michaeltfc91 Posted October 12, 2008 Share Posted October 12, 2008 An announcement has been made that the CFL will close operations after the 2008 season. The Canadian Soccer Association took this opportunity to create a fully professional, FIFA affiliated, Canadian Soccer League. The inaugural season will take place in 2010 and will consist of a first division of 8 teams and a second division of 8 teams similar to Italian Serie A and Serie B. The seasons will run from April to November with a 28 game regular season (All teams play each other 4 times, 2 home, 2 away). There will be no playoffs similar to European leagues. Throughout the season there will be cup matches with all 16 teams participating in straight knockout 1 match format. The winner of the tournament will win the Voyageurs Cup. The winner of the First Division regular season will advance to the CONCACAF Champions League the following season. Therefore 3 trophies will be handed out each season: The Canadian Championship (first division winner), the Craig Forrest Cup (second division winner) and the Voyageurs Cup. The Craig Forrest Cup is named after Craig Forrest himself for howling at the CSA to do something about it’s current situation. The Voyageurs Cup is already in existence and is named after the greatest Canadian fan base, The Voyageurs. There will also be promotion and relegation between the 2 divisions, with the second division winner promoted to the first division and the last place team in the first division relegated to the second division. Teams that are already in existence have agreed to drop out of their respective leagues. The former CSL has folded along with the PCSL. The MLS and USL and PDL will continue to operate without any Canadian teams. The teams and stadiums are as followed: Canadian Soccer League First Division Team Stadium Toronto FC (MLS) On BMO field (SS, 20,000 to 40,000, remove turf, put in grass) Montreal Impact (USL) Que Saputo Stadium (SS, 13,000 to 30,000, grass) St. John`s (Expansion) NFL King George V Park (SS, 10,000 to 30,000, remove turf put in grass) Ottawa Fury (PDL) On Ottawa MLS Stadium (future: SS, 30,000, grass) Calgary (Expansion) Alb McMahon Stadium (Remove football lines, SS, 37,000, put in grass) Edmonton (Expansion) Alb Commonwealth Stadium (Remove football lines, SS, 61,000, grass) Winnipeg (Expansion) Man Canad Ins Stadium (Remove football lines, SS, 29,000, put in grass) Vancouver Whitecaps (USL) BC Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium (future: SS, 30,000, grass) Canadian Soccer League Second Division Team Stadium Thunder Bay Chill (PDL) On Chapples Park (SS, 3,500 to 15,000, grass) Hamilton (Expansion) On Ivor Wynne Stadium (Remove football lines, SS, 30,000, put in grass) Quebec City FC (CSL) Que Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard (9,500, grass) London City (CSL) On Cove Road Stadium (SS, 1,000 to 10,000, grass) Moncton (Expansion) NB New Moncton Stadium (Future: 8,500, install grass instead of turf) Regina (Expansion) Sas Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field (Remove football lines, SS, 31,000, put in grass) Victoria United (PCSL) BC Royal Athletic Park (SS, 9,000 to 14,000, grass) Surrey United (PCSL) BC Cloverdale Athletic Park (SS, 1,000 to 10,000, grass) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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