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    • CSA puts brakes on future D2 sanctioning in US leagues

      The Canadian Soccer Association has put a moratorium on the sanctioning of new D2 and PDL teams effective immediately. The moratorium will expire Sept 30, 2011.

      The new policy was approved unanimously.

      Details of the new policy were distributed widely through a letter written today. However, the news has not been reported publically until now. Canadian Soccer News received word of the change through several independent sources.

      It is believed that FC Edmonton will still be allowed to play in the NASL next year, along will all existing D2 and PDL teams. The moratorium will only apply to new clubs wishing to join the leagues.

      The change will be most felt by investors in Ottawa and Hamilton. In both cities work has been ongoing to put teams in the NASL or USL.

      One insider welcomed the change.

      Its time to get serious, he said. If we keep sanctioning teams down there we will never grow anything of our own.

      The moratorium comes just a few weeks after CSA Vice-President Victor Montagliani told Its Called Football that he would like to see Canada working to develop its own D2 structure. However, in the past Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi has said that he doesnt believe that a Canadian D2 league is viable.

      Investors in Ottawa also told Its Called Football earlier this year that they did not think that a Canadian D2 league would work.

      The moratorium might be bad news for the NASL in its efforts to get to eight teams.

      When contacted tonight NASL officials said that they would not be commenting at this time.

      Montagliani had not responded to an e-mail at the time of original publication. This article will be updated as more is learned.
      Comments 36 Comments
      1. Ben Knight's Avatar
        Ben Knight -
        How is this helpful?

        The idea of a Canadian league is wonderfully romantic, but the money and ownership groups simply do not exist.

        And it will take vastly more than "getting serious" to change that.

        The issue is the same now as it was with the CUSL pipe dream a decade ago: show me eight good owners, or let Hamilton and Ottawa go Stateside when the time comes.
      1. Juve177's Avatar
        Juve177 -
        What 8-20 cities in Canada will host teams in a Canadian D2 league? How will they pay for travel? How will they not go bankrupt? Would it not be better for Canadian soccer to have D2 teams in Hamilton and Ottawa?
      1. squizz's Avatar
        squizz -
        Well, this is a mighty fine way for them to piss away all the goodwill they'd accumulated from hiring Carolina Morace and funding a decent slate of friendlies for the men's national team.
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        I have a different take on it...which I will write about in the morning.
      1. TwoSidesToTheStory's Avatar
        TwoSidesToTheStory -
        Good for the CSA. Finally showing some real leadership. It is time for Canadian solutions to Canadian problems. People who don't see how critical this announcement is for the growth of the sport simply does not understand the issues that are holding back Canadian football.

        Why would it be more difficult to finance a team playing in a Canadian league? It would not be. Is it more expensive to fly from Toronto to Ottawa or from Montreal to Puerto Rico. C'mon. Stop trotting out old, tired ideas that do not hold water. What is the stronger rivalry? Calgary vs Regina or Vancouver vs Austin?

        Canadians are so blind to what they are capable of that they keep convincing themselves of what we can't do. Have some balls people...and some pride. The CSA shows it has some of both and good for them. We can't rely on the Yanks to fix Canadian soccer.

        The time is now. This will work if people drop the inferiority complex and choose to support what is so obviously needed.

        Kudos to the CSA.
      1. BroadwayJoeFYVM's Avatar
        BroadwayJoeFYVM -
        Perhaps the best concept for a Canadian D2 isn't one league - it's three, like major-junior hockey. A Western, Central, and Eastern League, each maybe no more than 8 teams, and only playing against one another in a Memorial Cup-like tournament of the three league champions plus a wild-card. That'd certainly keep travel costs relatively low (except out west - natch).
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayJoeFYVM View Post
        Perhaps the best concept for a Canadian D2 isn't one league - it's three, like major-junior hockey. A Western, Central, and Eastern League, each maybe no more than 8 teams, and only playing against one another in a Memorial Cup-like tournament of the three league champions plus a wild-card. That'd certainly keep travel costs relatively low (except out west - natch).
        And that tournament could lead to a spot in the Voyaguers cup.......

        Another thought....would any of the CSL teams be able to make a jump up? I'm not too familiar with the league but is that even a possibility?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Yeah! The jumped up soccer moms from the CSA finally decided to do something about pro soccer. Unfortunately and predictably it is the wrong move. They are stupid if they think a Canadian only D2 league can work in Canada without Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        The CFL, a league with a long history and a significant share of the sporting market place in Canada, only has 7 owners at the moment because they are unable to find an 8th willing to invest their money. I would like someone who is a "pro-Canadian league" to explain to me how the CSA is going to find 8 owners for their league and with none of those teams being in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal. Once again, it looks like the CSA having big plans and absolutely no idea or ability to execute them.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Sure it will work. Just find 8 Kerfoot and Saputo types who are willing to let the CSA tell them how to run things. Call me when hell freezes over.

