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  1. I was thinking all #CanPL Supporters start a Social Media wave and target high profile people and businesses to lend their support/endorsement and help each club reach a designated number of memberships. For example: City, Provincial and Federal politicians. Chambers of Commerce, Sports stores, amateur clubs, celebrities, athletes, news and media personnel. We all ask them to tweet/post and help us reach a set goal. For Valour FC, I think 3,500 memberships before the end of the World Cup is doable. It has to be an orchestrated effort on our part to make a list of possible targets that could help drive awareness and enthusiasm.  Another idea: Perhaps we can organize a Nationwide Soccer Saturday tournament (local teams in each #CanPL city) all play a local tournament where it serves as a drive to sell memberships. Have local and national media cover it. On the last weekend before the World Cup Final.
  2. He was hired because he will support Jason De Vos plan for a national Youth league and a club classifications system based on standards without Pro rel
  3. CSA has never been about Results, Herdman will be given all the rope he wants, heck there is no rope for him at all. He's clearly buddy buddy with all the right people and in the end that's all that matters in Canadian Soccer. We've all seen it before. Totera acting tough basically just gave CSA a big pass
  4. I figured this would be the most controversial. I would say it is very well known that Berlin was Kitcheners old name. Its constantly talked about especially since there was strong opposition to changing the name to Kitchener and the name Kitchener remains a point of contention. The other thing is you can change the name to Kitchener or Waterloo or even Cambridge and keep the same scheme, however there seems to be a bit of snobbery from each city, not wanting to support the other. Plus very few people here, I would say, identify as a citizen of the Region most identify from each specific city. Which is why I thought it would be a good compromise for the club crest incorporating alot of Waterloo with a historic name like Berlin. My 2 cents.
  5. Its a good point, the symbol duplication was something that crossed my mind. My wife didnt like the 3 Maple leafs so maybe just 1 would be sufficient. Also there could be 7 smaller Trillium flowers for the 7 Municipalities that make up the Region. Or just apply 3 different meanings for example the 3 Maple leafs could represent the 3 coastlines of Canada ... or West Central and East unifying under 1 Canadian League.
  6. So here is my idea for a Kitchener / Waterloo Region Football Club. Props to @GuillermoDelQuarto on logo design.
  7. The Lion, Crown was my favorite one, although I'd either remove the axes or make them closer to the last one you made. I also like the poppies on the last one and the color scheme. However, Red has nothing to do with Winnipeg.
  8. Does anyone know or have Futsal goals for sale? Or know where I can buy them. On the cheap preferably.
  9. Revenue sharing is not a franchise element. The English Premier League does it. It even helps with payments to relegated clubs to help soften the financial blow. Playoffs are not just franchise as well, as CUP competitions are in all leagues. I think most people believe that an OPEN system is all about PRO/REL. It's not, it's about allowing any player, any club, any community, any coach, any system a chance to compete with the best. I cropped it out because in a Franchise system, you do not EARN your way INTO the league, you BUY into it. That's not Merit-based and it would effectively remove the ONLY incentive for any club or organization or investor to building a club from scratch. It's why MLS took over a decade to grow and was all but bankrupt before that. Having PRO/REL within the same league whether it is tiered or not is not an open system. No-one would be allowed to play in the league unless they bought a franchise first. In other words, billionaires only need apply. If we had an open system, any club/organization/investor can build a club that represents it's community with minimal financial risk and build significant excitement and enthusiasm with the stated goal of earning promotion into the Premier League. A stated intent to play in Division 1 soccer, would attract other investors, it would also bring on-board city councils, particularly those in smaller communities who will never get an NBA,NHL,MLB or NFL team and it would engage the community to become true supporters (see SAC FC/ ORL FC). MOST importantly for our CANMNT, it would prioritize the Quality on the field, as you would need field success to EARN the right to compete with the very best. It's not about dollars but about results, something this country desperately needs. And isn't player development what we all want after all? I want to win a World Cup and I want to do it before the USA does it. IF they stay franchise and we do OPEN system, we will be leaps and bounds ahead of them to get there first.
  10. NO, Franchise system is to Club Soccer what Taco Bell is to my Latina grandmothers tacos. Or in other words it's not authentic and the educated fan will reject it. Just like the VAST majority of soccer-first families in the USA have rejected MLS. The Canadian Footy fan is getting more educated, especially now with the availability of World Soccer only a remote control away. Franchises are for the Filthy Rich Owners, Clubs are for the Community If we are realistic in our expectations we can get to more than 20. Maybe not $300million stadiums with 60k fans per team big, but 5k-15k with soccer specific stadiums like those suggested in other threads. That is doable. Essentially, the promise promotes club investment, while rewarding initial investors for taking the first plunge. This is what I don't get about the naysayers to an open system. On one hand they say "No Investor will invest knowing he could be relegated and lose his investment" Then on the other hand "Canada CANNOT support more than a handful of teams" Which is it, then? If you cant dream of having enough teams to EVER relegate anyone, than WHAT is the objection to having an OPEN system where any investor or organization can EARN their Promotion into the Premier League????
