2021 Canadian Premier League season

The 2021 Canadian Premier League season was the third season of the Canadian Premier League, the top level of Canadian soccer. Forge FC were defending champions, after defeating HFX Wanderers FC in the 2020 final.[1]

Canadian Premier League
Season2021
DatesJune 26 – November 16
(regular season)
ChampionsPacific FC (1st title)
CONCACAF LeaguePacific FC
Matches played112
Goals scored282 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorerJoão Morelli
(14 goals)
Best goalkeeperJonathan Sirois
(9 clean sheets)
Biggest home winForge FC 4–0 Atlético Ottawa
(August 25)
Pacific FC 5–1 FC Edmonton
(October 26)
Biggest away winValour FC 0–3 FC Edmonton
(September 7)
Atlético Ottawa 0–3 Forge FC
(October 3)
Highest scoring7 goals
FC Edmonton 3–4 Atlético Ottawa
(October 12)
Longest winning run3 matches
Valour FC
(June 27 – July 3, July 11–18)
Pacific FC
(July 21 – August 4,
August 29 – September 9)
Forge FC
(September 25 – October 6, October 30 – November 9)
Longest unbeaten run10 matches
HFX Wanderers
(August 22 – October 3)
Longest winless run8 matches
Atlético Ottawa
(August 18 – September 19)
Valour FC
(August 29 – October 5)
Longest losing run4 matches
Valour FC
(July 24 – August 12)
Highest attendance12,064
Atlético Ottawa 2–1 HFX Wanderers
(August 14)
2020
2022

The season was planned to commence on May 22, the Victoria Day weekend, pending the approval of government authorities and the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.[2] However, on May 14, it was announced that the start was to be pushed back to mid-June or early July.[3]

On June 5, the league committed to a full 28-match season, but that the season would begin in a single-site bubble at IG Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, promoted as "The Kickoff", with each team playing eight matches between June 26 and July 24. All matches were played behind closed doors and in compliance with Manitoba public health orders.[4] On July 30, the CPL began to play matches at home venues.[5]

Teams were required to play Canadian players aged 21 years or younger for a minimum of 1,500 minutes this season, increased from 1,000 minutes.[6]

Pacific FC defeated two-time champions and title holders Forge FC in the final to win their first title.

Team changesEdit

The same eight clubs that participated in the 2020 Canadian Premier League season competed in 2021. York United FC participated under their new name for the first time, having previously been known as York9 FC.

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Locations of clubs in the 2021 Canadian Premier League season.
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Atlético Ottawa Ottawa TD Place Stadium 24,000
Cavalry Foothills County ATCO Field 5,288
FC Edmonton Edmonton Clarke Stadium 5,100
Forge Hamilton Tim Hortons Field 10,061
HFX Wanderers Halifax Wanderers Grounds 6,200
Pacific Langford Starlight Stadium 6,200
Valour Winnipeg IG Field 33,234
York United Toronto York Lions Stadium 4,000

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head coach Captain(s) Shirt sponsor Kit manufacturer
Atlético Ottawa   Mista   Milovan Kapor ComeOn! Macron
Cavalry   Tommy Wheeldon Jr.   Nik Ledgerwood WestJet
FC Edmonton   Alan Koch Swoop
Forge   Bobby Smyrniotis   Kyle Bekker Tim Hortons
HFX Wanderers   Stephen Hart   Andre Rampersad Volkswagen
Pacific   Pa-Modou Kah   Jamar Dixon
Valour   Phillip Dos Santos   Daryl Fordyce OneSoccer
York United   Jimmy Brennan   Roger Thompson Macron

Number of teams by province or territoryEdit

Rank Province or territory Number Teams
1   Ontario 3 Atlético Ottawa
Forge
York United
2   Alberta 2 Cavalry
FC Edmonton
3   British Columbia 1 Pacific
  Manitoba Valour
  Nova Scotia HFX Wanderers

Coaching changesEdit

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming coach Date of appointment
FC Edmonton   Jeff Paulus Resigned[7] September 21, 2020 Pre-season   Alan Koch November 24, 2020[8]
Valour FC   Rob Gale Sacked[9] September 23, 2021 5th   Phillip Dos Santos September 23, 2021

Regular seasonEdit

FormatEdit

Between June 26 and July 24, teams played their first eight games at IG Field in Winnipeg. Teams from Eastern Canada and Western Canada played two matches against each of the four teams in the opposite region to reduce travel when teams return to home stadiums.[10] For the remainder of the season, teams played 16 games against opponents from their own region and 4 against opponents from the opposite region.[11]

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Forge 28 16 2 10 39 24 +15 50 Advance to playoffs
2 Cavalry 28 14 8 6 34 30 +4 50
3 Pacific (C) 28 13 6 9 47 34 +13 45
4 York United 28 8 12 8 35 39 −4 36
5 Valour 28 10 5 13 38 36 +2 35
6 HFX Wanderers 28 8 11 9 28 34 −6 35
7 FC Edmonton 28 6 10 12 34 41 −7 28
8 Atlético Ottawa 28 6 8 14 30 47 −17 26
Source: CanPL.ca
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins.[12]
(C) Champion

ResultsEdit

The KickoffEdit

Teams CAV EDM PAC VAL ATO FOR HFX YRK
Cavalry 0–2 0–2 0–0 2–1
FC Edmonton 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Pacific 4–2 1–2 2–0 3–0
Valour 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0
Atlético Ottawa 1–4 1–1 0–1 0–1
Forge 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–2
HFX Wanderers 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–0
York United 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–1
Source: CanPL.ca
Legend: Blue = left column team win; Yellow = draw; Red = top row team win.

