Canada Soccer’s 2021 Canadian Championship Final will be held at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT on Sunday 21 November at Montréal’s Stade Saputo.
Hosts CF Montréal look to repeat as champions from 2019 against Toronto FC who are seven-time winners. It will be the third time in the past five years that Toronto and Montréal have faced each other in the Final. The match will air live and exclusively on OneSoccer, available as a linear channel on Telus’s Optik TV (Channel 980) as well as online at OneSoccer.ca, through the OneSoccer app and on the fuboTV Canada platform.
“The Canadian Championship is the pinnacle event for professional clubs in Canada with a direct-entry to the 2022 Concacaf Champions League and an expanded footprint with 13 clubs across four leagues,” said Canada Soccer President Nick Bontis. “We look forward to crowning a Champion in 2021 and wish to congratulate all participating teams in 2021 under fluid circumstances in respect of COVID-19.”
CF Montréal were the winners of the 2019 Canadian Championship and are the defending champions pending the playing of the 2020 Canadian Championship Final between Toronto FC and Forge FC that was suspended due to COVID-19.
CF Montréal earned their place in the 2021 Canadian Championship Final by defeating Forge FC 0-0 (7-8) at Tim Hortons Field on 27 October. The teams finished 0-0 after 90 minutes at it took 11 shooters to determine the winner with CF Montréal GK Sebastian Breza able to do what Forge GK Triston Henry was unable to; score a PK winner to place his team in the 2021 Canadian Championship Final.
Toronto FC advanced after defeating Pacific FC 2-1 at BMO Field on 3 November. Jozy Altidore and Jacob Shaffleburg gave Toronto FC a first half lead that Pacific was unable to overcome despite a late goal by Alejandro Diaz.
CF Montréal and Toronto FC, as well as Forge FC entered the competition in the Quarter-Final Round. Forge FC defeated fellow CPL club Valour FC 2-1 to open the round on 15 September.
HFX Wanderers FC fell to two late goals by CF Montréal in a 1-3 loss in Halifax. Toronto FC posted a 4:0 victory to move past CPL’s York United FC at BMO Field in Toronto, and Pacific FC moved into their first Canadian Championship Semi-Final defeating Cavalry FC 0-1 away at Spruce Meadows in Calgary to cap off a 22 September Quarter-Final Round tripleheader.
The 2021 Canadian Championship Preliminary Round opened with an all-Alberta affair that saw Cavalry FC defeat Al Classico rivals FC Edmonton 2-0 at Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium on 15 August.
Première ligue de soccer du Québec champions AS Blainville travelled to Halifax, NS to face HFX Wanderers FC at Wanderers Grounds on 17 August coming up just short in a 2-1 loss. League1 Ontario Champions Master’s Futbol Academy fell 5-0 to York United FC at York Lions Stadium in North York, ON in the first of two Canadian Championship matches on 21 August with hosts Atletico Ottawa falling 3-2 to Valour FC in the second match at Ottawa’s TD Place.
In the final match of the Preliminary Round, Pacific FC defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-3 at Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC on 27 August.
The Canadian Championship is the highest domestic club competition and leads to a direct entry into the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with an opportunity to play in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup. The current champions are CF Montréal who won the 2019 Canadian Championship.