(Peterborough, ON) – The Electric City FC Men’s and Women’s sides will compete together in a unique format for the Trent Severn Cup against fellow League1 Ontario newcomer Simcoe County Rovers FC this season.
The Trent Severn Cup is a newly announced, annual competition between ECFC and Simcoe County Rovers FC, two of the new League1 Ontario teams that have shown signs of a rivalry already in the club’s early days.
The idea for the Trent Severn Cup was initiated by the two local soccer districts, ECOSA and HDSA, that the two League1
“While the distance between cities is significant, both are connected by the historic Trent-Severn Waterway through a series of locks and canals, including the recognizable Peterborough Lift Lock,” said John Copp, President of the Huronia District Soccer Association, “Both franchises have shown a great desire to compete at the highest standards and strive to participate at the highest level in the Canadian Soccer landscape. The District’s want to help kick off these franchises inaugural season and provide the groundwork for what we expect will be a long (friendly) rivalry between two top League 1 Ontario Clubs.”
The competition will feature a unique format which will require a full club effort, as the winning club will be decided based on the combined score of both the Men’s and Women’s matches each season. If the score after the two matches remains tied, the competition will then be decided by a penalty shootout in the second match.
“Both Clubs share their Districts vision to positively impact soccer within their communities and help provide meaningful pathways for players, coaches, and administrators from the grassroots to the semi-professional and professional levels,” said Leslee Bax, President of the East Central Ontario Soccer Association, “Both local soccer districts are extremely excited to have semi-professional soccer within our Districts and to see the competition play out for the first time.”
This season the Women’s match up will take place first, when ECFC (6-3-0) hosts Simcoe County FC (7-1-1) at Fleming College on Wednesday, June 15th, for an 8pm kickoff. The 2nd leg of the competition is scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd when the ECFC Men’s side (3-3-1) will try to defend home turf against Simcoe County Rovers FC (4-2-2) in a 3pm kickoff at Fleming College.
“These are the type of competitions that will hopefully help the game grow in the regions and create excitement for the fans and the players,” said Rob Jenkins, Electric City FC President, “We are very thankful for the two districts support and work in putting this together. We have great respect for the Simcoe County Rovers project and are excited to have an annual competition between two ambitious clubs.”
The trophy, which was purchased in partnership by the two districts, will be on display at the women’s match on June 15 th and will be presented by the two districts to the winning club at the conclusion of the men’s match on July 23 3rd in Peterborough.
“As the game continues to grow in a positive direction throughout the country these are the type of relationships and cultures that will help define success and professional development,” said Julian de Guzman, Simcoe County Rovers President, “It’s an honor to be a part of these milestones as a new club as we are grateful to be collaborating with HDSA, ECOSA, ECFC and L1O. This is more than just a game for fans and players. The Trent Severn Cup is a celebration!”
Tickets for both matches can be purchased at electriccityfc.com and will be available at the gate on June 15 th and July 23 rd in Peterborough at Fleming Field.
For more information, follow the Rovers on social media @roversfc_l10.