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Battle of the North kicks off as Oakville Blue Devils open the expanded 2018 Canadian Championship

By Staff, 06/05/18, 4:00PM EDT


The League1 Ontario champion will take on the PLSQ champion AS Blainville in the opening round for the Voyageurs Cup

Play. Inspire. Unite. 

It will be a historic Canadian Championship opening round when AS Blainville faces Oakville Blue Devils this Wednesday 6 June at the Stade Desjardins au Centre Bois-de-Boulogne in Laval. For the first time ever, Canada Soccer’s signature competition will feature champions from leagues in Ontario and Québec in a First Qualifying Round to face professional side Ottawa Fury FC.

Fans can watch the 2018 first round on with matches on Wednesday 6 June (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) and Wednesday 13 June (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT). AS Blainville, 2017 winners of the Première ligue de soccer du Québec, host the first leg while Oakville Blue Devils FC, 2017 winners of League1 Ontario, host the return leg a week later. Fans can follow the competition on the official website at as well as through Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the #CanChamp hashtag. 

“We are excited to add an additional round of qualifying matches as we start the second decade of the Canadian Championship with the addition of league champions from Quebec and Ontario’s top leagues,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “After Toronto FC’s historic season and run to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League Final following Montréal Impact FC’s run a few short years ago, we anticipate all teams will show extra motivation to win Canada’s top domestic competition.” 

Toronto FC were the second Canadian Championship winners in four years to make it to the Concacaf Champions League Final. In 2014-15, Montréal Impact made it through to the Grand Final with the last match the highest-attended in-stadia sporting event in Canada that year.

In 2018, Toronto FC will travel to meet the Qualifying Rounds winner in the opening leg of the Semi-final round, while Montréal will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC to open the other Semi-final. Both games kick off at 19.30 local on Wednesday 18 July with the second legs scheduled one week later on 25 July. 

The Voyageurs Cup will be presented on 15 August along with the George Gross Memorial Trophy to the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. 

Schedule for the Canadian Championship

2018 Canadian Championship Schedule (home team listed first)
1QR - First Qualifying Round
2018-06-06 - AS Blainville v Oakville Blue Devils - 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-06-13 - Oakville Blue Devils v AS Blainville - 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2QR - Second Qualifying Round
2018-06-20 - 1QR (Winner/Gagnant) v Ottawa Fury FC - 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-06-27 - Ottawa Fury FC v 1QR (Winner/Gagnant) - 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
SF - Semi-Final Round
2018-07-18 - 2QR (Winner/Gagnant) v Toronto FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT 
2018-07-18 - Impact de Montréal v Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-25 - Toronto FC v 2QR (Winner/Gagnant) – 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT
2018-07-25 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact de Montréal – 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT
Final Round
2018-08-08 - SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)
2018-08-15 - SF (Winner/Gagnant) v SF (Winner/Gagnant)