Canada Soccer announced today that it has extended its TV partnership with TSN. The deal includes upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, friendlies for the women's national team and broadcast of the Voyageurs Cup. The length of the deal's extension was not announced.
The deal marks the first time that TSN will broadcast the Canadian Championship, as previous years of the tournament have been shown on Sportsnet. The five-team tournament includes Canada's three MLS teams, the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps as well as the NASL's Ottawa Fury and FC Edmonton. The winner of this year's tournament will be given a berth in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.
TSN will begin broadcasting the tournament beginning in June with the semi-final round. Toronto FC has been drawn to play the Montreal Impact while the Vancouver Whitecaps will play the winner of FC Edmonton and the Ottawa Fury. It does not appear that the preliminary round between the two NASL sides will appear on TSN.
For the Canadian men's national team, this means both of their September World Cup qualifiers will be broadcast on TSN. Canada will play Honduras away on September 2 and then return home to face El Salvador on September 6 to finish the semi-final round of CONCACAF qualifiers. It was confirmed today that home game will be played at BC Place in Vancouver.
There was some worry after Sportsnet and Canada Soccer mutually terminated their TV deal that the men's team would struggle to find a host for World Cup qualifiers. The deal with TSN, however, has allowed the games to be broadcast coast to coast on a recognizable network.
While the Rio 2016 Olympics will be broadcast on CBC, both of their leadup friendlies against Brazil will be on TSN. The games will be played on the June 4 and 7. The games will be played in Ottawa and Toronto respectively.