Alberta Major Soccer League

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Alberta Major Soccer League
Founded 1991
First season 1991 (1992 for women's)
Country Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Divisions 1
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to No
Relegation to Local Tier 1 Senior Leagues
Domestic cup(s) Canadian National Challenge Cup
League cup(s) Mike Traficante Challenge Cup
Current champions Edmonton Scottish
(June - August)
TV partners No
Website 2013 Site
2017 Alberta Major Soccer League season

The Alberta Major Soccer League (AMSL) is the highest level of amateur soccer in Alberta. It is roughly level 5 on the Canadian soccer pyramid although the distinction between level's 3 - 5 are not necessarily in terms of the level of competition or skill. The champions of the League Cup, renamed the Mike Traficante Challenge Cup in 2008, go on to compete in the national senior men's and women's championships.

Overview[edit]

Founded in 1991, the AMSL consists of two divisions, the Men's Division of eight teams and the Women's Division of eight (the Women's Division was added in 1992). Every year since the league's founding, the champions of the league have gone on to compete for the Canadian National Challenge Cup (men) and the Jubilee Shield (women).

The AMSL is operated by the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA), the provincial governing body for soccer in Alberta. This has been at times a problematic arrangement, but it has stood up for the time that the league has been in existence. The various district associations in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer fulfill some of the administrative functions that would normally be handled by such a league, and this has led to rules being interpreted differently for different teams in the same league. Districts other than Edmonton and Calgary can use their entire men’s or woman’s league program as “reserve teams”. Calgary and Edmonton clubs are expected to field reserve teams in the local tier 1 senior leagues. The teams to be entered into the AMSL for the following season shall be based on previous season league results and relegation-promotion games, unless accepted as an expansion team. Teams wishing to withdraw or enter the league must notify the ASA in writing before November 15 of each year and attend the fall planning meeting on the last weekend in November.[1]

Mike Traficante Challenge Cup

This is a competition whereby the top 3 teams north (Edmonton, Red Deer, etc.) and south (Calgary, Lethbridge, etc.) compete for the League Cup. It has had various formats including south and north group winners advancing to a one-game final and seeded groups (based on league standings) with group winners advancing to a 1-game final. The League Cup cannot be challenged for by non-AMSL members even though it designates the Alberta Provincial Champion and Canadian National Challenge Cup representative. [1] With 4 of the most populous of the 18 districts having teams in the AMSL; however, the majority of the soccer players in the province are represented.[2]

Teams[edit]

Overall yearly results[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Year League Cup Canadian National Challenge Cup League Cup Jubilee Shield[3]
1992 Edmonton Ital Canadians ?? Edmonton Scottish Runner Up
1993 Edmonton Ital Canadians ?? Edmonton Ital Canadians Runner Up Edmonton International
1994 Edmonton Scottish ?? Edmonton Ital Canadians Champions Edmonton International
1995 Edmonton Victoria ?? ?? Edmonton Angels Edmonton Angels Champions
1996 Calgary Dinosaurs ?? ?? Edmonton Angels Calgary Dinos[4]
1997 Edmonton Victoria ?? Edmonton Ital Canadians Champions Edmonton Angels
1998 Calgary Callies ?? Calgary Dinosaurs 3rd Place Edmonton Inter Azzurri Edmonton Inter Azzurri 4th
1999 Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Champions Edmonton Inter Azzurri Edmonton Angels Champions
2000 Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Calgary Callies 4th Place Edmonton Angels Edmonton Angels Champions
2001 Calgary Dinosaurs ?? Edmonton Victoria 4th Place Edmonton Victoria
2002 Calgary Callies Edmonton Scottish Calgary Callies 4th Place Edmonton Victoria FC Calgary Saints
2003 Edmonton Scottish Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Champions Calgary Saints
2004 Calgary Callies[5] Calgary Callies Calgary Callies 9th Place Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Champions
2005 Calgary Callies Edmonton Green & Gold Edmonton Green & Gold - Runner Up Calgary Dinos 3rd Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Champions
2006 Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Runner Up Edmonton NW United Calgary Dinos[4] Calgary Dinos
2007 Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Champions FC Calgary Saints Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria 3rd
2008 Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Champions Edmonton NW United Edmonton NW United Edmonton NW United 5th
2009 Edmonton Scottish Calgary Callies Calgary Callies 4th Place Edmonton NW United Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Champions
2010 Calgary Dinosaurs Calgary Dinosaurs Calgary Dinosaurs 5th Place Edmonton Angels Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Runner Up
2011 Calgary Dinosaurs Edmonton Green & Gold Edmonton Green & Gold 8th Place Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria 4th
2012 Edmonton Scottish Edmonton Scottish Edmonton Scottish Runner Up Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Angels Edmonton Angels 7th
2013 Edmonton Scottish Edmonton Scottish Edmonton Scottish 7th Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Champions
2014 Lethbridge FC Calgary Callies Calgary Callies Runner Up Edmonton NW United Edmonton Victoria Edmonton Victoria Champions

