‘O Canada’.

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Well it’s happening again , another attempt at a National Professional Soccer League in Canada. , what can one say , perhaps ”with glowing hearts we see thee rise ” is a tad over the top ?

I”ll get to the new Canadian Premier League in good time but first a look at previous efforts , there has only really been two real national attempts firstly in 1983 with the ”Canadian Professional Soccer League”, the league started with 6 clubs on May 21st  but by Rounds 7 & 8 it  had lost Toronto Nationals closely followed by Inter Montreal. The league limped on for 5 more rounds before the clubs called time on July 10th and disbanded the league. It was decided to play a 4 team play off with the remaining clubs to decide a champion , 2 best of 3 semi finals ended up with Edmonton Eagles winning home and away against Calgary Mustangs  in one and in the other it took Hamilton Steelers 3 games to overcome Mississauga Croatia.

So 73 days after the start of the league we come to the one leg final at the Clarke Stadium in  Edmonton to finish the shortened season. On Aug 1st the Eagles dominated the game and beat the Steelers by 2-0. So that was a condensed version of the first attempt.

That was the end for that first attempt.

The next effort was timed well , it was in 1987 when it was  tried again , this on the back of Canada being at the Mexico World Cup in 1986 , enthusiasm was high and the time was ripe. Canada had lost all their games in Mexico , playing 3 games against France, Hungary and the Soviet Union but they put up a spirited display only conceding 5 goals and pushing France in their opening game in Leon and only losing 1-0.

So the ”Canadian Soccer League” was formed in 1987 , this time starting with 8 clubs and having an East and a West Conference each with 4 clubs. The playing season was 20 league games followed by a play off for the title of Champions.

Both conference winners made it through the play offs and played in the one off final in Calgary with Calgary Kickers beating Hamilton Steelers 2-1.

So the Steelers had lost in this final and the one in 83 , unfortunately for them they also lost the next 3 finals.

So 5 consecutive final losses , they certainly had walked under some ladders and had a few black cats walk in front of them !

From 1988 Vancouver 86’ers dominated the league for the next 5 years winning the West Conference on 3 occasions and then the one division league it its last 2 seasons and also going on to win 4 straight play off finals only blotting their copybook by losing the last play off in 92 when losing to Winnipeg Fury in a 2 leg final.

They also set a record in Professional Sport in Canada by being unbeaten for 46 games spread over 1988 & 1989 seasons. I’m unsure as to whether that record is still intact ?

That last season in 1992 started badly with 2 teams Kitchener Kickers and Hamilton Steelers folding 3 weeks before opening day.  So it started amid financial problems with only a 6 team set up , a 20 game league followed by the play offs. As mentioned above  Winnipeg Fury winning the title of champions.

Such a shame the 86 ‘ers couldn’t complete the 5 year set.

So from the beginning of the league in 87 amid the World Cup enthusiasm it took 6 years to reach a dismal end in 92.

At this Canadian teams spread their wings and began entering USA Soccer Leagues, teams from Montreal , Toronto and Vancouver entered the 1993 American  Professional Soccer League.

Vancouver 86 ‘ers carried on with their winning ways , this time winning the 7 team 24 game league by 5 points over Colorado Foxes. Toronto Blizzard finished 5th and Montreal Impact bottom.

Unfortunately 86 ‘ers lost in the Play Off semi finals to Los Angeles Salsa on penalties 3-1 ( missing 3 of 4) after a 2-2  draw , to make matters worse Salsa had equalized in the 93rd minute.  Then Salsa played Colorado Foxes who had   beaten Tampa Bay Rowdies in the other Semi Final , the Foxes winning the final 3-1 AET at the Titan Stadium in Fullerton in front of a crowd of 10,743.

Other teams since then have joined the American system , at this moment in time for 2019 we have  =

Tier 1.

Montreal Impact.

Toronto F C.

Vancouver Whitecaps all in the MLS.


Tier 2.

Ottawa Fury in the USL Championship.

@ Tier 3.

Toronto II in the USL D1.

