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Pacific FC (PFC) has announced their entry into the 2019 Canadian Championship, a tournament which crowns one Canadian club team as Canada’s best.

Along with the other 6 members of the Canadian Premier League, PFC’s inclusion brings the total number of teams participating in the tournament to 13.

“The Canadian Premier League and its clubs are thrilled to be part of newly-expanded Canadian Championship,” said CPL Commissioner David Clanachan. “As we continue to grow the game in Canada, we are excited to see this tournament expand to 13 teams through the addition of CPL clubs.”

Pacific FC will start in the first round of the Cup, with the competition increasing in difficulty with each round. MLS clubs like the Vancouver Whitecaps, for example, get an immediate bye into the third round.

Three Canadian Premier League teams – Valour FC, Forge FC, and FC Edmonton – will start in the second round.

Chance to stake claim as Canada’s best

The winner of the tournament will go on to play in the CONCACAF Champions League for the following season, joining the likes of the MLS and Mexican league Liga MX. The winner of that tournament is crowned champion of the entire Carribean, Central American, North American, and South American region, and goes on to play in the FIFA Club World Cup against continental winners from around the globe.

The 24 match tournament will begin in May this year, and will bring early excitement to the season as fans get familiar with their respective teams and rosters. For the clubs, there is serious incentive to produce results. More home matches means a chance to add revenue and should generate extra buzz around the tam.

There is lots to play for, and in the cutthroat world of soccer any advantage gained early on can make a huge impact in the long run.

Canadian Championship Schedule

Here is a great graphic to sum up the tournament!

Schedule for the 2019 Canadian Championship (Canada Soccer)

Pacific FC‘s season starts in April this year, playing at the expanded Westhills Stadium.