Men’s Soccer News

The Canadian Premier League announced on Thursday the full format of the 2021 CPL season, revealing how the next North Star Shield champion will be decided.

The league, in a press conference with commissioner David Clanachan, revealed that each CPL club will play 28 total games in 2021, with a single-table format running throughout the competition. At the conclusion of the regular season schedule (112 matches in total), the top four teams in the standings will progress to a playoff round to decide the CPL champion — the first-place side will host the fourth, and the second-place team will host the third in single-knockout semi-final games, with the two winners meeting in a one-game CPL Final (hosted by the higher-seeded team).

This year’s season will begin this Saturday, June 26, with all eight clubs convening in Winnipeg, Manitoba for The Kickoff, presented by Volkswagen — the CPL’s month-long event in which each team will play eight of their regular season matches at IG Field in a safe environment. Atlético Ottawa and FC Edmonton will open proceedings on Saturday (2 pm ET/1 pm CT, live on OneSoccer).

After the conclusion of The Kickoff on July 24, each CPL team will return to its home market to play out the remainder of the schedule.

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