@ Tier 4.

Calgary Foothills.

Thunder Bay Chill.

TSS FC Rovers.

Victoria Highlanders.

World Soccer Academy Winnipeg all in the USL D2.

So it’s that time and about bloody time I hear some saying , its the new ”Super duper” , Monumental, Stupendous , Humongous ”Canadian Premier League”.

The big day is on Saturday April 27 , hence the need to write this quickly , when FC Forge entertain York 9 FC in the ‘905’ derby game at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. The teams are only 40 miles apart and a good crowd is expected , the stadium has a soccer capacity of 10,016 normally but this has been upped and 20,000 + are expected.

The league in doing their homework is working on projected attendances of between 5,000 & 8,000 so some of the smaller grounds capacities may be tested. It should also do away with the sight of ”tarping” , this the use of matting / tarpaulin to cover rows of empty seats , please do not use the Urban dictionary if looking up tarping !

To make it clear to all I do not own a poncho.

The league is starting with 7 teams , it should haver been 8 but Ottawa Fury would not play ball and leave the American system.

Apparently pressure from the league , the Canada FA and CONCACAF should see them in the new league from next season 2020 , IF there is a next season.

The league is split into an Apertura  and a Clausura season and the champions of each will play each other , if its the same team the second best overall side will contest the final , so a team could win 2 championships and then lose in the  final game and  someone else is called ”Champion”. Great.

This is all a long way away and I wonder if all teams will complete the season , the travelling is horrendous and the cost will be astronomical.

Halifax Wanderers from Nova Scotia travel to Pacific FC from Langford , British Columbia  3 times this season whilst Pacific go to Halifax twice.

Its a distance of approx. 2,800 miles and to do this once  a season  is bad enough but to do it 2 / 3 times is insane . Do all clubs have the use of a League private jet ?  Its about a 7 hour non stop flight , if having to use the Nations Airlines its a 10 hour + flight with at least 1 change !

Perhaps a nice steady 3 day drive each way to build up team spirit

I hope it  goes well for all concerned in this adventure.

”Casser une jambe”.

Constitution and grounds for 2019.

Cavalry @ Spruce Meadows, Foothills, Alberta.

Cavalry FC's Spruce Meadows (CPL)

Edmonton  @ Clarke Stadium, Edmonton , Alberta.

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Forge @ Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton , Ontario.

Halifax Wanderers @ Wanderers Gd, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Pacific @ Westhills Stadium, Langford , British Columbia.

Valour @ Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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York 9 FC @ York Lions Stadium , Toronto , Ontario.

Canada, below the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

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The Canadian Professional Soccer League is coming , Sat April 27th to be precise but what ‘s below this level of soccer  ?

The Canadian Soccer Association has designated 2 leagues to be the next in line , purely within Canada of course I will refer to them as Tier 2. The 2 leagues are the League1 Ontario ( L1 O)and the Premiere Ligue de Soccer du Quebec. (PLSQ)  As it says on the packet the L1 O is  regionalised around the Toronto area and the PLSQ around the Montreal area.

Both in this guise are fairly new leagues with the L1 O being formed in 2013 and commencing with the 2014 season whereas the PLSQ has been around a couple of years more starting with the 2012 season.

Teams have come and gone in both , but both have been adding teams recently as  time progressed until this season  when the L1O is reduced to 16 teams from the season high of 17  the previous season.

The L1 O began in 2014 with 9 teams which gradually grew to 17 and nowhas  16 for the 2019 season, meanwhile the PLSQ began in 2012 with 8 teams which lasted 2 seasons before dropping to 6 in 2013 since then however they have crept up to a high this season 2019 of 9 teams.

 

The winners of both of these leagues enters the prestigious Canadian Championship for 2020. The entrants for the 2019 edition are Vaughan Azzuri of the L1 O and A S Blainville of the PLSQ,

 

There is another Association the Soccer Federation of Canada (SFC) and another league the ‘Canadian Soccer League'(CSL)  that claim to be at this level, more on them later.

