YELLOWKNIFE, NWT — Four groups were approved for professional club membership by Canada Soccer on Saturday, paving the way for them to potentially join the Canadian Premier League.
Clubs from Halifax, Calgary, Port City, B.C., and York Region, Ont., got the seal of approval at the national governing body’s annual general meeting in Yellowknife.
The Canadian Premier League was approved for league membership with Canada Soccer last year, along with clubs in Hamilton and Winnipeg.
CPL is set to debut as a professional men’s soccer league in the spring of 2019, and will serve as a Tier I league.
“Today’s acceptance of four new professional clubs bringing the association to its highest ever total of 11 is a clear indication of the strength and potential for the game in our country,” said Canada Soccer president Steven Reed.
FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, still has to approve the league and its clubs.
Recognition from Canada’s national association was a necessary step before that could happen.
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