There are still over a dozen regular-season games remaining, but the four playoff teams in the Johnson Insurance Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer league have already been decided. Nevertheless, determination of the final playoff matchups for the championship tournament might not happen until the last game or two.
That’s because only four points separate those guaranteed playoff clubs — first-place Feildians (34 pts, four games remaining), defending champion Holy Cross (31 points, five games remaining), St. Lawrence Laurentians (31 points, three games remaining), and C.B.S. That Pro Look Strikers (30 points, four games remaining).
The championship weekend will be held Labour Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) at King George V Park in St. John’s and the location reflects the fact Mount Pearl ProActive Physio has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The tourney had originally been scheduled for the Gushue Complex in Mount Pearl, but with no chance of a true home side being involved, it’s been moved.
KGV will also be site of the Breen’s Jubilee Trophy women’s soccer league championship tournament that starts next Monday.
First-place and defending champion Holy Cross Avalon Ford, C.B.S. Kirby United, Feildians Greensleeves and Mount Pearl will be the four participating teams.
Mount Pearl will actually finish behind the St. John’s Under-17s in the standings, but because the U17s are participating in the league on an exhibition basis (they play 12 regular-season games, while the others have a 15-game schedule), they are not playoff eligible.
The championships will use the Page Playoff systems, with the first- and second-place teams squaring off and the winner advancing directly to the final. The 1-2 loser remains alive to play in what is effectively a semifinal, when it takes on the winner of a game between the third- and fourth-place teams.