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  1. As much as I would love to see regional leagues with their champions playing each other for automatic promotion to the National League, I agree with Richard in that a winning regional team may not be able to meet all the requirements or be able to afford playing at the National level. I think a good model to follow is the Alberta Major Soccer League where the champions from the Edmonton Premier league and the Calgary counterpart have the right to challenge for an AMSL berth. If they are ready to play at the Provincial level, the team from Edmonton for example challenges the lowest placed
  2. Should we start a new thread to look at the details of starting a new league without getting sidetracked into the merits/problems of the PCSL and CPSL as well as not being reminded every step of the way with all of the challenges we will have to face?
  3. It's under 'Canadian Soccer League' on the left hand index...
  4. I was going to post the updated SWOT, but it's getting a bit long. Do you guys have an issue if I put it up on my website? If you're worried about confidentiality, no one ever goes there... www.eteamz.com/rivercityedmonton
  5. Didn't see Moosehead's latest post. Good points. Feel free to expand SWOT as I have to leave the office for a bit....
  6. OK, so I incorporated the last few points (positive and negative) and took the liberty of switching some opportunities and strengths around. I also added a possible league structure and budget. STRENGTHS: 1) Good organizational infrastructure across Canada ie. provincial and local associations 2) Talent base 3) Strong existing Clubs that are ambitious 4) First world economy, capitalist society 5) Strong sports coverage across Canada (media) 6) Strong University league in place(amateur league for draft purposes) 7) Proliferation and acceptance of field turf, season extensi
  7. Richard, I think your points are covered mainly by W3. Any owner or ownership group coming in to the league would have to answer those questions for himself/themselves. However I have added them to the original list (W5,6 and T3) as someone else might be able to offer some issue specific solutions ie. what realistic revenue streams might be. STRENGTHS: 1) Good organizational infrastructure across Canada ie. provincial and local associations 2) Talent base 3) Strong existing Clubs that are ambitious WEAKNESSES: 1) Weak national association 2) Weak public (media
  8. Here's a start...Please add as you see fit. STRENGTHS: 1) Good organizational infrastructure across Canada ie. provincial and local associations 2) Talent base 3) Strong existing Clubs that are ambitious WEAKNESSES: 1) Weak national association 2) Weak public (media) image of sport 3) No identifiable Owners for a full fledged national league 4) Weak track record of paid attendance OPPORTUNITIES: 1) Creation of strong regional leagues to serve as second division is feasible and will provided the immediate base for any future 'National League' 2) 2007 will provi
  9. For anyone interested, the EDSA (Edmonton and District Soccer Association) will be holding its Annual (and pre-Outdoor Season) General Meeting at 1000, Saturday, March 5. I'm inviting all Voyageurs in Edmonton who wish to see how the Association operates to come out. Each member of the Board gets a chance to speak and they sometimes provide insight as to how their relations are with the ASA. Unfortunately, they will be doing elections for 5 positions, so the meeting might run past 2 hours this time around. Additional information at www.edsa.org Sergio
  10. A-League.com is compiling votes for their annual awards, commonly refered to as the 'commies'. Since I only watched visiting players a few times, I was hoping to get cross-country, voyageur input before submitting my votes. Player of the Year Coach of the Year Goalkeeper of the Year Rookie of the Year Defender of the Year Most Improved Player Please and thank you....
  11. On previous posts I waxed poetic on how the Voyageurs should look at fielding teams in every major city and using those teams as a focal point to develop the organization, gain access to the national soccer structure and have a bit of fun at the same time. I'm putting my money on the line guys... If any of you are interested in playing Indoor soccer this winter (Edmonton only I'm afraid), I have a Division 6 team in EDSA that is totally recreational (my competitive team should be in Div 3 after I do some negotiating). Game nights should be either Wednesday or Thursday with (I'm ho
  12. By being an ACTIVE member of the Soccer hierarchy in this country and working within the system you 1)lose your 'outsider' status. The people that have worked their way up to the top in the CSA, provincial and local associations fear change, threats to their power base and seeing everything they've accomplished taken for granted by 'critics', 'complainers' and 'cranks'. You would feel the same way too if you had a run a mediocre club for years, worked hard to get into one of the boards, worked hard to stay on the board and have strangers criticise you for not doing enough. If your crit
  13. Go to www.uefa.com, click on Fanzone, click on Fantasy Football and register. Once registered, you are more than welcome to join my league - River City. The code is 49143-9868 I've won my private league every year, and need new competition as I have no chance in hell of winning the Canadian, FC Porto or main leagues.
  14. Have you guys thought about building from the ground up rather than expecting wholesale changes to miraculously happen at the CSA? If the Voyageurs established themselves in each province by running soccer teams, getting on the boards of the local Associations as well as the Provincial Associations, as an organization, you'd have way more pull in creating the changes every Canadian Soccer fan wants. As long as they regard the Voyageurs as outsiders, you will be continually fighting an uphill battle. Just a thought....
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