VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC will begin the 2020 Canadian Championship in the Quarterfinal Round in July 2020, facing the winner of the matchup between Canadian Premier League sides FC Edmonton and Pacific FC, Canada Soccer confirmed on Wednesday.
Home dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans get a bonus ticket offer for the Canadian Championship with a Five Pack or Flex Club membership. Visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets for information.
This year's tournament will feature 12 teams from four leagues across four rounds beginning June 16, and culminating in the crowning of the 2020 Canadian Championship winner on September 23. The 2020 Canadian Championship winner will raise the Voyageurs Cup and be provided Canada’s only direct entry into the 2021 Concacaf Champions League competition.
Canada Soccer unveiled the 2020 Canadian Championship schedule on Wednesday, reflecting regional considerations to ensure that team travel is minimized and local rivalries are fostered for the coast to coast competition.
Eight teams will enter Qualifying Round 1 to play two-legged home and away matches on June 16 to 25. Premier Ligue du Quebec (PLSQ) champions AS Blainville, making their third straight Canadian Championship appearance, and League1 Ontario (L1O) champions Masters Futbol Academy were drawn into separate brackets to provide them with an opportunity to face CanPL sides HFX Wanderers FC and York9 FC, respectively. Four other CanPL sides will compete in Qualifying Round 1 including FC Edmonton who will face Pacific FC while Valour FC will match up against rivals Forge FC.
The Quarterfinal Round will see 2019 Canadian Championship semifinalists Cavalry FC, who advanced the furthest of CanPL teams in last year’s edition, join the competition along with Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC and 2019 Canadian Championship winners Montreal Impact.
The Semi-Final Round will take place August 11 to 20, with the Final Round scheduled for September 16 to 23.
2020 Canadian Championship Schedule
Qualifying Round 1: June 16 to 25
Match 1 - FC Edmonton (CanPL) v Pacific FC (CanPL)
Match 2 - Valour FC (CanPL) v Forge FC (CanPL)
Match 3 - AS Blainville (PLSQ) v HFX Wanderers (CanPL)
Match 4 - Masters Futbol Academy (L10) v York9 FC (CanPL)
Quarterfinal Round: July 7 to 16
Match 5 - Winner Match 1 v Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS)
Match 6 - Winner Match 2 v Cavalry FC (CanPL)
Match 7 - Winner Match 3 v Montreal Impact (MLS)
Match 8 - Winner Match 4 v Toronto FC (MLS)
Semi-Final Round: August 11 to 20
Match 9 - Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 6
Match 10 - Winner Match 7 v Winner Match 8
Final Round: September 16 to 23
Match 11 - Winner Match 9 v Winner Match 10