The time has arrived for Canadian soccer supporters, players, coaches and everyone in the game who have long dreamt for a league to call our own. Our long journey has led us to this point, and we’re ready to seize the moment.
To the world, it’s the beautiful game.
To us, it’s proving we belong.
In the neighbourhoods and cities
that make us who we are.
This is a league we can call our own.
For Canadians, by Canadians.
We’re on a journey out of the shadows
and back into the hearts of a nation.
That noise you hear is us moving in.
And we’re bringing the best
homegrown talent with us.
Players that bleed the same red as you.
Sworn to defend your home turf.
Playing for your loyalty.
Playing for respect.
Bonds will be forged.
History will be written.
The stage is ours.
The journey has begun.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Canadian grit sets us apart and embodies soccer fans across the country. Working as one for a league to call our own; a league where supporters, players, coaches, clubs are all united by passion for Canada and passion for the game. Coming together to create an authentic league from the ground up, truly for Canadians, by Canadians.
We are also the most diverse country on earth, and that makes us unique. Our story is about the people. We’re a group of First Nations, immigrants, languages and cultures. We are driven by our desire to be the very best. Diversity is our strength. We are a Cultural Mosaic.
For far too long, many talented kids have dreamt of playing professional soccer in vain. With nowhere to go, their dreams have been dashed as the road to pro was a dead-end path. In some ways we have out-sourced our path to the professional game to other nations. Not anymore.
Enter the Canadian Premier League, a league for Canadians, by Canadians. Players and supporters from coast to coast will finally have a competition to truly call their own. Our clubs will embody the spirit of the community and country. Players will have a league to develop and showcase their skills in front of loyal and passionate supporters that sing and chant their name. They will also bond and forge relationships with fellow Canadians who share similar experiences.
History will be written, and rivalries will be born. Colours will be flown, and respect will be earned. This will be the main stage for our very best to compete for the right to represent the Maple Leaf. All while elevating the standard of play across all levels of the game and building the player pool for our national teams.
The Canadian Premier League will be the light that guides us to our ultimate goal. Our future is bright.
The Canadian Premier League crest is as unique as our story and highlights the nature and beauty of Canada. Inspired by our Canadian beauty and people, it promises to be different from any professional league emblem in the world.
THE NORTH STAR
The North Star acts as a guiding light for soccer in Canada, a beacon for talent within our borders and a reminder of our purpose: For Canadians, by Canadians. A dream for kids from the Atlantic to the Arctic to the Pacific oceans to strive and play in a professional league of their own. It is the focal point of our goals and is displayed at the centre of our crest.
THE FOUR RINGS
The 4 rings portray a soccer ball, our coasts and the earth formed out of a stylized time lapse of a star field. The character of our shores is symbolic of our commitment to represent all of Canada, from coast to coast. No matter if you live in a big city or small town, we share the same identity. The coasts are represented in the celeste outer rings. These oceans are our boundaries, from which we will develop within.
Inside our border, we find the vast landscape that we call home. The fields, parks and valleys where we play the beautiful game. The Earth is our foundation point, and it is portrayed by the lower inner green ring. The Sky embodies our limitless hopes and dreams for the game in our country, it is represented by the top dark blue ring. Together, they create a “C” defining Club, Community and Canada. This collection of four ring-elements symbolizes a soccer ball and portrays a time lapse of a star field. This signifies Canadian soccer as the sole focal point and centre of our universe.
THE MAPLE LEAF
The final form of our emblem is the Maple Leaf, the globally recognized symbol of Canadian values and Canadian pride. Designed in three distinct colours, which are inspired by the explosiveness of our Northern Lights. Divided in 8 parts, this reflects the diversity and mix of ethnic groups and languages of our country. A cultural mosaic where we come together to create something that is greater than our parts.
WEAR IT WITH PRIDE
An honoured red version of the emblem will be used by the league and clubs during special occasions. The all-red emblem signifies our heart and passion to defend The Maple Leaf.
This will be worn with pride by clubs on Canada Day and when they represent Canada in tournaments including the Concacaf Champions League and/or FIFA Club World Cup and semi-finals and finals of the Voyageurs Cup.
OUR RALLYING CRY
This isn’t just a league for Canadians by Canadians. It’s a movement to bring the beautiful game back to the neighbourhoods we call home. To build a soccer nation one community at a time. The stage is ours. The journey has begun.
We Are Many. We Are One.