Canadian Soccer League championship final

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Canadian Soccer League championship
Founded 1998
Region Canada
Current champions FC Vorkuta (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Toronto Croatia (6 times)
Website www.canadiansoccerleague.ca
2018 season

The Canadian Soccer League championship final or CSL Championship is the post-season match of the Canadian Soccer League (CSL). The winner is crowned champion in the same manner as in other North American sports leagues (i.e. via a playoff following a regular season). This differs from other top soccer leagues around the world which consider the club with the most points at the end of the season to be the sole champion. The Canadian Soccer League and its related competitions are not sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association or part of the Canadian soccer pyramid as the league is now a member of the newly formed Soccer Federation of Canada (SFC).[1]

The league hosted its inaugural championship, on October 14, 1998. The CSL Championship is traditionally held in early October. Toronto Croatia are the most successful team, winning a record sixth cup in 2015.

Throughout its history the championship has had several title sponsors from: the Primus Cup in 2000, the Rogers Cup from 2001 to 2009 and the Givova Cup from 2010 onwards.

History[edit]

In the initial years the championship finals was dominated by Toronto Olympians, and Ottawa Wizards, who had the financial support from corporations as Coffee Time, and Oz Optics Ltd.[2][3] While St. Catharines Wolves, and Toronto Croatia two well established former Canadian National Soccer League (CNSL) clubs were the prominent challengers in the early years. The inaugural championship was contested between the 1997 CNSL champions St. Catharines and Toronto Olympians with the Wolves securing the title in a penalty shootout.[4] St. Catharines would conclude their golden decade in 2001 with their second championship acquired against Toronto Supra.[5] While the Olympians appeared in the first three CPSL Championship finals, but only managed one victory in 1999 against Toronto Croatia.[6] The Croatians would avenge their defeat the following season after defeating the Olympians 2–0.[7]

In 2000, the championship received its first title sponsorship from Primus, and witnessed the emergence of the Ottawa Wizards after the leagues major expansion run in 2001.[8] The heavily invested Wizards would dominate the next three seasons with an eventual championship in 2002. After a series of disputes with the CPSL board of directors Ottawa withdrew from the playoff competition after securing a undefeated regular season in 2003.[9] As a result creating an opportunity for various clubs to contend for the championship, with the Brampton Hitmen claiming the title. After the decline and departure of the Olympians, Wizards, and Wolves a shift occurred with Croatia and York Region Shooters (then as the Vaughan Shooters, later as Italia Shooters) achieving a powerhouse status as both champions and top contenders with the Serbian White Eagles as the prominent challengers. Toronto Croatia currently hold the record amount of six championships, and holds the distinction of being the first club to successfully defend the title in two consecutive seasons from 2014 till 2015.

As the league expanded beyond the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario border a television agreement was reached with Rogers TV, which granted the company naming rights to the championship.[10]In 2010, Givova became the title sponsor for the league and championship.[11] Meanwhile another milestone was achieved by Trois-Rivières Attak the farm team to the Montreal Impact as it became the first Quebec club to capture the championship in 2009 after defeating Serbia in 3-2 penalty shootout. Other single champions have included the likes of the Oakville Blue Devils, Brantford Galaxy, and SC Waterloo Region. In 2014, York Region became the second club in the league's history to produce a perfect season followed by the Toronto Olympians since the 1999 season.[12][13][14]

Format[edit]

After the regular season the top eight finishers qualify for the play-offs. Those then consist of quarter-finals, semi-finals and the championship final. With the exception of the 2007 final, which was contested over two legs, the final is played as one match only.

Champions[edit]

The winner of the Canadian Soccer League's CSL Championship determines the season's league champion. The playoff tournament is organized by the league at the conclusion of the regular season in a format similar to other North American professional sports leagues.

The first CSL Championship final was played on October 14, 1998.[15] As of 2017, the record for the most championships is held by the Toronto Croatia with six cup titles.[16] The record for the most championships lost is held by the Serbian White Eagles and York Region Shooters, who lost the game three times during their history.

Results[edit]

Season Date Champions Final Score Runners-up Venue
1998 October 14 St. Catharines Wolves 2–2 † Toronto Olympians Centennial Park Stadium
1999 October 2 Toronto Olympians 2–0 Toronto Croatia Oshawa Civic Stadium
2000 October 1 Toronto Croatia 2–1 Toronto Olympians Cove Road Stadium
2001 October 14 St. Catharines Wolves 1–0 Toronto Supra Club Roma Stadium
2002 October 20 Ottawa Wizards 2–0 North York Astros Esther Shiner Stadium
2003 October 5 Brampton Hitmen 1–0 Vaughan Shooters Cove Road Stadium
2004 October 11 Toronto Croatia 4–0 Vaughan Shooters Victoria Park Stadium
2005 November 10 Oakville Blue Devils 2–1 * Vaughan Shooters Esther Shiner Stadium
2006 October 15 Italia Shooters 1–0 Serbian White Eagles Esther Shiner Stadium
2007 October 27
October 28
Toronto Croatia 4–1
0–0
Serbian White Eagles Esther Shiner Stadium
2008 October 26 Serbian White Eagles 2–2 † Trois-Rivieres Attak Esther Shiner Stadium
2009 October 24 Trois-Rivieres Attak 0–0 † Serbian White Eagles BMO Field
2010 October 31 Brantford Galaxy 3–0 Hamilton Croatia Centennial Park Stadium
2011 October 29 Toronto Croatia 1–0 Capital City F.C. Centennial Park Stadium
2012 October 27 Toronto Croatia 1–0 Montreal Impact Academy Centennial Park Stadium
2013 November 3 SC Waterloo Region 3–1 Kingston FC Kalar Sports Park
2014 October 26 York Region Shooters 1–1 † Toronto Croatia Esther Shiner Stadium
2015 October 25 Toronto Croatia 1–0 SC Waterloo Region Warrior Field
2016 October 30 Serbian White Eagles 2–1 * Hamilton City SC Birchmount Stadium
2017 September 30 York Region Shooters 1–1 † Scarborough SC Birchmount Stadium
2018 October 13 FC Vorkuta 1–1 † Scarborough SC Centennial Park Stadium
Key
* Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after overtime
Bold Team won the Regular Season Champions
Italics Team won the Open Canada Cup

Performance by Club[edit]

Club Champions Runner-Up Winning Years Losing Years
Toronto Croatia 6 2 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015 1999, 2014
York Region Shooters 3 3 2006, 2014, 2017 2003, 2004, 2005
St. Catharines Wolves 2 1998, 2001
Serbian White Eagles 2 3 2008, 2016 2006, 2007, 2009
Toronto Olympians (defunct) 1 2 1999 1998, 2000
Trois-Rivieres Attak (defunct) 1 1 2009 2008
SC Waterloo Region 1 1 2013 2015
Brampton Stallions (defunct) 1 2003
Brampton City United 1 2005
Brantford Galaxy SC 1 2010
FC Vorkuta 1 2018
Ottawa Wizards (defunct) 1 2002
Scarborough SC 2 2017, 2018
SC Toronto 1 2001
North York Astros 1 2002
Hamilton Croatia 1 2010
Capital City F.C. 1 2011
Montreal Impact Academy 1 2012
Kingston FC 1 2013
Hamilton City SC 1 2016

References[edit]

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