 

Constitutions and grounds for 2019.

League1 Ontario.

1 division of 16.

Alliance Utd @ Mount Joy Turf , 6140 16th Avenue, Markham OR Centennial College, 941 Progress Avenue, Scarborough.

Aurora FC @ Stewart Burnett Park , 1396 Wellington St, Aurora.

Darby FC @ Whitby Soccer Centre Dome, Rossland Rd West , Whitby.

Durham Utd  @ Bay Ridges Kinsmen Park , 705 Sandy Beach Rd, Pickering OR Pickering Soccer Centre, 1975 Clements Rd, Pickering.

FC London @ German/Canadian Field, 1 Cove Rd, London.

Master’s Futbol @ L’Amoreaux Sports Centre, Silver Springs Rd, Toronto.

North Mississauga FC @ Parramount Fine Foods Centre, (AKA Hershey Centre), 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Toronto.

Oakville Blue Devils @ Sheridan Trafalgar Centre, Trafalgar Rd Campus, Oakville.

Ottawa South United Force @ Quinns Pointe Field, 3490 Cambrian Rd, Ottawa.

Pro Stars FC @ Victoria Park Stadium, 20 Victoria Crescent, Brampton.

Sigma FC @ Parramount Fine Foods Centre, (AKA Hershey Centre), 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Toronto.

Toronto Skillz FC @ Birchmount Stadium, 5735 Rose Cherry Place, Scarborough, Toronto.

Unionville Milliken SC @ Bill Crothers Turf, 44 Main St, Unionville, Markham.

Vaughan Azzuri @ North Maple Regional Turf ,11085 Keele St ,Vaughan OR McNaughton Turf, 20 McNaughton Rd, Vaughan.

Windsor Toronto F C @ Alumni Field, University of Windsor South Campus, College Avenue, Windsor. (Satellite club of Toronto FC, coaches visit to help occasionally)).

Woodbridge Strikers @ Vaughan Grove Turf 1, 7401 Martin Grove Rd, Woodbridge.

 

Premiere Ligue du Soccer de Quebec.

AS Blainville @ Parc Blainville, 425 Avenue 22 East, Blainville.

CS Fabrose @ Cegep Montmorency, 475 bvd de l’Avenir, Laval.

CS Longueuil  @ Laurier 1, Rue Laurier 2095, Longueuil.

CS Mont – Royal Outremont @ Terrein Mont Royal , 60 Roosevelt Avenue, Mount Royal.

CS Montreuil @ Stade Dejardins  AKA Bois de Boulogne 1, Laval.

CS St Hubert @ Roseanne Laflamme, 7405 Terrasse du Centre, St Hubert.

Dynamo Quebec @ Polyvalente Benoit Vachon Stadium, 919 Route Saint Martin, Sainte Marie.

FC Gatineau @ Mont Bleu P4, Secondary School Mont Bleu, 241 bvd de la Cite des Jeunes.

FC Lanaudiere @ Parc Eschallions 1, L’Achigan High School, 60 Montee Remi-Henri, St Roch de l’Achigan.

 

And now the 3rd league that claims to be at the same level as the 2 above , but unfortunately nowadays it’s affiliated to an organisation not recognised by FIFA or CONCACAF, so it’s a ”pirate’ league.

The league being the ‘Canadian Soccer League’ which is affiliated to the ‘Soccer Federation of Canada’ and not the official ‘Canadian Soccer Association’.

 

Canadian Soccer League.

Constitution and grounds. 2019.

 

Brantford Galaxy @ Heritage Green Turf , 447 1st Rd W, Stoney Creek.

CSC Mississauga @ Hershey Centre (AKA Paramount Fine Foods),5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga.

FC Vorkuta @ Ontario Soccer Centre, 7601 Martin Grove Rd, Vaughan.

Hamilton City @ Heritage Green Turf , 447 1st Rd W, Stoney Creek.

Kingsman S C @ Esther Shiner Stadium, 99, 1 Ailsa Craig Ct, North York.

