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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Canada to create new club championship

The Canadian Soccer Association is pleased to learn earlier this week that CONCACAF has accepted its efforts to include a Canadian team in the newly-expanded 24-club CONCACAF Champions League.

The Canadian Soccer Association, who, initially will work with the top-three professional clubs - the Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC and Impact de Montréal, will confirm shortly a new club championship to be played this spring/summer which will determine its representative. Toronto FC currently plays in Major League Soccer while the Whitecaps and Impact play in the United Soccer Leagues First Division.

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced Monday that the new 24-team CONCACAF Champions League will replace the old eight-team CONCACAF Champions’ Cup as the annual confederation club championship. The champion - to be crowned in April 2009 - will represent CONCACAF at the FIFA Club World Cup 2009 in December.

Further details on the Canadian club championship will be announced in the coming month.

Canada’s last representative in a CONCACAF club tournament was Toronto Italia in 1976.

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