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Canadian Premier League Holding Cross Country Tryouts

August 27, 2018 8:29 AM | Sports

Rob Gale

Rob Gale, head coach and general manager of Valour FC. (@VALOURFOOTBALL / TWITTER)

Think you have what it takes to play in the Canadian Premier League? It’s time to prove yourself.

The Canadian pro soccer league has announced open tryouts for men 16 and over in seven Canadian cities, including Winnipeg.

The two-day trials come with a registration fee of $200 and you could be cut after only the first day.

Winnipeg’s team, Valour FC, will hold tryouts October 18-19.

“There’s a lot of good players (in Canada) that very often have not been given the opportunity,” said James Easton, vice-president of soccer operations for the CPL.

“We want to make sure that we’re looking far and wide, in all the nooks and crannies, and giving opportunities to players who think they can be professionals,” he added. “So we don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”


Other clubs across the country include HFX Wanderers FC, York 9 FC, Forge FC, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton and Pacific FC. The league’s kickoff is next spring.

Former Canadian international forward Alex Bunbury will lead the trials, with coaches and/or technical staff from each of the seven CPL teams in attendance (Hamilton’s Forge FC has yet to announce its

Canadian Premier League Open Trials

  • Halifax: Sept. 20-21
  • Montreal: Sept. 27-28
  • Hamilton: Oct. 2-3
  • Toronto: October TBD
  • Winnipeg: Oct. 18-19
  • Calgary: Oct. 25-26
  • Victoria: Nov. 5-6

Registration for the open trials begins August 29 at 11 a.m CT.

— With files from The Canadian Press