Open Canada Cup
|Most successful club(s)||Toronto Olympians (3 titles)|
The Open Canada Cup was an annual knock-out cup competition in Canadian Soccer. The competition was first held during the 1998 season as the CPSL League Cup. It was organized by the Canadian Soccer League (formerly the Canadian Professional Soccer League) originally as a league cup for CSL member clubs. After operating the competition for several seasons as an exclusive tournament the league's ownership decided in 2003 to grant accessibility to all Canadian professional and amateur clubs. The decision was influenced by the lack of initiative by the Canadian Soccer Association in providing a potential candidate for the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
Further reforms consisted of a title sponsorship with the Government of Canada, and the inclusion of a financial reward for the overall champion. Subsequently the tournament managed to attract several notable amateur, and professional clubs with credentials from the USL First Division, Canadian National Challenge Cup, Ligue de Soccer Elite Quebec, and the Ontario Cup. In 2007, the competition reached its zenith as it expanded westward to include clubs from British Columbia with the inclusion of the champion of the British Columbia Provincial Soccer Championship. In 2008, the prize money was increased, but after the creation of the Canadian Championship the competition was disbanded. Since the establishment of the Canadian Championship CSL teams have not participated in the tournament which determines the Canadian entry into the CONCACAF Champions League.
Throughout the history of the tournament Canadian Soccer League teams have dominated the competition with the exception of Ottawa St. Anthony Italia in the 2006 season. Toronto Olympians were the most successful club with 3 titles. David Gee is the most successful head coach in the history of the competition, having won three titles as head coach of Toronto Olympians.
In central Canada, cup ties were played on a one-game knock out basis and were held over the Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday and Labour Day long weekends. The British Columbia regional games were held in early August with the winner participating in the Labour Day tournament finale. Drawn matches went directly to extra time, and if necessary, a penalty shootout.
2008 Cup cancelled
On April 29, 2008, it was announced that the 2008 edition of the Open Canada Cup would not take place as originally scheduled. The CSL was evaluating the relevance of the competition in light of the creation of the Canadian Championship for the Voyageurs Cup.
The announcement that the 2008 edition of the Open Canada Cup had been cancelled also suggested that the Cup might return in 2009. Although no formal announcement has been made, the success of the Canadian Championship and the fact that no Open Canada Cup competition was held in 2009 suggests that the competition has ended for good.
List of winners
Gus Kouzmanis 44', 66'
Eddy Berdusco 66'
|3–0||St. Catharines Wolves|
Chris Handsor 40'
Elvis Thomas 62', 66'
Elvis Thomas 4'
|1–0||St. Catharines Wolves|
Abraham Osman 9'
Kevin Nelson 66'
Eris Tafas 30'
|1–1 (aet) 4–2 (p)||Metro Lions |
Craig Patton 84'
|2004||Windsor Border Stars
Tati Errecalde 25'
|1–1 (aet) 4–2 (p)||Ottawa St. Anthony Italia |
Egar Soigo 11'
|2005||Windsor Border Stars
Radek Papiez 49', Radek Papiez 51'
Tino Scicluna 82'
|2006||Ottawa St. Anthony Italia
Abraham Osman 55', 81'
Nicolas Lesage 53'
Danny Anderson 74', 81'
|3–0||Columbus Clan FC|
Performance by Club
|Toronto Olympians||3||-||1998, 1999, 2000|
|Ottawa Wizards||2||-||2001, 2002|
|Windsor Border Stars||2||-||2004, 2005|
|Ottawa St. Anthony Italia||1||1||2006|
|St. Catharines Wolves||-||2||-|
|Columbus Clan FC||-||1||-|
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