Canadian Pro Soccer League

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  1. TKBC

    TKBC Established Member

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    Not to be mixed-up with the CSL that is based solely in Ontario and is being investigated by RCMP for match-fixing.

    The CPSL was essentially announced as confirmed today in a Hamilton newspaper. Bob Young was interviewed and confirmed his team is entering, and the league headquarters are likely to be based in Hamilton.

    6-8 teams. There will be foreigners but Canadian quotas that require Canadians be on the pitch not just on the squad (*cough cough* MLS *cough cough*).

    I don't know if Edmonton/Ottawa will join the new league or stay NASL but I suspect they'd stay as it will be a higher level of play for quite a while until the CPSL can get it's feet well and truly off the ground.

    With only 6-8 teams do they put a team in BC? If so, does one get in Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, or the Okanagan?

    Sounds like the league would get a Concacaf Champs League spot as well as it will be Canada's "D1".

    The big question, do they go closed or open market allowing for promotion relegation? I suggest they do have pro-rel. A premier 8-10 team league with maybe two regional 8 team leagues below...? That's a ways down the road as they'd simply want to get the league off the ground.

    For me though the biggest question is - YOUTH DEVELOPMENT. What is that model going to look like. With a Canadian quota plenty of Canadian kids will get a chance. Also, if BC gets a team will BCSA somehow require any player to get a shot at joining the CPSL team have to also be in the BCSPL like they do now with Whitecaps/PTP? I think a CPSL team would be very dumb to agree to such a deal - but that's just my way of thinking.

    CPSL teams will not be rich, by any stretch, but what if they sign youth will they pay compensation fees to the clubs? Or if they sell a player on to NASL/MLS/Europe etc will the youth club get a portion of that fee?

    Regardless, sounds like by 2018 we will in fact have a league. The newspaper articles says, it will be a mix of CFL and NHL owners, so it won't be mickey mouse. I suspect somewhere just around or just below USL Pro level with a Canadian twist.
     
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  3. TKBC

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    Yep.

    It's all over twitter too. Initial suggestions are BC won't have a team in year 1. Calgary would have a CFL/NHL ownership group though.

    Some suggest BC will eventually get 1 in Victoria. I say that's great, and hope they get 1, but Surrey is the best possible placement of a team - but it all depends on available ownership groups! I can see the Canucks creating a team though. And they'd be able to stand-up to and deal with the Whitecaps ownership and BCSA.
     
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    If I recall correctly, the Canucks group were sniffing around an MLS bid at the same time the "Caps" were. I'd support a team in the Fraser Valley if it were to come about but facility-wise, I can't see it happening unless the Canucks were to build something.
     
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    I am sure something can be arranged for a facility in Surrey / Langley , all of south Surrey Athletic , Newton Altheltic , Bear creek, Cloverdale Athletic ,Langley event center area, and McLeod Park there is a stadium facility available, might have to add more seating but that's about all
     
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    I hear ya. But putting up some fencing and about 5000 seats wouldn't be terribly difficult to achieve somewhere in Surrey. Parking may be another issue altogether....
     
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    Langley has a field inside a track - I believe Langley FC uses it moreso than does Langley United. That could quite easily be turned into such a stadium for a CPSL, but the location isn't ideal.

    Surrey could make it work in North Surrey or at Newton, but the parking would be an issue in both locations.
     
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    I cannot see a franchise in this neck of the woods wanting to be set-up in some rinky-dink facility when other franchises will be playing out of CFL stadiums (if we are to assume most of the ownership groups have CFL ties like the one in Hamilton).
     
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    They'll want to play in a nice facility that they don't lose money in.
     
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    They don't expect to make money for the first 8 years (or something like that)
     
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    Competition for Vancouver Whitecaps and opportunities for local BC youngsters to play for a pro soccer team .
    Its going to be a huge challenge due to the huge size of Canada and huge travelling costs.
     

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