Canadian Premier League

The Canadian Premier League (CPL or CanPL; French: Première ligue canadienne) is a professional soccer league in Canada. At the top of the Canadian soccer league system, it is the country's primary national soccer league competition. The league consists of eight teams, from five of Canada's ten provinces.[1] Each team plays 28 games in the regular season which is followed by playoffs culminating in the CPL Finals.

Canadian Premier League
FoundedMay 6, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-05-06)
First season2019
(North American Football Union)
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Canadian Championship
International cup(s)CONCACAF League
Current championsPacific FC (1st title)
Most championshipsForge FC (2 titles)
Most appearancesKyle Bekker (67)
Top goalscorerEaston Ongaro (25)
TV partnersOneSoccer
Current: 2022 Canadian Premier League season

The CPL champion earns a berth in the CONCACAF League, playing against teams from Central America and the Caribbean. All CPL teams also play in the Canadian Championship against Canadian clubs from other leagues. Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions League is available to CPL clubs through either the Canadian Championship or CONCACAF League. Commencing in 2024, the CPL will be awarded two slots directly in to the CONCACAF Champions League.[2]

The league was officially sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association on May 6, 2017, originally with a soft launch date of 2018, that was later pushed back to 2019. The league's focus is to improve national soccer talent and the sport in Canada, with several rules in place to ensure this. These include a minimum quota of Canadian players on team rosters and starting line-ups, requirements for domestic under-21 players, and a Canadian university draft.

The league's first season included seven teams, while an eighth, Atlético Ottawa, joined for the second season in 2020. The CPL is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.[3]

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