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Was the plan not to establish semi-professionalism gradually? Get a few sponsors and paying customers first?

And is it still true that L1O is 100% amateur? Most of what I've heard on the subject is a season or two old.

The plan is a semi-pro L1 Ontario . From their club application :

 

The Objectives of League1 Ontario are as follows:
 
To create a Standards-Based Semi-Professional league as an official part of the OSA’s recognized pyramid for play
To comply with the OSA’s standards for semi-professional leagues & teams.

 

The league standards are supposedly for the first 2 years of startup and will be reviewed after that. Gradually moving to full Semi-pro is what I understand to be the case as well. For year 3 of the league in 2016 all clubs should start moving toward the semi-pro standards which are :

 

Player Budget Regulations:
 
Minimum of 5 players signed to a professional contract with minimum annual compensation of $2,000 per player
 
Minimum player payroll will be $20,000 in Year 1 of league operations,
escalating by 10% in year 2.
 
Maximum player payroll will be $40,000 in Year 1 of league operations,
escalating by 10% in year 2.
Edited by CDNFootballer

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What you are leaving out is that clubs are also able to be amateur, so they can remain NCAA compliant. The minimum and maximum numbers quoted above are also well short of what was in the CSA's requirements for the CSL, as far as I remember. 

Not leaving it out, just answering what the plan is which is clearly stated - amateur is not semi-pro, which is the objective of L1 Ontario.

 

Hopefully they start moving toward their objective next year.

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Much better for L1O to go semi-pro and young players looking for school can still play in CIS, in my books.

Hell, they should start a scholarship fund! $x per school year for every season a youngster plays in L1O!

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It's easier to do that if you have a few thousand paying spectators like a CHL franchise. Most L1O teams seem to be youth clubs and academy setups where it's more normal for players to have to pay a registration fee.

True enough, but I don't think we'd need too much money here. Even a couple hundred bucks a year is motivation.

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So what are the expected operating costs for a L1O team for a year?  I don't expect anyone to open their books on this forum, but what does it cost to run a team at this level, with maybe a rough breakdown of what some of the costs are?

 

Jason

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Many matches are lived stream throughout the weekend. Check out www.league1ontario.ca

 

Do they have an archive?  Youtube?

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Anybody have any info about teams getting accepted for 2016? I know that NMSC will be joining the men's division. Interested to see if the OPDL franchises and L10 franchises will align... it only makes sense

It's the OSA, that would make too much sense!!

 

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Kingston FC from the old CSL didn't play in the CSL this year and they've moved to Belleville.  They were added to the OSA ORNCA program this year than they're having tryouts for League 1 Ontario next year.  They must have a pretty good indication that they're joining if they're holding tryouts.  So with North Mississauga and Belleville that's 14 teams.  I guess in 2017 they will add London and K-W from the USL PDL so that will be 16 teams.

 

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It remains to be seen if that CSN story was even applicable to London and K-W given it suggested Thunder Bay would be affected and that soon turned out not to be the case. It also neglected to mention that TFC Academy was effectively getting a one year extension where PDL is concerned. How do we know that isn't going to happen annually now at this time of year unless/until L1O measures up quality terms?

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League1 Ontario Growing Again In 2016
The Men’s division grows to 16 teams and will now be divided into two conferences for 2016.
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Woodbridge Strikers Oakville Blue Devils
Vaughan Azzurri Sigma FC
Durham United FC TFC Academy
Kingston Clippers Windsor Stars
Master's FA Saints Pro Stars FC 
North Toronto Nitros (New for 2016) Sanjaxx Lions
Toronto Skillz FC (New for 2016) FC London (New for 2016)
Aurora United FC (New for 2016) North Mississauga (New for 2016)

Men’s teams will play 14 games, home and away, within their own conference and a further eight games against teams in the other conference. The top team from each conference will play off against one another in the league final. The Women’s division remains as a single table alignment. 

http://www.league1ontario.com.prod.sportngin.com/news_article/show/606269?referrer_id=2335430&_ga=1.186574889.1288776762.1454366606

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On 2/1/2016 at 5:47 PM, Raven1555362272 said:
League1 Ontario Growing Again In 2016
The Men’s division grows to 16 teams and will now be divided into two conferences for 2016.
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Woodbridge Strikers Oakville Blue Devils
Vaughan Azzurri Sigma FC
Durham United FC TFC Academy
Kingston Clippers Windsor Stars
Master's FA Saints Pro Stars FC 
North Toronto Nitros (New for 2016) Sanjaxx Lions
Toronto Skillz FC (New for 2016) FC London (New for 2016)
Aurora United FC (New for 2016) North Mississauga (New for 2016)

Men’s teams will play 14 games, home and away, within their own conference and a further eight games against teams in the other conference. The top team from each conference will play off against one another in the league final. The Women’s division remains as a single table alignment. 

http://www.league1ontario.com.prod.sportngin.com/news_article/show/606269?referrer_id=2335430&_ga=1.186574889.1288776762.1454366606

What would be the need for two conferences?

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I was just checking my geography ... Kingston's East Conference schedule = 3618km and if they were in the PLSQ = 3660km.  Both 14 games.  The kicker for Kingston (and Windsor) is the Kingston v Windsor match. 618 km.

Edited by coppercanuck

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