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Grizzly21

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Next year is the inaugrual season.

Bit disappointing that there will be an odd number of teams (7) but I'm excited nevertheless. I have adopted York 9 are my team as when I move back next summer I'll be going to home and (some) away games.

This is where all the teams are located. Hoping for an away game to Halifax, somewhere I haven't been.

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We signed 2 players in the past 2 weeks: Austin Ricci and Simon Adjei

Simon doesn't have a bad record in his league! 12 goals and 1 assist.

 

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1 minute ago, Cannabis said:

"We"?

Yeah. York 9 will be my local team when I move back.

Technically Forge is actually closer to me, but I've opted for York.

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York9? 

What kind of name is that? 

HFX Wanderers sounds like a cross between a music shop and football team. 

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2 minutes ago, Stan said:

York9? 

What kind of name is that? 

HFX Wanderers sounds like a cross between a music shop and football team. 

The 9 comes from the 9 districts representing York. As for HFX Wanderers, HFX stands for Halifax. I don't get the need for an abbreviation form though. It's not like it's a long name!

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The first game ever in the Canadian league, Forge vs York! The Ontario Derby B|

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26 minutes ago, Blue said:

The first game ever in the Canadian league, Forge vs York! The Ontario Derby B|

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Hahaha looks proper shit.

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Just now, Cannabis said:

Hahaha looks proper shit.

The first year in the league will be extremely low quality - but that's to be expected. We just need to give it time. Canadian soccer still has a long way to go.

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Here is an interesting video for those who want to learn a bit about Canadian geography and CanPL history :) 

 

 

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Draw is tomorrow for the Canadian Championship (the cup competition)

Teams participating

AS Blainville - Blainville (Quebec Premier League)

Cavalry FC - Foothills County (CanPL)

FC Edmonton - Edmonton (CanPL)

FC Forge - Hamilton (CanPL)

Halifax Wanderers - Halifax (CanPL)

Montreal Impact - Montreal (MLS)

Ottawa Fury - Ottawa (USL)

Pacific FC - Victoria (CanPL)

Toronto FC - Toronto (MLS)

Valour FC - Winnipeg (CanPL)

Vancouver Whitecaps - Vancouver (MLS)

Vaughan Azzurri - Vaughan (League 1 Ontario)

York 9 - York (CanPL)

 

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Moving back to Canada in June confirmed, and I'll be doing Winnipeg away in October more than likely. Not the farthest away trip but Canada is a big country.

@Stan have you ever done Newcastle or a UCL game away? If so how was the experience going that far?

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9 minutes ago, Blue said:

Moving back to Canada in June confirmed, and I'll be doing Winnipeg away in October more than likely. Not the farthest away trip but Canada is a big country.

@Stan have you ever done Newcastle or a UCL game away? If so how was the experience going that far?

Done Copenhagen away in our CL season.

Short flight after work. Got to Copenhagen for 6pm. Straight on the beers before & during the game at 7.45pm. Only went for the night so didn't pack anything. Slept in the airport overnight. Flight back at 7am in the morning. 

All for a shit 0-0 draw where barely anything happened all game xD. Worth it. 

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Just now, Stan said:

Done Copenhagen away in our CL season.

Short flight after work. Got to Copenhagen for 6pm. Straight on the beers before & during the game at 7.45pm. Only went for the night so didn't pack anything. Slept in the airport overnight. Flight back at 7am in the morning. 

 All for a shit 0-0 draw where barely anything happened all game xD. Worth it. 

At least it was Copenhagen and not Bradford though xD

Yeah, Toronto to Winnipeg is 2000 km's away, and it's supposedly a shithole but I've not been and I want to definitely do 1 or 2 away games this year. Valour FC have the best ground in the league.

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Just now, Blue said:

At least it was Copenhagen and not Bradford though xD

Yeah, Toronto to Winnipeg is 2000 km's away, and it's supposedly a shithole but I've not been and I want to definitely do 1 or 2 away games this year. Valour FC have the best ground in the league.

Bradford is a beautiful place. Probably one of the best northern cities there is.

Copenhagen is ridiculously expensive, mind. And I didn't get to see any of it anyway apart because it was dark/I was fairly drunk. Only bits we did see was the walk from the centre to the stadium with their police (all fans). 

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All of Pacific FC's players are from British Columbia except for 5. I should note they want to become the Canadian Bilbao, signing only players from their region. I like the thinking a lot but that is a brave mentality to have when Hockey and basketball are more popular there! Especially given the population.

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Rumours that the next new team will be based in Saskatoon. I think that's a very good location. They don't have a team in anything.  Regina holds Saskatchewan's CFL team.

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Where does this leave the likes of Toronto FC and Montreal Impact? As they have always been MLS sides, but will they now move over to play in the Canadian league, or stay where they are?

