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Canadian Championship

Amway Canadian Championship
Championnat canadien Amway
Founded 2008
Region Canada (CONCACAF)
Number of teams 5
Current champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Toronto FC (4 titles)
Television broadcasters Sportsnet (English)
TVA Sports[1] (French)
Website /.com.canadasoccer//wwwhttp:
2015 Canadian Championship

The Canadian Championship—known as the Amway Canadian Championship for sponsorship reasons—is an annual soccer tournament contested by premier Canadian professional teams. The winner is awarded the Canadian Soccer Association.[3]


The Amway Canadian Championship is a club football competition organized by the Canadian Soccer Association. The championship determines Canada's entry in the annual CONCACAF Champions League. Fully professional Canadian soccer teams play in United States based leagues. Prior to the creation of the official competition in 2007, there was no domestic competition to determine the best Canadian team. An unofficial Canadian Champion determined in the same manner as 2008-2010, a home and away series with the games taken from USL First Division (USL-1) regular season league games, was awarded by the Canadian national teams' supporters group, The Voyageurs. This unofficial Canadian Championship became less legitimate when Toronto was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to start play in 2007 in the USSF Division 1 MLS league above the USSF Division 2 USL-1 league. Toronto's USL-1 team self relegated, while the other two Canadian professional soccer teams did not play meaningful games against the new MLS team in 2007.[4]

For the 2008-2009 season, CONCACAF changed their eight team FIFA Club World Cup qualification tournament from a two leg aggregate goals knockout elimination format, named the CONCACAF Champions Cup, to a format mirroring the UEFA Champions League with a play-in round, a group stage, and lastly a two-leg aggregate score knockout format for the final rounds. The format change for the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League provided the opportunity to expand the number of qualifying teams from different countries, and Canada was awarded a single entry in the play-in round preceding the group stage. The year 2008 was the first time a Canadian entry had been awarded by CONCACAF since 1992, and the first time a Canadian team participated since 1976.[5] To award the new Canadian entry, the CSA created a new competition consisting of a home-and-away round-robin series between the three fully professional Canadian teams: Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.[6] As the Canadian champions, Montreal qualified for CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09.[7][8][9]

The 2008 edition was contested between May 2008 and July 2008 and won by the Montreal Impact. The 2009 edition's format and participants were the same, contested by the three clubs in May and June 2009. It was closely contended by Toronto and Vancouver and won by the former via goal differential in the tournament's final game against the defending champions, Montreal, giving the Toronto franchise its first ever trophy and a spot in the qualifying round of the CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10.[10] Toronto repeated as champions in the 2010 competition, qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League 2010–11. Toronto won it for the fourth consecutive season in the 2012 competition.

In 2011 with the start of a fourth fully professional Canadian soccer team, F.C. Edmonton, the competition was changed from the home and away round robin series to a double-leg aggregate score knockout cup format with the two MLS teams seeded first and second, and NASL teams seeded third and fourth based on league standings of the previous year and the USSF tiering of Division 1 and Division 2.[11] This format mitigated competitive concerns regarding already eliminated teams and the number of additional (extra to their regular league) games each team would be required to play during a season.


The champions are awarded the Voyageurs Cup

The winners of the Canadian Championship are awarded the Voyageurs Cup,[12] a trophy previously awarded to the Canadian USL First Division side with the best regular season record against other Canadian USL-1 teams. Prior to 2008 there was no domestic cup competition open to top tier Canadian professional clubs only to amateur clubs. The Voyageurs developed a method of tracking league results between Canadian clubs to determine a professional Canadian champion. The USL was the highest level of Canadian soccer until in 2007 Toronto FC bought the first Canadian franchise in the US-based Division 1 league, Major League Soccer.

The Voyageurs, a supporters' group, donated the cup to the Canadian Soccer Association to award to the winners of the Canadian Championship. The Voyageurs Cup was supervised by the Voyageurs from 2002-2007. The trophy is still awarded by a Voyageurs member to the current winning club.[13][14][15]


Prior to 2010, the tournament consisted of the top three professional teams in Canada in a home and away series with the top team winning entry into the qualifying stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. These teams were the only Canadian teams in the two top US-based professional soccer leagues, which for 2010 were Major League Soccer and the temporary USSF Division 2 Professional League. In 2011, the North American Soccer League received sanctioning as the USSF's new second-division league.

When FC Edmonton joined the NASL in 2011, the tournament was expanded to include the four most important professional clubs in the country. The tournament now consists of two two-legged semifinals and a two-legged final. In the first semifinal of 2011, Toronto, as reigning champions, was assigned the first-place seed and played Edmonton, which was assigned the fourth seed as newcomers to the tournament. The two remaining teams, Montreal and Vancouver, faced off in the other semifinal. This was to be followed by a one-game final to be hosted by the highest remaining seed;[16] but the Canadian Soccer Association decided to go with a two-legged final instead. The format was repeated in subsequent years with the previous year's league placement being used to seed the teams.[17]

For the 2014 competition, due to the introduction of the Ottawa Fury FC to the NASL, Ottawa and Edmonton will play in a play-off quarter final to see which team makes it to the semi-finals, in which the MLS teams will be introduced.[18]

