2021 Première ligue de soccer du Québec season

The 2021 Première ligue de soccer du Québec season was the tenth season of play for the Première ligue de soccer du Québec, a Division 3 semi-professional soccer league in the Canadian soccer pyramid and the highest level of soccer based in the Canadian province of Québec.

Première ligue de soccer du Québec
Men's Division
Season2021
DatesJuly 3 – October 20
ChampionsCS Mont-Royal Outremont
Matches played72
Goals scored238 (3.31 per match)
Top goalscorerJoseph Saint Simon (12)
(CS Mont-Royal Outremont)
2020
2022

A.S. Blainville were the defending champions.[1][2] CS Mont-Royal Outremont won their fourth men's title and first since 2016.[3]

AS Blainville competed in the 2021 Canadian Championship, losing in the first round to Canadian Premier League club HFX Wanderers FC.[4]

Changes from 2020 and Changes due to pandemicEdit

The 2021 will have its greatest number of participating teams with 10 teams. Royal-Sélect de Beauport will field a team in the male division for the first time, while FC Lanaudière, CS Mont-Royal Outremont, and CS Monteuil return from hiatus, after not playing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] CS Fabrose became FC Laval following a merger with two other local clubs.[6]

As with the 2020 PLSQ season, the start of the season was delayed due to the pandemic. The men's championship will run from July 3 to October 17, with each of the ten each opposing team twice for a total of 18 games, with the Coupe PLSQ being cancelled.[7] The Reserve Division will once again operate with each team playing 16 matches.[7]

TeamsEdit

Ten teams participated in the 2021 season. The league champion will earn a place in the 2022 Canadian Championship.

Team City Stadium
A.S. Blainville Blainville, Laurentides Parc Blainville
Celtix du Haut-Richelieu Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie Stade Alphonse-Desjardins
FC Laval Laval, Laval Collège Montmorency
FC Lanaudière Terrebonne, Lanaudière Parc André-Courcelles
CS Longueuil Longueuil, Montérégie Parc Laurier
CS Mont-Royal Outremont Mount Royal, Montréal Parc Recreatif de TMR
CS Monteuil Laval, Laval Parc de Lausanne
CS St-Hubert Saint-Hubert, Montérégie Centre Sportif Roseanne-Laflamme
Ottawa South United Ottawa, Ontario George Nelms Sports Park
Royal-Sélect de Beauport Beauport, Quebec City Stade Beauport

StandingsEdit

On 16 September, Ottawa South United was forced to withdraw from the league due to government restrictions and cross-border difficulties, with their played matches removed from the rankings (their record was 1-2-7 at the time).[8]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CS Mont-Royal Outremont (C) 16 13 1 2 37 12 +25 40 2022 Canadian Championship
2 A.S. Blainville 16 11 3 2 39 15 +24 36
3 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu 16 8 3 5 26 22 +4 27
4 FC Laval 16 7 5 4 30 20 +10 26
5 CS St-Hubert 16 8 2 6 31 29 +2 26
6 CS Longueuil 16 7 2 7 21 25 −4 23
7 CS Monteuil 16 4 2 10 16 26 −10 14
8 Royal-Sélect de Beauport 16 3 1 12 18 44 −26 10
9 FC Lanaudière 16 1 1 14 20 45 −25 4
10 Ottawa South United 0 0 Removed due to border restrictions
Source: PLSQ
(C) Champion
Removed Matches vs OSU (H/A)
Mont-Royal Outremont 4–1
Blainville 2–1
Celtix du Haut-Richelieu 3–1
FC Laval 2–2
St-Hubert
Longueuil 5–1
Monteuil 4–1 2–0
RS Beauport 1–1
Lanaudière 1–3 2–0

Throughout the season, the PLSQ teams played friendly matches with CF Montrèal U23, with the matches not counting to the overall standings.[9]

Friendlies vs CF Montréal U23
Home @ MTL @MTL
CS Mont-Royal Outremont 0–6 1–0 1–2
A.S. Blainville 3–4
Celtix du Haut-Richelieu 2–2
CS St-Hubert 2–3
FC Laval 1–2
CS Longueuil 1–2 1–1
CS Monteuil 0–1
Royal-Sélect de Beauport
FC Lanaudière 1–5
Ottawa South United

