The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off on Wednesday, May 3 when United Soccer League (USL) side Ottawa Fury FC host North American Soccer League (NASL) side FC Edmonton in a head-to-head elimination series.
After scandal arose in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) in 2013, local soccer advocates called for the creation of an alternative provincial league - enter League1 Ontario.
Toronto FC have announced that the club has re-branded its Senior Academy that currently competes in the League1 Ontario to Toronto FC III.
League1 Ontario continues to expand. Four new teams will join the Ontario semi-professional league in 2017, with three new teams joining the women's division and one more team being added to the men's division.
The Canadian Soccer League (CSL), once Canada's official professional league has faced many difficulties and challenges in the past few years. With that said, it survived the introduction of League1 Ontario into the Canadian soccer eco-system, but can it do the same with the introduction of the Canadian Premier League (CPL)?
A big question that every soccer fan in Canada now ask themselves: can the newly proposed CPL succeed where League1 Ontario and the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) have failed?