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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to ted in Nail your colours... 2019 CPL Edition   
    Like anyone needed to ask me. LOL
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to MM3/MM2/MM in Will the CPL have a Chivas?   
    I thought you were referring to a Chivas USA for CanPL?
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    GuillermoDelQuarto got a reaction from Winnipeg Fury in Grand River CPL Supporters   
    Let me know if you guys need anything
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Bison44 in Marcus Haber   
    This is what I think a real voyageur poster looks like.  Sometimes reality doesnt match the legend.   

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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to ted in CPL League Future Format and Table Structure   
    The NA-what-now?!?

    I'm not sure that anything has, "worked for them" lately.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to KW519 in CPL League Future Format and Table Structure   
    I highly doubt Canada goes from 1 to 4 CCL berths anytime soon. 2 is realistic considering we barely have 10 fully pro clubs up and running.
    If the 2nd tier is gonna be considered fully professional, and marketed as such, I don't see a reason for splitting the league into conferences. For 3rd and 4th tier amateur/semi pro clubs with no money and little infrastructure it makes sense to have regional conferences. 
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Initial B in CPL League Future Format and Table Structure   
    One of the arguments I hear about the MLS is that it's not a 'real' First division because there's too many teams and no pro/rel. One of the arguments against CPL I hear in various forums is that it won't be a 'real' First division because of the so much better top divisions worldwide. It got me to thinking what makes a typical first division so I thought I'd do some digging to determine what the average first division looks like
    I've been spending some of my spare time reviewing the professional structures of the various countries around the world from First to Third division to see what we could learn and implement for Canada. I reviewed the top 5 ranked countries of CAF, AFC, and CONEMBOL; the top ten ranked countries of UEFA; and most of the major CONCACAF countries. In my analysis I gathered data on stadium sizes, number of teams at each level, season length and format, and Promotion/Relegation formats. I then ranked those nations based on how similar they were to Canada's population (as an indicator of talent potential), Land area (as an indicator of increased operational costs), and Human Development Index (as an indicator of how much money a nation has to throw at a problem and discretionary income). I weighted Land area a little greater than the other two factors and came up with a score out of 10, with the results shown in the attached chart.
    There were some interesting conclusions I drew from the data:
    The majority of leagues in Europe, Asia, and Africa play a single season, while CONCACAF is almost completely Apertura/Clausura format. South American leagues are an even mix of the two styles. The average number of clubs in top flight is 15, with the majority holding between 12 and 20 clubs depending on how robust the structure of the national league is. Smaller leagues tend to use the Apertura/Clausura system to give the seasons some meaning. Almost all the Div 1 leagues are single table, except for the US and Cuba. Even all the Second Divisions in Europe and South America are single table. However, in Africa and Asia (and almost all of CONCACAF) you start to see second Divisions broken down into 2 or 3 regional groups, with playoffs to determine who gets promoted. By the time you get down to the Third division, most of the leagues are split into several regional groups that have playoffs for the right to join the second division, but then they have to meet the financial and logistical standards to be approved for promotion. Some of these leagues still have a problem with the financial dissolution of clubs at the end of a season, which can mess up the Pro/Rel expectations.  Season lengths vary from a low of 18 (India) to a high of 44 (Costa Rica). 80% of the leagues I reviewed have a season of average between 26 and 38 games. Of those leagues, the winner is usually the team that stands at the top of the table after all the games are complete, but there are a couple of leagues (and most of CONCACAF) that hold playoffs to determine the league winner. A small proportion of leagues have a Championship round to determine the league winner. There are a handful of leagues that don't have any pro/rel from their first division, the majority relegate between 12% to 20% of their clubs every season, with a slightly higher proportion of pro/rel between second and third divisions. Most of the relegations are automatic, but promotions often involve some sort of playoffs. Most of the top clubs in each league play in stadiums of over 50,000, with poorer countries having at least a capacity of 15,000. But on the low end of the scale, some teams have stadium capacities of less than 5,000 - even in the richer nations. So how does this relate to the CPL? Well, we have a cold climate without room for a long season, but it doesn't look like a league has to play a lot of games to still develop national-level players. Playoffs aren't necessarily an anathema to the world soccer order, either. So if you guys were to dream, what would you envision as being the ultimate form of the Canadian Soccer leagues structure?
    For myself, I would like to see a 10-team First Division playing a 27-game season, with the top of the table being declared champion and the top 3 places winning CCL spots (the fourth spot would go the the Voyageurs Cup winner). The bottom two clubs would be relegated to their respective regional Division 2 Conference. The 18-team, 2-Conference, Division 2 league would also play a 27-game season, playing one game against each team in the opposing Conference and the remaining games in their home conference. The opposing conference games would be half at home and half away, to keep operating costs down, but show that they can handle the additional costs in Division 1 if promoted. The Conferences themselves would be fluid, with one possibly having more than the other depending on the location of the promoted/relegated teams each season. Regardless, the bottom Div 2 team at the end of each season would be in danger of being relegated to it's respective Division 3, if that Div 3 Champion team meets the fiscal and logistical requirements of promotion. I forsee L1O, LPSQ and a yet-to be formed Western league being the Div 3 incubators for new teams that want to climb the Pyramid, with size and format limitations set by each individual league. The Voyageurs Cup would be open to all teams at the three levels of the Pyramid and would provide additional games to bring the total number of competitive games played each season to 30 or more. I think 28 pro clubs and any number of semi-pro/amateur clubs is sustainable in a nation like Canada. What do you think?

