Canadian Premier League
Winnipeg Football Club Looks at Bringing Professional Winnipeg Soccer team to Manitoba
The Winnipeg Football Club can confirm they are working alongside the group that is committed to bringing a Tier 1 FIFA sanctioned soccer league to Canada.
The proposed league, the Canadian Premier League (CPL) – will place teams in many markets and will assemble an ownership group of owner/operators with world-class experience. A Hamilton ownership group has already confirmed they are on board and will support a team. Currently, Canada does not have its own professional league.
Earlier this year, the WFC expressed an interest in establishing a team here in Winnipeg. As part of this ongoing process, the WFC has applied and been accepted as a member of the Canadian Soccer Association. The team would play out of Investors Group Field, currently home to the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“For the past 18 months, we have been working with the group that is spearheading this venture and have indicated our interest in founding a club here in Manitoba,” said WFC President & CEO Wade Miller.
Details on the CPL are still forthcoming, but former Toronto FC executive Paul Beirne has been hired as the new league’s Project Manager. The league is hoping to commence play in the fall of 2018.
“We know from hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that this community has a passion for the sport,” added Miller. “There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to move this endeavor forward.”
The WFC looks forward to updating the community over the next several months on the progress of the Canadian Premier League and the status of a potential team in Winnipeg.
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