The Grey Cup is the Canadian Football League (CFL)’s championship game. The CFL has nine teams in total split over two divisions, of which six make the CFL playoffs. The top team from each division is awarded a bye week during the first round of the playoffs, meaning they can sit out as they await their next opponent.
The second-place team from each division matches up against the respective third-place team in what is called the Division Semi-finals. From there, the two winners face the first-place team from their division. The winners of those two games secure their spot in the Grey Cup championship game. The winner of that game is crowned that season’s CFL champions.
In Canada, the Grey Cup has significance outside of football. Given that it usually happens in late November, the completion of the game also officially kicks off the Christmas season. Similarly to the Super Bowl, it is also a game big enough to attract the attention of those who do not regularly follow the CFL. It has become an event all on its own, with American and international viewers also tuning in with increasing numbers.