Promotion from one league to another is a major goal for lower division teams. The fear of relegation, on the other hand, is something teams strive to avoid. As the Fraser Valley Soccer League, Vancouver Island Soccer League, and Vancouver Metro Soccer League are all nearing the end of their regular season we have a good idea of which teams are up for promotion and which sides will be relegated in these Challenge Trophy leagues.

Additionally, we have some coverage of the Canadian Premier League expansion rumours linking Olympique Lyonnais and AS Roma to the league.


Confirmed 2020 Canadian Soccer Expansion

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Canadian Premier League
League1 Ontario
Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec
USL2
Atlético Ottawa
Hamilton Elite
North Toronto Nitros
Celtix Haut-Richelieu
FC Manitoba

Canadian Soccer Contraction

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USL Championship logo
League1 Ontario
Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec
USL2
Ottawa Fury
FC Gatineau
Quebec Dynamo
Victoria Highlanders

Challenge Trophy Leagues

Leagues with Promotion/Relegation
LSEQ
Promoted:
  • CS Centre-Sud
  • St. Laurent
  • CS Trois-Rivieres
  • St. Lambert
Manitoba Major Soccer League
Promoted:
  • FC Northwest
  • CCS Sweatshack
Alberta Major Soccer League
Retained:
  • Calgary Villains Elite FC
Fraser Valley Soccer League
Promoted:
  • Chilliwack FC
  • TBD
Vancouver Island Soccer League
Promoted:
  • Comox Valley United
  • Victoria Highlanders FC
Vancouver Metro Soccer League
Promoted:
  • Richmond FC Hibernian
  • TBD
Relegated:
  • FS Salaberry
  • Shamrocks FC
  • Celtix du Haut-Richelieu
  • Mont-Royal Outremont
Relegated:
  • World Soccer Accademy
  • Forza-WSP
Defeated:
  • Calgary Rangers Sportif FC
Relegated:
  • Vancouver United FC
  • CCB Azad
Relegated:
  • Mid-Isle Mariners
  • TBD
Relegated:
  • ICSF Columbus FC
  • Guildford FC

For 2020 Season

For 2020 Season

For 2020 Season

For 2020-2021 Season

For 2020-2021 Season

For 2020-2021 Season

Leagues without Promotion/Relegation:
Newfoundland & Labrador Soccer Association
New:

TBA

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TBA

For 2020 Season

Nova Scotia Soccer League
New:

TBA

Folded:

TBA

For 2020 Season

New Brunswick Premier Soccer League
New:

TBA

Folded:

TBA

For 2020 Season

Ontario Open Cup
New:

TBA

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TBA

For 2020 Season

Saskatchewan Soccer Association
New:

TBA

Folded:

TBA

For 2020 Season


Rumours

CPL Quebec (Updated 26 Feb) – Last we had heard, a stadium deal in Quebec City had been achieved, but everything had been very quiet in the province. Now, with Atletico Ottawa confirmed, we’re hearing a similar arrangement may be made with Olympique Lyonnais in Quebec City. A later tweet seemed to indicate that Lyon was no longer interested, but that tweet was directly in reference to a different sport: basketball. Regardless of who exactly is behind the team in Quebec, it would not be launching until 2021 at the earliest.

Rumour Strength: Moderate

Fraser Valley (Updated 2 Jan) – Previously considered a lock for 2021, with play to occur at a new field located at the Langley Event Centre, recent rumours are starting to circulate that a team in the Fraser Valley is further off than anticipated, with some “sources” claiming 2022 a more likely target.

Rumour Strength: Moderate





Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge (Updated 26 Feb) – Although rumours surrounding a team had claimed K-W & (somewhere in) Quebec were “ready to announce” for a 2021, more recent rumours suggest this situation is still in flux.

Thanks to John Jacques at Northern Tribune, we know for certain that Stuart Neely, the former coach of KW United & current Manager of Coach Education at Canada Soccer, is not connected to any new club in K-W (at the moment).

However, the latest rumours suggest AS Roma may be interested in launching a team, with K-W being a potential target.

With the (unfortunate) change in the rumours surrounding a team in K-W, we’ve downgraded the rumour strength and are beginning to suspect the team won’t launch until 2021 or later.

Rumour Strength: Moderate

GTA (Updated 26 Feb) – As noted above, there are some initial rumours surrounding interest from AS Roma. The GTA (as well as Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge) is listed as their likely target.

Rumour Strength: Weak

CPL Laval (Updated 2 Jan)- Despite surfacing on AFC Curtis, Bunbury remains relatively tight lipped on progress in Laval. Expansion expectations are pushed to 2022.

Rumour Stength: Moderate

Saskatoon (Updated 8 Nov) – Latest rumours indicate Belan is targeting a 2022 launch.

Rumour Strength: Moderate

St John’s, NL (Updated 17 Jan) – A series of tweets suggest that there is a plan on the table to refurbish King George V Park for a 10,000 seat stadium for a future CPL team called NL United to launch in 2021/2022. Aside from the series of tweets from “an unreliable source,” there has been no information.

We suspect this rumour could all be smoke.

Rumour Strength: Very Weak

Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec

Updated 2 Jan 2020

Royal Beauport - LSEQ AAA, moving to PLSQ in 2021?

Royal Beauport – According to justesoccer, Samir Ghrib, the head coach of Royal Beauport, claims the team is planning a move up to PLSQ in 2021. The move is being timed to, hopefully, coincide with obtaining the club obtaining the Canada Soccer National License.

Rumour Strength: Strong

BC League 1

Updated 31 Jan 2020

At the beginning of summer, BC provided an update on their plans for L1BC. Many expect there will be a Voyaguer’s Cup spot for the league champion, although there is no public “guarantee” at this time.

The Highlanders have officially issued their release, which confirms they plan to participate in L1BC in 2021.

Other teams rumoured to be applying include:

  • TSS FC Rovers
  • Nanaimo United
  • Okanagan FC
  • Surrey United

According to an interview with Peter Schaad, at least 6 teams need to meet the operational requirements for the league to launch.

Rumour Strength: Strong

Canadian Division 2

Updated 2 Jan 2020

Simon Fudge recently had an “exclusive” about the formation of a Canadian Division 2 league. Details are scarce, however, the Canadian USL2 clubs and the SK Soccer Series folks appear to be largely behind the discussion.

The main points:
  • Season running May to August
  • National league, regionally based
  • Main interest from:
    • Highlanders FC
    • TSS FC Rovers
    • Calgary Foothills FC
    • Saskatchewan Soccer Series
    • Someone in Edmonton
    • Someone in Kelowna
    • Some groups in “Eastern Canada”

Despite the CPL’s repeated talk of promotion and relegation with a future Division 2 league, this particular league is not a CPL/CSB product.

According to Rollins & Salisbury, talks about the Canadian Division 2 league have been happening since mid-summer. Discussions indicate the D2 league is more like a CPL proving-ground building off the Saskatchewan Soccer Series than a proper league of its own.

Rumours place the expanded Saskatchewan Soccer Series for 2020, with something more formal for 2021. As Highlanders have discussed plans to participate in the SSS this upcoming summer, this does appear to provide additional strength to (at least this portion) of the rumour.

Kevin Laramée, of Soccer Today, interviewed Simon Fudge seeking additional information. It provides a lot of great background, but little new information.

Rumour strength: Moderate


Edit (28-Feb-2020): Article was edited to correct incorrect silverware. The appropriate header now reads “Challenge Trophy Leagues” instead of “Challenge Cup Divisions”.

Edit (4-Mar-2020): Updated LSEQ Pro/Rel with corrected information.

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