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Old 05-06-2017, 05:24 PM   #1
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The CSA approved the Canadian Premier League at their AGM today, and announced the league and it's first two clubs in Hamilton and Winnipeg. It has been heavily rumoured that Calgary will get a club, and that the Flames will be involved.

This league is a big step if Canada is ever going to get back to the World Cup (outside of automatically qualifying as hosts, that is).

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The Canadian Premier League has received expressions of interest from 10 cities from across the country to participate in an all-Canadian professional soccer league and will look to evaluate those candidates in the next few months.
CSA Release: http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-s...0774-preview-1

Release from Bob Young (Hamilton club): http://hamiltonprosoccer.ca/article/...aker-bob-young

Release from the Blue Bombers (Winnipeg club): http://www.bluebombers.com/2017/05/0...ccer-manitoba/
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Old 05-07-2017, 12:40 PM   #2
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At the very least there'll finally be some concrete information in the near future on how they expect this thing is actually going to operate. I don't see how it makes any feasible sense with so much of the urban population in this country already better served by vastly superior levels of play, but I guess it isn't my job to figure it out.
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Looks like Saskatchewan (doesn't say whether it's Saskatoon or Regina) is another of the 10 cities that expressed an interest in the CPL. The group is led by former Saskatchewan Rush president Lee Genier. http://thestarphoenix.com/sports/local-sports/genier

And Kitchener-Waterloo is another. The group is led by KW United owner Barry MacLean. http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...terloo-region/

Haven't heard anything about a Calgary club as of yet. All rumours at this point.
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Looks like Saskatchewan (doesn't say whether it's Saskatoon or Regina) is another of the 10 cities that expressed an interest in the CPL. The group is led by former Saskatchewan Rush president Lee Genier. http://thestarphoenix.com/sports/local-sports/genier

And Kitchener-Waterloo is another. The group is led by KW United owner Barry MacLean. http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...terloo-region/

Haven't heard anything about a Calgary club as of yet. All rumours at this point.
I'd have to think Victoria would be on that list. Huge soccer community here.
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Is there a requirement by the league that the games have to be played on real grass vs field turf vs other crap?
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:52 PM   #8
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Given that the comparisons of a Canadian Premier League to MLS are inevitable, here is a good article discussing MLS' formative years, and how despite their stability today, it was a long road to get there.

https://juneof86.com/2017/05/25/less...eation-of-mls/

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On December 17, 1993, World Cup USA 94 chairman and CEO/US Soccer president Alan I. Rothenberg announced the formation of Major League Soccer and unveiled the league’s logo.

The creation of a Division 1 league in the United States was a stipulation from FIFA as part of the U.S.’s successful bid for the World Cup. FIFA wanted the league to debut before the World Cup took place. Instead, two days before the World Cup draw, the league announced it would launch on April 9, 1995 with 12 teams.

In the end, MLS launched a year late, two teams short of its target and with a revamped logo.

The Canadian Premier League has vowed to learn the lessons of the past as they seek to create a nationwide soccer league.

CPL supporters would be well-advised to do the same.

The first dozen years of MLS (before-Toronto FC attracted the attention of many in Canada to the league) was full of mis-steps and setbacks before finding stability, and now, a level of success. If the early years of the league was full of trial and error, the creation of the league was something else entirely.

As Canadian soccer diehards follow the rumours and progress of the Canadian Premier League’s creation it is illuminating to also review the incubation of MLS before it saw the light of day.
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The problem with the comparison to MLS is that the CPL will be tier 1 in name only. It will, for all intents and purposes, top out as a feeder league to MLS (and hopefully Europe) simply because MLS is already established in both countries as the premier soccer league in both. Nobody is going to aspire to top out at the CPL.

By the same token, the existence of MLS, and the presence of the NASL and PDL in Canada means it would also be far easier just to shut down the CPL if it does struggle. Hopefully the people behind it are in for the long haul.
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