TORONTO, Canada—Professional sports leagues around the planet are beginning the slow process of emerging from a COVID-19 induced slumber. Plans are a’hatching, Toes are a’ tapping.
Soccer has a bit of a headstart; The Bundesliga has been back for a fortnight (and Alphonso Davies is fast). The K-League had it’s briefest of moments in the sun. The Belarussian Prem never actually stopped playing, if memory serves.
We’ve all been watching the developing situation with MLS-ESPN’s “Parade of Disney’s Soccer Superstars” with that mixture of anticipation and horror that is becoming all too familiar in these weirdo times.
Closer to home, our own nascent Canadian Premier League appears to be in phase 2 of it’s own re-start shenanigans.
Canadian Premier Soccer League is looking for a safe place to hold their season this summer. Has made request to #PEI's minister of tourism. 300 players. Would self-quarantine for 14 days. Be great for economy minister says, but health & safety would be foremost.— Kerry Campbell (@kerrywcampbell) May 27, 2020
According to CBC’s Kerry Campbell, the CPL has made a request to P.E.I. Tourism to hold their truncated summer season on the island. They’d be bringing 300 souls, all in, and would adibe by a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
Soccer League is looking for a safe place to hold their season this summer,” wrote Campbell in a tweet. “Has made request to #PEI’s minister of tourism. 300 players. Would self-quarantine for 14 days. Be great for economy minister says, but health & safety would be foremost.
I think this is kind of a great idea on knee-jerk. It’s certainly great copy for the CPL to stage it’s Frankenseason in a non-CPL market. It would also be a neutral ground, though I’m not sure how much that matters after watching two weeks of crowd-less German footy.
My only worry is the infrastructure, but I’ve been reassured by WTR staff that The University of Prince Edward Island has at least one FIFA-certified field and several practice pitches, so that could be an option.
What do you think of this (admittedly early days) plan?