Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship Ready For Summer Launch
League1 Canada has just announced its first-ever Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship, which will feature clubs from the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.
The women’s tournament will take place this August at Le Complex Sportive Bois-de-Boulogne in Laval, Quebec, and will include four teams: two from the PLSQ, one from League1 BC, and one from League1 Ontario.
“The League1 Canada Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship is an important step for our new national alliance, as we work to unify, elevate and expand pro-am soccer in Canada,” said League1 Canada President Dino Rossi. “Growing the women’s game in our country is a main objective of League1 Canada. Implementing such inter-provincial competitions is instrumental to that development, as we work toward the creation of a domestic professional women’s league from coast to coast.”
The group also announced that the inaugural League1 Canada men’s inter-provincial championship is also en route, but will not launch until 2023.
The inaugural women’s inter-provincial championship will see the League1 BC representative square off against the PLSQ champion on August 12, while the Quebec league’s runner-up will take on the League1 Ontario champion that same day.
The Championship Final will take place two days later on August 14, along with a bronze-medal match for third. With Quebec hosting the inaugural championship, they get the bonus of having two teams in the running.
“For the past few years, it has been a priority for the Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec to offer an inter-provincial opportunity for our women’s teams,” said Soccer Quebec’s Mathieu Chamberland. “Holding this event as part of our League1 Canada alliance is the start of a great collaboration. This event will be positive for the development and visibility of women’s soccer in Canada. We are proud to host the first edition in Laval in August.”
The relatively new League1 Canada structure was revealed this March and is based on recommendations from a study completed by Canada Soccer in 2012. It aims to strengthen the ties between Canada’s current three pro-am leagues, supporting their operation and bringing them closer to other stakeholders that include the coast-to-coast Canadian Premier League.
League1 Canada’s inaugural tournament has received financial backing from Laval SportCite’s event support program.