2020 Canadian Championship Final May Be As Late As July 2022
Ahead of Canada’s senior national team match against Bermuda, Canada Soccer President Nick Bontis has revealed that the much-belated 2020 Canadian Championship Final may take place as late as July 2022.
The CSA had recently confirmed that the domestic cup could not be played ahead of the current international break following both a COVID-19 outbreak at the Toronto FC training camp and the inability for Forge FC to begin training. As a compromise, Toronto FC was awarded a 2021 Concacaf Champions League berth while Forge FC were given hosting rights for whenever the cup final could be played.
During tonight’s OnesSoccer broadcast, Bontis suggested that delaying the cup final as far back as July 2022 could maximize gate revenue for the historic much, though it remains to be seen how fans would feel regarding a domestic cup final with nothing but pride on the line, some two years behind its intended date. By that point, the still-unannounced 2021 Canadian Championship would be finished, with some matches of the 2022 Canadian Championship already having been played.
Of course, Bontis simply states that the cup final could be as late as July 2022 – there’s always the possibility that the CSA could arrange for the final to take place before its latest deadline.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic wreaked absolute havoc on the 2020 Canadian Championship, which was originally a twelve-team knockout cup which was then converted into a single cup final that has now been delayed multiple times.
Toronto FC qualified for the domestic cup final by way of winning a round-robin competition against CF Montreal and the Vancouver Whitecaps, while Forge FC qualified by winning the 2020 Canadian Premier League season.