All 8 CPL teams back training after FC Edmonton gets green light to practise

FC Edmonton players practise at the Edmonton Soccer Dome. (June 2019).
FC Edmonton players practise at the Edmonton Soccer Dome. (June 2019). Global News

All eight Canadian Premier League teams will be back training Thursday in the wake of FC Edmonton getting the green light from local government and health authorities.

Edmonton will begin voluntary training sessions at Clarke Stadium on Thursday.

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“The team is excited to get back on the pitch but my priority still remains to do this as safely as possible for the players, staff, and their families,” FC Edmonton coach Jeff Paulus said in a statement.

Defending champion Forge FC and Cavalry FC resumed training Monday in Hamilton and Calgary, respectively.

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READ MORE: Most Canadian Premier League teams resume training after COVID-19 delays start to season

HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, York 9 FC, Valour FC and expansion Atletico Ottawa resumed training last week.

The eight-team CPL is taking a phased approach in its return to training, starting with non-contact individual and then small group workouts with players and staff observing safety protocols and physical distancing measures.

The CPL was scheduled to start its second season on April 11 but postponed the kickoff on March 20, due to the global pandemic.

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The league is looking at a tournament to kick off the revamped 2020 season in July with Prince Edward Island and Vancouver Island leading candidates to host.

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Watch below: (From April 11, 2020) The Canadian Premier League was looking to build on a massive debut season last year but that has, of course, been put on hold due to Covid-19. FC Edmonton though is keeping its hops up and is still in heavy preparation mode for a season. Quinn Phillips reports.

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FC Edmonton finding ways to prepare to play – Apr 11, 2020