A new professional soccer league starts playing in Canada next year, and Halifax just became the third city to sign on.
At this afternoon’s announcement, the Canadian Premier League introduced HFX Wanderers as the third member of the nascent men’s pro league, joining Calgary’s Cavalry FC and Toronto-area York 9 FC as founding CPL clubs. Games are planned to start in spring 2019. The Wanderers will play at the 6,000-seat stadium that’s going
HFX Wanderers is run by Derek Martin’s Sports & Entertainment Atlantic, which has produced Canadian university hockey and basketball championships in Halifax, among other events. SEA’s upcoming Canada vs USA rugby match will be the first event at the Wanderers Grounds stadium.
“We are extremely excited to welcome HFX Wanderers to the Canadian Premier League and to reward
While news of the club’s existence had already leaked, the HFX Wanderers name and logo was revealed for the first time today. Try to spot the Wanderers in this grid of international pro soccer team crests, which also includes the Calgary Cavalry and York 9. (The three CPL teams are isolated in another image below.)
At first glance, the logo is recognizably part of the international
Under the HFX Wanderers name is the club’s motto, “Ar Cala, Ar Dachaigh, Ar N-Anam,” which graduates of The Gaelic College will know means “Our Harbour, Our Home, Our Soul.” The wavy blue lines and anchor grounding the crest work with the bridge to suggest Halifax Harbour, obviously. Less obvious is those wavy lines also repeat the “W” in Wanderers.
Canadian Premier League is aiming to boost soccer development in the country by giving young players a new, home-grown aspiration. “For far too long, many talented kids have dreamt of playing professional soccer in vain,” explains the league's story of itself. “With nowhere to go, their dreams have been dashed as the road to pro was a dead-end path. In some
Soccer watchers expect the CPL to have up to 10 teams on board by the start of next year’s inaugural season. Canada Soccer, the sport’s governing body, has already approved six teams to play professionally: Halifax, Calgary and York, plus Hamilton, Winnipeg and Port City, BC. Some soccer inside baseball suggests Edmonton is also a likely market. If the league achieves its GOOOOOOOOALLLLL of developing soccer talent, maybe Canada will be able to return to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.