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  1. Got an update from BC this time ... looks like CNL is delayed one year and CSA will sanction teams to play in Canadian divisions of US leagues (very important) Men's teams will play in USL-2: Calgary Foothills, Edmonton Scottish, FC Manitoba, FC Tigers, TB Chill, TSS Rovers, Vic Highlanders + possible Sask team. With the women: Foothills & Impact will be leaving UWS and joining a Canadian division of WPSL along with EDM Angels, Manitoba and Okanagan. Not sure about FC Berlin.
  2. Looks like the showcase will be called the 2021 Exhibition Summer Series
  3. Looks like the decision on the Canadian National League has been delayed until later this year. Big news out of Edmonton Scottish regardless, looks like the rumors of it being a U-23 league and building a stadium are true.
  4. More info on the proposed Div II directly from an AB Soccer document: Men’s Western Amateur League (Canadian National League) Exhibition Series Draft schedule available – 3 teams AB, 2 BC, 1 MB June 5th start date Women’s Western Amateur League (Canadian Women’s National League) Exhibition Series Draft schedule available – 3 teams AB, 3 BC, 1 MB June 16th start date Dependent on travel restrictions Leagues are not sanctioned by Canada Soccer yet, but exhibition games permitted
  5. I'm told that Alphonso is paying for their league entry and that they'll be playing under the name Edmonton City SC. Sounds like a lot of the divide between groups playing in this league surrounds BTB as they won't meet a lot of league criteria and a handful of their coaches were suspended by Alberta Soccer last year. Also sounds like Whitecaps U19 are back in, but only to play some exhibition matches in the first year until league plans are more concrete.
  6. My AB source tells me a official press release for Div 2 is in store this week... as early as this Friday. Can confirm that TSS and Highlanders are out. All the money they have is tied up in some multi- year USL deal and they can't pay the $300K Div 2 franchise fee. Teams will be as rumored: West Foothills Sask Summer Series Okanagan Scottish BC Tigers Manitoba East Barrie Blainville Thunder Bay Vaughan Oakville Beauport Will either be called Canadian Development League or Canadian National League. No word on womens yet besides Foothills and Scottish.
  7. I know that CSA/DeVos & CSB have been involved in the D2 discussion since the beginning. The talk this league won't be sanctioned and out of their scope is absurd. CSB has interest in the league and will buy it after 22 or 23 if it works out. There is a franchise fee to play + standards including game-day experience, social media, U23 mins, broadcasting &c. People should realize that clubs playing in this have history and older than CPL teams by a century in some cases. There's nothing wrong with building path ways from grass-roots to D2 so why this is spun as something bad for Canada Soccer is crazy. The league is built to provide more chances for CDN players and is shaping the pyramid. Because of this there is movement to have six regional D3 leagues ... promoting AB league to D3 status, creating a Sask + Manitoba league and Atlantic D3 as well. Also interesting is the Reddit poster didn't say any thing about the women's league that's being driven by the same group so maybe they're not really in the know?
  8. The inter province initiative talked about confirms FC Manitoba plays the div2 show case tourney with Chill + Scottish in July. Hapgood is leading the charge for this from Calgary. Also hearing that SK Belan group is still involved & Vaughan (possibly) here out east.
  9. What I understand from my friends in AB is that the teams in this league will need to meet certain finance and facility criteria so that they can survive CPL pro/rel in 5+ years. The teams involved are all established with youth programs to also provide a pathway from grassroots to semi-pro/professional.
  10. So apparently it was discussed at the Edmonton Scottish AGM today that a new, sanctioned Division 2 league will begin play next year with 8 teams in the West and 8 teams in the East. Scottish and Foothills are among the teams playing, but interesting to note is that this new league will also have a women's division as well with 6 teams in the West and 6 teams in the East. Sounds like the Scottish Angels and the Foothills UWS teams will be participating in this league as well. Scottish apparently plans on building a "microstadium" as well to support this project with shovels in the ground later this year, confirming what Paulus said on his podcast - this Div 2 talk must be what he keeps alluding to. If so, good news for the Canadian soccer pyramid and women's soccer?
  11. I'm not an economist by any means, but with this discussion of $500K spend against a $750K cap, part of me wonders if there are CanPL owners who aren't holding out until 2026 and are gambling for some shorter term stability/additional cash flow by attracting value investment on an undervalued team (à la DC United in 2017). Not to be a pessimist, but a tenured owner like Fath who has seen little to no ROI on FCE over a decade may be looking to sell sooner rather than later; I recall there being discussion of them cutting their academy entirely. Unless Katz decides to get involved, there won't be a proper soccer venue in their market anytime soon so why not sell?
  12. From what I understand, practices for some of the CanPL teams are held early (6:30 or 7am) in the morning so that they still fall before the "traditional" 9-5 workday. This allows players to have part-time jobs during the day; I know for a fact that during my time in AB, there was a certain Spanish International for FCE who was doing some academy coaching for cash on the side. I believe that the CFL is similar in that some players also keep part-time jobs, even if they're just for the offseason. If I'm not mistaken, a redeeming quality of the CFL is that the contracts are year-round so players continue to be paid bi-weekly for the 52 weeks of the year as opposed to the NFL where players are only paid for the 16 weeks of the season.
  13. Based on the date of the union document (Aug. 31/07), that $12,900 USD was equal to $13,600 CAD at the time (1 USD = 1.0541 CAD). With CPI inflation, that puts it at about $16,667 CAD today.
  14. Exactly. While we all want a league that attracts/develops talent, raises the profile of our national team, has pro/rel, and pays every player well, we are still very early in the league's lifespan. Too many teams and leagues have been established in Canada and failed, so there is nothing wrong with the league and its clubs applying the lessons that have been learned from the past, being financially conservative, and doing what they can to remain viable until the 2026 investment pays off. Criticism is a sign of a healthy fanbase and I'm not saying the CPL has been perfect thus far. Should the CPL engage in further dialogue with the PFA? Does the draft need to lose the snake format? Should U21 minutes be increased even further? Do roster rules re: internationals be even stricter? All of these questions can be debated for hours and there is no universal answer here. I know that he prefaces the article with the fact that he doesn't want it to fail and that's great - no one does. But I just don't see how this kind of financial criticism while we face the prospect of another season of empty seats is deserved.
  15. If they're unaffiliated with our Club de Foot friends, then maybe. I imagine a "CF Trois-Rivières" could find itself in PLSQ and a Laval team would be more likely to end up in CPL or CPL2. Speaking of Laval, weren't CS Fabrose merging with some clubs this year to become CS Laval-Ouest?
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