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2019 CPL: Ups and Downs

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The inaugural season us not quite in the books yet but I don't think it is too early to start this thread.

What worked and what didn't this season? What changes would we like to see for 2020?

A few topics come to mind: Season format, Championship format, scheduling, kits, merchandise, marketing,  sponsorship, squad size, information secrecy, wage cap, fan engagement, facilities, ticket prices, "away" sections, something else really obvious that I have forgotten.

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2020 changes:

CPL 2020 general changes

1) Single season table & playoffs - top four play for the championship (1 vs 4, 2 vs 3). I really don't care if over half the league gets in. That will change over time.

2) One kit sponsor per team. Probably already done behind the scenes but still.

3) Improved stadiums which have good broadcast facilities - Westhills getting rid of the hydro pole for example.

Valour 2020 specific changes

1) More advertising - WFC is usually Ok with the marketing and I know they had a big shakeup in the marketing dept early this year which torpedoed a lot of work I'm sure.

2) Better selection for women - most of the stuff is for men or unisex. 

3) More local sponsorships which are Valour-specific

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From an Englishman with no connection to Canada....

beware some odd choices, but this is just an opinion

Ups:

HFX - great set up, well supported, a real beacon of what a CPL team can be, shame the football hasn't been as attractive as the fans!

Cavalry - like many I thought they didn't have much coming into the season, but they played good football, and represented the CanPL to a high degree in the Canadian Championship.

The young talent - young Canadian players have a real place to shine, players such as Tristan Borges, Terran Campbell, Noah Verhoeven, Easton Ongaro and so many more, on the past, may have just drifted playing semi-pro football before leaving the game. But now they have a real platform to improve and get noticed.

Nathan Mavila - odd choice, one of the only players I've seen play in the flesh, from what I've seen of Cavalry on One Soccer, he impressed me, consistently performed, not the most flashy player, but seemed a real unsung hero. 

Nathan Ingham - one of the few bright spots of York 9. Arguably one of the two best keepers in the league. But Carducci arguably has more of a pedigree. I had never heard of him before Y9. I initially assumes he would be backup to Silva, who had played more pro games.

Downs:

York 9 - the team Im supporting, so probably being harsh! Disappointing season, failed to really perform, and the ground they're at, just doesn't seem to have a great atmosphere, hopefully things will improve.

The established names - disappointed on the whole. Didn't seem much better than the unknown youngsters. De Jong was injured (so not his fault), Haber, Nakajima-Farron, even Petrasso (ok, he wasnt bad), Edgar and Cox... They just didn't do much and didn't seem like they were any better than the young lions. Ledgerwood was a real leader though, I liked Malonga and Fisk was solid.... But yeah. 

Valour - sorry, but on paper they should have been so much better....

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On 11/13/2019 at 4:51 AM, afun said:

No connection to Canada? Just randomly interested in Canadian soccer?

Yup, it's a odd thing which started a few years back. Blame a successful career on Football Manager with Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian National Team. Since then I've been following soccer in your country, rooting for your national team to do well (they just seem like a likeable underdog), and following the CanPL this season.

 

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In no particular order:

UPS:

1. The league exists!

2. Standard of play. Very respectable and better than expected.

3. The fans. Excellent noise making supporters groups for every team.

4. One Soccer. The service itself needs a lot of tweaking but the fact it exists is a huge plus.

5. The kits. Fabulous job on the year one kits. Massive plus.

6. No "losers' playoffs".

7. Ticket pricing. I think most teams pretty much nailed it although Valour may have even gone a bit too low for the Supporters Section. Cheapo tickets should really be based on age and employment status. Most people in that section can afford $20/match!

DOWNS:

1. Scheduling. I personally have no problem with two matches per week as I think that it is a necessary evil for a short season (in patches at least) but the schedule this season had many bizarre anomalies. I'm giving them a pass for year one but sort it out!

2. No designated away sections. Fans seemed to organize themselves for big matches but when you buy tickets you should be able to choose the "away" section so that the away fans who want to be together are together. And it should be clear that it may be a bit boisterous in there.

3. Refs. CPL needs a plan to improve the reffing, which was fairly consistently some of the worst I have ever seen.

4. Communication. Apparently CPL have never heard the saying that there is no such thing as bad press. The secrecy is beyond ridiculous and it is hurting, not helping.

5. Marketing. Things in Winnipeg did improve a lot but many other teams seem to have had no marketing and this was reflected at the gate. CPL need a league wide plan to get more bums into seats.

6. Trophy. I can understand a new league wanting to minimize expenses but your championship trophy is not the place to cut corners. That trophy is in many ways the face of the league when it gets hoisted after the final match. Massive fail.

7. Combined Table. The split season thing grew on me but if you are going to do it that way at least commit to it. There should be no such thing as a combined table. Work out ties some other way.

8. No prize for winning the Spring or Fall Season. How on earth did this get overlooked?

9. Championship Match. One game please. Pretty much the whole football world understands this is the way to do it. Spreading out the final over two matches detracts from the excitement. Even MLS get this right!

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24 minutes ago, Lofty said:

8. No prize for winning the Spring or Fall Season. How on earth did this get overlooked?

 

I'm thinking if you win Spring AND Fall Seasons then you get the CONCACAF League birth. If different teams win the two half seasons then it goes, as now, to the CPL Champion. 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, CanSuffer said:

I'm thinking if you win Spring AND Fall Seasons then you get the CONCACAF League birth. If different teams win the two half seasons then it goes, as now, to the CPL Champion. 

I really meant "trophy". I used the word "prize" to imply I wouldn't be bothered if the "trophy" were something like a frosted glass platter instead of silverware. But something. Anything. Please. The winners deserve that moment.

I feel very strongly that the CONCACAF League place should go to the declared "CPL Champions", however that is decided.

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