  11. Rants is the lifeblood of being a Canadian soccer fan. Also, 93.24% of whatever is written on any thread is nothing new - welcome to being a Voyageur. Of course!! Every league in the world (except MLS/Aleague) is an OPEN league, however, each one is run differently to reflect their specific market. You only need 1 thing to be an OPEN Market : A Clearly Defined Merit based Path into Division 1. You can have: Salary Caps, Revenue Sharing, National League Sponsors, Player Nationality Quotas, Designated Players, Regional Schedules, Conferences and even Playoffs. Whatever you need to make the league financially viable is not only great but necessary. You can even offer founding clubs protection from relegation for say 20 years or until 20 clubs are in the Premier League, (whatever comes first). You can even have criteria for teams to enter into Division 1 such as: Coaching Standards, Facility requirements, Financial backing, Sponsors, etc. So to filter out non-viable teams from getting lucky and winning a game into D1. Will take your advice to heart. It's better than being told to shutup, because I have nothing to say. Pro/Rel is feasibly being done in almost every country but somehow Canada can't do it. Are you a CANadian or a CANTadian?
  12. Do you want Soccer or Football? Entertainment or Development? Franchise or Club? Supporters or Consumers? Celta Vigo Population 300,000 beat Barcelona today 4-3. Eibar Population 26,000 tied Real Madrid 1-1. There is something magical about 1 Division Football. Where the best compete against the best, week in and week out. Every week, every selection, every tackle, every play matters, because every game matters, right up until the last week, the last game. You see to play in first division football you need to earn it. You MERIT your way in. You don't buy your way in and get a free pass for life. You need to pit your ideas about the game vs the other guys idea and hope to high heaven your idea was better. You need to be accountable for your team selection and you need your best players available at every game. Which means you are in a constant struggle to not only play the best players, but to develop the future best players if you are to have a future in division 1 football. You need those next players to understand this pressure this relentless drive to excel and to come out on top. You need them emotionally strong, physically fit and mentally agile. I hear from Canadians that Brazilians and the like produce great players because those kids need a way out of poverty, as if poverty is an ingredient to talent. How about the Germans? They don't come from destitute conditions yet they produce some of the very best players. Maybe both countries treat football the same way, You PLAY if you can PLAY. In Canada, You play if you can PAY. There is something unjust about that, yet we open arms accept that for corporate franchises. This means that each CLUB'S main PRIORITY is to win and remain in division 1 soccer. This moves player development to the forefront. If you can win, then you can play, and if you get to play then you get to make money. You see club's still make money a lot of money, but their main product is on the field. In the franchise model, it's upside down, the priority is to make money. So what if you lose? Sure less people come to your matches, but you are the only game in town so it's not like they can leave you for good. You don't need to win to stay, you don't need quality, in fact you start restricting the product, just like the diamond manufacturers do, to artificially inflate your products value. In this case, the product is first division soccer. This is why Soccer Franchises have corporate meetings about Average Revenue per Customer. That's where you start selling them gourmet nachos, high priced beer, international friendly games, fluffy mascots for the kids and 50/50 tickets. You start pimping to your local minor soccer clubs offering them a chance to walk around the field and get a blank white t-shirt just so you can get them and their families to come buy tickets. Playoffs and Championships aren't valued for the prestige but for the chance to sell more beers, and more hot dogs. Well, don't franchises produce players? Well, no. It's actually quite expensive to produce a player, that is counter-productive to what your main priority is. You are not worried the next local club will beat you with a group of local lads and steal your customers. You are not worried because you control the product and the right to call yourself Division 1. They can't get in no matter if they are actually better. It's like the jerk kid that owns the ball and takes it home when he doesn't like how the game is going. There are over 300 million people in the USA and it's first division has 20 Franchises, that's at most 1000 kids in a merit based academy. 1000 kids that don't have to PAY. I'm frequently told Canada will never have 20 Clubs. So what we are saying is at best we will develop 1000 kids who EARNED their right to play. IS THAT ENOUGH? What if any club, any organization, any investor had a clearly defined and open way to compete with the best of the best? Do you not think that would entice investors to start building clubs that would eventually allow them to earn real dollars in our first division? I think it would. It would invite anyone to compete if they can earn it. You have to ask yourself WHY you want this league. Truly, what purpose does this league actually accomplish for YOU and for your country. Do you want to be entertained or do you want this country to win it's first World Cup? Some of you can't dream that high and would be content to simply see us AT a World Cup. Myself, I'm more of the first kind. I know that the first step towards Canada joining the elite nations of the world in Football, starts with an OPEN SYSTEM. A MERIT based system. Where coaches are held accountable by the media, the supporters, and more importantly by the results their ideas produce. A system that gives legitimate incentives and REWARDS to ANYBODY if they dare to compete. Now is the time to demand the league be structured in a way that is open to any investor, club or organization to merit their way into DIVISION 1.
  13. Las Palmas tied Real Madrid today. Las Palmas population 380K. But let's keep pretending market size's that small will never grow our league. Heck, even Toronto is barely big enough for 1 cookie cutter franchise. Forget having an actual club or clubs. Don't drink the Owners kool-aid, we can have clubs and an open market.
  14. Please, do yourself a favor and listen to former MLS GM speak on closed market https://twitter.com/soccerreform/status/774373746849099776?s=09 (copy and paste) We can't let it happen here. I would love to get together with like-minded individuals and help promote what is best for the fans and the game.
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