Evan Daum, Canada West Communications
- The 2016 Canada West men’s soccer season opens Wednesday, August 24, while the women’s season gets underway Friday, September 2
- Men’s and women’s playoff action opens October 29, with eight men’s team’s qualifying for the playoffs, while a dozen post-season berths are available on the women’s side
- The men’s Canada West Final Four goes November 5-6, while the women’s Canada West Select Six is slated for November 3-6
NEW WESTMINSTER – Canada West soccer is set to hit the turf early in 2016, as the Canada West men’s and women’s soccer schedules were released Wednesday.
For the first time in conference history, the soccer season kicks off in August, as the men’s regular season officially opens Wednesday, August 24 when Mount Royal visits MacEwan and Calgary travels to take on Alberta.
The nine-week men’s regular season schedule concludes Sunday, October 23, before conference quarter-final action on Saturday, October 29 and the men’s Final Four November 5-6.
A total of eight men’s playoff berths are up for grabs in 2016, with four Pacific and four Prairie Division teams qualifying for Canada West post-season play.
On the women’s side, the season gets underway Friday, September 2 when the Trinity Western Spartans travel to Abbotsford to take on the Fraser Valley Cascades.
The women’s eight-week regular season wraps up Sunday, October 23, with 12 teams competing in regional playoff action on Saturday, October 29.
As was the case last season, the Canada West women’s season concludes with a six-team championship tournament – the Select Six – which will be hosted by the highest remaining Pacific Division team November 3-6.
The 2016 CIS national tournaments are slated for November 10-13, with the men headed to the University of Guelph, while the women travel to Acadia University.
Schedule release dates:
Thursday, June 16 – Canada West hockey
Wednesday, June 22 – Canada West volleyball
Thursday, June 23 – Canada West basketball
Thursday, June 30 – Canada West championship sports (track, swimming, wrestling)