Alberta Major Soccer League

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Alberta Major Soccer League
Founded1991
First season1991 (1992 for women's)
CountryCanada
ConfederationCONCACAF
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid4
Relegation toLocal Tier 1 Senior Leagues
Domestic cup(s)Challenge Trophy (men)
Jubilee Trophy (women)
League cup(s)Mike Traficante Challenge Cup
Current championsEdmonton Scottish
(June–August)
Websitewww.albertamsl.com

The Alberta Major Soccer League (AMSL) is the highest level of amateur soccer in Alberta. It is roughly level 4 on the Canadian soccer pyramid although levels below 3 are not formally designated by the Canadian Soccer Association. 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[edit]

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.

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.[10][11] 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 2007–10
Edmonton Knights of Columbus Trojans 2007–09
Edmonton Green & Gold 2002? – present
Edmonton Scottish 2002? – present
Edmonton Croatia Dinamo 2011 – present
Edmonton Victoria 2004 – present
Calgary Caledonian (Callies) 1998? – present
Calgary Dinosaurs 2002? – present
Calgary Villains Elite 2002? – present
Calgary PARS 2009–10
Calgary Darts 2010
Red Deer Renegades 2005–08
Lethbridge FC 2007? – present
FC Edmonton Reserves Exhibition 2011–12

Source[7] and [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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 "Alberta Major Soccer League". Itsportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  10. ^ "Golden Bears Soccer Progam [sic] - University of Alberta". Greenandgoldsoccer.ualberta.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  11. ^ "Schools enter soccer offseason training". Calgaryjournal.ca. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2016-05-19.

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