Today, the Canadian Premier League together with its owners, clubs and player leadership unanimously agreed on the structure and concept of a proposed strategy on the possibility of a 2020 CPL season.
The CPL feels an obligation on behalf of our players, teams, supporters and partners, to get back on the pitch and that can’t happen without the players input and support. The health and safety of all is the single most important issue and it is vital that appropriate health and safety protocols mandated by the local and Provincial officials are in place and agreed to by all stakeholders – players, clubs, owners, league and Canada Soccer, the CPL’s governing body.
“Our position since we began the journey of building the League from the ground up has been to work together,” said David Clanachan, Canadian Premier League Commissioner. “We started this process behind the scenes many weeks ago in consultation with our owners last week on the many details and protocols required to safely return to the field of play, and potential opportunities that may emerge. This led to the next step of a collaborative discussion with the players this week.”
Clanachan continued, “It’s been gratifying and rewarding to see how much collective enthusiasm and co-operation there has been, and we have landed in an excellent and unanimous position with our clubs and club player leadership.”
“FC Edmonton is excited by the progress that has been made regarding a return to play plan for the 2020 season,” the club said. “We are all excited at the prospect of getting back on the field and playing the game that we love, all while ensuring the safety of the members of our organization, including their families. Being able to get back on the pitch, return to play, and have a competition for the 2020 season will be very important for soccer in Canada, and especially for all involved.”
The next step will be to engage with the fans and partners as the Canadian Premier League with its Clubs work collectively to find a solution for a 2020 CPL season.
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ABOUT FC EDMONTON
Founded by Tom and Dave Fath in 2010, FC Edmonton is a founding member of the Canadian Premier League, a Tier 1 Canadian professional men’s soccer league that debuted on April 27, 2019. Previously, the club was a founding member of the most recent iteration of the North American Soccer League, making the playoffs twice. FC Edmonton plays out of Clarke Stadium and continues to be an outlet for professional Canadian players to compete at home.