prior appearances
Automatic entrants
Cavalry FC Foothills County, Alberta Canadian Premier League Semi-finals (1) 1
FC Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta Canadian Premier League Semi-finals (5) 8
Forge FC Hamilton, Ontario Canadian Premier League Second qualifying round 1
HFX Wanderers Halifax, Nova Scotia Canadian Premier League Third qualifying round 1
Montreal Impact Montreal, Quebec Major League Soccer Champions (4) 12
Pacific FC Langford, British Columbia Canadian Premier League First qualifying round 1
Toronto FC Toronto, Ontario Major League Soccer Champions (7) 12
Valour FC Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadian Premier League Second qualifying round 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver, British Columbia Major League Soccer Champions (1) 12
York9 Toronto, Ontario Canadian Premier League Third qualifying round 1
Third division champions
A.S. Blainville Blainville, Quebec Première Ligue de soccer du Québec Second qualifying round 2
Master's FA Toronto, Ontario League1 Ontario N/A 0

Note

  • Statistics include previous incarnations of FC Edmonton, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps

Bracket[edit]

Qualifying round
June
Quarter-finals
July
Semi-finals
August
Final
September
                      
FC Edmonton
Pacific FC
 
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
 
 
Valour FC
Forge FC
 
Cavalry FC
 
 
Master's FA
York9
 
Toronto FC
 
 
A.S. Blainville
HFX Wanderers
 
Montreal Impact

Qualifying round[edit]

Summary[edit]

The first legs will be held from June 16 to 18, and the second legs from June 23–25.

Matches[edit]

Pacific FCvFC Edmonton
Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Columbia

Valour FCvForge FC
IG Field, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Master's FAvYork9
L'Amoreaux Park, Toronto, Ontario

A.S. BlainvillevHFX Wanderers
Parc Blainville, Blainville, Quebec

Quarter-finals[edit]

Summary[edit]

The first legs will be held from July 7–9, and the second legs from July 14–16.

Matches[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FCv
BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

vCavalry FC
Cavalry FCv

vToronto FC
Toronto FCv
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario

vMontreal Impact
Montreal Impactv

Semi-finals[edit]

Summary[edit]

The first legs will be held from August 11 to 13, and the second legs will be held from August 18–20.

Matches[edit]

v
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v
v

Final[edit]

Summary[edit]

The first leg of the final will be held between September 15–17, and the second leg will be held between September 22–24.

Matches[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voyageurs Cup creator delighted with addition of CPL clubs to future Canadian Championships". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Jacques, John (September 28, 2019). "Master's Futbol Academy Wins League1 Ontario For The First Time". Northern Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ottawa Fury". www.ottawafuryfc.com. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Canada Soccer announces 2020 Canadian Championship schedule". Canada Soccer. Retrieved December 19, 2019.