Sources:[3][6][7][8]

Note: In 1999 and 2000 the Calgary Callies played as Calgary Celtic SFC. [7]

The Canadian National Club Championships qualifiers are done on a geographic basis with each provincial association sending a representative to the tournament; therefore, in stronger or more populous provinces it can be harder to win the provincial championship and qualify than it is to win the national tournament. Given the costs of travel, accommodations, and time off work nationals are a big commitment which ever province teams come from. In 2012 the Edmonton Angels missed out on qualifying for the 3-4th and 5-6th games by one goal on a goals for tiebreaker. They finished the 2012 tournament with a 7-1 thrashing on St John's Holy Cross.

Year by year[edit]

2002 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Callies 13 11 0 2 41 11 30 35 1 Edmonton Victoria 11 8 1 2 28 9 19 26
2 Edmonton Scottish 11 7 4 0 21 18 +3 21 2 FC Calgary Saints 11 7 1 3 24 12 12 24
3 Calgary Dinos Major 13 3 7 3 16 27 -11 12 3 Edmonton Angels 10 4 4 2 16 17 -1 14
4 Calgary Villains Elite 13 3 8 2 19 32 -13 11 4 Calgary Callies 9 2 6 1 16 21 -5 7
5 Edmonton Green & Gold 13 3 9 1 13 32 -19 10 5 Edmonton NW United 9 1 4 4 11 19 -8 7
6 Lethbridge FC 12 0 11 1 9 42 -33 1

Source[9]

2005 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Callies 16 11 2 3 58 18 40 36 1 Edmonton Victoria 14 11 0 3 60 12 48 36
2 Edmonton Scottish 16 10 3 3 33 13 20 21 2 Edmonton NW United 14 8 4 2 35 19 16 26
3 Calgary Dinos Major 16 10 4 2 31 18 13 32 3 Edmonton Angels 14 7 3 4 36 16 20 25
4 Calgary Villains Elite 16 7 7 2 25 22 3 23 4 Lethbridge FC 14 8 6 0 32 28 4 24
5 Edmonton Green & Gold 16 6 6 4 32 26 6 22 5 FC Calgary Saints 14 6 7 1 26 27 -1 19
6 Edmonton Victoria 16 6 9 1 24 42 -18 19 6 Red Deer Renegades 14 3 11 0 18 53 -35 9
7 Red Deer Renegades 16 0 12 4 15 43 -28 4 7 Calgary Callies 14 0 14 0 6 63 -57 0

Source[9]

