The Canadian Interuniversity Sport soccer andrugby seasons officially get under way on Labour Day weekend inOntario and Quebec, respectively.
In women’s and men’ssoccer, a total of 32 matches are scheduled on openingweekend in the OUA conference, including 15 on Saturday and 17 moreon Sunday. League play starts on Sept. 5 in the AUS, RSEQ andCanada West.
The Trinity Western Spartans and UBC Thunderbirdsenter the campaign as women’s and men’s nationalchampions, respectively. Both programs have captured the CIS bannereach of the past two years.
The 2014 CIS soccer championships are set forNov. 6 to 9 at Laval University in Quebec City (women) and theUniversity of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown (men).
In women’s rugby, theregular schedule begins on Monday with a trio of RSEQ contests. Theaction starts on Sept. 5 in the OUA, Sept. 6 in the AUS and Sept.19 in Canada West.
The Alberta Pandas captured a record sixthMonilex Trophy as national champions last fall, marking their firsttriumph since 2003.
This year’s CIS tournament is scheduled forOct. 30 to Nov. 2 at the University of Guelph.
NOTE: The inauguralnational rankings in CIS soccer and rugby will be released onTuesday.
2014 CIS WOMEN’S &MEN’S SOCCER: KEY DATES
Aug. 30: Start of regular season inOUA
Sept. 5: Start of regular season in AUS,RSEQ & Canada West
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1: Canada Westwomen’s & men’s Final Four
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2: AUS women’s& men’s Final Six
Nov. 1-2: OUA women’s andmen’s Final Four
Nov. 2: RSEQ women’s &men’s finals
Nov. 6-9: CIS women’s championshipat Laval University (Quebec City)
Nov. 6-9: CIS men’s championship atUniversity of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown)
2014 CIS WOMEN’S RUGBY:KEY DATES
Sept. 1: Start of regular season inRSEQ
Sept. 5: Start of regular season inOUA
Sept. 6: Start of regular season inAUS
Sept. 19: Start of regular season inCanada West
Oct. 17 & 19: Canada West FinalFour
Oct. 25: OUA & RSEQ finals
Oct. 25-26: AUS Final Four
Oct. 30 – Nov. 2: CIS championship atUniversity of Guelph