Winnipeg will host Edmonton in the first home game of new Canadian professional soccer league

Winnipeg will host Edmonton in the first home game of new Canadian professional soccer league

All Winnipeg soccer fans will be able to see a new professional team of the city for the first time in their debut home match on May 4.

This match will be held by the newly formed Canadian Premier League. In addition to Winnipeg’s Valour FC, 6 more Canadian soccer teams will take part in the championship. On Wednesday, the new league published the schedule of matches and details about competition format.

Each of the 7 soccer clubs will hold 28 matches, 14 home and 14 away. The season will consist of 2 parts. The spring season will run from April 27 to July 1, and each team will take part in 10 matches. After that, the fall season will be held from July 6 to October 19. In it, each team will play already 18 matches.  Each of the parts of the season will have its own table of points. 3 points will be awarded for winning a match, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.

During regular seasons, all teams will meet each other 4 or 5 times. The winners of the spring and fall parts will meet in the final to fight for CPL champions cup. The format of the final is not defined yet. If the same team wins both parts of the season, then in the final it will meet with the team that scored the second number of points for both parts.

Winnipeg’s Valour FC will open the spring season against Pacific FC on Vancouver Island. This game will take place on May 1. Winnipeg first home game will be held on May 4 against Edmonton FC. Valour FC's president and CEO Wade Miller invites all Winnipeggers to support the team at the home arena.

"We are very excited to welcome soccer fans to Investors Group Field for what will be an exciting first year in the Canadian Premier League," he said. "We are only a few short months away and we hope the community is as excited as we are to welcome Valour FC to the pitch."

The ticket price for home matches of Valour FC varies from $15 to $39.

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