Registrations for the Canadian Premier League’s #GotGame Open Trials has closed after reaching full capacity on Vancouver Island, the final stop of the seven-city tour, capping off the overwhelmingly successful coast-to-coast tryouts with packed houses in six major cities across Canada.
With Halifax kicking things off on the east coast, the Open Trials saw full registration numbers in Montreal, Hamilton and Toronto, and have reached maximum registration capacity in the final three stops of the tour in Winnipeg, Calgary and Victoria.
A total of 1400 trialists have registered for the Open Trials across all seven cities, with the CPL’s assembled head coaches each taking a close look at the talent on offer before whittling down the roughly 220 participants from each city down to a final 60, and, later, a final 30 for 11-v-11 matches. Each stop has also produced a few noteworthy trialists, turning heads with impressive performances and catching the eye of head coaches as they attempt to earn an invitation to pre-season.
CPL Commissioner David Clanachan has been impressed with the quality on offer at the Open Trials and foresees as many as 15-20 trialists potentially earning invitations.
Meanwhile, data analytics company Kinduct has been on scene collecting and organizing performance stats from each of the cities, with new leaders emerging across multiple categories as the Open Trials head westward. Each stop has provided the coaches and CPL staffers with extensive data, which will prove invaluable as the seven founding CPL clubs assemble their inaugural rosters ahead of the league’s official kickoff in April of 2019.
The CPL’s #GotGame Open Trials continue in Winnipeg on Oct. 18-19 before heading to Calgary (Oct. 25-26) and Vancouver Island (Nov. 5-6).