2006 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Callies 16 13 1 2 53 9 44 41 1 Edmonton NW United 14 11 2 1 34 9 25 34
2 Edmonton Green & Gold 16 11 2 3 40 17 23 36 2 Edmonton Victoria 14 9 3 2 35 14 21 29
3 Calgary Villains Elite 16 11 5 0 41 22 19 33 3 Edmonton Angels 14 6 5 3 32 15 17 21
4 Edmonton Scottish 16 8 6 2 29 21 8 26 4 FC Calgary Saints 14 5 7 2 30 24 6 17
5 Edmonton Victoria 16 4 7 5 21 31 -10 17 5 Lethbridge FC 14 5 8 1 15 33 -18 16
6 Calgary Dinos Major 16 4 10 2 23 33 -10 14 6 Red Deer Renegades 14 3 11 0 13 39 -26 9
7 Red Deer Renegades 16 3 8 5 14 45 -31 14 7 Calgary Callies 14 1 13 0 12 63 -51 3

Source[9]

2007 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Callies 18 14 1 3 48 20 28 45 1 FC Calgary Saints 14 11 1 2 35 11 24 35
2 Edmonton Green & Gold 18 12 2 4 45 19 26 40 2 Calgary Callies 14 9 2 3 43 24 19 30
3 Calgary Villains Elite 17 10 5 2 47 26 21 32 3 Edmonton NW United 14 8 2 4 33 13 20 28
4 Calgary Dinos Major 18 8 2 8 28 16 12 32 4 Edmonton Victoria 13 6 6 1 29 21 8 19
5 Edmonton Scottish 18 8 6 4 33 30 3 28 5 Edmonton Angels 14 5 7 2 22 28 -6 17
6 Lethbridge FC 18 7 8 3 27 35 -8 24 6 Calgary Jaguars 13 4 9 0 9 25 -16 12
7 Red Deer Renegades 18 5 10 3 20 44 -24 18 7 Red Deer Renegades 14 3 9 2 15 33 -18 11
8 Edmonton Victoria 18 5 11 2 20 33 -13 17 8 Lethbridge FC 14 2 12 0 13 44 -31 6
9 Edmonton KC Trojans] 18 2 14 2 13 35 -22 8
10 Edmonton Drillers 17 1 13 3 11 34 -23 6

Source[10][11]

2008 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Callies 18 13 1 4 58 10 48 43 1 Edmonton NW United 14 11 2 1 30 8 22 34
2 Calgary Dinos Major 18 13 4 1 47 17 30 40 2 Edmonton Angels 14 9 4 1 32 15 17 28
3 Calgary Villains Elite 18 11 3 4 41 21 20 37 3 Edmonton Victoria 14 9 5 0 36 25 11 27
4 Edmonton Green & Gold 18 10 4 4 38 13 25 34 4 Calgary Callies 14 8 5 1 31 23 8 25
5 Edmonton Drillers 18 7 6 5 27 27 0 26 5 FC Calgary Saints 14 7 6 1 29 20 9 22
6 Edmonton Scottish 17 6 9 2 20 29 -9 20 6 Calgary Jaguars 14 6 8 0 28 29 -1 18
7 Edmonton Victoria 17 5 7 5 20 30 -10 20 7 Lethbridge FC 14 2 12 0 24 42 -18 6
8 Lethbridge FC 18 5 11 2 19 41 -22 17 8 Red Deer Renegades 14 1 11 2 12 60 -48 5
9 Edmonton KC Trojans 18 3 11 4 16 34 -18 13
10 Red Deer Renegades 18 0 17 1 6 70 -64 1

Source[9]

2009 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Edmonton Scottish 18 12 4 2 46 20 26 38 1 Edmonton NW United 14 0 1 42 10 32 40
2 Calgary Villains Elite 18 11 4 3 48 23 25 36 2 Edmonton Victoria 14 9 2 3 37 16 21 30
3 Calgary Callies 18 10 4 4 44 23 21 34 3 Calgary NSD Saints 14 8 4 2 47 22 25 26
4 Edmonton Green & Gold 18 8 6 4 38 24 14 28 4 Calgary Callies 14 7 5 2 35 20 15 25
5 Edmonton Victoria 18 8 6 4 32 33 -1 28 5 Edmonton Angels 14 4 7 3 21 33 -12 23
6 Calgary Dinosaurs 18 7 6 5 27 21 6 26 6 Lethbridge FC 14 2 9 2 13 37 -24 15
7 Calgary PARS 18 6 8 4 23 27 -4 22 7 Calgary Jaguars 14 2 9 2 32 61 -29 8
8 Edmonton Drillers 18 7 10 1 23 34 -11 22 8 Red Deer Renegades 14 2 11 1 12 40 -28 7
9 Lethbridge FC 18 3 12 3 16 45 -29 12
10 Edmonton KC Trojans 18 2 14 2 8 55 -47 8

