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  1. That's pretty cool. Obviously the team's existence is more or less dependent on the arrangement with the airline, but still.
  2. Do they also cover the visiting teams' flight costs? Doesn't seem too fair to the other sides in the league, if they have to fly transatlantic.
  3. That's a really nice kit, especially the 2nd version of it. Much better than the color scheme as such. You're very talented.
  4. ...that should have been Kemi and Rovaniemi. Oulu are currently in the 2nd tier. But you get the point. For instance IFK Mariehamn travel from Åland by ferry to Turku and from there by train to Rovaniemi, when they play up north. That is 1200 km, which is by far the furthest distance a team travels in Finland. Probably in any sport.
  5. Only when travelling to Oulu. The rest of the teams are at most a 5-hour bus ride apart, most teams only 2 hours, so it wouldn't make much sense. In the top soccer tier only HJK would be flying to the northern destinations (Oulu and Rovaniemi) and the island of Åland on a regular basis. The rest travel by bus, train and ferry.
  6. Understandable. It's better to spend money on something one enjoys, that benefits the community, than to let money go to "waste" in form of taxes. I guess it is hard to grasp this sometimes, since there are so very, very few people with money like that in Finland. Of course there are a few private guys that own football clubs, e.g. Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho, but the running costs of a club in a relatively small European country must still be a lot less. Air travel is not a big issue, since one flies to maybe two destinations, but still many smaller clubs even in the top tier choose not to.
  7. That's very interesting. Would you say your average soccer fan in Victoria (with suburbs) feels more strongly for Victoria than Vancouver? Could there even develop something of a rivalry between the Pacific and the Whitecaps, if the teams met in the Canadian Championship?
  8. ...or completely understand is maybe an exaggeration, given the nationwide set up. But I do believe they can make it work and it will be interesting to follow the development of soccer in those areas.
  9. I'm sure you are right, and of course there are many more wealthy people in Canada than in Scandinavia, who can invest private money. I'm thinking that the ultimate goal has to be self-sufficiency. Not a Russian or Asian model, where rich people pump their private money into the clubs, in order for them to function. When the owner loses interest or runs out of cash, the club folds. This is why I have a hard time seeing how a team from some obscure "suburb" could make it in the long run in an expensive set up. The places you mention I completely understand. The soccer teams become the main pro teams in those cities, which adds a lot to the potential.
  10. As a European with an interest in North American soccer and ties to Canada, I find the idea of a Canadian Premier League very interesting. I do however have a somewhat hard time in understanding the economics behind it all, since professional soccer is still very new to many areas of Canada, which of course is a humongous country. Who finances it all? I understand some Canadian Football League owners are behind the soccer clubs, too, but we're still talking about an incredibly unpredictable league with even more unpredictable income. Distances are huge between cities, with e.g. Winnipeg having their closest away games played more than 1300 km from Winnipeg in Alberta, while Halifax need to travel almost 2000 km just to get to Toronto. Not to mention transcontinental travel. How do teams travel? I understand air travel is quite expensive in Canada, while riding coaches for huge distances becomes very inconvenient, to say the least. With no guarantees of people finding their way to the stands, it seems like a really risky business model. I don't want to sound like a massive party pooper (although I know I sound like one), it just sounds very risky to me. I hope I am wrong to think, that multiple professional soccer clubs in e.g. the GTA will have a hard time surviving and finding supporters. If one is a casual soccer fan, surely TFC is the most viable option, which represents the whole area. For instance the York 9 sounds like a neighborhood team to me. Surely it will get a small following, but one that is able to generate enough income for a fully professional nationwide North American sports league operation? I don't know. Being the fan of a 3rd tier Finnish club, I know it can be a struggle. Even as amateur/semipro clubs with a league divided into 3 geographical groups in a much smaller country.
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