The Ontario Soccer Association

Media Release
CPSL (Ontario)
Tel: (905) 264-9390
Fax: (905) 264-9445
7601 Martin Grove Road,
Vaughan, Ontario
L4L 9E4
New Professional Soccer League Launched
Canadian Professional Soccer League (Ontario Division)
Will Kick-off in 1998

The Ontario Soccer Association and the Canadian National Soccer League are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement on a new professional soccer league that will commence play in the spring of 1998.

The Ontario Soccer Association - the governing body for all soccer in the Province of Ontario - had been working on plans to launch its own professional league next year.

The Canadian National Soccer League (previously the National Soccer League - Ontario ) has a long history as a professional league primarily within Ontario but with the occasional foray into other provinces and into the United States.

Recognising the obvious benefits to the game of soccer, the two groups have agreed to merge their efforts into forming one strong professional league in Ontario.

Said OSA President, Edward Grenda, "Everyone agrees that a strong professional league is important for the future of soccer in this Country. We need a league that the young players of today can look forward to playing in the future. The Canadian Professional Soccer League (Ontario Division) will play a key role in youth player development, providing opportunities for our referees to officiate at the highest levels of the game and in promoting the game of soccer in this province".

While the efforts of the new league will be concentrated in promoting the professional game in Ontario, they hope that similar provincial or regional divisions can be established in other parts of Canada under the umbrella of the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

Said CNSL’s Michael Di Biase, "While a true national professional soccer league playing coast-to-coast is unlikely to succeed in the near future - (we know that previous attempts have failed because of the costs involved) - we believe that the provincial/regional set up that we are proposing with national play-offs between the divisional champions is definitely feasible".

Added Edward Grenda, "Our initial emphasis is on building the professional game within Ontario. However, we are also anxious to sit down with the Canadian Soccer Association and other interested parties to see what can be done at the national level. In fact, the CSA has scheduled meetings for this fall on this very issue".

This newly formed CPSL-League Management Committee will entertain applications from the candidates who were interested in playing in the OSA’s league and from Clubs that play in the CNSL in addition to new applicants. The application deadline is September 15, 1997.

For more information contact Brian Avey.