Canadian Premier League seeking governmental approval for its clubs to return to training

The Canadian Premier League revealed on Tuesday that is talking with provincial and municipal governments with an aim to receiving approval for its eight clubs to return to training.

The CPL put a hold on pre-season training camps for its teams back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, players have been working out on their own at home during the current period of self-isolation.

The 2020 regular season was scheduled to kick off on April 11, but the league took the decision in mid-March, shortly after halting pre-season camps, to postpone the start of the new campaign in light of health concerns over COVID-19.

The CPL’s eight teams are expected to resume training in the near future, beginning with non-contact individual or small group workouts on a rolling basis, pending governmental approval.

All workouts must be conducted according to the CPL’s return to training protocols, which prioritizes the safety and well-being of its players, technical staff and employees, and their families.

The league said it will continue to monitor the situation and seek input from all levels of government and all football governing bodies as part of its decision-making process going forward.