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1 hour ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Where does this leave the likes of Toronto FC and Montreal Impact? As they have always been MLS sides, but will they now move over to play in the Canadian league, or stay where they are?

Doubtful, as they are franchises while the CanPL clubs are all run more like English teams.

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22 hours ago, Grizzly21 said:

All of Pacific FC's players are from British Columbia except for 5. I should note they want to become the Canadian Bilbao, signing only players from their region. I like the thinking a lot but that is a brave mentality to have when Hockey and basketball are more popular there! Especially given the population.

@The Rebel CRS this bit could interest you mate.

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I can't see this being a success. Certainly teams would rather play in the MLS as it's where the money is, and that's never going to help. 

We shall see and I love see the growth if the sport, but not sure this is going to be a long term league. 

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7 hours ago, Eco said:

I can't see this being a success. Certainly teams would rather play in the MLS as it's where the money is, and that's never going to help. 

We shall see and I love see the growth if the sport, but not sure this is going to be a long term league. 

What do you see failing though?

Each team has their own supporter groups so far meaning it won't be entirely empty, and not every Canadian city can have an MLS team. Honestly if the New Zealand league is capable of surviving, this can too (albeit theirs is semi-pro)

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2 hours ago, Grizzly21 said:

What do you see failing though?

Each team has their own supporter groups so far meaning it won't be entirely empty, and not every Canadian city can have an MLS team. Honestly if the New Zealand league is capable of surviving, this can too (albeit theirs is semi-pro)

The reason all leagues fail. Lack of funds. 

Just dont think this will be a big deal...if you are in Canada and are an avid soccer fan, surely you support either Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal...

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Just now, Eco said:

The reason all leagues fail. Lack of funds. 

Just dont think this will be a big deal...if you are in Canada and are an avid soccer fan, surely you support either Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal...

That's not how it's looked so far...

I've seen fans show up at the airport and big supporter groups all over. Valour FC has a fanbase all over Manitoba as far as I've seen.

Personally, and this is just my own hunch, I couldn't ever lead myself to support Toronto FC cos I couldn't stand the MLS. I much rather would have supported a team in a CANADIAN league, and I know I'm not the only one.

Besides, these aren't franchises.

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1 minute ago, Grizzly21 said:

That's not how it's looked so far...

I've seen fans show up at the airport and big supporter groups all over. Valour FC has a fanbase all over Manitoba as far as I've seen.

Personally, and this is just my own hunch, I couldn't ever lead myself to support Toronto FC cos I couldn't stand the MLS. I much rather would have supported a team in a CANADIAN league, and I know I'm not the only one.

Besides, these aren't franchises.

Haha well we will see. Cardiff and Swansea dont have issues and they do a similar thing. 

And Toronto has a very strong core of fans, as do the other 2 Canadian teams. 

You arent Canadian so I'm not sure why it bothers you so much. It's the MLS, as in Major League Soccer, not the American League Soccer. 

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Just now, Eco said:

Haha well we will see. Cardiff and Swansea dont have issues and they do a similar thing. 

And Toronto has a very strong core of fans, as do the other 2 Canadian teams. 

You arent Canadian so I'm not sure why it bothers you so much. It's the MLS, as in Major League Soccer, not the American League Soccer. 

The only team that clashes area with those 3 you mentioned is York 9 FC (my team). York is incredibly close to Toronto, and I'm sure TFC fans will continue supporting their team. York 9 have the smallest fanbase from what I've seen so far, but still have a group which I am a part of.

Most people I met in Canada don't give a hoot about the MLS. I doubt those same people will care for the CanPL, but that's generalizing. Those 3 teams have strong followings, but not all of Canada is multicultural, and they are being smart about it.

Halifax doesn't have a team in anything. They are also arguably the soccer capital of the country as they are some of the pioneers of the sport in the country. Saskatoon is another one that is rumoured to join the league, but don't have a team in anything. I heard the fans were so welcoming at the airport to their new signings

Winnipeg is full of natives, yet all of Manitoba is showing some support to Valour FC. I've seen it in Thomspon too, not just Winnipeg.

A new league will take time to have fan support, especially given it's not a football country. However, it's been a promising start. I don't see how the league will fail if they keep patience to be honest. Most of the stadiums are small and there is clear interest for this to happen. Like in the USA, football has grown enough in Canada for it to work, especially considering the CanMNT is actually somewhat competitive now as opposed to before where it was impossible to support them because of how dull and bad at football they were. 

TFC, Vancouver and Montreal will always be part of the MLS cos they are franchise teams, these aren't. This is more of a traditional league.

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Something like 85% of Canadas population resides in the area between Toronto and Ottawa. 

If MLS captures that market, as well as the next two major cities, Vancouver and Montreal, I'm not sure what kind of fanbase they will have. I've seen soccer leagues in the US fail many many times, and the original Atlanta team that I had ST to have since folded due to lack of finances. 

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