Source[9]

2010 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Dinos 18 15 0 3 45 12 33 48 1st South 1 Edmonton Angels 14 11 1 2 38 13 25 35
2 Calgary Villains Elite 18 10 7 1 40 22 +18 31 2nd South 2 Edmonton Victoria 14 10 2 2 53 13 40 32
3 Edmonton Scottish 18 9 5 4 27 16 +11 31 1st North 3 Edmonton NW United 14 10 3 1 47 13 34 31
4 Calgary PARS 18 9 6 3 31 30 +1 30 3rd South 4 Calgary Callies 14 7 5 2 42 17 25 23
5 Lethbridge FC 18 7 4 7 35 32 +3 28 5 Calgary NSD Saints 14 5 7 2 23 21 2 17
6 Edmonton Green & Gold 18 8 8 2 39 32 +7 26 2nd North 6 Calgary Jaguars 14 3 8 3 19 52 -33 12
7 Calgary Callies 18 5 8 5 25 30 -5 20 7 Lethbridge FC 14 3 9 2 18 47 -29 11
8 Edmonton Drillers 18 5 11 2 20 45 -25 17 3rd North 8 Red Deer Renegades 14 0 14 0 15 79 -64 0
9 Edmonton Victoria 18 3 11 4 15 38 -20 10
10 Calgary Darts 18 3 14 1 18 38 -20 10

2011 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Calgary Dinosaurs 14 9 0 5 31 10 21 32 1 Edmonton Victoria 14 13 0 1 57 11 46 40
2 Edmonton Scottish 14 9 1 4 22 9 13 31 2 Edmonton Angels 14 9 3 2 47 23 24 29
3 Edmonton Green & Gold 14 6 6 2 25 21 4 20 3 Edmonton NW United 14 8 4 2 35 24 11 26
4 Calgary Callies 14 5 7 2 24 25 -1 17 4 Calgary Alliance 14 6 7 1 32 42 -10 19
5 Lethbridge FC 14 5 8 1 19 23 -3 16 5 Calgary NSDSC Saints 14 4 6 4 20 24 -4 16
6 Calgary Villains Elite 14 4 8 2 20 24 -4 14 6 Calgary Callies 14 4 8 2 26 31 -5 14
7 Edmonton Drillers 14 4 8 2 15 32 -17 14 7 Lethbridge FC 14 3 11 0 15 51 -36 9
8 Edmonton Croatia Dinamo 14 3 7 4 17 29 -12 13 8 Red Deer City 14 2 10 2 15 41 -26 8
FC Edmonton Reserves

Source[12]

2012 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Edmonton Scottish 13 12 1 0 33 10 23 36 1 Edmonton Victoria 14 12 1 1 61 16 45 37
2 Calgary Villains Elite 11 9 3 1 27 11 16 28 2 Edmonton NW United 14 9 1 4 47 17 30 28
3 Calgary Callies 13 7 4 2 26 25 1 18 3 Calgary Alliance 14 7 2 5 28 33 -5 23
4 Edmonton Drillers 13 5 5 3 20 21 -1 18 4 Calgary NSDSC Saints 14 5 6 3 21 16 5 21
5 Edmonton Green & Gold 13 5 6 2 26 23 3 17 5 Calgary Callies 14 6 3 5 23 23 0 21
6 Calgary Dinosaurs 13 4 5 4 20 20 0 16 6 Edmonton Angels 14 5 4 5 32 22 10 19
7 Edmonton Croatia Dinamo 13 2 11 0 12 34 -22 6 7 Lethbridge FC 14 1 3 10 17 44 -27 6
8 Lethbridge FC 13 1 10 2 10 30 -20 5 8 Red Deer City 14 0 2 12 4 62 -58 2

