CPL Planning to Resume in Vancouver Island?

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, June 12, 2020

As professional leagues make resumtion plans for their respective seasons, the CPL has yet to provide a framework or propose any solutions on how they will play out the 2020 season. This season is a big one for the CPL - it is their second season as a professional top-flight Canadian league and an expansion in the nation's capital indicate the league need to continue building momentum and expand their fanbase in hopes of gaining a devoted following in order to continue providing a pathway for Canadian players to become professionals. 

Leagues around the world such as the Bundesliga, EPL, Serie A, La Liga, and most recently, MLS, have all outlined return to play protocals and will have all resumed play within the next month. 

The questions surrounding the possible return for the CPL are where games will be played? How many games will the modified 2020 season consist of? Or if the CPL will scrap the regular season all together and return with a tournament format similar to the MLS? 

Earlier today, York U Lions Master coach of men's and women's soccer and former York 9 FC assistant coach Carmine Isacco joined myself, Sabrina Belmonte, and BarnBurner CEO Joe Peisich for a soccer show, where we discussed all leagues resuming. 

According to Isacco, the CPL may in fact have a resumption plan in mind as well as a neutral location for all its games: 

"I think that they (CPL and CPL players union) are going to come to a conclusion to play. I think it's going to be in a centralized area. It's looking more and more like Vancouver Island. It'll be a situation where they're playing a 7 game...a 7--8 game regular season and the top 4 teams out of the 8 will go into a playoff format and then they'll have a champion. And there is still the opportunity for Forge to play in the Champions League - that hasn't been decided. And there is still the opportunity to have a Canada Cup - that hasn't been decided just yet. But, I think the format will be a 7-8 game season, a final 4, and I think that the players will be in Vancouver Island for anywhere from 33 to 60 days, so that's what it's looking more and more like." 

Depending on how the league spreads the games out - one game or two games each week, a 7 or 8 game regular season at a neutral site followed by a final four playoff round could be the best case scenario and would allow the league to begin planning the 2021 season - potentially with an earlier start date and extended season. 

What are your thoughts on these potential plans for the CPL season? Should they resume with a different format? 

Check out the full conversation with York Lions Master coach Carmine Isacco:




Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League