Hamilton's Forge FC releases full 2020 schedule as CPL announces new playoff format
The Canadian Premier League announced its second season will officially get underway on April 11 when Hamilton’s Forge FC hosts Calgary’s Cavalry FC at 3:00 p.m. Tim Hortons Field in a rematch of the 2019 inaugural CPL championship—won by Forge.
Canada’s only professional soccer league will see the benefits of a balanced schedule due to the arrival of Atletico Ottawa as the CPL’s eighth team; joining HFX Wanderers, Forge FC, York9 FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton, and Pacific FC.
Ottawa’s first franchise match will take place at Tim Hortons Field, April 18 at 1 p.m.
The season will consist of 14 home matches and 14 away matches for 28 total CPL matches in 2020, as the league departs from its split spring-summer season format used in its inaugural season.
- Single table format through full season
- Over 90% of the matches will be played on holidays or weekends in 2020
- 2020 will introduce Friday Night Matches - a new tradition for CPL fans to establish
- All 8 Clubs will play on Canada Day
- All the final matches of the season will all be played simultaneously on Oct. 4, 2020.
- At the conclusion of the season, the first place club will earn a bye to the Finals 2020, while the second and third place teams will compete in a playoff game to advance to the Finals.
The Canadian Premier League says it consulted with fans before instituting changes for the 2020 schedule.
“Our second season has a lot to look forward to,” said David Clanachan, Commissioner, Canadian Premier League. “Not only are we going to have a more balanced schedule, we are starting to establish a weekend culture for our fans with twenty-one Friday night matches and we have an eighth team for fans and supporters to come out and see both home and away.”
Home openers for this season are:
- Forge FC vs Cavalry FC - Saturday, April 11, 2020
- Pacific FC vs FC Edmonton - Saturday, April 11, 2020
- York9 FC vs HFX Wanderers - Monday, April 13, 2020
- FC Edmonton vs Cavalry FC - Saturday, April 18, 2020
- HFX Wanderers vs Atletico Ottawa - Saturday, April 25, 2020
- Cavalry FC vs York9 FC - Saturday, April 25, 2020
- Valour FC vs Atletico Ottawa - Saturday, May 2, 2020
- Atletico Ottawa vs HFX Wanderers - Saturday, May 16, 2020
“We are focused on establishing match-day traditions through our schedule that our supporters will want to adopt for this season and the seasons to come,” added Clanachan.
Forge FC 2020 Schedule
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