Source[13]

2013 Season[edit]

Gender Men's Women's
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Edmonton Scottish 14 9 1 4 36 15 21 31 1 Edmonton Victoria 14 12 1 1 59 16 43 37
2 Calgary Callies 14 7 2 5 20 13 7 26 2 Edmonton NW United 14 11 2 1 47 8 39 34
3 Edmonton Drillers 14 6 4 4 17 14 3 22 3 Calgary Callies 14 9 4 1 27 23 4 28
4 Edmonton Green & Gold 14 5 6 3 14 21 -7 18 4 Edmonton Angels 14 8 5 1 33 26 7 25
5 Calgary Dinosaurs 14 5 6 3 19 30 -11 18 5 Calgary SWU Saints 14 5 8 1 20 32 -12 16
6 Calgary Villains Elite 14 4 6 4 27 23 4 16 6 Red Deer Renegades 14 5 9 0 30 41 -11 15
7 Lethbridge FC 14 5 8 1 23 23 0 16 7 Calgary Alliance 14 2 11 1 16 49 -33 7
8 Edmonton Croatia Dinamo 14 2 10 2 20 37 -17 8 8 Lethbridge FC 14 1 13 0 16 53 -37 3

Source[13]

There is a post season Cup.[14] The 2010 format qualified 3 teams from each of the North and South regions of Alberta. The winner of this cup is considered the Alberta Provincial Champion and qualifies for the Canadian National Challenge Cup.

Clubs[edit]

There have been a number of changes with the Alberta Soccer Association and also to the AMSL in 2011. With the addition of FC Edmonton to the Alberta soccer system their reserve team will be playing an exhibition schedule with 7 of the 8 AMSL teams.[9]

The Calgary Dinosaurs and Edmonton Green and Gold are affiliated with the summer CIS soccer programs for the University of Calgary and University of Alberta respectively.[15][16] A number of alumni typically play on these teams as well.

Clubs that have competed in the Alberta Major Soccer League

Club Years
Edmonton Drillers 2007 - current
Edmonton Knights of Columbus Trojans 2007 - 2009
Edmonton Green & Gold 2002? - current
Edmonton Scottish 2002? - current
Edmonton Croatia Dinamo 2011 - current
Edmonton Victoria 2004 - 2010
Calgary Caledonian (Callies) 1998? - current
Calgary Dinosaurs 2002? - current
Calgary Villains Elite 2002? - current
Calgary PARS 2009 - 2010
Calgary Darts 2010
Red Deer Renegades 2005 - 2008
Lethbridge FC 2007? - current
FC Edmonton Reserves Exhibition 2011 - 2012

Source[7] and [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Canada. "Alberta Soccer Association - Home". Albertasoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Kimberly, Todd (6 September 2006). "Calgary sweeps the trophy table Callies and Dinos are off to Surrey as Alberta champs". The Calgary Herald. 
  5. ^ "Callies Club Awards". www.calgarycallies.com. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "History". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b c "Alberta Soccer Association - Home". Albertasoccer.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Archive of League Champions". www.albertamsl.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Alberta Major Soccer League". Itsportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Alberta Major Soccer League". Itsportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  11. ^ Odland, K (1 September 2007). "Calgary Confident Saints march into Edmonton". The Calgary Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Alberta Major Soccer League". Itsportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  13. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Golden Bears Soccer Progam [sic] - University of Alberta". Greenandgoldsoccer.ualberta.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  16. ^ "Schools enter soccer offseason training". Calgaryjournal.ca. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 

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