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Looks like two new teams are joining League 1 Ontario Men’s Division,  North Toronto who were in League 1 Ontario in 2016 and 2017 are back in 2020 after two years away from the league. Hamilton gets a League 1 team finally with a new team , Hamilton United Elites are coming into League 1 Ontario in 2020.

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3 minutes ago, Kent said:

Article about the expansion. Doesn’t mention where teams will play. I hope North Toronto will be back at Varsity stadium!

https://www.league1ontario.com/news_article/show/1065917

Ya that’s probably the most logical place for North Toronto to go back to in terms of a home ground. Can’t really think of another place for them to play out of if they want to stay in the downtown Toronto area. 

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In past years they started Varsity Stadium then when school sports start in August, they got bumped to Esther Shiner Stadium (Bathurst & Finch) and Downsview Park (but not the TFC grounds).  

 

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22 hours ago, dnina10 said:

Still no schedule release. They are taking forever to release the schedule

They may have been waiting for the CPL to drop their schedule.  CPL waited until MLS put their own out (well OK they were more likely waiting to finalize the team in Ottawa) and York 9 have chosen Friday nights to avoid Toronto FC dates.  

L1O now sees the CPL schedule and the GTA teams can avoid Friday nights that York 9 are in town (mostly effects North Mississauga) and the new Hamilton team can avoid playing same dates as Forge FC.  

Just guessing. 

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1 hour ago, Rocket Robin said:

They may have been waiting for the CPL to drop their schedule.  CPL waited until MLS put their own out (well OK they were more likely waiting to finalize the team in Ottawa) and York 9 have chosen Friday nights to avoid Toronto FC dates.  

L1O now sees the CPL schedule and the GTA teams can avoid Friday nights that York 9 are in town (mostly effects North Mississauga) and the new Hamilton team can avoid playing same dates as Forge FC.  

Just guessing. 

Probably makes the most sense. However, PLSQ have already released their schedule, despite OSU playing there and Atleti Ottawa being in the CPL. Sure, that's just one team, but still, it's taking quite some time

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Darn, I was hoping North Toronto would be back at Varsity for my convenience. They are going to play out of Downsview instead this year.

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The League 1 Ontario 2020 season which was supposed to start in May and go until early August was canceled due to the Coronavirus. However, looks like League 1 Ontario is seriously thinking of actually having a 2020 season after all if things get better . With the cancellation of all Canadian University and College sports for this upcoming season , League 1 Ontario is looking into starting in late August and going until early November. A good portion of League 1 Ontario players are also University and College players. With the University and College seasons canceled League 1 Ontario will have the ability to start their season in late August and play late into the Fall and have all it’s University and College players available to play.

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On 6/14/2020 at 4:22 PM, Rocket Robin said:

They may have a problem using city of (insert town name) fields going that late into the year. 

  

Most of the fields in League 1 are Turf Fields so it’s not like they need to shut the fields for maintaining the grass fields. A lot of these turf fields can be rented right through the winter weather permitting. Moreover, the University and College seasons go right through to the middle of November and a some of these schools use city owned turf fields. Don’t think use of fields will be a problem, the problem will be if these clubs will risk playing with the pandemic still around . My solution would be , no use of change rooms, every player brings their own water bottles and every player washes their own uniform,  yes just like what happens at the regular youth club level.

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