CS Real Mississauga @ Huron Park Recreation Centre, 830 Paisley bvrd W, Mississauga.

SC Waterloo @ RIM Park, 2001 University Ave E, Waterloo.

Scarborough FC @ Birchmount Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough.

Serbian White Eagles @ Centennial Stadium , 256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke.

Ukraine United @ Centennial Stadium , 256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke.

 

 

 

A quick update about what’s happened during the short lives of these leagues.

L1 O.

The league champions title has been dominated by Oakville Blue Devils and Vaughan Azzuri both winning the title twice with Toronto FC Academy winning it in its first year.

Toronto FC Academy were actually Toronto FC III team and spent all 5 seasons in the league until dropping out for 2019.

Of the 5 Cups that have taken place the Azzuri have 3 wins with Woodbridge Strikers the other 2.

For some reason the Cup is not being contested in 2019.

 

PSLQ.

The PSLQ has had 4 different winners in its 7 years , CS Mont Royal winning it 3 times , AS Blainville twice and CS Longueuil and FC St -Leonard once each.

FC St-Leonard were a Montreal side who only spent the first 2 seasons in the league winning it in its first season of 2012.

The cup has only been played since 2014 and has 4 different winners AS Blainville twice and one apiece for Lakeshore SC,  FC Gatineau and FC Lanaudiere.

Lakeshore SC were a short lived PLSQ side from Montreal spending just 2 seasons in it and winning the cup in 2015.

 

For info on the pirate Canadian Soccer League there is a separate article on this site for that league !

 

Now the Canadian teams playing outside of the leagues above.

USA Tier 1.MLS.

Montreal Impact @ Saputo Stadium, 4750 Sherbrooke St East..

Toronto FC @ BMO Field, 170 Princes’ Bvd.

Vancouver Whitecaps @ BC Place , 777 Pacific Bvd.

 

USA Tier 2 – USL Championship.

Ottawa Fury @ TD Place AKA Frank Clair/ Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St.

 

USA Tier 3 – USL 1.

Toronto FC II @ BMO Training Centre, 85 Carl Hall Rd.

 

USL Tier 4 – USL 2.

Calgary Foothills @ Foothills Composite High School Stadium, 229 Woodhaven Drive, Okotoks.

Thunder Bay Chilli @ Fort William Stadium, 300 Legion Track Drive.

Technology Support Services (TSS) FC @ Swangard Stadium,3883 Imperial St, Burnaby, Vancouver.

Victoria Highlanders @ University Centennial Stadium, Saanich, Victoria.

World Soccer Academy (WSA) Winnipeg @ Haverley Soccer Complex (AKA Ralph Cantafio, 900 Waverley St .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday April 14th. Leinster.

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Leinster Senior League.
Senior Division. (Republic Tier 3.)
11-00.

Ballymun United  0 v 2  Crumlin United.
@ Ballymun Complex ,  St Margarets Road, Dublin 11.

Admission   2/1 Euros.

Prog – No.

Attendance 125 ‘ ish.

Lovely set up at Ballymun , out towards airport , only a very slow 30 min drive from Dublin Ferryport.

Bit of a windy crossing.

Unbeaten league leaders Crumlin United were in town and did a professional job on the ”mun” to the delight of their travelling fans.

Ballymun need the points but aren’t in immediate danger of relegation. EDIT. They just about stayed up with Crumlin easily winning the league.

1. Crumlin United FC 25 20 5 0 79 25 54 65
2. Killester Donnycarney FC 25 16 4 5 43 25 18 52
3. Bluebell United 26 13 6 7 56 34 22 45
4. St. Mochtas FC 26 12 7 7 52 35 17 43
5. Malahide United 26 10 10 6 53 40 13 40
6. Portmarnock AFC 26 11 5 10 41 39 2 38
7. Cherry Orchard 26 10 7 9 42 44 -2 37
8. Bangor Celtic FC 26 9 4 13 37 44 -7 31
9. Liffey Wanderers 26 8 6 12 41 53 -12 30
10. Ballymun United 26 7 6 13 29 46 -17 27
11. Newbridge Town FC 26 6 8 12 29 48 -19 26
12. St. Patrick’s CYFC 26 6 8 12 37 59 -22 26
13. Swords Celtic FC 26 6 4 16 27 41 -14 22
14. Firhouse Clover 26 4 6 16 22 55 -33

