Friday, February 04, 2011

New D3 "Non-Amateur" League in Ontario and Quebec?

This just came across my desk on a busy afternoon. there appears to be a serious movement from the Durham and Peel-Halton Regions to get a new non-amateur league of the ground in time for a spring 2011 kick-off.

This new league is currently going through the process of seeking approval to become the only Level 1 professional league sanctioned by the Ontario Soccer
Association and have made presentations to OSA President, Ron Smale, and several large District Associations.

This league aspires to be the premier D3 professional league serving Ontario and Quebec and will ultimately serve as a progressive model for growing professional soccer at the D3 level throughout Canada.

In partnership with provincial governing bodies and, in co-operation with the Canadian Soccer Association, this league will serve as an pathway for young, talented, committed and ambitious players who aspire to make the significant transition from competitive youth soccer to senior professional soccer.

The league will operate a Spring to Fall schedule and feature between 18-24 games. Depending on the number of clubs participating in our inaugural season, the league will aim for a home-away schedule complimented by a league cup competition.
Member clubs will also be expected to field a U21 Reserve Team and a formal reserve league will be established.

You can download the full information package with projected budgets and expected members in pdf format here.

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