The 2020 Canadian Premier League Schedule Is Here
Update: The CPL has switched all Tuesday and Thursday matches to an evening time slot, and made some fixture changes for August 23. The table below reflects these updates.
The Canadian Premier League has just released its schedule for The Island Games, with the regular season fixtures now live on the league website.
The league will kick off this Thursday with a match between Forge FC and Cavalry FC, with a double-header following on Saturday between first York9 FC and Atletico Ottawa, and then a coast-to-coast clash between the Halifax Wanderers and Pacific FC. Another double-header on Sunday will see Valour kickstart its campaign against Cavalry FC, with Forge FC then taking on FC Edmonton.
Fans can take a look at the regular season schedule below:
|Date||Time (Eastern)||Home Club||Away Club|
|Thursday August 13||8:00PM||Forge FC||Cavalry FC|
|Saturday August 15||12:00PM||York9 FC||Atletico Ottawa|
|Saturday August 15||3:00PM||Halifax Wanderers||Pacific FC|
|Sunday August 16||12:00PM||Valour||Cavalry|
|Sunday August 16||3:00PM||Forge FC||FC Edmonton|
|Tuesday August 18||8:00PM||Pacific FC||York9 FC|
|Wednesday August 19||1:00PM||Atletico Ottawa||Valour FC|
|Wednesday August 19||8:00PM||Halifax Wanderers||Forge FC|
|Thursday August 20||8:00PM||FC Edmonton||Cavalry FC|
|Saturday August 22||1:00PM||York9 FC||Valour FC|
|Saturday August 22||4:00PM||Forge FC||Pacific FC|
|Sunday August 23||1:00PM||Atletico Ottawa||FC Edmonton|
|Sunday August 23||8:00PM||Cavalry FC||Halifax Wanderers|
|Tuesday August 25||8:00PM||Pacific FC||Valour FC|
|Wednesday August 26||1:00PM||York9 FC||Forge FC|
|Wednesday August 26||8:00PM||FC Edmonton||Halifax Wanderers|
|Thursday August 27||3:00PM||Atletico Ottawa||Cavalry FC|
|Saturday August 29||12:00PM||Valour FC||FC Edmonton|
|Saturday August 29||3:00PM||Halifax Wanderers||York9 FC|
|Sunday August 30||12:00PM||Cavalry FC||Pacific FC|
|Sunday August 30||3:00PM||Atletico Ottawa||Forge FC|
|Tuesday September 1||8:00PM||FC Edmonton||York9 FC|
|Wednesday September 2||1:00PM||Valour FC||Halifax Wanderers|
|Wednesday September 2||8:00PM||Pacific FC||Atletico Ottawa|
|Saturday September 5||12:00PM||Forge FC||Valour FC|
|Saturday September 5||3:00PM||Cavalry FC||York9 FC|
|Sunday September 6||12:00PM||Halifax Wanderers||Atletico Ottawa|
|Sunday September 6||3:00PM||Pacific FC||FC Edmonton|
There are only four evening games out of the regular season, with the rest of the matches taking place between 12:00PM and 4:00PM respectively. Each club averages 3-4 days between games, but there are no obvious scheduling advantages for any of them – though Cavalry and Forge are the only sides to get a six day rest ahead of their final fixture of the regular season.
There will be no Monday or Friday matches throughout the regular season, with the abundance of early afternoon weekday fixtures likely to prove less than popular with many fans – though scheduling concessions evidently had to be made to accommodate the shortened season ahead of the colder weather.
Valour FC have the roughest schedule of the lot, having only three days between matches on four occasions, and four days between matches on two. Fittingly, FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus – whose side averages 3.5 days between each regular season matchup – has made it no secret that he believes the health and freshness of a playing squad will overshadow technical and tactical aspects of the game in this shortened season.
The top four sides from the regular season will then go through a second round robin tournament for the playoffs, though the league has yet to reveal which days these fixtures will land on. After those matches play out, the top two sides will then head to the CPL Final.
Every match will be available on OneSoccer, with the streaming service having just announcing expanded coverage that includes new pre-and-post match coverage, pundits like James Sharman and Craig Forrest, and a new commentary addition in Brendan Dunlop.
CBC Sports also appears poised to pick up some of the games, with Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan also having mentioned that the league was in discussions with another broadcast network which is suspected to be TSN. As of right now, those broadcast schedules are not confirmed.
Today has proven to be a busy day for Canadian Premier League fans, with Atletico Ottawa announcing no less than six new players, Toronto FC loaning two youngsters to Valour FC, and the Halifax Wanderers already running into some injury troubles.
The league has not revealed its postseason schedule, which is expected to run until mid-September. Following that, rumours have circulated that the first round of the Canadian Championship will then be played by the CPL sides.