About the CSL
The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canada’s professional soccer league and is a continuation of earlier leagues, the National Soccer League (NSL), the Canadian National Soccer League (CNSL) and the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL), going back more than 80 years.
The league is in direct membership with the Canadian Soccer Association, Canada`s national governing soccer body and has a mandate for expansion on a regional basis across Canada.
The league’s offices are located at Mississauga, Ontario on the west side of Toronto.
For the 2012 season, the CSL operates a First Division of 16 teams and also runs a Second Division of 12 reserve teams.
The First Division in 2012 consists of Brampton City Utd. Brantford Galaxy, Kingston FC, London City, Mississauga Eagles FC, Montreal Impact Academy, Niagara United, North York Astros, Serbian White Eagles, St. Catharines Roma Wolves, TFC Academy, SC Toronto, Toronto Croatia, SC Waterloo Region, Windsor Stars and York Region Shooters.
Kingston FC, Niagara United and SC Waterloo Region are new teams in the CSL First Division, having played in the Second Division in 2011.
The season runs from the beginning of May until the end of October. The regular season games are played weekly, mostly on weekends. The playoffs are played in October through to the CSL Championship at the end of October. The current CSL champions are Toronto Croatia following their 1-0 victory over Capital City FC on October 29, 2011.
Looking back over the decades of the CSL and its forerunner leagues, Soccer historian Colin Jose wrote in his book ‘On – Side’, that the National Soccer League was born out of turmoil in the tumultuous years of the 1920s. He describes the league as having stood the test of time when other leagues have come and gone in Canada.
From the first game between Toronto Ulster and Windsor Rovers on June 19, 1926, the NSL was for many years the pre-eminent league in Canada and the United States.
Today, under the bright new banner of the CSL, the league has developed a new professional standing and is poised for regional expansion across Canada to be an important member of a growing and rapidly developing soccer structure in North America.