Canada’s nationwide soccer championship event might be larger than ever when it kicks off this spring.

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Canada Soccer introduced Thursday the 2019 version of the Canadian Championship will characteristic 13 groups from throughout the nation vying for the Voyageurs Cup and a spot within the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, which ends up in FIFA Membership World Cup.

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Golf equipment from the Canadian Premier League, League 1 Ontario, the Première ligue du Soccer de Québec (PLSQ), United Soccer League, and Main League Soccer will play in a 24-game schedule, which begins Could 15 and culminates with the two-game remaining Sept. 18 and 25.

“I feel it speaks to the expansion {of professional} soccer in our nation,” mentioned Canada Soccer basic secretariat Peter Montopoli. “As effectively having the Quebec and League 1 groups additionally exhibits the energy on the membership degree and the provincial degree and all of us attempting to develop the sport in our nation.

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“It’s a pure evolution of our sport and I imagine with extra cities concerned and extra curiosity from each province it is just sure to develop the sport exponentially.”

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The competitors was established in 2008 and featured the three skilled groups on the time, the Montreal Impression, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps.

In 2018, six groups took half within the nationwide event with the Oakville Blue Devils of League 1 Ontario and A.S. Blainville of the PLSQ added to the occasion.

Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley lifts the Voyageurs Cup after beating Vancouver Whitecaps 5-2 to win the Canadian Championship Last, in Toronto, Aug. 15, 2018.

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This 12 months, the seven founding members of the Canadian Premier League — Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, Valour FC and York 9 FC — have been added to the competitors.

“I have a look at this Canadian Championship as one other nice alternative for our gamers to excel and showcase their talents on the membership degree,” mentioned CPL commissioner David Clanachan. “On this format, profitable gives, what I name, a ticket to the dance, which is the most important membership competitors on the earth (FIFA Membership World Cup).

“When you consider it, what nation has greater than doubled the dimensions of their competitors? So it’s nice, and as we go ahead, we’re going to maintain including groups to this and this factor goes to maintain getting larger and greater.”

Every spherical of the event might be a two-game, house and away format.

The primary qualifying spherical will characteristic A.S. Blainville of the PLSQ and Vaughan Azzurri of League 1 Ontario and 4 CPL golf equipment, Pacific FC, Cavalry FC, York 9 FC and HFX Wanderers FC.

The three groups shifting on from the opening spherical might be matched up in opposition to three different CPL golf equipment, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, and Valour FC.

The third qualifying discovered will characteristic the Ottawa Fury of the United Soccer League, the Impression, and Whitecaps.

As defending nationwide champions and seven-time winners of the event, Toronto FC obtain a bye into the semifinal spherical.

The Impression are three-time nationwide champions and the Whitecaps claimed the title in 2015.

“The draw was troublesome this 12 months as a result of we didn’t have a lot from a seeding viewpoint,” Montopoli mentioned. “I feel we did every little thing we might do to be truthful to all people and I feel it provides all people a good alternative to progress within the competitors.”

For the reason that inception of the nationwide championship, Canadian groups have reached no less than the quarterfinal stage of the Concacaf Champions League on 5 events.

Toronto FC performed within the remaining final 12 months, whereas the Montreal Impression featured within the remaining in 2015. The Whitecaps reached the semifinal in 2017.

“All of us watch the (English) FA Cup video games on TV and watch David vs Goliath regularly,” Clanachan mentioned. “That’s what makes this competitors so thrilling, once you see these sorts of video games. Some don’t finish that effectively, however some are very shocking and that’s what you wish to see.”

Having extra areas throughout the county take part within the nationwide championship ought to make this 12 months’s event extra interesting. The hope for Canada Soccer is to proceed increasing the event as extra skilled groups are established within the nation.

“I feel you’re going to see it develop,” Montopoli mentioned. “Very like competitions which might be held throughout all the varied FIFA-member competitors international locations, it provides all people a chance throughout our nation to cheer for somebody in their very own market place. It provides extra alternatives for everybody to be engaged and it’s a optimistic for everybody.”

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