Ontario Cup

The Ontario Cup is a soccer tournament for clubs based in the province of Ontario in Canada. It began play in 1901 under the Ontario Football Association League, now known as the Ontario Soccer Association.

Ontario Cup
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Founded1901
RegionOntario Ontario, Canada (CONCACAF)
Current championsDurham Celtic
Most successful club(s)Hamilton Westinghouse

HistoryEdit

The cup was first played as a senior men's tournament in 1901, making it one of the oldest active sporting competitions in Canada.[1] It has been held every year since, with the exception of the World Wars.

By 2004, the cup featured at least 12,000 athletes, and by 2008 it featured over 600 teams across 22 different age levels. The final is played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Ontario.

FormatEdit

The competition is played from May to September every year to crown a champion in each of 22 divisions, including different age levels for boys, girls and adults, and a Special Olympics division.[2] The Ontario Cup winners from the under-14, under-16, under-18 and senior open divisions advance to the Canadian National Challenge Cup to compete against the cup winners from other provinces in Canada.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jose, Colin (2001). On-Side - 125 Years of Soccer in Ontario. Vaughan, Ontario: Ontario Soccer Association and Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum. p. 83.
  2. ^ About Ontario Cup

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