Top scorersEdit

Includes goals in matches against Ottawa South United

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Joseph Saint Simon CS Mont-Royal Outremont 12
2 Mamadi Camara Celtix du Haut-Richelieu 11
3 Flavio Colasanti CS Mont-Royal Outremont 8
Adama Sissoko FC Laval
5 Mouad Ouzane CS Mont-Royal Outremont 7
Yves Wandje Djomze CS St-Hubert
7 Saad Chaouki CS St-Hubert 6
Mitchell Syla FC Lanaudière

AwardsEdit

Award Player (club) Ref
Ballon d'or (Best Player) Adama Sissoko (FC Laval)
Ballon d'argent (2nd Best Player) Billal Qsiyer (CS Mont-Royal Outremont)
Ballon de bronze (3rd Best Player) Peter Scuccimarri (FC Lanaudière)
Golden Boot (Top Scorer) Joseph Greguy Saint-Simon (CS Mont-Royal Outremont)
Coach of the Year Luc Brutus (CS Mont-Royal Outremont)

Reserve DivisionEdit

The league operated a reserve division. In early September, some teams (CS St-Hubert, FC Lanaudière, Ottawa South United, and Royal-Sélect de Beauport) opted out of the remaining matches in the reserve division, with their remaining matches not completed.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG
1 A.S. Blainville Reserves 12 10 0 2 35 15 +20 30 2.50
2 CS Monteuil Reserves 11 6 2 3 21 13 +8 20 1.82
3 FC Laval Reserves 13 6 2 5 23 23 0 20 1.54
4 CS St-Hubert Reserves 8 6 1 1 22 10 +12 19 2.38
5 Royal-Sélect de Beauport Reserves 10 5 2 3 20 16 +4 17 1.70
6 CS Mont-Royal Outremont Reserves 12 4 3 5 15 19 −4 15 1.25
7 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu Reserves 14 4 2 8 22 29 −7 14 1.00
8 Ottawa South United Reserves 7 2 1 4 8 15 −7 7 1.00
9 CS Longueuil Reserves 13 2 1 10 17 34 −17 7 0.54
10 FC Lanaudière Reserves 8 2 0 6 18 27 −9 6 0.75
Updated to match(es) played on 17 October 2021. Source: TSI Sports

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tougas, Marc (6 October 2020). "L'AS Blainville Champion D'un Cour Championnat...Encore Plus Court que Prévu" [AS Blainville Champion of a Short Championship... Even Shorter than Expected]. PLSQ (in French).
  2. ^ Chenoix, Eric (19 August 2020). "Blainville remporte le titre chez les dames!" [Blainville wins the women's title!]. Viau Park (in French).
  3. ^ Tougas, Marc (10 October 2021). "Le CS MRO Champion 2021 de la PLSQ-M Grâce à la Loyauté et à la Profondeur" [CS MRO 2021 Champion of the PLSQ-M Thanks to Loyalty and Depth]. PLSQ (in French).
  4. ^ Thompson, Marty (17 August 2021). "HFX Wanderers advance in Canadian Championship with nervy 2-1 win over Quebec's AS Blainville". Canadian Premier League.
  5. ^ "Le Royal Sélect Beauport se joint à la PLSQ" [Royal Sélect Beauport Joins the PLSQ]. PLSQ (in French). 8 February 2021.
  6. ^ "FC Laval : « Former une structure professionnelle »" [FC Laval: "Form a professional structure"]. Just eSoccer (in French). 15 February 2021.
  7. ^ a b "La Dixième Saison de la PLSQ Débute Samedi" [The Tenth Season of the PLSQ Begins on Saturday]. PLSQ (in French). 25 June 2021.
  8. ^ "La PLSQ Accueille Deux Nouvelles Équipes" [The PLSQ Welcomes Two New Teams]. Première ligue de soccer du Québec (in French). 16 September 2021.
  9. ^ Duchesneau, Frédérick (12 May 2021). "Professeur Ibrir" [Professor Ibrir]. La Presse.