Canadian Championship Kicks off 10th Edition in May with more Canadian Content

The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off 3 May when Ottawa Fury FC host FC Edmonton in a
head-to-head elimination series. The two-match qualifying round sets the Battle of the North in motion, which sets
itself apart from all North American professional sports leagues that operate on both sides of the border as the
only one to hold an all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage.

The qualifying round winner will join the three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series.  The home and
away Final round will follow with the final match on 27 June where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian
Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup.

New to the Canadian Championship in 2017, Canada Soccer has added a Canadian Content rule ensuring that at
least three Canadians are included on every starting line up throughout the competition.

“Canada Soccer is pleased to continue the focus on Canadian player development at the professional level with
the introduction of the Canadian Content rule for the Canadian Championship”, stated Victor Montagliani, President,
Canada Soccer.  He added that “this rule builds on the youth development initiatives announced last year in
collaboration with MLS that include the expansion of the Home grown Player parameters to ensure that Canadian
youth players in MLS club academies or Canadian approved youth clubs will be considered as domestic players
in MLS.”

2017 Qualifying Round
3 May           Ottawa Fury FC v FC Edmonton
10 May         FC Edmonton v Ottawa Fury FC

2017 Semi-final Rounds
23 May         (Qualifying Round winner) v Toronto FC
23 May         Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Impact Montréal FC
30 May         Impact Montréal FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
31 May         Toronto FC v (Qualifying Round winner)

2017 Championship Final
20/21 June    First leg between Semi-Final winners
* Should Montreal make the Final this match will be played on June 21
27 June         Second leg between Semi-Final winners

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