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Football Canada – Ottawa (May 12, 2017) – The inaugural Football Canada U16 Western and Eastern Challenges begin on Sunday July 2 in Lethbridge and Tuesday July 18 in Wolfville, respectively. 


Two unique formats, same goal

The regional tournaments feature different formats but work towards the same goal. The Western Challenge will feature a three-day round-robin tournament in which each team plays one another. The Eastern Challenge features a two-day tournament in which the opening day’s winning and losing teams will play one another on day two.

“Player development and introducing athletes to tournament-style competition are the two main goals of the U16 regional challenges,” said Shannon Donovan, executive director, Football Canada. “There were some great discussions between participating provinces as to what format would work best. In the end, we settled on two unique formats and will use this first year to provide a full review of both formats.”

Tournament schedules

U16 Western Challenge – Lethbridge, AB
(University of Lethbridge Community Stadium) 


Sunday, July 2, 2017 – Game Day 1


Game 1 – British Columbia vs. Manitoba

11:00 a.m. MT

Ceremonial kickoff

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. MT

Game 2 – Alberta vs. Saskatchewan

2:15 p.m. MT

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – Game Day 2


Game 3 – British Columbia vs. Saskatchewan 

4:00 p.m. MT

Game 4 – Alberta vs. Manitoba 

7:00 p.m. MT

Saturday July 8, 2017 – Game Day 3


Game 5 – Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba

11:00 a.m. MT

Game 6 – British Columbia vs. Alberta

2:00 p.m. MT

U16 Eastern Challenge – Wolfville, NS
(Raymond Field, Acadia University) 

Tuesday July 18, 2017 – Game Day 1

Game 1 – Ontario vs. Saskatchewan

4:00 p.m. AT

Ceremonial kickoff

7:00 – 7:15 p.m. AT

Game 2 – New Brunswick vs. Nova Scotia

7:30 p.m. AT

Friday July 21, 2017 – Game Day 2


Game 3 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (Bronze medal game)

4:00 p.m. AT

Game 4 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (Gold medal game)

7:00 p.m. AT

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About Football Canada

Established in 1884, Football Canada is the national governing body of amateur football in Canada and a proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Working closely with the provincial football associations, we develop programs and resources for players, coaches, officials in the three disciplines of Tackle, Flag and Touch Football. Football Canada’s vision statement is “from playground to stadium” where players can participate in the game of football throughout a lifetime recreationally, competitively and internationally. 

Patrick DeLottinville

Coordinator, Communications

Football Canada

613-564-0003 x 226