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U Sports women's soccer

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U Sports women's soccer
FormerlyCIAU soccer, CIS soccer
No. of teams53, in four conferences
Most recent
UBC Thunderbirds
Most titlesUBC Thunderbirds (8)[1]
Official websiteusports.ca/en/sports/soccer/f

U Sports women's soccer is the highest level of play at the university level under the auspices of U Sports, Canada's governing body for university sports.[2] As of the 2021 season, 53 teams from Canadian universities are divided into four conferences, drawing from the four conferences of U Sports: Canada West, Ontario University Athletics, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, and Atlantic University Sport.[3] After interconference playoffs have been played, eight teams compete for the Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy, awarded to the U Sports women's soccer championship winner.

Season structure[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season is eight to nine weeks long, depending on the conference. Teams play between 12 and 16 regular season games, depending on conference or division, with teams typically playing a home and home series with every other team in their conference or division. All regular season games are in-conference. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Chantal Navert Memorial award is awarded annually to the Player of the Year in U Sports women's soccer.


After the regular season, single elimination playoff games are held between the top teams in each conference to determine conference champions. In the Canada West and Quebec conferences, the top four teams qualify for the playoffs, with the fourth and first seeded teams playing one match and the third and second seeded teams playing another. The two winning teams then play for the conference championship. Because there are more teams in the Atlantic conference, the top six teams qualify, with the top two teams receiving a first-round bye. The sixth and third seeded teams play one match and the fifth and fourth seeded teams play another. The winning teams then go on to play the top two seeded teams, with the lowest remaining seed playing the first seeded team and the highest remaining seed playing the second seeded team. The winners of these two semi-final matches then play for the Atlantic conference championship.

The Ontario playoff system operates much like the Atlantic one, except it functions for both the West and East divisions. The top six teams from each division (twelve total) qualify for the playoffs, with the top two seeds of each division receiving byes. The champions of each division then play for the OUA conference championship. Because the OUA has 12 teams competing, it necessitates a longer post-season schedule. Consequently, the first round of the playoffs in the OUA occurs during the same week that each of the other three conferences are playing their last regular season games. The four conference champions automatically qualify for the U Sports Women's Soccer Championship.

Women's Soccer Championship[edit]

The U Sports Women's Soccer Championship, first established in 1987, features eight teams in single elimination matches to determine a national champion. The championship hosts 11 games over four days at a predetermined host venue. The host team is automatically qualified for the tournament, as is each of the conference champions. Another berth is awarded to the second-place finisher in the Ontario conference and Canada West conference. The final spot is given to one team from one of the three remaining conferences on a yearly rotational basis.[4]


Atlantic University Sport[edit]

University Varsity Name City Province Founded Soccer Stadium Stadium Capacity
Acadia University Axewomen Wolfville NS 1838 Raymond Field 3,000
Cape Breton University Capers Sydney NS 2005 CBU Field N/A
Dalhousie University Tigers Halifax NS 1818 Wickwire Field 2,000
Memorial University of Newfoundland Sea-Hawks St. John's NL 1925 King George V Park 6,400[5]
Université de Moncton Aigles Bleu Moncton NB 1864 Moncton Stadium 10,000
Mount Allison University Mounties Sackville NB 1839 MacAulay Field 2,500
University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Fredericton NB 1785 BMO Centre 2,500
University of Prince Edward Island Panthers Charlottetown PEI 1969 UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place 1,670
Saint Mary's University Huskies Halifax NS 1802 Huskies Stadium 4,000
St. Francis Xavier University X-Women Antigonish NS 1853 Oland Stadium 4,000

Canada West Universities Athletic Association[edit]

University Varsity Name City Province Founded Soccer Stadium Stadium Capacity
West Division
University of Alberta Pandas Edmonton AB 1908 Foote Soccer Field 1,500
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Vancouver BC 1906 Thunderbird Stadium 3,500
University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat Kelowna BC 2005 Nonis Sports Field 200
University of the Fraser Valley Cascades Abbotsford BC 1974 Bateman Park 1,000
University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves Prince George BC 1990 Charles Jago Sport Centre N/A
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Kamloops BC 1970 Hillside Stadium 1,060
Trinity Western University Spartans Langley BC 1962 Rogers Park N/A
University of Victoria Vikes Victoria BC 1903 Centennial Stadium 5,000
East Division
University of Calgary Dinos Calgary AB 1966 West Varsity Soccer Pitch N/A
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Lethbridge AB 1967 U of L Community Stadium 2,000
MacEwan University Griffins Edmonton AB 1971 Jasper Place Bowl 1,000
University of Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg MB 1877 IG Field 32,000
Mount Royal University Mount Royal Cougars Calgary AB 1910 MR Fields N/A
University of Regina Cougars Regina SK 1974 Rams/Cougars Field N/A
University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon SK 1907 Griffiths Stadium 5,743
University of Winnipeg Wesmen Winnipeg MB 1967 Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex 2,000

Ontario University Athletics[edit]

University Varsity Name City Province Founded Soccer Stadium Stadium Capacity
East Division
Carleton University Ravens Ottawa ON 1952 Ravens' Field 1,500
Laurentian University Voyageurs Sudbury ON 1960 Laurentian Soccer Field N/A
Nipissing University Lakers North Bay ON 1909 Nipissing University soccer pitch 200
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks Oshawa ON 2002 Vaso's Field N/A
University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa ON 1866 Matt Anthony Field 1,500
Queen's University Gaels Kingston ON 1841 Richardson Stadium 10,258
Royal Military College of Canada Paladins Kingston ON 1876 Inner Field N/A
Toronto Metropolitan University Bold Toronto ON 1948 Lamport Stadium 9,600
University of Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto ON 1827 Varsity Stadium 5,000
Trent University Excalibur Peterborough ON 1962 Justin Chiu Stadium 1,000
West Division
Algoma University Thunderbirds Sault Ste. Marie ON 1964 N/A N/A
Brock University Badgers St. Catharines ON 1964 Brock Field 1,200
University of Guelph Gryphons Guelph ON 1964 Alumni Stadium 4,100
McMaster University Marauders Hamilton ON 1887 Ron Joyce Stadium 6,000
University of Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ON 1957 Warrior Field 5,400
Western University Mustangs London ON 1878 TD Waterhouse Stadium 8,000
Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks Waterloo ON 1957 Alumni Field N/A
University of Windsor Lancers Windsor ON 1857 University of Windsor Stadium 2,000
York University Lions Toronto ON 1959 York Stadium 2,500

Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec[edit]

University Varsity Name City Province Founded Soccer Stadium Stadium Capacity
Bishop's University Bishop's Gaiters Sherbrooke QC 1843 Coulter Field 2,200
Concordia University Stingers Montreal QC 1896 Concordia Stadium 4,000
Université Laval Rouge et Or Quebec City QC 1663 PEPS Stadium 12,257
McGill University Martlets Montreal QC 1821 Percival Molson Memorial Stadium 25,012
Université de Montréal Carabins Montreal QC 1821 CEPSUM Stadium 5,100
Université du Québec à Montréal Citadins Montreal QC 1969 terrain #2 of Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard 1,000
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes Trois-Rivières QC 1969 Stade de l'UQTR 1,500
Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or Sherbrooke QC 1843 Stade de l'Université de Sherbrooke 3,359


  1. ^ Past U Sports champions
  2. ^ "USPORTS Identity". December 31, 2023.
  3. ^ "Women's Soccer".
  4. ^ "Playing Regulations - Women's Soccer" (PDF). August 2023. Retrieved December 31, 2023.
  5. ^ "King George V Park".

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