As I expected, Rogers Sportsnet has re-signed with Soccer Canada to show the 2011 Canadian Soccer Championship. Beginning this year the field will expand to four teams, with FC Edmonton joining. As a result the round robin format has been scrapped in favour of two home-and-away semi finals and a home-and-away Championship. The winner progresses to the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.
Coverage will air over four Wednesday nights from April 27 until May 25. All coverage will be available in high definition. Coverage will be split regionally for the first leg of the semi finals, with East and Pacific showing the Impact-Whitecaps game and Ontario and West showing the Edmonton-Toronto game. Coverage of the second semi final legs will be seen national between the four Sportsnet regional channels and Sportset One. Both legs of the Championship will be available on all four Sportsnet channels or Sportsnet One.
The complete broadcast schedule is:
Wednesday 4/27, 8:00pm – Montreal vs. Vancouver (Leg 1) – RSN East/Pacific
Wednesday 4/27, 8:00pm – Edmonton vs. Toronto (Leg 1) – RSN Ontario/West
Wednesday 5/4, 8:00pm – Toronto vs. Edmonton (Leg 2) – Sportsnet
Wednesday 5/4, 11:00pm – Vancouver vs. Montreal (Leg 2) – Sportsnet One
Wednesday 5/18, Time TBA – Championship Match (Leg 1) – Sportsnet or Sportsnet One
Wednesday 5/25, Time TBA – Championship Match (Leg 2) – Sportsnet or Sportsnet One