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U-Sector Supporters of Toronto FC, USector, U Sector, MLS, Soccer, Football, Fans CSL take on soccer structure in Canada...
Rocket Robin
Posted: Jan 12 2012, 11:46 PM
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A stronger professional soccer structure for Canada

TORONTO – Thursday, January 12 - Canada, perhaps more than most countries in membership with FIFA, has often experienced difficulty defining its professional soccer structure and this is due in part to Canadian teams playing in leagues based in the United States, while at the same time a number of North American leagues have come and gone during the second half of the last century.

Today, there are three Canadian teams – Montreal Impact, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC - in membership with the U.S.-based Major League Soccer, while Edmonton FC is the lone Canadian team in a new North American Soccer League which was launched in the United States and Canada on April 9, 2011. (The old NASL ran from 1968 to 1984).

The other component of Canada’s professional soccer structure and designated semi-professional soccer by the CSA, is a growing Canadian Soccer League, a continuation of forerunner leagues NSL, CNSL and CPSL, going back to 1926.

It’s been hard to define the three Canadian MLS teams as a Canadian division in Canada and it’s even more difficult to see one team – Edmonton FC – defined as another division in the context of the Canadian soccer community. What can be said is that these teams now form the upper level Canadian professional soccer structure in which the teams play under U.S. league rules.

The CSL is the only league in direct membership with Canada’s national soccer governance CSA. It’s also 100 per cent Canadian, having resisted approaches over the years from teams in New York State and Michigan wanting to play the CSL level of soccer unavailable in their respective regions. The CSL occupies the upper level semi-professional structure as designated by the CSA, while semi-professional leagues launched within the jurisdiction of the provincial governing bodies form a next level, usually more accessible to a greater number of players wanting to step up from the vast amateur soccer population that is today the largest of all Canadian team sports.

The CSA has commissioned James Easton, a former Canadian youth and national team player with his company, the Rethink Management Group, to examine the viability of a Canadian professional league to be played as the highest level in a Canadian league structure.

The feasibility study will include similar work done in other countries and is expected to be concluded by the spring of 2012.

The CSL, which has an opportunity to fill that role under the guidance and rules of the CSA, has already planned for eventual expansion on a regional basis. This means except when required for special once-in-a-while championship games involving teams from each region, there will not be extensive travel with the attendant costs that caused the demise of numerous teams and leagues and which plagued North American soccer through to the end of the last century.

It now appears the day is not too far off when this country’s professional soccer will be clearer for everyone and stronger, a favourable development that should help Canada be more competitive on the world stage.


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Rocket Robin
Posted: Jan 26 2012, 03:17 PM
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The business of soccer a league priority urges CSL team owner

TORONTO – Wednesday, January 25 - The CSL is turning its attention to the business of soccer, which is expected to be a major point of focus leading to the upcoming 2012 season and beyond. Financial strength will be given greater consideration in the league’s future development and the role the league will play as a significant member of the Canadian soccer community.

The league administration and the member clubs are in general agreement that CSL games are attractive to watch, having reached a good skill level over the years, but the business side has not kept pace and has some catching up to do.

Tony De Thomasis, owner of the CSL’s York Region Shooters, is one expressing his views on the subject. “ We have a great soccer history and soccer we are good at, but we must now give more thought to the business side of the league,” says De Thomasis, a successful businessman in the financial and investments sector who believes that a sound financial base with good, experienced ownership, will take the league much beyond what it has achieved so far.

“Perhaps it’s just the way the earlier clubs looked at professional soccer, but today all pro clubs must see that a stable, strong future is based on firm business principles and business skills. At this level, it’s no longer a hobby, no longer just what takes place on the field of play,” said De Thomasis.

As a league, the CSL is experiencing unprecedented attention and interest from home and overseas. And for good reason. The increasing number of enquiries suggest Canada is certainly the place to be for talented individual foreign players unable to break into professional soccer in their own country, while here at home the CSL is receiving enquiries from community teams and groups with a desire to move up to the higher level semi-professional game

In the 2011 season, the CSL had 17 clubs in membership and fielded 14 teams in each of its first and second divisions and with last year’s member clubs committed to return for the upcoming 2012 campaign, it’s clear the top division may well be a bulky minimum 17 teams.
In a league known for its good play, it’s not surprising that during the past three seasons, no less than 27 players with CSL teams moved to higher level clubs overseas and 42 were selected for one or more of the national teams of their country – including Canada.

But the CSL administration and the member clubs are giving more attention and thought to the business side of the CSL and what this will mean for the future of a league that was formed back in 1926 and has faithfully maintained its Canadian identity since that time.

De Thomasis, a strong proponent of interfacing youth players with professional soccer to accelerate a player’s development, feels the CSL and its forerunner leagues played very good soccer, but have been short on vision when it came to building a successful league in the modern game.

It’s also generally agreed that a stronger CSL will contribute meaningfully to a stronger professional soccer structure for Canada, which is bound to help the Canadian national teams compete more favourably in world competition.

Canadian standards for professional soccer written in 1996 have been reviewed recently by the national governing body CSA and a new base line is now being set for the CSL and its teams. The CSL and the Canadian Soccer Association are presently discussing these revised standards, some media reporting of which has lacked accuracy, including the tone of the discussions taking place and suggested course of action by the CSA if the new standards cannot be met.

Pino Jazbec, the CSL league administrator, is confident the league will meet the CSA’s necessary requirements for professional soccer, but makes a point that a few CSL clubs for the first time in their history are facing some financial standards that translate into higher cost. Jazbec says, however, “Given a little time, this is something the league and the clubs will come to terms with, while at the same time from a business perspective we will position ourselves to more easily adjust to such changes in the future.”

The CSL will release its 2012 league formation during February-March for a six-month long campaign beginning the first week of May through to the end of October.



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