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  1. Just read the blogs by Jason de Vos re: fixing Canadian soccer at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/_soccer/jason_de_vos/ and he has suggested the implementation of an academy system to develop Canada's elite players for soccer. I know the Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada (SAAC) has started down this path. But there is one existing network that could also be used : the CIS/university system. Would it not be viable for university clubs like the U de M Carabins to have an academy for 13-17 yr olds where elite talent could train at the university during the summer months? Would it be sensible for university teams to have an academy system like the Edmonton Green and Gold already do? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this be? I open the board and this topic to debate and discussion.
  2. Like the idea, BUT it would be preferable to have a provincial squads for the Prairies and Maritimes as the senior clubs already participate it the National Challenge Cup. Just a thought.
  3. Bxl Boy, this is not just the CSL. Another Canadian league has folded Read here : http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/sports/article/225480--infighting-breaks-apart-rugby-canada-super-league The only way to make any CSL work and allow pro teams like the Impact to support it (ie allow more teams in Quebec) could be to merge with the CIS(university) and CCAA(collegiate) and build a junior league(instead of a semipro league) similar to the CHL see here www.chl.ca (The CSL has said it wants to be a strong plyer development league anyway) Just a thought. FWIW I talked to someone who plays for Longueuil and who coaches a youth team in St-Bruno(name withheld by request) and he said if there was a South Shore team there would be more value if it was a junior team than a semi pro team.
  4. The CSL will still have a place but it could function as a junior league. My vision : Create a strong junior league along the lines of Scottish junior soccer and the CHL - Canadian junior hockey. Have 4 major conferences: East (Quebec/Maritimes) Central (Ontario) International (Toronto) West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan,Alberta, British Columbia) The International Division could be kept BUT the teams would change their names for example Itatlia Shooters become Inter Toronto and the proposed Greek team would become Sparta Toronto. These international teams would become academy type teams and players would be scouted by various international clubs (Inter Toronto would be scouted by various Italian teams like Juventus) The other divisions would be university and collegiate teams and would reflect their geographical areas as much as possible for example Nippissing Universtiy in North Bay becomes Nippissing United, Brock Univesity in Ste-Catherines Ont becomes Niagara United Champlain Cavaliers and College Francais could field a RSM FC(Rive Sud Montreal) Each of these colleges and universities would become soccer academies and there would be affilations with local youth clubs. Teams required to field 3 or 4 U18s, 3 U20s to give the best talent a chance to play elite soccer. Use univesity or college stadiums, when it gets established then look at soccer stadiums with 1000-200 seats. play from May-October Just a thought.
  5. Nutrilite Canadian Championship West Victoria Highlanders Vancouver Whitecaps Abbotsford Mariners East Thunder Bay Chill FC London Toronto FC Hamilton??(If Lynx move) Ottawa Fury Montreal Impact Just a thought.
  6. What would be a better use of resources is if the CSL merged with CIS/CCAA and repositioned itself as a strong junior soccer league similar to the CHL. Becasue to expect 3-4000 spectators at a semi-pro teams game each time is not realistic. A CSL should be more for player developemnt and let Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and other Cdn. cities use existing structures MLS USL-1 and USL-2 for prosoccer. Just a thought. Just a thought.
  7. What about repositioning the entire CSL and possilby merging it with the CCAA and CIS to create a functional junior league, similar to Scottish junior soccer and Canadian junior hockey??
  8. It would be cool to have a true challenge cup in Canada where the holder of the cup could be challenged to defend it in there home stadia .. so let say Vancover holds the cup.. the Thunder bay PDL could challenge and goto Van play for it.. if I am not mistaken some of curling competitions follow such a method.
  9. If you want to have a national league to develop elite players why not merge the CSL, CCAA(collegiate) and CIS (university) and create some sort of Junior soccer league. Just a thought.
  10. Richard, how about this idea for a Memorial Cup-type Championship : Western Conference : PCSL vs CSL Western Division Central Conference : CSL National vs CSL International Eastern Conference : Qc Semi-Pro League vs Eastlink Premiership Host City Just a thought.
  11. CEPSUM Qc finals, Nov. 2, 2008 : Women : U de M 2 Univ. Sherbrooke 0 Men : U de M 1 Laval Rouge et Or 0
  12. Trois Rivieres Attak beat Portugal FC 7-0
  13. From Quebec - Coupe de Quebec 2007, Sept. 7, 2007 from Parc Bois de Boulogne, Laval Women : Dynamo de Quebec 3, FC Select Rive Sud 1 Men : Panellinios 2, Dollard Red Star 0
  14. You may find this site a help re: soccer in Japan http://www.wldcup.com/Asia/jleague/index.html The J-League (or Japanese Professional Soccer League) has two divisions with promotion and relegation. There are strict criteria for entering the J-League re: quality and size of stadiums, financial stability, organizational stucture. Each club MUST have a stadium that can hold 15 000 people (for J1) and 12 000 people (for J2), The clubs MUST be part of the community (and have the name of the community in its title) and play an active role in promoting sport in that community. The clubs have to be owned by organizations whose primary purpose is sport (i.e. company teams for example Honda FC are NOT allowed in J1 or J2) and must have sufficiant revenue streams. Below J1 and J2 is the JFL (Japan Football League) which has company teams, university teams. Promotion to J2 is NOT automatic and is only open to stand alone teams that meet the above mentioned criteria of ownership and finances. Then there are the Regional and Prefectural Leagues and there is promotion/relegation betweeen it and the JFL. The JFL and regional leagues are considered amateur. If we were to apply this to North America (Canada/USA), the MLS, USL 1 and USL 2 would be considered professional, the NPSL and PDL, and all provincial, state leagues and CSL would be considered amateur. (or PDL could become an official reserve league, while NPSL becomes a national amateur league, with promotion relegation between it and provincial and state leagues) If the Japanese criteria were to be applied to the MLS, USL-1 and USL-2 structures, there would have to be AT LEAST 40 to 50 franchises (or clubs) that would be capable of handling promotion and relegation (which is not the case right now). These clubs would have to be full club structure (with reserve and youth sides), would NOT be company or ethnic clubs (like Toronto Croatia or New York Red Bull, I don't know why that was allowed in MLS), would have stable attendance and be well advertised (no California Victory or Miami FC - currently in USL1 - which draw crowds in the 100's).
  15. Doyle G. The ONLY way "single table" can work in Canada (for ANY potential CSL) or North America (USL D1) (and keep travel costs reasonable for clubs) is if the teams have regional play when they go on road trips. I'll use the USL D1 scenario (if they reach 16 teams, and use 4 "regions") USL D1 West "region" Vancouver Whitecaps Portland Timbers Seattle Sounders California Victory Central "region" Minnesota Thunder ? ? ? South "region" Charleston Batttery Atlanta Silverbacks Puerto Rico Islanders Miami FC Carolina Railhawks North "region" Montreal Impact Rochester Raging Rhinos ? ? USL D1 "schedule" Ex. Montreal Impact (North 'region") March - West "region" clubs Away April - South "region" clubs Away May - North "region" clubs Home June - South "region" clubs Home July - West "region" clubs Home Aug. - Central "region" clubs Home Sept. - North "region" clubs Away Oct. - Central "region" clubs Away No playoffs Stretches the playing schedule to 8 months while working with the constraints of weather. When I mean "regional play" it is that clubs will fly by plane to one region and travel by bus to play the teams in that region (e.g Montreal would fly to Vancouver and travel by bus to Portland, Seattle and California) Keep in mind the USL D1 will still be single table. Just a thought.
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