A.S. Blainville

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A.S. Blainville
AS Blainville 2021.jpg
Full nameAssociation de Soccer de Blainville
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986)
StadiumParc Blainville
PresidentSylvain Pereira
Head CoachEmmanuel Macagno
LeaguePremière ligue de soccer du Québec
2021PLSQ-Male, 2nd
PLSQ-Female, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Association de Soccer de Blainville, commonly referred to as A.S. Blainville, is a Canadian semi-professional soccer club based in the Montreal suburb of Blainville, Quebec, that plays in the Première ligue de soccer du Québec. They are the only club to have participated in every season of the PLSQ.[1]

History[edit]

A.S. Blainville logo used until the end of 2020

The club was founded in 1986.[2] In 2012, the semi-professional club was established to play in the newly formed Première ligue de soccer du Québec, a Division III league, as one of the founding members.[3] They had a rivalry with FC Boisbriand, with both clubs being from the Laurentides region, although Boisbriand departed the league after the 2013 season, leaving Blainville as the only team from the region.[4]

In 2016, they captured their first trophy, winning the League Cup by defeating FC Gatineau in the finals.[5][6] In 2017, they won the league championship and they also defended their League Cup title, winning it for the second consecutive year.[7] They repeated as league champions in 2018 and 2019, thereby being three-time defending champions.[8] On September 30, 2017, AS Blainville clinched a spot in the 2018 Canadian Championship after securing first place in the 2017 Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec and became the first club from the PLSQ to be invited to take part in the Canadian Championship, Canada's highest level domestic soccer competition.[9]

Beginning in 2018, the defending league champion would have the opportunity to participate in the Canadian Championship.[10] In the 2018 Canadian Championship, they defeated League1 Ontario champion Oakville Blue Devils in the First Qualifying Round.[11] In the Second Qualifying Round, they lost to USL club Ottawa Fury FC.[12][13] In the 2019 Canadian Championship, they were defeated by Canadian Premier League club York9 FC in the First Qualifying Round.[14] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were unable to participate in the 2020 edition, with their participation instead shifted to the following year's tournament.[15] They won their fourth consecutive league championship in 2020, after defeating Ottawa South United in the final game of the season before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

In 2018, they entered a team in the newly formed women's division of the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.[17] They won their first women's title during the 2020 season, which was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coming in first place with a perfect 3-0-0 record, in which they did not concede any goals, and defeating CS Fabrose in the championship final.[18][19] The women defended their league title in 2021, which was played once again played in a shortened season (this year nine matches), contested by a full ten-team league,[20] while also winning the inaugural women's Coupe PLSQ.[21][22] They won their third consecutive women's league title in 2022, qualifying them for the first ever League1 Canada women's interprovincial championship,[23][24] and also repeated as Coupe PLSQ champions.[25] The women's team won the inaugural interprovinical title after defeating League1 British Columbia side Varsity FC in the semi-finals,[26] and PLSQ runner-up AS Laval in the final.[27][28] As champions, they earned automatic qualification to the 2023 edition of the tournament.[29]

Seasons[edit]

Men[edit]

Season League Teams Record Rank League Cup Canadian Championship Ref
2012 Première ligue de soccer du Québec 5 6–2–8 3rd Not eligible [30]
2013 7 5–5–8 6th Group Stage [30]
2014 6 4–3–13 5th Semi-finals [30]
2015 7 8–6–4 3rd Semi-finals [30]
2016 7 11–4–3 2nd Champions [30]
2017 7 13–2–3 Champions Champions [30]
2018 8 16–3–2 Champions Quarter-finals 2nd Qualifying Round [30]
2019 9 11–4–1 Champions Semi-finals 1st Qualifying Round [30]
2020[note 1] 6 6–1–1 Champions Moved to 2021 [30]
2021 10[note 2] 11–3–2 2nd Preliminary round [30]
  1. ^ The 2020 season was cancelled before its conclusion, with the final standings determined on a points earned per game basis
  2. ^ Ottawa South United withdrew from the league mid-way through due to government restirctions, with their matches removed from the standings

Women[edit]

Season League Teams Record Rank Playoffs League Cup Interprovincial Championship Ref
2018 Première ligue de soccer du Québec 5 4–3–5 3rd [31]
2019 6 7–4–4 3rd [31]
2020 4 3–0–0 1st Champions [31]
2021 10 7–1–1 Champions Champions
2022 12 8–3–0 Champions Champions Champions

Notable former players[edit]

The following players have either played at the professional or international level, either before or after playing for the PLSQ team:

Honours[edit]

