Canada Soccer has approved 14 new Quality Soccer Provider clubs in British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan under its Club Licensing Program. The announcement brings the total number of clubs licensed under the Canada Soccer Youth Club Licensing Program to 78.
Organizations are granted Canada Soccer Club Licences for a period of two years and have created a collaborative work plan to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements and progress to further achieve the standards set by Canada Soccer.
Canada Soccer Quality Soccer Provider clubs must abide by the Canada Soccer’s Standards for Quality Soccer, designed to outline the minimum expectations of member organizations in Canada. It is expected that all member organizations provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and welcoming playing environment for their participants, which differentiates it from non-member soccer and unorganized play. In order to be considered, member organizations must also be in good standing with their governing organization(s) and meet the expectations of membership.
Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program was launched in 2017 with the Canada Soccer Professional Club Licence. Canada Soccer announced the expansion of the program to youth soccer in 2018 in collaboration with Provincial and Territorial Member Associations and incorporating international best practices.
Canada Soccer announces 2020 Canadian Championship update
With plans for the return of men’s professional soccer in North America safely underway, Canada Soccer has announced that the 2020 edition of the Canadian Championship will feature its 11 professional clubs from both the Canadian Premier League (CPL) and Major League Soccer (MLS).
In working with both League1 Ontario and the PLSQ, Canada Soccer confirmed that the 2020 spots won by Toronto Master’s FA and AS Blainville will be moved into the 2021 edition of the Canadian Championship. As such, the revised format for the 2020 Canadian Championship will feature professional Canadian teams from both the MLS and CPL.
The 2020 Canadian Championship was initially scheduled to kick off on 16 June, but in March Canada Soccer and leagues around the world suspended all sanctioned soccer as a precaution against COVID-19. Major League Soccer has recently announced their return plans for their MLS is Back Tournament (starting 8 July).
Canada Soccer remains committed to ensuring that health and safety is the top priority to everyone involved in the game.
The Canadian Championship is Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition. Dubbed the Battle of the North, the Championship was introduced in 2008 and has since been contested by 14 different teams from across the country.