The Alberta Cup is an annual competition between the Canadian Interuniversity Sport programs at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge, as well as Mount Royal University and MacEwan University. All five universities are members of the provincially funded Alberta Universities Athletics Association (AUAA), and the Alberta Cup was created to annually award the AUAA member that achieves the most success against its provincial rivals.
Each season the university sport programs at those five universities compete against each other in head-to-head action in football, women's rugby and men's and women's soccer, basketball, volleyball and hockey, and the results from those head-to-head games are tracked in the Alberta Cup standings. The university with the highest winning percentage at the end of the competitive season is then awarded the Alberta Cup.
The 2015-16 season was the inaugural year for the Alberta Cup, and after 127 total games among the AUAA members, the University of Calgary Dinos emerged as winners thanks to a 41-20-2 record and a .667 winning percentage against the other AUAA members. The Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas were second with a 38-20 record (.655), while Mount Royal was third in the Alberta Cup standings with a 22-33 (.405) record against Alberta university competition.
136 total games were played in the 2016-17 season, with the Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas emerging as the victors. UAlberta finished the season with a 47-13-1 record, as well as a .779 winning percentage. After winning the inaugural Alberta Cup the previous season, Calgary came in second in 2017-18 with a 40-26-3 (.601) record. Mount Royal University earned their second-consecutive third place finish with a 25-33-5 (.437) record.
The Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas captured a second-consecutive Alberta cup title in 2017/18. Winning 55 games during Canada West play, the Bears and Pandas finished 18 games ahead the second place Calgary Dinos. Lethbridge earned their first top-three finish, while MRU and MacEwan finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
2018/19 Alberta Cup Standings
Updated October 15, 2018
Alberta Cup Winners
2017/18: Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas
2016/17: Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas
2015/16: Calgary Dinos