Première Ligue de soccer du Québec
|Number of teams||9 (men's)|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Domestic cup(s)||Canadian Championship|
|League cup(s)||Coupe PLSQ|
|Current champions||AS Blainville (men’s)|
Dynamo de Québec (women's)
|Current cup champions||FC Lanaudière |
|TV partners||RDS.ca (streaming)|
|2019 men's, 2019 women's|
The Première Ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) is a semi-professional soccer league created in 2012 and organized by the Quebec Soccer Federation, the third tier of the Canadian soccer pyramid. The Canadian Soccer Association relies on provincial soccer organizations to sanction regional leagues at the tier 3 level behind the men's division Major League Soccer (MLS) (Division I), the United Soccer League (USL) (Division II), while roughly equal to the League1 Ontario (L1O) (Division III). The PLSQ women's division is behind the U.S.-based National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) (Division I). The league's commissioner is Kambiz Ebadi.
Before the Second World War, soccer was more of a fringe activity[further explanation needed] than today;[when?] however, the best clubs in Quebec were determined in a provincial championship with the winner facing his Ontario counterpart for the title of the "National League". All the players were not amateurs; in 1934, for example, 27 professionals were identified in Quebec. The war brought a halt to Quebec's semi-professional soccer league development.
Mass immigration of quality players and ambitious leaders in the 1950s allowed Quebec to have many semi-professional teams, and even some professional clubs[example needed] until the early 1960s. Organizational and competitive disagreements including unhealthy rivalries coupled with slowing immigration reduced the number of skilled young local players taking over from their predecessors. The player pool shrank.
Beginning in 1986, the semi-professional LNSQ (National Soccer League Quebec), stirred passions by creating very good memories.[according to whom?] However, at that time the pool of players was not large enough to allow the LNSQ to survive alongside a professional team. The arrival of the Montreal Supra, with all the best players and a much greater media profile was fatal to the fledgling league which lost its splendour[clarification needed] before giving way to today’s LSEQ.
In 2011 there are 200,000 players, 300 clubs, 25,000 coaches, 7,000 officials and 50,000 volunteers: soccer is by far the most practised sport in Quebec and is experiencing unparalleled popularity throughout the province.
The organization of soccer in Quebec has changed dramatically with the recent competitions reform conducted by the Federation helping to modernize and stabilize the soccer pyramid, but also to considerably raise standards.
For several years,[when?] the senior level teams of the LSEQ (Quebec Elite Soccer League) inquired about a semi-professional competition.
Thanks to the structure of the club set up, the National Centre for High-Performance (NTC), and the Academy youth teams of the Montreal Impact, the number of top players developed in Quebec has increased sharply.[quantify]
Challenges of the past[example needed] are no longer as applicable, and it is hoped[by whom?] the PLSQ will facilitate transitioning between the club set up and amateur LSEQ to Impact de Montreal. Also, the profile of the Montreal Impact will grow with its 2012 entrance to Major League Soccer (MLS). As a result of its promotion, it is much more important for the Impact to develop its own young talent and offer attractive opportunities to players that previously would have moved to Europe.
|2013||CS Mont-Royal Outremont|
|2014||CS Longueuil||FC Gatineau|
|2015||CS Mont-Royal Outremont||Lakeshore SC|
|2016||CS Mont-Royal Outremont||AS Blainville|
|2017||AS Blainville||AS Blainville|
|2018||AS Blainville||FC Lanaudière|
Seven teams play an 18-game season. The winner gets the regular season championship. At the end of the year, there is a League Cup where the top six teams participate by separating the teams in two groups of three, with the top team in each group making it to the final. The final is played at a neutral venue.
Each team has a minimum of nine paid players and is subject to a salary cap.
The following nine teams will take part in the 2019 season:
|AS Blainville||Blainville, Laurentides||Parc Blainville||1986||2012||Emmanuel Macagno|
|Dynamo de Quebec||Quebec City, Capitale-Nationale||Polyvalente L'Ancienne-Lorette||1991||2017||Edmond Foyé|
|FC Gatineau||Gatineau, Outaouais||Terrain Mont-Bleu||2013||2013||Sylver Castagnet|
|FC Lanaudière||Terrebonne, Lanaudière||Parc Eschaillons||2016||2016||Giuseppe Cortese|
|CS Longueuil||Longueuil, Montérégie||Parc Laurier||1970||2014||Anthony Rimasson|
|CS Mont-Royal Outremont||Mount Royal, Montréal||Parc Recreatif de TMR||?||2013||Luc Brutus|
|CS Monteuil||Laval, Laval||1968||2019||Sandro Grande|
|CS St-Hubert||Saint-Hubert, Montérégie||Centre Sportif Roseanne-Laflamme||1980||2017||François Bourgeais|
|CS Fabrose||Laval, Laval||Parc Cartier||1971||2018||Antoine Katako|
The following teams are expected to join the league:
|Celtix du Haut-Richelieu||Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie||1969||?|
|FC Boisbriand||Boisbriand, Laurentides||Parc Régional 640||1977||2012||2013|
|FC Brossard||Brossard, Montérégie||Terrain Illinois||?||2012||2013|
|FC St-Léonard||St Leonard, Montreal||Stade Hébert||1978||2012||2013|
|ACP Montréal-Nord||Montréal-Nord, Montreal||Parc Saint-Laurent||?||2014||2014|
|FC L'Assomption-Lanaudière||L'Assomption, Lanaudière||Parc André-Courcelles||2011||2012||2015|
|Lakeshore SC||Kirkland, Montréal||John Abbott College||1966||2015||2016|
|Ottawa Fury FC Academy||Ottawa, Ontario||Algonquin College||2003||2015||2016|
The following six teams will take part in the 2019 season:
|AS Blainville||Blainville, Laurentides||Parc Blainville||1986||2018||Jean-Lou Gosselin|
|Dynamo de Quebec||Quebec City, Capitale-Nationale||ESLE||1991||2018||Alfred Picariello|
|FC Sélect Rive-Sud||Longueuil, Montérégie||Centre Multi Sport||2018||2018||Marcelo Corrales et Joe Landé|
|CS Monteuil||Laval, Laval||Centre Sportif Bois-de-Boulogne||2018||2018||David Cerasuolo|
|CS Mont-Royal Outremont||Mount Royal, Montréal||Parc Recreatif de TMR||2018||2019||Lyonel Joseph|
|CS Fabrose||Laval||Parc Cartier||2018||2019||Rabah Benlarbi|
Players in Bold are currently playing for PLSQ clubs.
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