2021 Canadian Championship

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2021 Canadian Championship
Championnat canadien 2021
Tournament details
DatesAugust 15 – November 21, 2021
Teams13 (from 4 leagues)
Final positions
ChampionsCF Montréal (5th title)
Runner-upToronto FC
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored38 (3.17 per match)
Attendance37,213 (3,101 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Austin Ricci
(3 goals)
George Gross Memorial TrophySebastian Breza
Best young playerJacob Shaffelburg
← 2020
2022 →

The 2021 Canadian Championship was the fourteenth edition of the Canadian Championship, contested from August 15 to November 21, 2021.[1] The winners of the tournament, CF Montréal, were awarded the Voyageurs Cup and earned a berth in the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League.


The competition followed a similar format to the originally proposed 2020 edition with four rounds and regional pairings in the first two rounds. For the first time in the Canadian Championship, each tie was played as a single-leg fixture. CF Montréal, Forge FC, and Toronto FC entered the tournament in the quarter-finals due to their placements in the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition. All other teams entered in the preliminary round of the tournament.

A.S. Blainville and Master's FA were originally supposed to participate in the 2020 edition of the competition, as they won the 2019 editions of the Première ligue de soccer du Québec and League1 Ontario, respectively. As the format of the 2020 edition was revised, their participation was postponed to the 2021 tournament.


Distribution of teams for 2021 Canadian Championship
Round Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(10 teams)
(8 teams)
  • 1 winner of the 2019 Canadian Championship
  • 2 finalists of the 2020 Canadian Championship
  • 5 winners from the preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the quarter-finals
(2 teams)
  • 2 winners from the semi-finals

Qualified clubs[edit]

Montréal area clubs: A.S. Blainville; CF Montréal
Toronto area clubs: Toronto FC; Master's FA; York United

Canadian Premier League Major League Soccer Other

Club Location League Round of entry Previous best Prior appearances
A.S. Blainville Blainville, Quebec Première ligue de soccer du Québec Preliminary round Second qualifying round: 1 2
Atlético Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Premier League Preliminary round N/A 0
Cavalry FC Foothills County, Alberta Canadian Premier League Preliminary round Semi-finals: 1 1
FC Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta Canadian Premier League Preliminary round Semi-finals: 5 8
Forge FC Hamilton, Ontario Canadian Premier League Quarter-finals Second qualifying round: 1 1
HFX Wanderers Halifax, Nova Scotia Canadian Premier League Preliminary round Third qualifying round: 1 1
Master's FA Toronto, Ontario League1 Ontario Preliminary round N/A 0
CF Montréal Montreal, Quebec Major League Soccer Quarter-finals Champions: 4 12
Pacific FC Langford, British Columbia Canadian Premier League Preliminary round First qualifying round: 1 1
Toronto FC Toronto, Ontario Major League Soccer Quarter-finals Champions: 7 12
Valour FC Winnipeg, Manitoba Canadian Premier League Preliminary round Second qualifying round: 1 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver, British Columbia Major League Soccer Preliminary round Champions: 1 12
York United FC Toronto, Ontario Canadian Premier League Preliminary round Third qualifying round: 1 1


  • Statistics include previous incarnations of FC Edmonton, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Appearances in the 2020 Canadian Championship are not included for Toronto FC and Forge FC because it was not played until 2022


Round Dates Teams
Preliminary round August 15–26 10 (Atlético Ottawa, A.S. Blainville, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton, HFX Wanderers, Master's FA, Pacific FC, Valour FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, York United)
Quarter-finals September 14–22 8 (Cavalry FC, CF Montréal, Forge FC, HFX Wanderers, Pacific FC, Toronto FC, Valour FC, York United)
Semi-finals October 27 – November 3 (originally September 28–29) 4 (CF Montréal, Forge FC, Pacific FC, Toronto FC)
Final November 21 (originally October 19–27) 2 (CF Montréal, Toronto FC)


The bracket was announced on July 19, 2021.[2]

Preliminary round
August 15–26
September 15–22
October 27 – November 3
November 21
September 15
Forge FC2
August 21
Valour FC1
Atlético Ottawa2
October 27
Valour FC3
Forge FC0 (7)
August 17
CF Montréal (p)0 (8)
HFX Wanderers2
September 22
A.S. Blainville1
HFX Wanderers1
CF Montréal3
November 21
CF Montréal1
Toronto FC0
September 22
Toronto FC4
August 21
York United0
York United5
November 3
Master's FA0
Toronto FC2
August 15
Pacific FC1
FC Edmonton0
September 22
Cavalry FC2
Cavalry FC0
August 26
Pacific FC1
Pacific FC4
Vancouver Whitecaps FC3

Preliminary round[edit]


The preliminary round matches were held between August 15 and 26, 2021.[1]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
FC Edmonton 0–2 Cavalry FC
HFX Wanderers 2–1 A.S. Blainville
York United 5–0 Master's FA
Atlético Ottawa 2–3 Valour FC
Pacific FC 4–3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC


FC Edmonton0–2Cavalry FC
  • Mason 31'
  • Fisk 62'
Attendance: 1,189
Referee: Yusri Rudolf

HFX Wanderers2–1A.S. Blainville
  • Essomé Penda 52' (pen.)
Attendance: 3,780
Referee: Ben Hoskins

York United5–0Master's FA
Attendance: 1,102
Referee: Scott Bowman

Atlético Ottawa2–3Valour FC
Attendance: 2,881
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière

Pacific FC4–3Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Attendance: 4,997
Referee: Juan Márquez



Team 1  Score  Team 2
Forge FC 2–1 Valour FC
HFX Wanderers 1–3 CF Montréal
Toronto FC 4–0 York United
Cavalry FC 0–1 Pacific FC


Forge FC2–1Valour FC
Attendance: 2,681
Referee: David Barrie

HFX Wanderers1–3CF Montréal
Attendance: 6,413
Referee: Yusri Rudolf

Toronto FC4–0York United
Attendance: 3,651
Referee: Juan Marquez

Cavalry FC0–1Pacific FC
Referee: Alain Ruch



Team 1  Score  Team 2
Forge FC 0–0 (7–8 p) CF Montréal
Toronto FC 2–1 Pacific FC


Toronto FC2–1Pacific FC
Attendance: 5,131
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière



CF Montréal1–0Toronto FC
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: David Gantar

Top goalscorers[edit]

  Team eliminated or did not play in this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1 Canada Austin Ricci Valour FC 3 2 1
2 England Cory Bent HFX Wanderers 2 1 1
Canada Terran Campbell Pacific FC 1 1
Mexico Alejandro Díaz Pacific FC 1 1
Scotland Ryan Gauld Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Canada Ballou Tabla CF Montréal 2
Germany Julian Ulbricht York United 2



  1. ^ a b "Canada Soccer announces 2021 Canadian Championship format and schedule". Canada Soccer. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Canada Soccer announces 2021 Canadian Championship format and schedule". Canada Soccer. July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Montreal beats Toronto FC 1-0 to win Canadian Championship Voyageurs Cup". CTV News. November 21, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  4. ^ "L'Impact de Montréal remporte le Championnat canadien". Retrieved November 28, 2021.