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    2021 CPL season: What you need to know before ‘The Kickoff’

    Photo Credit: Coutesy of HFX Wanderers players Andre Rampersad, Pierre Lamothe, Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé, and Stefan Karajovanovic. (HFX Wanderers FC)

    Excerpts of the following story by are courtesy of the Canadian Premier League by Marty Thompson, Digital Content Editor (@MARTYTHOMPSON_) from June 10, 2021:

    With “The Kickoff” presented by Volkswagen, all eight CPL clubs set to travel to the heart of the continent – Winnipeg, Manitoba – for a four-week, 32-game single site start to the 2021 CPL season starting June 24. It’s an unusual, but necessary, start to the Canadian footballing season, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to hinder what a full CPL season could be.

    The CPL’s return to a single site follows the Island Games – a 35-match 2020 tournament held on Prince Edward Island. Forge FC of Hamilton emerged victorious from that season, repeating as CPL champions following a dramatic North Star Shield-winning campaign in 2019.

    As Canada’s professional soccer league prepares for its third season in a peculiar way, we here at have decided to cover the basics and keep you up to speed.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 CPL season starting with The Kickoff in Winnipeg.

    RELATED READING: CPL off-season roster tracker: Who’s in and who’s out for 2021? || Commissioner Clanachan Q&A: Return to fans, choosing Winnipeg for The Kickoff, CPL’s ‘flexibility’ in face of COVID-19 || 2021 CPL ‘Kickoff’ schedule presented by WestJet: View all 32 matches

    Season to begin in Winnipeg with The Kickoff

    IG Field in Winnipeg, Man. (Valour FC)
    IG Field in Winnipeg, Man. (Valour FC)

    First things first: COVID-19 restrictions have sent the league and its teams to a sequestered IG Field with the goal of returning to home markets when vaccinations and restrictions allow them to do so.

    “The reason why we’re in a single site is because we want to get started,” CPL commissioner David Clanachan said in a Q&A with “We were never going to get started this way, based on the geography of the country, in our home markets.

    For the rest of the story on why Winnipeg, which teams kick off the season and why start the season this way, please go to:

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