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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to dyslexic nam in Ottawa CPL Club   
    The CSA can't force a private business to play in the CPL.  What they could do, though, is precisely what CONCACAF did - deny them permission to play in an American league.  No one can force the Fury to play anywhere next year, but as things stand they have two options - play in CPL or fold (and I know they could pursue legal action, but that is why I said "as things stand").
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Keegan in Ottawa CPL Club   
    No they can’t force them to do anything - they can “funnel them” there as CPL is the only option to be a pro team right now.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto got a reaction from Keegan in Why is the CSA not being tougher on the 3 MLS teams?   
    No.  Please Stop.  No need to kill the three most successful teams quite yet.
    Let the CanPL piggy back on the MLS credibility through the voyageurs cup until CPL gets it's legs.  And then potentially the CSA could step in.
    Way too soon now, though.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto got a reaction from BenFisk'sBiggestFan in CanPL Fantasy League   
    we will go with whatever the cpl site has listed once the rosters are set.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto got a reaction from Bbeto in Why is the CSA not being tougher on the 3 MLS teams?   
    No.  Please Stop.  No need to kill the three most successful teams quite yet.
    Let the CanPL piggy back on the MLS credibility through the voyageurs cup until CPL gets it's legs.  And then potentially the CSA could step in.
    Way too soon now, though.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto got a reaction from Ams1984 in Why is the CSA not being tougher on the 3 MLS teams?   
    No.  Please Stop.  No need to kill the three most successful teams quite yet.
    Let the CanPL piggy back on the MLS credibility through the voyageurs cup until CPL gets it's legs.  And then potentially the CSA could step in.
    Way too soon now, though.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Mikmacdo in Why is the CSA not being tougher on the 3 MLS teams?   
    Good effort on the trolling 9/10!
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    GuillermoDelQuarto got a reaction from Jith12 in CanPL Fantasy League   
    Bumping this thread to the front page (shamelessly ;) )
    There's nearly 20 of us now, and I think we've more or less settled on a format.  
    If you didn't get my email but want in, let me know.  
    Here's the tentative format/scoring system:
    Format: Eleven Player Roster - 4 D, 4M, 2F, 1G Each Manager gets 5 Add/Drops per season - use them wisely Each manager gets to designate one player(you could call this a "designated player" ;) ) that no other manager may have on their roster.  Other than this, managers can select players that other managers have on their rosters.  This will be determined by a draft(likely draw names out of a hat- once we know the order i'll email people in order with the list of players protected).    
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Kent in CanPL Fantasy League   
    I might be interested in participating. Will see closer to the start of the season.
    As for your proposed scoring system, I think there are things to iron out for goalkeepers and defenders. Examples: A clean sheet where a defender is subbed out/in, do those players get a full point? Or no point? What about bench players? It's better for your defender to have been benched than to play and have the team give up a goal? I'm not sure what the best way to handle this is. Would something work like 0.5 points for not giving up a goal (while on the field) from 0-30 minutes, another 0.5 points for minutes 31-60, and another for 61-end of game? If that were instituted you could keep the -0.2 for a goal conceded while on the field I think.
    Any other suggestions? Otherwise I think it looks good.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Rintaran in CanPL Fantasy League   
    I'm in. You have my e-mail.
    As for the scoring system, perhaps 1 point if the player played, and 2 if they played the full game. Provides a starting point for positives and negatives to work on (and is similar to the system used for the EPL). This would also help a little with the defender point issues @Kent mentioned.
    I'd probably blow up the points a little. Decimals don't make a lot of sense in this system. Maybe move up to 4 for a goal, 2 for A, -1 for conceded, 2 for clean sheet(D/G), 1 for midfielder clean sheet, -1 for yellow, -2 (or -4) for red. Not sure why you're adding points for a team-win, but 1 point for that works too.
    This will blow-up the point total a little bit, but then you won't be saying the difference in points between the top-2 competitors is 0.2, which sounds pretty trivial IMO.
    I'm in either way, just be sure to give me an occasional nudge.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Blindside16 in CanPL Fantasy League   
    I'm in.  I've sent you a PM with my email.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to ktf in CanPL Fantasy League   
    I would definitely love to join. Certainly would be the most unpredictable fantasy draft ever, as we have no information to base projected success.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Jith12 in CanPL Fantasy League   
    @GuillermoDelQuarto I sent you a DM with my email. Looking forward to this!
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Unnamed Trialist in CPL Final Table by CANNIBIS Use   
    This is all I could think of after having spent my teen years in illegal limbo though never really any fear (why was that?). 
    And with the legal scenario upon us this week, what better way than to project a final table based on usership %.
    2-Pacific FC
    3-(tie) Cavalry and Edmonton
    5-(tie) York9 and Forge
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to tyler453 in CanPL Fantasy League   
    I'm in, and this.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to dyslexic nam in CanPL Fantasy League   
    Prob won't post my email here, but will PM it once things get a bit closer to go-time.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to admin in CPL OPENING DAY SUPPORT   
    Who cares.  
    It is what ever it is.
    The only thing that matters is how you will help to grow it.
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    GuillermoDelQuarto reacted to Rocket Robin in about those open tryouts......   
    The Montreal trials.  Into the second day.  
    I notice Basel Rashrash from Unionville-Milliken.  Quite a coup if he makes it joining Kiril Dimitrov from successful Halifax trials.  
    How many players from League 1 Ontario will get through when the trials get to Hamilton and Toronto?  
    Why does the league have to chase Irish and Ivory Coast trialists for their stories?  Do their struggles beat Canadians?  
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