What you might want to know (Pots, dates, venue availability & extra) – Canadian Premier League

The 2023 Canadian Championship draw is upon us, as followers throughout the nation will be taught their membership’s path to the Voyageurs’ Cup on Tuesday, Jan. 31, dwell on OneSoccer (8 pm ET/5 pm PT).

For the primary time ever, 14 groups shall be collaborating in Canada’s skilled home cup competitors, as golf equipment from 5 completely different leagues (together with all eight Canadian Premier League groups) vie to carry the Voyageurs’ Cup in June.

Three sides — CPL growth outfit Vancouver FC, in addition to semi-pro representatives TSS Rovers FC (League1 BC) and FC Laval (Première ligue de soccer du Québec) — shall be making their debut appearances within the match.

The Canadian Championship is a particular a part of the Canadian footballing calendar annually, significantly for CPL groups who get the prospect to compete for a prestigious trophy and take a look at themselves towards Main League Soccer opposition. Since CPL golf equipment first joined the match in 2019, every version has seen no less than one staff from the league advance deep within the competitors and contend for the trophy.

Cavalry FC and Pacific FC appeared within the 2019 and 2021 semi-finals, respectively, after defeating MLS aspect Vancouver Whitecaps, and Forge FC and York United bowed out within the 2021 and 2022 semi-finals, respectively, to eventual champions CF Montréal and the Whitecaps.

Forge FC grew to become the primary CPL staff to play within the Canadian Championship closing final yr, doing so within the delayed 2020 matchup towards Toronto FC at Tim Hortons Area — which noticed Forge play to a formidable 1-1 draw earlier than falling on penalty kicks. In actual fact, in 17 whole matches between a CPL and an MLS staff within the Canadian Championship, 13 have been determined by one objective or fewer.

The Canadian Championship additionally offers Canadian golf equipment with a path to the Concacaf Champions League, which can debut in its new format in 2024. This competitors is considered one of three avenues to the Champions League obtainable to CPL groups this yr, with Concacaf having beforehand introduced that the common season and playoff champions may also qualify.

Listed below are some extra key particulars to know for this yr’s draw and the match itself.

Draw Pots

The 14 collaborating groups have been separated into numerous pots for the draw, with 2022 champions Vancouver Whitecaps FC and runners-up Toronto FC each receiving byes to the quarter-final spherical and thus comprising the primary pot.

Except for the Whitecaps and Toronto, the remaining 12 groups will enter the match within the preliminary spherical. They’ve been geographically divided into Western and Jap pots, with the 2 Jap semi-professional golf equipment — Vaughan Azzurri of League 1 Ontario and FC Laval of Première ligue de soccer du Québec — separated into their very own pot.

Previous to drawing the matchups, one staff from the pot of Jap skilled golf equipment shall be drawn into the Western pot to even the 2 sides at six golf equipment a chunk for the preliminary spherical, that means there shall be three opening-round matchups in each areas. Following the draw for preliminary spherical matches, the house and away positions for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and closing shall be drawn to finish the bracket setup.

The pots are as follows:

Western Golf equipment (5):

Pacific FC (CPL), Vancouver FC (CPL), TSS Rovers FC (L1BC), Cavalry FC (CPL), Valor FC (CPL)

Jap Golf equipment (5):

Forge FC (CPL), York United FC (CPL), Athletic Ottawa (CPL), CF Montréal (MLS), Halifax Wanderers FC (CPL)

Jap Semi-Professional Golf equipment (2):

Vaughan Azzurri (L1O), FC Laval (PLSQ)

2022 Finalists (receiving bye) (2):

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS), Toronto FC (MLS)

Venue Availability

Halifax Wanderers, Valor FC, Cavalry FC and Vancouver FC wouldn’t be capable of host within the preliminary spherical of Canadian Championship play due to stadium availability and climate concerns.

2022 Canadian Championship contributors.

Match Schedule

Canada Soccer revealed the overall schedule for the match earlier in January, with the preliminary spherical to happen between April 18-20.

Quarter-final matches are set to be performed Could 9/11, adopted by semi-finals between Could 23-25. The ultimate shall be scheduled for someday in June as soon as the finalists are recognized.

Draw Broadcast

This yr’s draw shall be streamed on OneSoccer, beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Earlier Voyageurs’ Cup champions and Canadian males’s nationwide staff gamers Terry Dunfield and Tosaint Ricketts will take part within the broadcast as particular visitor draw assistants.

All Canadian Championship matches shall be broadcast dwell on OneSoccer.

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