Due to scheduling conflicts with the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup,[19] the 2015 edition will be held during April, May and August[20] but will not provide a competitor for the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League, instead the best-placed Canadian Major League Soccer team in the 2014 regular season will be the country's representative.[19] The Whitecaps qualified for the championship on October 19, 2014.[21] The winner of the 2015 Canadian Championship will qualify for the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League instead and starting in 2016, the competition will be held in June and July.[19]


Current Canadian Championship Clubs
Team City Professional league Year joined
FC Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta North American Soccer League 2011
Montreal Impact Montreal, Quebec Major League Soccer 2012
Ottawa Fury FC Ottawa, Ontario North American Soccer League 2014
Toronto FC Toronto, Ontario Major League Soccer 2008
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver, British Columbia Major League Soccer 2011
Former Canadian Championship Clubs
Team City Professional league Years
Montreal Impact Montreal, Quebec North American Soccer League 2008–2011
Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, British Columbia USL First Division, USSF Division 2 2008–2010


By year

Year Winner Runner-up Teams Format
2008 Montreal Impact Toronto FC 3 Home and Away League
2009 Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps
2010 Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps
2011 Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 Two legged knock-out
2012 Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2013 Montreal Impact Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2014 Montreal Impact Toronto FC 5
2015 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Montreal Impact

By club

Rank Club Winner Runner-up Participations Seasons Won
1 Toronto FC 4 2 8 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2 Montreal Impact 3 1 8 2008, 2013, 2014
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 5 8 2015
4 FC Edmonton - - 5
5 Ottawa Fury FC - - 2

All Time Table

As of May 7, 2015
Rank Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Toronto FC 27 13 8 6 32 22 +10 47
2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 26 10 9 7 30 23 +7 39
3 Montreal Impact 25 7 7 11 25 30 −5 28
4 FC Edmonton 12 4 1 7 16 22 −6 13
5 Ottawa Fury FC 4 0 1 3 3 9 −6 1
  • Statistics for Vancouver Whitecaps FC include the original Vancouver Whitecaps who took part in the tournament in the first three editions from 2008 through 2010. This team ceased operations in 2011 and was replaced by a new MLS franchise of the same name and ownership.
  • In 2012 the Montreal Impact of MLS replaced the former Montreal Impact of the NASL in the Canadian Championship. Statistics include data from both iterations of the Impact.

George Gross Memorial Trophy

The George Gross Memorial Trophy was created by the George Gross, a respected journalist and soccer lover.

Year Player Position Nationality Team
2008 Jordan , MattMatt Jordan Goalkeeper  United States Montreal Impact
2009 De Rosario, DwayneDwayne De Rosario Midfielder  Canada Toronto FC
2010 De Rosario, DwayneDwayne De Rosario Midfielder  Canada Toronto FC
2011 Plata, JoaoJoao Plata Forward  Ecuador Toronto FC
2012 Johnson, RyanRyan Johnson Forward  Jamaica Toronto FC
2013 Mapp, JustinJustin Mapp Midfielder  United States Montreal Impact
2014 Mapp, JustinJustin Mapp Midfielder  United States Montreal Impact
2015 Teibert, RussellRussell Teibert Midfielder  Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC


All time top goalscorers

As of August 13, 2015
Pos Name Club Nationality Goals
1 Tomi Ameobi FC Edmonton  England 5
2 Camilo Vancouver Whitecaps FC  Brazil 4
Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC  Canada
Daryl Fordyce FC Edmonton  Northern Ireland
Jack McInerney Montreal Impact  United States
6 Chad Barrett Toronto FC  United States 3
Eric Hassli Vancouver Whitecaps FC  France
Doneil Henry Toronto FC  Canada
Pedro Morales Vancouver Whitecaps FC  Chile
Maicon Santos Toronto FC  Brazil
Ansu Toure Vancouver Whitecaps  Liberia

Bolded players are still active players with a Canadian team.

Top goalscorers by season

As of August 27, 2015
Season Player Club Nationality Goals
2008 Roberto Brown Montreal Impact  Panama 2
Rohan Ricketts Toronto FC  England
Eduardo Sebrango Vancouver Whitecaps  Cuba
2009 Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC  Canada 3
2010 Chad Barrett Toronto FC  United States 1
Philippe Billy Montreal Impact  France
Peter Byers Montreal Impact  Antigua and Barbuda
Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC  Canada
Marcus Haber Vancouver Whitecaps  Canada
Ty Harden Toronto FC  United States
Ansu Toure Vancouver Whitecaps  Liberia
2011 Maicon Santos Toronto FC  Brazil 3
2012 Reggie Lambe Toronto FC  Bermuda 2
Ryan Johnson Toronto FC  Jamaica
Sébastien Le Toux Vancouver Whitecaps FC  France
Eric Hassli Vancouver Whitecaps FC  France
2013 Camilo Vancouver Whitecaps FC  Brazil 3
2014 Jack McInerney Montreal Impact FC  United States 3
2015 Tomi Ameobi FC Edmonton  England 4


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External links

  • Canadian Championship on CSA site
  • History of Canadian Championship from 2008 to 2011
  • Canada - List of Champions,
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