        Why doesn't the CSA just keep it's nose out of other people's business? Like the ASA situation? Why doesn't the CSA actually reform its own house? Why doesn't the CSA let Canadians with $$ who want to spend it on Canadian soccer teams do so?

        www.reformalbertasoccer.com
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Can they make this retroactive to when Thunder Bay joined the PDL? Nobody in the heartland wants the scheduling hassle and thuggery anyway.
      1. Ossington Mental Youth's Avatar
        Ossington Mental Youth -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        The CFL, a league with a long history and a significant share of the sporting market place in Canada, only has 7 owners at the moment because they are unable to find an 8th willing to invest their money. I would like someone who is a "pro-Canadian league" to explain to me how the CSA is going to find 8 owners for their league and with none of those teams being in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal. Once again, it looks like the CSA having big plans and absolutely no idea or ability to execute them.

        Gotta say i sadly agree with this statement, do they have 8 owners that will join immediately? Doubtful, as a result they will prob spend the next 10 years trying to figure out how to put together a D2 league while soccer continues to suffer in Canada
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I fully support a Canadian D2 league - just as soon as someone explains to me how it is supposed to work in practical terms. Until then, the only way to grow soccer in Canada is to put franchises in the US D2 leagues whenever a viable ownership group emerges in a city.
      1. TwoSidesToTheStory's Avatar
        TwoSidesToTheStory -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Yeah! The jumped up soccer moms from the CSA finally decided to do something about pro soccer. Unfortunately and predictably it is the wrong move. They are stupid if they think a Canadian only D2 league can work in Canada without Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
        Who says that a Canadian premier division can't have a team in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver? Sure, it would be difficult to compete with TFC, Impact or Whitecaps for attention but it can be done. Each of those cities has a facility that could support a team operating at the D2 level

        In fact, any metropolitan region with at least 500,000 residents could realistically support a club at this level, and should be targeted.

        The biggest issue that will be faced is the pathetic state of soccer suitable facilities in Canada. This will be the CSA's biggest challenge
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        http://mlsinsiderblog.com/?p=4151, hopefully this will help us in the long run.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        The CFL, a league with a long history and a significant share of the sporting market place in Canada, only has 7 owners at the moment because they are unable to find an 8th willing to invest their money. I would like someone who is a "pro-Canadian league" to explain to me how the CSA is going to find 8 owners for their league and with none of those teams being in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal. Once again, it looks like the CSA having big plans and absolutely no idea or ability to execute them.
        This. There is nothing more hilarious to me than people assuming millionaires will risk their money for the sake of 'properly developed' Canadian soccer. It's not about finding 8 cities, it's about 8 stable ownership groups.

        but hey, "the CFL with no paid TV deal or decades of history, playing a sport where we're somewhere around #60 in the world instead of 2nd" is something I would love to invest my money in! *_*

        I'd much rather have 3-4 viable D2 canadian markets in a cross-border league then starting one with 8 up here and watching it fold in three years. where are we then? where we started, except with more people/cities who won't be interested in funding soccer.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        So....The CSA thinks it's a good idea for cities and teams to sit around and wait for them to come up with a solution rather than having them go into already developed leagues and start developing players?
      1. Ossington Mental Youth's Avatar
        Ossington Mental Youth -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        So....The CSA thinks it's a good idea for cities and teams to sit around and wait for them to come up with a solution rather than having them go into already developed leagues and start developing players?

        thats EXACTLY what im getting out of this.
        way to continue to ruin soccer in Canada, CSA
      1. moooooo's Avatar
        moooooo -
        I think at the D3 level some sort of regional setup should be achieved. Be it through the CSL or something else.

        But at D2, I agree with the other posters here, what is the CSA thinking? Obviously the NASL / USL fight has made the league a mess, but it's better than no league at all.
      1. TwoSidesToTheStory's Avatar
        TwoSidesToTheStory -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        So....The CSA thinks it's a good idea for cities and teams to sit around and wait for them to come up with a solution rather than having them go into already developed leagues and start developing players?
        This is a patently false argument.

        The Moratorium is apparently only in place until the end of September 2011.

        No Canadian teams (other than FC Edmonton, which is exempt from the Moratorium) are going to be joining the ranks of D2 Soccer in 2011.

        Realistically, there would be no new D2 Canadian clubs for at least 2 years due to lack of appropriate facilities.

        SO, that being said, the CSA's moratorium is ultimately a declaration of intent that they would like to explore the potential for a Canadian "D2" level league. If it's not feasible, it won't happen. If it is deemed feasible, if proper standards get put in place, if the CSA can rally the support of the provinces, if ownership groups step forward and if municipalities jump up to help deal with the biggest challenge (i.e. lack of facilities), then we owe it to ourselves as soccer supporters to get behind it rather than be typically cynical Canadians who don't believe we can do anything without the Yanks.
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