< /p> UPDATE DAY
In the hope that Quebec will obtain a franchise in the Canadian Premier League (CPL), Soccer Quebec takes a first step by commissioning a market study from Léger Marketing to verify interest in the project.< /strong>
Everything will be confirmed tomorrow morning, and the results will be known at the end of September or the beginning of October.
If he insists that the project is only at the embryonic stage, Philippe Bernard is very happy that this first stage is going ahead.
“There have been rumors over the years about the possibility of Quebec City getting a team in the CPL, but there has never been a market study, explained the general manager of the Quebec Regional Soccer Association (ARSQ). There are no investors at the moment, but we want to test the ground with the population. »
« The support of the population is necessary to go from before, to pursue Bernard. Based on the results of the market study, our role and that of Soccer Québec will be to play the facilitators in order to find the investors necessary to carry out the project and not to invest ourselves. We are not talking about the stadium where the future team would play. We're a long way from lip service, but it's a first step.”
In addition to a sounding in the Quebec City region, Léger Marketing will contact the 28,000 members of the ARSQ to find out their interest through the Soccer Quebec.
Soccer Quebec has determined that the Old Capital is the best place to host the first CPL franchise on Quebec soil.
“ A committee set up by Soccer Quebec determined that Quebec was the best place given its size and the distance from CF, underlined Bernard. It's a good idea. It would be a good outlet for our local talent.”
Soccer Quebec is not against the arrival of a second team elsewhere in the province, but wants to concentrate for the moment on the candidacy of Quebec.
The CPL currently has eight teams in its ranks, the closest geographically being Ottawa. Ottawa Atlético sits No. 1 in the standings.
At Langley next year
A second team in British Columbia will make its debut in Langley next season and Saskatchewan could also make its debut in 2023.
The owners have obtained the green light from the leaders of the circuit, but on the condition of finding a stadium.
The 28-game schedule runs from April to October. The regular season and playoff winner advances to CONCACAF Qualifiers and the Canadian Championship.