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i am from Albania and i want to come to canada for universiy, but i am a very good goalkeeper so i don't want to forget soccer and i want to play there too....

can you please explain about the conditions there?

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Hey V,

There's no "All Canadian" fully professional league, but there's the professional A-League (equivalent to about English Div. 3) and the CPSL, which is a semi-pro loop in Ontario.

In terms of University, there are competitive regional conferences, and they're graduating numerous players to the A-League now. Canadian schools do not offer full-ride scholarships for sports, so if you're hoping to use soccer to pay your school tab, you might wanna look at the U.S.

As Albanian is a non EU-member and not having a solid pro domestic league, I imagine it would be quite difficult for you to get a work permit to actually play for a pro team here.

The Canadian Soccer Association can fill you in on a lot of the technical details. They can be reached at Tel: (613) 237-7678. The contact is Marsha Collier.

Hope that helps.

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quote:Originally posted by Jeremy Loome

Hey V,

There's no "All Canadian" fully professional league, but there's the professional A-League (equivalent to about English Div. 3) and the CPSL, which is a semi-pro loop in Ontario.

In terms of University, there are competitive regional conferences, and they're graduating numerous players to the A-League now. Canadian schools do not offer full-ride scholarships for sports, so if you're hoping to use soccer to pay your school tab, you might wanna look at the U.S.

As Albanian is a non EU-member and not having a solid pro domestic league, I imagine it would be quite difficult for you to get a work permit to actually play for a pro team here.

The Canadian Soccer Association can fill you in on a lot of the technical details. They can be reached at Tel: (613) 237-7678. The contact is Marsha Collier.

Hope that helps.

Comparable to English division 3?

You think that low of the A-League?

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Yeah, I figure it's somewhere between div. 3 and div. 2. That's a lot better football than people assume, though, I think. Even conference is pretty good; didn't the conference all-stars beat the U.S. a-league players last year? Plus, you look at some of the players in the a-league (Corazzin, Watson) who were having trouble getting playing time in Div. 2 (which is currently home to Hume, Bent, Brennan etc.) and Div. 3 sounds p. reasonable to me. I saw someone describe MLS on here as comparable to div. 2, which is probably about right as well.

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quote:Originally posted by Jeremy Loome

Yeah, I figure it's somewhere between div. 3 and div. 2. That's a lot better football than people assume, though, I think. Even conference is pretty good; didn't the conference all-stars beat the U.S. a-league players last year? Plus, you look at some of the players in the a-league (Corazzin, Watson) who were having trouble getting playing time in Div. 2 (which is currently home to Hume, Bent, Brennan etc.) and Div. 3 sounds p. reasonable to me. I saw someone describe MLS on here as comparable to div. 2, which is probably about right as well.

From what I can gather by asking various people who have watched both A-League and the various English divisions, I have had them tell me that it's more like division 2 with the top teams equivalent to division 1.

I don't give much credence to the factors you mention above. You can throw out the match you mentioned. It was not the American USL A-League stars playing the conference all stars it was actually the USL all stars comprising players from D3 and A-League (and perhaps some PDL I'm not quite sure). Add on to that the fact that the USL players were in the midst of the A-League and D3 league marathon season (many probably having played a couple of games in a few days prior to the match) and were playing a team that had probably quite a few practices and the odds were in the Conference all-stars favour.

Corazzin and Watson having trouble getting playing time also really doesn't say anything. Was it due to their skill or the fact that maybe their clubs just didn't think much of Canadians? Perhaps their managers gave the nods to the locals instead.

As for MLS being described as comparable to division 2, that person obviously was being biased simple because he was talking about MLS. I still say this, stick a division one team in a north American city, make them play an A-League schedule with all the travelling and back to back games and see how they fare at the end of a season. I bet they wouldn't be able to handle it.

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i agree that the top three teams in the A league could compete for a mid table spot in div 1 MLS on the other hand plays no defence,it is non existant.also quality and the quantity of the skill level in england div 1,i mean top tier,is far superior to MLS. west ham,sunderland,leeds etc are far more talented than your top MLS club.MLS and the top A league clubs are pretty even talent wise.

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It is very difficult to say one way or another but I'd guess that probably the top 6 to 8 A league squads would compete well in 2nd div England.By that I mean that they would not be in a relegation situation and that perhaps 3 teams would challenge for promotion.I can't imagine that the bottom A league teams would fair that well in Div.2

A Millwall v Whitecaps match in July would help answer some questions.

Didn't the Lynx compete well against Serie A Reggina?What were the results?2 nil and 1 nil?Or was that 2nd game against Rochester?

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The Lynx once beat 1860 Munich 1-0, but I wouldn't read too much into friendly results like that.

I don't know if the English 2nd & 3rd divisions are being under-rated or the A-league over-rated, but as mentioned, I can't honestly say the A-league is the equivalent to the English 2nd division, as much as I am a fan of the league.

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quote:Originally posted by snake

i agree that the top three teams in the A league could compete for a mid table spot in div 1 MLS on the other hand plays no defence,it is non existant.also quality and the quantity of the skill level in england div 1,i mean top tier,is far superior to MLS. west ham,sunderland,leeds etc are far more talented than your top MLS club.MLS and the top A league clubs are pretty even talent wise.

Kinda funny considering that players have actually played in both leagues consider MLS to be a more skillfull league than English div 1. English div 1 in played at a faster pace, but nearly all the European leagues play faster than leagues throughout the Americas. I like the A-league as much as the next guy, but it is what it is. A 2nd division league. Even top A-league teams have about half the budget of MLS teams. I watch quite a few A-league matches, and even the top teams have a significant drop off from MLS. To say MLS isn't skillfull and that no one plays defense is ignorant and misinformed. I don't understand the bias many A-league fans (Americans too) have towards MLS. Seems like petty jealousy to me.

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