Newfoundland and Labrador Challenge Cup

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Newfoundland and Labrador Challenge Cup
Country Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1967
Number of teams 7 (from 2016)
Level on pyramid 5
Domestic cup(s) Canadian National Challenge Trophy
Current champions St. Lawrence (25th title)
(2016)
Most championships St. Lawrence
(25 titles)
Website nlsa.ca

The Newfoundland and Labrador Challenge Cup, known as the Molson Coors Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons, is the premier senior men's soccer league in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The competition is held annually from May until September and is governed and organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association. It is a tier 5 league in the Canadian soccer pyramid, and as a result the winning club qualifies to compete for the Canadian Challenge Trophy as the representative for Newfoundland and Labrador in October of each year. The St. Lawrence Laurentians and Holy Cross have traditionally dominated the competition, having won a combined total of 42 Cups out of the 50 times that it has been contested.

Competition Format[edit]

The Newfoundland Challenge Cup consists of Newfoundland and Labrador-based men's senior amateur soccer clubs. The teams first compete to qualify for a playoff round in a league format, usually a quadruple- or hextuple-round robin system, depending on the number of clubs competing. Normally teams play around 20 league matches in a single season. At the end of the league phase the 4 clubs with the most points qualify for the playoffs (3 points are awarded for a win, 1 point is awarded for a draw, and none for a loss). Clubs are ranked by total points, then head-to-head record, then goal differential and then goals scored. If two clubs are still tied for a playoff position then a penalty kick competition at a venue decided by the league will determine the ranking. If three or more clubs are still tied the ranking will be determined by the drawing of lots.

The playoff round of the NLCC uses a Page playoff format, which was reinstituted in 2015 after the league switched to a more typical two round format in 2011. The competition takes place at one location over Labour Day weekend each year. The winner of the final qualifies for the Canadian National Challenge Cup as the representative for Newfoundland and Labrador.[1]

Champions[edit]

Clubs in bold currently compete in the Challenge Cup.[2]

Club Wins Winning seasons
St. Lawrence Laurentians
25
1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2016
Holy Cross
17
1973, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
Burin Eagles
2
1990, 1991
Feildians
1
1969
Grand Bank
1
1974
Lawn
1
1987
Marystown United
1
2004
Mount Pearl
1
2003
Newfoundland All Stars
1
1970

Recent seasons[edit]

2016[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q, C) 22 16 4 2 59 18 +41 52 2016 NLCC Playoffs
2 Mount Pearl (Q) 22 14 3 5 45 20 +25 45
3 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 22 13 4 5 53 18 +35 43
4 Feildians (Q) 22 12 3 7 46 30 +16 39
5 Corner Brook United 22 2 4 16 21 58 −37 10
6 Conception Bay Strikers 22 0 3 19 7 75 −68 3
7 NL Canada Games Team[a] 12 3 3 6 15 27 −12 12
Updated to match(es) played on 24 August 2016. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Playing on an exhibition basis only, however points earned against them still count toward the standings

Playoffs[edit]

2015[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q) 20 16 3 1 65 12 +53 51 2015 NLCC Playoffs
2 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 20 14 2 4 46 11 +35 44
3 Mount Pearl (Q) 20 11 3 6 39 18 +21 36
4 Feildians (Q) 20 7 4 9 25 32 −7 25
5 Corner Brook United 20 5 1 14 21 58 −37 16
6 Conception Bay Strikers 20 0 1 19 3 68 −65 1
Updated to match(es) played on 26 August 2015. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Playoffs[edit]

2014[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q) 18 12 3 3 37 19 +18 39 2014 NLCC Playoff Final
2 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 18 7 4 7 25 24 +1 25 2014 NLCC Playoff Semi Final
3 Mount Pearl (Q) 18 6 2 10 19 33 −14 20
4 Feildians 18 5 3 10 24 29 −5 18
Updated to match(es) played on August 17, 2014. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Playoffs[edit]

2013[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q) 27 19 5 3 94 26 +68 62 2013 NLCC Playoffs
2 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 27 15 7 5 66 22 +44 52
3 Mount Pearl (Q) 27 12 4 11 35 38 −3 40
4 Feildians (Q) 27 10 9 8 35 29 +6 39
5 Conception Bay Strikers 27 1 1 25 7 107 −100 4
6 NL Canada Games Team[a] 15 5 0 10 16 31 −15 15
Updated to match(es) played on August 21, 2013. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Playing on an exhibition basis only, however points earned against them still count towards the standings

Playoffs[edit]

2012[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q) 19 16 1 2 80 15 +65 49 2012 NLCC Playoffs
2 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 19 11 2 6 55 29 +26 35
3 Feildians (Q) 19 9 3 7 30 28 +2 30
4 Mount Pearl (Q) 19 7 5 7 33 21 +12 26
5 Conception Bay Strikers 19 5 3 11 28 61 −33 18
6 St. John's U-18s[a] 15 0 0 15 6 78 −72 0
Updated to match(es) played on August 19, 2012. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Playing on an exhibition basis only, however points earned against them still count towards the standings

Playoffs[edit]

2011[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q) 20 18 1 1 76 9 +67 55 2011 NLCC Playoffs
2 Mount Pearl (Q) 20 13 3 4 49 17 +32 42
3 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 20 9 2 9 27 30 −3 29
4 Feildians (Q) 20 7 2 11 19 35 −16 23
5 Conception Bay Strikers 20 6 4 10 29 33 −4 22
6 St. John's U-18s[a] 20 0 2 18 7 83 −76 2
Updated to match(es) played on August 24, 2011. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Playing on an exhibition basis only, however points earned against them still count towards the standings

Playoffs[edit]

2010[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Holy Cross (Q) 23 17 5 1 67 16 +51 56 2010 NLCC Playoffs
2 Mount Pearl (Q) 23 15 6 2 53 14 +39 51
3 St. Lawrence Laurentians (Q) 23 15 4 4 62 19 +43 49
4 Feildians (Q) 23 8 3 12 44 48 −4 27
5 Conception Bay Strikers 23 4 3 16 20 63 −43 15
6 Western United 23 3 1 19 20 76 −56 10
7 St. John's U-18s[a] 18 4 2 12 25 55 −30 14
Updated to match(es) played on August 29, 2010. Source: NLSA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) penalty kick competition
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Playing on an exhibition basis only, however points earned against them still count towards the standings

Playoffs[edit]

Canadian Challenge Trophy[edit]

This is a list of Newfoundland clubs who have reached the finals at the annual Canadian Challenge Trophy tournament, which features the best senior men's amateur clubs from each province in Canada. Holy Cross FC are currently the only Newfoundland club to ever become national champions.[3]

As of 24 July 2012.
Club Nationals wins Runner-up Years
Holy Cross 1 1 1988, 1989,
St. Lawrence 0 3 1975, 1977, 2002

Bold indicates a current Challenge Cup team
Italics indicate a runner-up finish

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