Canadian Premier League Finals

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Canadian Premier League Finals
CanPL Finals 2019.jpg
2019 Finals logo
Founded2019
RegionCanadian Premier League (CONCACAF)
Current championsForge FC
(2nd title)
Most successful club(s)Forge FC
(2 titles)
Television broadcastersCBC, OneSoccer
2020 Canadian Premier League Final

The Canadian Premier League Finals is the annual championship game of the Canadian Premier League (CPL), the top level of Canadian soccer. For the shortened 2020 Canadian Premier League season, it will be held as a single match between the two top-seeded teams in the group stage. The winner of the Finals earns Canada's berth in the following year's CONCACAF League.[1]

The inaugural Finals was held on October 26 and November 2, 2019. The winner is awarded the North Star Shield.[2]

Format[edit]

The Finals is contested in a two-legged tie, with each team hosting one leg at home. The winner is determined by aggregate score. If the aggregate score is tied, the team with the most away goals wins the series. A penalty shoot-out is the final tiebreaker.

In 2019, the Finals was contested between the winners of the Spring and Fall seasons.[3] The 2020 season saw the end of the split season format, and the 2020 Finals was scheduled to be contested between the top-seeded regular season team and the winner of a playoff between the second and third-placed teams.[4] However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the season format was scrapped and replaced with a single-site tournament. The Final will be contested in a single match between the two top-seeded teams from the group stage.[5]

Results[edit]

Season Date Champions Score Runners-up Venue Attendance Television
2019 Leg 1 October 26 Forge FC 1–0 Cavalry FC Tim Hortons Field 10,486 OneSoccer, CBC Sports
Leg 2 November 2 1–0 ATCO Field 5,831
Aggregate 2–0
2020 September 19 Forge FC 2–0 HFX Wanderers FC Alumni Field Closed doors OneSoccer, CBC Sports

Records and statistics[edit]

Finals wins[edit]

Club Wins Losses Appearances Years of appearance
Forge FC 2 0 2 2019, 2020
Cavalry FC 0 1 1 2019
HFX Wanderers FC 0 1 1 2020

Champions records in the CONCACAF League[edit]

Year Club Result
2019 Forge FC[a] Round of 16
2020 Forge FC TBD
2021 Forge FC TBD
Note
  1. ^ For the inaugural CPL season, Forge FC qualified as the winner of the 2019 Canadian CONCACAF League series.

Trophy[edit]

The winning team is presented with the North Star Shield. It is a solid crystal circular shield engraved with the league's logo. The shield sits atop a maple wood base. The winners and finalists are also presented with gold and silver medals respectively.[6]

Venues[edit]

Name Location Hosted Years hosted
Alumni Field Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 1 2020
ATCO Field Foothills County, Alberta 1 2019
Tim Hortons Field Hamilton, Ontario 1 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CONCACAF creates club competition opening for a CPL team". Sportsnet. Canadian Press. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Spencer, Donna (November 2, 2019). "Forge claim inaugural CPL championship with gritty win over Cavalry". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Jacques, John (June 21, 2019). "Canadian Premier League Announces Championship Format". Northern Tribune. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Rhodes, Benedict (February 21, 2020). "Canadian Premier League releases 2020 schedule and format". Waking the Red. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Island Games". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  6. ^ Molinaro, John (October 25, 2019). "CPL unveils its championship trophy: The North Star Shield". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved February 26, 2020.