En route now to Dunboyne v Portlaoise in the Lummy O’Reilly Cup  QF with time for a couple of pints before and after. Guinness of course or I might nip into Slevins after game to see if they have any craft beer/s on , they’ll certainly have local bottles !But they’ll be bloody expensive.

Arrived at this out of town ground , about a mile west of centre on the R156 with plenty of car parking available.

It was a choice of 1 for this afternoon fix , afernoon games are not common in the Republic at this level. Nowadays with a sudden likeness of 3G pitches and teams having lights Friday is becoming very popular.

Leinster Senior League.

Lummy O’Reilly Cup QF.

14-30.

Dunboyne FC  1 v 1  Portlaoise. AET. 5-4 on pens.

@ Summerhill Road, Colliersland North.

(Ta for the photo to Steve Broughton).

The cup is for teams in the Leinster Senior League Divs 1A / 1B

 

Baltics tour.

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Tuesday April 2, 2019.

FR 4096. (Ryanair  £60 Return).

Manchester Terminal 3 to Riga International.

06-20  /  10-55. ( On time ,  shan’t go into minutes here / minutes there like a certain gentlemans blog).

Then away in car hire.

Tuesday April 2, 2019.

 

FR 4096. (Ryanair £60 Return).

Manchester Terminal 3 to Riga International.

06-20 / 10-55. ( On time , shan’t go into minutes here / minutes there like a certain gentlemans blog).

Estonia Meistriliiga. (Tier 1).

Tammeka Tartu JK v Paide Linnameeskond FC.

@ Tartu Sepa Artificial, ( Sepa 15a) @ 19-00.

0-3.

Att – 392.

Used their ”cold weather ” alternative ground and not normal Tamme Stadium ( Tamme pst 1) which is 2 miles away.

 

Wednesday April 3 , 2019.

Estonia Meistriiliga.

Maardu Linnameeskond (City) FC  v FC Kuressaare.

@ Maardu City Artificial ( Kajaari 4 ) @ 19-00.

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1 – 0.

Att – 246.

Used ”cold weather” alternative next to normal ground City Stadium.

 

Thursday April 4 , 2019.

Estonia Esiliiga. ( Tier 2).

Tartu JK Welco v  Parnu JK Vaprus.

@ Tartu Anneliina Artificial ( Annemoisa 6) @ 19-00.

0 – 2.

Att – 104.

Used their ”cold weather ” alternative ground and not normal Tamme Stadium ( Tamme pst 6) which is 3 miles away.

 

Friday April 5 , 2019.

Latvia Virsliga. ( Tier 1).

FS Metta / Latvia University v Rigas Football School.

@ Hanzas Hanzas High School Stadium Artificial, Riga. (Grostonas 5) @  19-00.

1-2.

Att – 235.

 

Saturday April 6 , 2019.

Latvia Pirma League ( Tier 2).

JDFS Alberts v Grobinas F C.

@ Riga Technical University Stadium Artificial , ( Daugavgrivas iela 56) @  14-00.

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1-2.

Att – 80.

 

Then onto

Latvia Virsliga.

Valmieras FK v FK Ventspils.

@ Vidzemes Olympic Centre Stadium Artificial , ( 93 Rigas iela) @ 18-00.

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1-4.

Att 469.

 

Sunday April 7 , 2019.

Estonia Meistriiliga.

Tulevik Viljandi  v  Nomme Kalju.

@ Viljandi City Stadium Artificial, ( Raana puistee) @ 13-00.

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2-3.

Att 338.

Used ”cold weather” alternative to normal ground which is next door.

 

Then onto –

Estonia III  Liga ( South). ( Tier 5 / Crunching).

