Canadian Premier League (Soccer)

Canadian Premier League (Soccer)

by Aerial » Sat May 06, 2017 7:47 pm

I'm not into soccer very much but some of you into soccer might be interested:

Fellow Hamiltonians,

Today is an historic day for soccer fans, aka footie followers, in our country. Almost every Canadian has played soccer at one time or another, now we will have our own league to cheer for and for our kids to aspire to play for*.

The leadership of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has shown outstanding commitment to its vision for the future of soccer in Canada with the decision to ratify the Canadian Premier League (CPL) today.

The CPL will fill the existing void in the national Canadian soccer development platform by operating a top level professional league, both on and off the field. The CSA and the CPL's shared commitment is to foster the development of Canadian players.

Most importantly, I'm really excited the Canadian Soccer Association has approved Hamilton's application to become an official member of the CSA. This approval allows our Hamilton team to apply and join the CPL at the appropriate time. When that time comes, our club will play out of Tim Hortons Field, which has proved to be a world-class soccer stadium and has consistently provided a best-in-class live viewing experience for all of its events. The stadium successfully hosted a Canada Women's National Team game back in 2015 and all men's and women's soccer games at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

This day is only possible thanks to the unwavering support of soccer fans across Canada, such as our own Barton Street Battalion supporters. They have tirelessly drummed up interest and support locally (and nationally) for the CPL and Hamilton's future soccer club over the past 15 months.

This is just the beginning of the fun and excitement to come! We'll share the details of Hamilton's professional soccer club in the coming weeks. We will be working with Canada Soccer and its many members, sponsors, fans, followers and supporters as all of us together work to make the CPL into one of the most entertaining and progressive footie leagues in the world.

Until then, visit www.hamiltonprosoccer.ca to become a Hamilton CPL fan.

Cheers,

Bob

Caretaker, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (the other football club in Hamilton)

*With three daughters myself, I'm only too aware that there isn't (yet) a Canadian women's professional soccer league.


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Re: Canadian Premier League (Soccer)

by Mightygoose » Sat May 06, 2017 8:22 pm

Winnipeg is the only other confirmed team as well and it wilk be under the Bombers umbrella. To to 10 other cities/ownership groups with expressions of interest.

http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/soccer/canad ... -1.4103377

http://www.wakingthered.com/2017/5/6/15 ... e-csa-2018

Looks like the first season will be August of 2018 being a short one with the first full season in 2019.
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Re: Canadian Premier League (Soccer)

by PTBO Dave » Mon May 08, 2017 2:08 pm

Interesting. I wonder if any cities that have pro teams now (Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) would decide to join the CPL (obviously the MLS teams would be less likely than the NASL teams to do at present), or if some of these cities would have both their current team and a CPL team.
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Re: Canadian Premier League (Soccer)

by Aerial » Mon May 08, 2017 5:06 pm

I admit, I basically know nothing about how soccer is organized on planet Earth but it seems to me that the way soccer is organized is a bit like the WHA and hockey way back when. I don't know, maybe the CPL will challenge in some way the Canadian MLS teams andsign a "Bobby Hull" calibre player and really upset the soccer applecart here.

As I say, I know nothing about the wacky world of soccer organization so maybe what I'm saying is just too overly wacky. :D

But I do think soccer may be better organized than how the WHA came about and challenged the NHL in some respects, basically forcing the NHL to bring in cities like Edmonton and Winnipeg etc.

I mean what happens if in Hamilton, for example, Tim Horton's Field is packed every game for this new team? And signs a fairly big name world-type player to a "personal services" contract? :? I don't know, it is pro and and who knows? As I say, Wild Wild West for soccer in Canada maybe.
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