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Kitchener-Waterloo selected to host Canada Soccer’s 2020 Toyota National Championships U-15 Cup
KITCHENER, ON (June 26, 2018) – The Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are excited to announce theirselection by Canada Soccer to host the 2020 Toyota National Championships U-15 Cup, one of Canada’s premier amateur soccer competitions that brings together clubs from coast to coast to coast. The competition is scheduled to take place from October 7th – 12th, 2020.
The full slate of host cities for the 2020 and 2021 championships were announced by Canada Soccer after an extensive bid evaluation process. The six host cities were selected from 15 candidates that expressed interest in hosting either the adult, U-17 or U-15 competitions.
The bid from Kitchener-Waterloo, featured a collaboration between the Kitchener Soccer Club, the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club and the South-West Regional Soccer Association, along with representatives from both cities and the Regional Sport Tourism Office (RSTO).
“I am thrilled to learn that we have been chosen to host the 2020 Toyota National Championships U-15 Cup in Kitchener-Waterloo,” stated Mayor Berry Vrbanovic of the City of Kitchener. “Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports locally thanks to the efforts of our local soccer organizations. Our local collaboration will allow us to showcase the hospitality and dynamic nature of Waterloo region once again and add to the excitement leading up to the United bid and Canada’s role in the FIFA World Cup in 2026!”
“As a soccer dad who enjoyed watching my two sons play the beautiful game for years, I’m excited that our community will be hosting this prestigious event,” said Mayor Dave Jaworsky of the City of Waterloo. “This competition is a great precursor to Canada co-hosting the World Cup in 2026 and we look forward to showcasing our soccer facilities to players and families from across the nation in 2020!”
“The Toyota National Championships are Canada Soccer’s largest amateur competition, extending from coast to coast to coast each year with more than 600 competing clubs and 10,000 players,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “The Toyota National Championships provide an impactful experience for our sport and our host communities, helping to build an important legacy for sport in Canada.”
The host cities for the 2020 Toyota National Championships are Halifax, Nova Scotia for the Challenge Trophy & Jubilee Trophy competitions, Moncton, New Brunswick for the U-17 Cup, and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario for the U-15 Cup. Host cities for the 2021 Toyota National Championships are Surrey, British Columbia for the Challenge Trophy & Jubilee Trophy competitions, Montréal, Québec for the U-17 Cup, and Ottawa, Ontario for the U-15 Cup.
In 2018, close to 600 teams have entered provincial or territorial playdowns to qualify for the Toyota National Championships. The U-15 championships will be hosted in Edmonton, AB, in 2018 and in Laval, QC in 2019.
For further information please contact:
Manager, Regional Sport Tourism Office