Prince Edward Island to host Canadian Professional Soccer League season starting August 13

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The eight teams in the Canadian Premier League will play a shortened 2020 season in Charlottetown, league commissioner David Clanachan confirmed on Wednesday.The professional league, in its second season, was supposed to start playing in April but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The new shortened season, which is dubbed the Island Games, will begin on August 13 at the University of Prince Edward Island.

“We are going to be visitors to the island for almost two months and we can’t wait to be there,” Clanachan said.

The eight teams in the league are HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax), Atlético Ottawa, York9 FC (York Region, near Toronto), Forge FC (Hamilton), Valor FC (Winnipeg), FC Edmonton , Cavalry FC (Calgary) and Pacific FC (Grand Victoria).

The players and staff, around 300 in total, including some from Europe and Mexico, are currently self-isolating in their teams’ hometowns, Clanachan said.

They were tested once for the coronavirus and all results came back negative, he said. They will be tested again before they arrive and twice when they arrive in Prince Edward Island on August 8, he said.

When they arrive in Prince Edward Island, they self-isolate for five days, Clanachan said. They will be staying at the Delta Hotel in Charlottetown, one team per floor.

The Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown will serve as the home port for approximately 300 players and staff from Canada’s eight Premier League teams, starting in August. (Wayne Thibodeau / CBC)

The winner gets a seat for CONCACAF 2021

The season will start with each team playing once. The top four teams will advance to a second round group stage. The top two clubs from the group stage will then play a single match to determine the league on a date in September to be announced later. The champion will receive the North Star Shield and a place in the CONCACAF 2021 league.

All games will be played in a sequestered outdoor environment with no fans.

All matches will be broadcast exclusively through Canadian Premier League media partner OneSoccer.

Langford, BC and Moncton were also in the running to host the CPL season.

“Best place in the country” to host the league: MacKay

Many local businesses, the government of Prince Edward Island and the city of Charlottetown lobbied for the league to come to the island.

“We believe Prince Edward Island is the best place in the country to safely host the Canadian Premier League and we are very proud to receive this special occasion,” said Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture of Prince Edward Island, Matthew MacKay in a press release.

“In these uncertain times, we are committed to doing all we can to stimulate our provincial economy while following mandatory public health protocols, and to promote our island as a premier travel destination so that when the time comes. , we can welcome visitors to Prince Edward Island. ”

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