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Open Canada Cup

Open Canada Cup
Founded 1998
Abolished 2007
Region Canada
Most successful club(s) Toronto Olympians (3 titles)

The Open Canada Cup was a Canadian soccer competition, similar in concept to tournaments such as the English FA Cup, the Coppa Italia, and the US Open Cup. The competition was held starting with the second version of the CSL's first season in 1998 until 2007.

The competition was open to all professional and amateur soccer teams in Canada. Prior to 2007, it had generally been entered only by the teams of the Canadian Soccer League (formerly the Canadian Professional Soccer League) and a handful of amateur teams from Ontario. A notable exception was the 2006 entry of the Toronto Lynx, then of the USL First Division.

In 2007, teams from British Columbia also participated in the event. The British Columbia teams had their own regional qualifying matches with the overall provincial winner travelling to meet its central Canadian adversaries in the tournament's final weekend.

In central Canada, cup ties were played on a one-game knock out basis and were held over the Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday and Labour Day long weekends. The British Columbia regional games were held in early August with the winner participating in the Labour Day tournament finale. Drawn matches went directly to extra time, and if necessary, a penalty shootout.

2008 Cup Cancelled

On April 29, 2008, it was announced that the 2008 edition of the Open Canada Cup would not take place as originally scheduled.[1] The CSL was evaluating the relevance of the competition in light of the creation of the Canadian Championship for the Voyageurs Cup.

Cup Lapsed

The announcement that the 2008 edition of the Open Canada Cup had been cancelled also suggested that the Cup might return in 2009. Although no formal announcement has been made, the success of the Canadian Championship and the fact that no Open Canada Cup competition was held in 2009 suggests that the competition has ended for good.

List of winners

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1998 Toronto Olympians
Gus Kouzmanis Goal 44', Goal 66'
Eddy Berdusco Goal 66'
3-0 St. Catharines Wolves
1999 Toronto Olympians
Chris Handsor Goal 40'
Elvis Thomas Goal 62', Goal 66'
3-0 Toronto Croatia
2000 Toronto Olympians
Elvis Thomas Goal 4'
1-0 St. Catharines Wolves
2001 Ottawa Wizards
Abraham Osman Goal 9'
1-0 Toronto Supra
2002 Ottawa Wizards
Kevin Nelson Goal 66'
2-0 Toronto Croatia
2003 London City
Eris Tafas Goal 30'
1-1 aet
4-2 on penalty shootout
Metro Lions
Craig Patton Goal 84'
2004 Windsor Border Stars
Tati Errecalde Goal 25'
1-1 aet
4-2 on penalty shootout
Ottawa St. Anthony Italia
Egar Soigo Goal 11'
Windsor Border Stars
Radek Papiez Goal 49', Steve Merker Goal 51'
Tino Scicluna Goal 82'
3-0 London City
Ottawa St. Anthony Italia
Abraham Osman Goal 55', Goal 81'
2-0 Toronto Lynx
Trois-Rivières Attak
Nicolas Lesage Goal 53'
Danny Anderson Goal 74', Goal 81'
3-0 Columbus Clan FC

Performance by Club

Club Winners Runner-Up Winning Years
Toronto Olympians 3 1998, 1999, 2000
Ottawa Wizards 2 2001, 2002
Windsor Border Stars 2 0 2004, 2005
London City 1 1 2003
Ottawa St. Anthony Italia 1 1 2006
Trois-Rivières Attak 1 0 2007
St. Catharines Wolves 0 2 -
Toronto Croatia 0 2 -
Toronto Supra 0 1 -
Metro Lions 0 1 -
Toronto Lynx 0 1 -
Columbus Clan FC 0 1 -