Canadian Premier League revamps schedule for second season

Hamilton’s Forge FC celebrate winning the inaugural Canadian Premier League championship (Credit: CPL)

The Canadian Premier League has revamped its schedule for its season season in 2020 following the arrival of Atlético Ottawa as the league’s eighth team.

Each team will play 28 matches in the regular season, 14 at home and 14 away. Last season’s Spring and Fall split-season system has been ditched and a more traditional single-table format has been adopted.

The team that finishes first in the overall standings at the end of the regular season will qualify for the 2020 championship game. The second- and third-place teams will then face each other in a one-game play-off will determine who also advances to the final.

“The process around single table was that we were challenged by our supporters and fans to look at different ways to look at the league, and by media guys, too, for what we could do differently,” CPL commissioner David Clanachan told CanPL.ca.

“When we went back and looked at what happened last year, we realized that more clubs could stay in the hunt for a longer period of time in a single table. Granted, it won’t always work that way, but that’s OK – that’s football. But, we think this is something the clubs will get into, especially with an eighth club coming in,” he said.

The 2020 CPL season begins on April 11 and concludes on October 4, which represents an earlier start and finish compared to 2019. The 2020 season will also see teams play on Friday evenings for the first time, with no midweek games taking place in non-summer months.

Earlier this month, the CPL announced it had partnered with computer games publisher Electronic Arts to create the inaugural eCanadian Premier League (eCPL) esports tournament.

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