Canadian Premier League winners, teams & all-time Champions.
Canadian Premier League is a professional soccer league in Canada contested by 8 teams across the country.
The league sits at the top of the Canadian Soccer League system as the country’s primary national Soccer league contested by teams within the ten Canadian provinces.
Founded in 2017, the league hadiths the first season in 2019 after series of dates change as a result of final preparations for the commencement of the new national soccer Competition.
Although Canada now has a league, there are top Canadian soccer teams that play in the Major League Soccer including CF Montréal, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Toronto FC have gone on to win the MLS Cup.
Winners who emerge at the end of the season would qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League or CONCACAF League through the Canadian Premier League international slots.
Canadian Premier League most successful teams, all-time winners
Seven teams started the inaugural season before another team was added later on, which increased the number of teams to eight.
Since its first season in 2019, Forge FC have emerged victorious more times than any other side.
Teams in the CPL also competes in Canadian Championship.
Years Won: 2019, 2020 (a record).
When it comes to the Canadian Premier League, Forge FC is the most successful team in the country with two titles.
The club’s first title was in 2019 and successfully defended it the following year which was the second season in 2020.
Forge FC appears to be the strongest soccer team based in the Canadian Premier League and since the purpose of the creation of the league was to improve homegrown players, Forge FC has further increased its level with more players.
Full list of Canadian Premier League winners
2020 Forge FC
2019 Forge FC
Canadian Soccer League (1987–1992)
1992 Winnipeg Fury
1991 Vancouver 86ers
1990 Vancouver 86ers
1989 Vancouver 86ers
1988 Vancouver 86ers
1987 Calgary Kickers
Canadian Professional Soccer League (1983)
1983 Edmonton Eagles
Canadian Premier League teams
1. Atlético Ottawa
2. Cavalry FC
3. FC Edmonton
4. Forge FC
5. HFX Wanderers FC
6. Pacific FC
7. Valour FC
8. York United FC
Canadian Premier League teams, format since 2019 formation
The league’s inaugural season in 2019, was played similar to the league format in Mexican Liga MX where two short Tournaments were used.
The winners of each shot tournament qualify and play in the Canadian Premier League final or the CPL Final.
From 2020, the addition of Atlético Ottawa saw the league return to the regular season format but still retained the end of season playoffs.
Canadian Premier League rules which favour homegrown players
The league operates a strict policy to ensure more young Canadian players have more opportunity to play professionally in the country.
Canadian Premier League rule 1: A minimum of six Canadian players must start in each team in the league.
Rule 2: The highest number of seven foreign nationals are allowed per team.
Rule 3: Players under the age of 21 must be included in the list of six Canadian players in the matchday squad and should be handed about 1,500 minutes the least per season.
Rule 4: Each team in the league are mandated to have a total of 23 players. (Rules a per 2020).
Canadian Premier League broadcast rights – how to watch
Canada (OneSoccer CBC Sports, CHCH).
United States (Fox Sports).