CombinedEdit

Home \ Away CAV EDM PAC VAL ATO FOR HFX YRK
Cavalry 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
FC Edmonton 2–1 3–3 3–4 1–0
Pacific 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–2
Valour 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–0
Atlético Ottawa 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–1
Forge 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–2
HFX Wanderers 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
York United 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–2
Source: CanPL.ca
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

PlayoffsEdit

The top-four teams in the regular season qualified for the league playoffs. The first-place team hosted the fourth, and the second-place team hosted the third in a single match round. The winners advanced to the CPL Final, a single match hosted by the higher-seeded team.[11]

If a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time would be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. If a match reached extra time, each team was allowed to make an additional substitution.[13]

Semi-finals
November 20–21
Final
December 5
      
1 Forge FC 3
4 York United 1
1 Forge FC 0
3 Pacific FC 1
2 Cavalry FC 1
3 Pacific FC (a.e.t.) 2

MatchesEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

November 20, 2021 Cavalry FC 1–2 (a.e.t.) Pacific FC Foothills County, Alberta
1:00 pm MST (UTC−07:00) Yao   47' Report
Stadium: ATCO Field
Attendance: 2,927
Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauzière
November 21, 2021 Forge FC 3–1 York United Hamilton, Ontario
3:00 pm EST (UTC−05:00)
Report Petrasso   38' Stadium: Tim Hortons Field
Attendance: 5,123
Referee: Juan Marquez

FinalEdit

December 5, 2021 Forge FC 0–1 Pacific FC Hamilton, Ontario
4:30pm EST (UTC−05:00) Report Hojabrpour   59' Stadium: Tim Hortons Field
Attendance: 7,488
Referee: Yusri Rudolf

AwardsEdit

Canadian Premier League AwardsEdit

On December 4, 2021, the Canadian Premier League revealed the nominees for the four individual awards that would be voted on by the media. These four awards plus the Golden Boot award are given based on performance over the whole season including Finals. The awards are Inuit soapstone sculptures designed by artists from Cape Dorset, Nunavut.[14] The winners were announced at a ceremony on December 14.[15]

2021 Canadian Premier League Awards
Award Recipient Finalists[14]
Golden Boot (Hunter)   João Morelli (HFX Wanderers) N/A
Golden Glove (Qimmiq or Canadian Inuit Dog)   Jonathan Sirois (Valour FC)   Marco Carducci (Cavalry FC)
  Triston Henry (Forge FC)
Coach of the Year (Owl)   Pa-Modou Kah (Pacific FC)   Bobby Smyrniotis (Forge FC)
  Tommy Wheeldon Jr. (Cavalry FC)
Player of the Year (Nikisuittuq)   João Morelli (HFX Wanderers FC)   Kyle Bekker (Forge FC)
  Terran Cambpell (Pacific FC)
Best Under 21 Canadian Player of the Year (Polar Bear)   Alessandro Hojabrpour (Pacific FC)   Max Ferrari (York United FC)
  Victor Loturi (Cavalry FC)

Team of the WeekEdit

The Gatorade Team of the Week is selected by OneSoccer staff.

Statistical leadersEdit

Player transfersEdit

U Sports DraftEdit

The 2021 CPL–U Sports Draft was held virtually on January 29. Draftees are invited to team preseason camps, with an opportunity to earn a developmental contract and retain their U Sports men's soccer eligibility. FC Edmonton selected Thomas Gardner with the first overall pick. Two players were selected by each CPL team, with a total of 16 players being drafted including 12 Canadians.[39]

Foreign playersEdit

Canadian Premier League teams could sign a maximum of seven international players, out of which only five could be in the starting line-up for each match. Starting this season, teams were required to carry a minimum of four international players, either signed through or approved by the league's scouting partner, 21st Club.[40] The following players were considered foreign players for the 2021 season. This list does not include Canadian citizens who represent other countries at the international level.[41]

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Player 6 Player 7 Former Players
Atlético Ottawa   Viti Martínez   Vashon Neufville   Tevin Shaw   Miguel Acosta   Rafael Núñez   Alberto Soto   Raúl Uche
Cavalry   José Escalante   Richard Luca   Tom Field   Daan Klomp   Joe Mason
FC Edmonton   Jeannot Esua   Ramón Soria   Sharly Mabussi   Tobias Warschewski   Hunter Gorskie   Roberto Avila   Azriel Gonzalez   Raúl Tito
Forge   Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson   Elimane Cissé   Daniel Krutzen   Paolo Sabak   Joshua Navarro   Omar Browne
HFX Wanderers   Akeem Garcia   Andre Rampersad   Peter Schaale   Alex Marshall   João Morelli   Eriks Santos   Cory Bent
Pacific   Alejandro Díaz   Ollie Bassett   Gianni dos Santos
Valour   José Galán   Arnold Bouka Moutou   Andrew Jean-Baptiste   Amir Soto   Moses Dyer   Rafael Galhardo   Rodrigo Reyes
York United   Álvaro Rivero   Nicholas Hamilton   Julian Ulbricht   Gerard Lavergne   Osvaldo Ramírez   Sebastián Gutiérrez

Players in italic denote players new to their respective clubs for the 2021 season, sorted chronologically by their announcement.

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