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The 2020 Canadian Premier League Schedule Is Here

By on August 10, 2020 0 1884 Views

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:

DateTime (Eastern)Home ClubAway Club
Thursday August 138:00PMForge FCCavalry FC
Saturday August 1512:00PMYork9 FCAtletico Ottawa
Saturday August 153:00PMHalifax WanderersPacific FC
Sunday August 1612:00PMValourCavalry
Sunday August 163:00PMForge FCFC Edmonton
Tuesday August 188:00PMPacific FCYork9 FC
Wednesday August 191:00PMAtletico OttawaValour FC
Wednesday August 198:00PMHalifax WanderersForge FC
Thursday August 208:00PMFC EdmontonCavalry FC
Saturday August 221:00PMYork9 FCValour FC
Saturday August 224:00PMForge FCPacific FC
Sunday August 231:00PMAtletico OttawaFC Edmonton
Sunday August 238:00PMCavalry FCHalifax Wanderers
Tuesday August 258:00PMPacific FCValour FC
Wednesday August 261:00PMYork9 FCForge FC
Wednesday August 268:00PMFC EdmontonHalifax Wanderers
Thursday August 273:00PMAtletico OttawaCavalry FC
Saturday August 2912:00PMValour FCFC Edmonton
Saturday August 293:00PMHalifax WanderersYork9 FC
Sunday August 3012:00PMCavalry FCPacific FC
Sunday August 303:00PMAtletico OttawaForge FC
Tuesday September 18:00PMFC EdmontonYork9 FC
Wednesday September 21:00PMValour FCHalifax Wanderers
Wednesday September 28:00PMPacific FCAtletico Ottawa
Saturday September 512:00PMForge FCValour FC
Saturday September 53:00PMCavalry FCYork9 FC
Sunday September 612:00PMHalifax WanderersAtletico Ottawa
Sunday September 63:00PMPacific FCFC 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.

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