Men

Women

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gray, Shawn (31 January 2017). "Quebec's 3rd Division". Northern Starting XI.
  2. ^ "Histoire du Club" [Club History]. AS Blainville (in French).
  3. ^ "PLSQ" [PLSQ]. Le Journal de Montreal (in French). 17 April 2012.
  4. ^ "L'AS Blainville mise sur l'éthique de travail" [AS Blainville relies on work ethic]. L'Écho de la Rive-Nord (in French). 9 May 2014.
  5. ^ Tougas, Marc (29 October 2016). "Un Match Parfait, Un Premier Trophée pour l'ASB" [A Perfect Match, a First Trophy for ASB]. PLSQ (in French).
  6. ^ "L'AS Blainville remporte la Coupe PLSQ 2016" [AS Blainville wins the PLSQ 2016 Cup]. Afrokan Life (in French). 30 October 2016.
  7. ^ Tougas, Marc (28 October 2017). "L'AS Blainville Remporte La Coupe PLSQ Pour la Deuxième Fois" [AS Blainville Wins the PLSQ Cup for the Second Time]. PLSQ.
  8. ^ Jacques, John (1 September 2019). "AS Blainville Wins PLSQ For Third Straight Year". Northern Tribune.
  9. ^ "AS Blainville qualifies for Canadian Championship". Canadian Soccer Association. 1 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Report: Provincial Champions to Play in Voyageurs Cup as Early as 2018". Waking the Red. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  11. ^ "AS Blainville advances in Canadian Championships with 1-0 win over Oakville". Bradford Today. 13 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Ottawa Fury beat AS Blainville to advance to Canadian Championship semifinal". TSN. 27 June 2018.
  13. ^ Perez, Alexander (28 June 2018). "AS Blainville Raise the Bar in Canadian Championship Run". The Link.
  14. ^ "York9 advance in Canadian Championship qualifying with inaugural win". CBC. 23 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Canada Soccer gives 2020 CanChamp update: CPL & MLS clubs only, Atlético Ottawa added to tournament". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  16. ^ Tougas, Marc (6 October 2020). "L'AS Blainville Champion D'un Cour Championnat...Encore Plus Court que Prévu" [AS Blainville Champion of a Short Championship... Even Shorter than Expected]. PLSQ (in French).
  17. ^ Pringle, Matthew (3 May 2018). "Shooting Across Québec Skies: Canada's Future Soccer Stars". Northern Starting XI.
  18. ^ "Le CS Fabrose Pousse L'AS Blainville à la Limite" [CS Fabrose Pushes AS Blainville to the Limit]. PLSQ (in French). 16 August 2020.
  19. ^ Chenoix, Eric (19 August 2020). "Blainville remporte le titre chez les dames!" [Blainville wins the women's title!]. Viau Park (in French).
  20. ^ O'Neill, Paméla (10 August 2021). "PLSQ-F:L'AS Blainville conserve son titre" [PLSQ-F: AS Blainville Retains its Title]. PLSQ (in French).
  21. ^ O'Neill, Paméla (15 August 2021). "L'AS Blainville Remporte la Coupe PLSQ Féminine!" [AS Blainville Wins the Women's PLSQ Cup!]. PLSQ (in French).
  22. ^ O'Neill, Paméla (5 May 2022). "PLSQ-F : Des attentes élevées pour L'AS Blainville" [PLSQ-F: High Expectations for AS Blainville]. PLSQ (in French).
  23. ^ O'Neill, Paméla (20 July 2022). "L'AS Blainville souhaite inspirer les jeunes joueuses de soccer" [AS Blainville wishes to inspire young female soccer players]. PLSQ (in French).
  24. ^ Dubois, Julien (17 July 2022). "PLSQ (F) : Blainville conserve sa couronne" [PLSQ (F): Blainville retains its crown]. Just eSoccer (in French).
  25. ^ DesGroseilliers, Martin (7 August 2022). "Couple PLSQ-F: Encore L'ASB!" [Coupe PLSQ-F: ASB Again!]. Première ligue de soccer du Québec (in French).
  26. ^ "Une victoire convaincante de l'AS Blainville contre Varsity" [A convincing victory for AS Blainville against Varsity]. PLSQ (in French). 13 August 2022.
  27. ^ "L'AS Blainville couronnée championenne de la première édition du championnat interprovincial" [AS Blainville crowned champions of the first edition of the interprovincial championship]. Première ligue de soccer du Québec (in French). 15 August 2022.
  28. ^ Jacques, John (15 August 2022). "AS Blainville Named First-Ever League1 Canada Inter-Provincial Champions". Northern Tribune.
  29. ^ "AS Blainville crowned winners of the inaugural Inter-Provincial Championship". League1 Canada. 15 August 2022.
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Première Ligue de soccer du Québec". Canadian Soccer History Archives.
  31. ^ a b c "Première Ligue de Soccer du Québec Feminin". Canadian Soccer History Archives.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°41′05″N 73°52′23″W / 45.6848°N 73.8730°W / 45.6848; -73.8730