New under-21 minutes threshold confirmed for 2020 CPL season

With a shortened 2020 Canadian Premier League season comes adjusted regulations, including to the CPL’s under-21 rule.

Michael Findlay, the CPL’s Director of Football Development, confirmed to this week that clubs will be required to field domestic under-21 players for 250 combined minutes during The Island Games, which is down from the 2019 season’s 1,000-minute threshold.

All domestic players born Jan. 1, 1999 or after will be classified as an under-21, including loanees and CPL-U SPORTS Draftees. Teams are still required to have at least three under-21s signed to their rosters for the campaign, which all eight clubs have confirmed.

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CPL teams didn’t have trouble hitting the 1,000 minute threshold for Canadian under-21s in the league’s first season: All seven clubs made the target by late August, and each side had at least one player single-handedly collect their team’s required minutes.

Incredibly, Pacific FC surpassed the benchmark in just their third match of last season, away to Forge FC on May 8. In all, under-21 players combined for 36,161 minutes across the CPL in 2019.

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of under-21s players signed for the 2020 CPL season.


HFX Wanderers FC

Chrisnovic N’Sa
Daniel Kinumbe
Jake Ruby
Scott Firth
Luke Green


York9 FC

Julian Altobelli
Ezequiel Carrasco
Ijah Halley
Max Ferrari
Lowell Wright
Isaiah Johnston

Atlético Ottawa

Malyk Hamilton
Gianfranco Facchineri
Matteo de Brienne
Antoine Coupland


Forge FC

Klaidi Cela
Monti Mohsen
Baj Maan


Valour FC

Federico Peña
Raphaël Garcia
Dante Campbell
Shaan Hundal
Yohan Le Bourhis
Julian Dunn


FC Edmonton

Chance Carter
Marcus Velado-Tsegaye
Prince Amanda
David Doe
Anthony Caceres


Cavalry FC 

José Hernández
Mohamed Farsi
Aribim Pepple


Pacific FC 

Alessandro Hojabrpour
Sean Young
Emil Gazdov
Noah Verhoeven

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