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February 8, 2013
Development leagues could change Canadian soccer
(Richard Starnes, Ottawa Citizen) - A minor earthquake rumbled through Canada on Monday. Not the type that shakes buildings to pieces, but most certainly the type that promises to alter the landscape of top level soccer in this country.
What would you say to our very own regional network of semi-pro leagues for young players to use as a stepping stone to a professional career?
For as long as I can remember, Canadian professional soccer has been a joke. Yes, there have been and still are semi-pro leagues in different regions of the country. But they have always marched to their own beat, always operated as entities interested only in themselves. >>>
February 6, 2013
Hamilton FC completes relocation to Kitchener
(RELEASE) - K-W United FC was formally presented to the public Wednesday afternoon as the newest PDL/W-League franchise to commence play for the 2013 season. The announcement was made at a press conference held at Core Lifestyle and Recreation Complex in Kitchener. K-W United FC is the new moniker of the former Hamilton FC Rage, which has been participating in the PDL and W-League since 2010.
“We are thrilled to bring a PDL and W-League franchise to the Waterloo Region.” said Barry MacLean, President of K-W United FC. “The sport has grown dramatically in this area and we expect these teams to be a springboard for our best local talent.” >>>
February 5, 2013
"In A League of Our Own": Mandatory Reading
(Dave Rowaan, Waking the Red) - Most people who follow the game of soccer in Canada have heard the talk surrounding the Easton Report that the CSA commissioned back in late 2011. The study was intended to take a look into the viability of division II soccer in Canada and find a way to move the sport forward.
The CSA has now published some of the findings from that study by Rethink Management group in a 32 page document entitled "In A League of Our Own". The document, which is available on the CSA website, gives fans an easy read version of what was found after years of work that included talking to many of the people who take an active interest in the game in Canada. There is even a good chance that some of the people reading this (or the one writing it) took the time to complete a survey that formed part of the study. >>>
(EMC Sports) - The search for Ottawa's North American Soccer League team coach could be a step closer, said Ottawa Fury owner and president John Pugh.
The franchise will commence league play in 2014 as the major stadium reconstruction project at Frank Clair Stadium at Lansdowne Park is completed.
"We do have a search in progress," said Pugh, who is also a partner with NASL franchise owner Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. "We have had some initial discussions with some coaches and we are now in the process of trying to get a short list of people that we would like to interview. >>>