Toronto, ON – (November 20, 2023) – The Canadian Premier League today announced that the 2024 CPL-U SPORTS Draft presented by Degree will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
The CPL-U SPORTS Draft will once again consist of two rounds, with eight picks per round. The selection order of both rounds is based on a combination of the 2023 regular season standings and playoff results, with the last-placed team selecting first.
The draft order for both rounds is as follows:
- Valour FC
- Vancouver FC
- Atlético Ottawa
- York United FC
- Halifax Wanderers FC
- Pacific FC
- Cavalry FC
- Forge FC
Once selected, players may be invited to pre-season training with their prospective club, where they can compete for a roster spot for the 2024 CPL season.
“As the official deodorant of the Canadian Premier League, Degree is proud to support the Canadian Premier League-U SPORTS Draft,” said Rishabh Gandhi, Head of Personal Care, Degree. “We know these student athletes are committed to pushing beyond their limits on and off the pitch and have had to overcome personal challenges to make it to the draft. Degree is all about inspiring confidence in everyone to move more and we are looking forward to watching these players keep pushing to play at the next level.”
The draft is open to any U SPORTS underclassmen with one to four years of U SPORTS eligibility remaining, provided they are in good standing with their school’s athletic program and educational institution and are planning to return to school the following year.
Broadcast details for the 2024 CPL-U SPORTS draft will be announced in December.
The CPL- U SPORTS Draft plays a key role in the men’s player development pathway in Canada, serving as a critical link between the Canada university and professional games since its inaugural iteration in 2018. The draft provides a unique opportunity for student athletes to earn professional experience while maintaining their eligibility to return to U SPORTS competition.
Previous CPL- U SPORTS Draft picks include former Cavalry FC defender Joel Waterman, who was named to Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, as well as former Cavalry FC midfielder Victor Loturi, who is now representing Ross Country in the Scottish Premiership; Eryk Kobza, a member of the CPL’s reigning regular season-winning squad Cavalry FC; and Aboubacar Sissoko, a member of the reigning CPL champion Forge FC squad.
About Canadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League (CPL), Canada’s Tier 1 domestic men’s soccer league, is committed to its mission of providing opportunities for Canadian players to showcase their abilities on home soil and to gain prominence on the global soccer scene. A link between the amateur and professional games in the country, the CPL develops homegrown talent in support of the growth of Canadian soccer domestically and internationally. The CPL is proud to bring high-quality, professional soccer to communities from coast to coast, partnering with strong ownership groups, world-class corporate partners and passionate supporters to build a league Canadians can proudly support on and off the field. The CPL, which contested its milestone fifth season in 2023, plays in Concacaf and FIFA sanctioned competitions. For more updates and information, please visit CanPL.ca
Degree (also known as Sure, Shield or Rexona depending on where you are in the world) believes in the power of movement to transform lives. As the world’s number 1 antiperspirant and deodorant brand, we want to give everyone the confidence to move however they want. From products that provide you with nonstop protection, to campaigns that challenge society’s narrow view on who an acceptable mover is, Degree is committed to breaking down barriers that stop people participating in physical movement. For more information please visit www.degreedeodorant.com/ca/.
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Senior Director, Communications
Canadian Premier League