Edmonton Victoria win Alberta provincial championship

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From the City of Champions, Canada Soccer’s national champions Edmonton Victoria are heading back to the National Championships. Edmonton Victoria, the reigning Jubilee Trophy national champions as the top amateur team in women’s soccer, booked their ticket on Monday 1 September after winning the 2014 Alberta provincial championship.

It marks the 10th time in 13 years that Edmonton Victoria heads to the National Championships Jubilee Trophy competition.

From past years, Victoria won the Jubilee Trophy in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

After finishing fourth in the eight-team Alberta Major Soccer League standings, Edmonton Victoria was one of six teams at this year’s four-day provincial playoff weekend. From Friday through Monday, Edmonton Victoria won 7:0 over CFSC on Friday, 4:1 over league winners North West United on Saturday, and then 2:0 over league runners up Angels Scottish in the final on Monday.

In advance of Edmonton Victoria’s provincial win, the club had finished fourth in the eight-team Alberta Major Soccer League standings (7-3-4), behind Northwest United (12-1-1), Edmonton Scottish Angels (10-0-4) and the Calgary Callies (9-2-3).

From the provincial championship match, 14 of Edmonton Victoria’s 20 players are former Jubilee Trophy winners (including 11 from 2013).

This year marks the 33rd edition of the National Championships Jubilee Trophy competition, with the finals to run 8-13 October 2014 in Vaughan, ON. In the history of the competition, Edmonton teams have won the title more often than any other city, with Edmonton Angels winning nine titles from 1982 to 2000 (the most by any team) and Edmonton Victoria winning four titles since 2004 (the second most).

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