Portugal FC

Canadian Soccer League Windsor Border Stars Trois - Rivieres Attak Toronto Croatia TFC Academy St. Catharines Wolves Serbian White Eagles Portugal FC North York Astros London City Italia Shooters Brampton Lions Portugal FC

About Portugal FC

The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canada's top professional soccer league, featuring teams based in Ontario and Quebec. It replaced the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL), and was officially re-branded on May 17, 2006. The CSL is recognized as Canada's national league by FIFA.[1]

The CSL's first season was in 2006, with 12 active franchises, with the most notable change being the emergence of an international division as a complement to the more traditional national division

The forerunner of the CSL, The CPSL itself played its first season in 1998 by amalgamating four teams from the Canadian National Soccer League namely St. Catharines Wolves, North York Astros, London City, and Toronto Croatia with four (4) expansion franchises (Mississauga, York Region Shooters, Glen Shields and Toronto Olympians).

The (CSL) has a history going back to 1926 as the National Soccer League (NSL).

In 2006, the change to the CSL was more than merely a cosmetic alteration. An international division was added, a new set of rules, regulations and a new constitution were established, the schedule format was changed, and the relationship with the OSA and QSF was upgraded.

In early 2008, the CSL and the OSA established a "Memorandum of Understanding" which provided the CSL with an increased level of autonomy and independence from the governing body. This is expected to facilitate the league's expansion efforts.

The CSL season runs from May through to October with seven teams in the National Division and four teams in the International Division (recognizing the unique multiculturalism of Toronto's demographics) which debuted in 2006. The climax of the season is the CSL Championship Final, which takes place in October after an 8-team playoffs competition.

The CSL is the top level soccer league within Canada, however three Canadian clubs play in higher leagues based in the United StatesToronto FC in Major League Soccer, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps in the USL First Division.

The league is currently managed by former Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) president, Cary Kaplan (CSL Commissioner), and veteran soccer executive Stan Adamson (Executive Director).

2007 saw the debut of the Trois-Rivières Attak, replacing the existing Laval Dynamites franchise. The team is the junior/reserve side for the Montreal Impact USL First Division team. In 2008, Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, and owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, entered their Academy Team (TFC Academy) into the CSL. As a result, the CSL is now affiliated with two of Canada's top three professional soccer franchises: Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.

Both the African Icons and FC Quebec have deferred beginning play in the league until 2009. Furthermore, the CSL has expressed an interest to aggressively seek a division in Western Canada as soon as possible.

[edit] 2008 teams

[edit] National Division

Team Founded Ground
London City 1973 Cove Road Stadium
North York Astros 1996 Esther Shiner Stadium
St. Catharines Wolves 1977 Club Roma
Trois-Rivières Attak 2006 Stade de l'UQTR
Windsor Border Stars 2004 Windsor Stadium
Brampton Lions 2002 Victoria Park Stadium
TFC Academy 2008 Lamport Stadium
FC Quebec (expansion) 2009 TBA

[edit] International Division

Team Founded Ground
Italia Shooters 1998 Joan Of Ark, Maple
Portugal FC 2001 Lamport Stadium
Serbian White Eagles 2006 Centennial Park Stadium
Toronto Croatia 1956 Hershey Centre
African Icons (expansion) 2009 TBA

[edit] CPSL/CSL Playoffs Championships

Season Champions Score Runners-up Regular Season Champions Regular Season Runners-up
1998 St. Catharines Wolves 2-2 (pk 4-2) Toronto Olympians Toronto Olympians St. Catharines Wolves
1999 Toronto Olympians 2-0 Toronto Croatia Toronto Olympians Toronto Croatia
2000 Toronto Croatia 2-1 Toronto Olympians Toronto Olympians St. Catharines Wolves
2001 St. Catharines Wolves 1-0 Toronto Supra Ottawa Wizards Toronto Olympians
2002 Ottawa Wizards 2-0 North York Astros Ottawa Wizards Montreal Dynamites
2003 Brampton Hitmen 1-0 Vaughan Sun Devils Ottawa Wizards Hamilton Thunder
2004 Toronto Croatia 4-0 Vaughan Shooters Toronto Supra Metro Lions
2005 Oakville Blue Devils 2-1 Vaughan Shooters Vaughan Shooters Toronto Croatia
2006 Italia Shooters 1-0 Serbian White Eagles Serbian White Eagles Toronto Croatia
2007 Toronto Croatia 4-1, 0-0* Serbian White Eagles Serbian White Eagles St. Catharines Wolves

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