FC Aksi Wolves  v  FC Vasteliina.

FC Äksi Wolves

@ Vaimastvere Arena Artificial ( Komme taitega3 , Keldri  ) @ 17-00.

1  -9.

Att – 21.

Played on their ”cold weather” alternative to their normal ground at Tabivare Gymnaasium Stadium ( Hariduse 1 ) which are 23 miles apart.

 

Monday April 8 , 2019.

Estonia Esiliiga B. ( Tier 3).

JK Tabasalu v Pohja- Tallinna JK Volta/

@ Tabasalu Arena Artificial ( Kooli 1 ) @  19-30.

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5-0.

Att – 180.

 

Tuesday April 9,  2019.

Latvia Virs Liga.

FK Spartaks Jurmala v FK Jelgava.

@ Kauguru High School Stadium Arificial ( Raina iela) @  17-00.

1-2.

Att – 120.

This is where most games are nowadays , they used to use the nearby grass pitch Slokas Stadium but fewer games if any are there nowadays.

 

Wednesday April 10, 2019.

Latvia Virs Liga.

FK Ventspils v BFC Daugavpils.

@ Olympic Stadium (Sporta iela 40) @ 17-00.

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1-1.

Att 226.

Game moved back to the grass Olympic Stadium, until 2 days before the game it was scheduled to be at their ”cold weather” alternative  Ventspils 2 Parmatskolas Stadium a mile away. The club went overboard at their quick return to a grass proper stadium , slagging the leagues clubs off by playing on school all weather pitches longer than is necessary.

11 games and Ventspils was the only one on grass !!

 

Thursday April 11, 2019.

FR 4097 (Ryan Air).

Riga International to Manchester Terminal 3.

15-20  /  16 -10.

No delays either way , so no vouchers due !

FAKE NEWS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connacht football in 2019.

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First of all the geography lesson , the Republic of Ireland comprises of 4 Provinces  with each having many counties within. Of the 4 only 3 have ”Senior” football leagues namely Leinster , Munster and Ulster , the Leinster and Munster leagues are thriving with numerous clubs and many divisions.

The Ulster Senior League is on its last legs, currently with the demise of Swilly Rovers on March 26th, 2019 it is down to 6 clubs including the Reserve sides of Derry City and Finn Harps , it wont be long before the rest enter the Donegal or the Inishowen leagues.

Meanwhile in Connacht we are already have County football , of the 5 counties of the Province of Connacht we have 4 County leagues namely the Galway & District Premier League, the Mayo Super League, the Roscommon & District Premier League and the Sligo /Leitrim Super League.

Every now and again since its demise in 2000 thoughts about reforming the Connacht Province Senior League come to light , the most recent attempt being in 2013 , unfortunately the reasons for its disappearance still exist , these being travel , finance and  the apathy of some of the clubs.

It would on paper be easy to form a strong 10 / 12 club Senior League but I can’t see it happening soon.

Meanwhile here are the 4 county leagues as they exist for 2018/19 season , in the case of Mayo who run a Summer season they are 2019 details.

 

Galway & District Premier. (10 clubs)

http://galwayfa.ie/

Athenry  @ ”Moanbaun”, Athenry.

Corrib Celtic @ C. C Grounds, Gortscully, Annaghdown.

Galway Bohs @ Millers Lane, Western Distributor Rd, Galway.

Galway Hibs @ Headford Rd, Bohermore.

Loughrea Rams  @ Bushfield, off R350.

Maree / Oranmore  @ Ard na Mara, off Main St, Oranmore.

Merlin Woods @ ARD Resource Centre, Doughiska Road, Galway.

Mervue United @ Fahy’s Field, Walter Macken Place, Galway.

Salthill  Devon @  Drom Soccer Park, Drum East, Tonabracky, Galway.

West United @ South Park, Claddagh, Galway.

 

Mayo Super League. ( 10 clubs).

http://www.mayofootballleague.ie/l/league/547649717.html

B

allina Town  @ Belleek Park, Caravan Park, Ballina.

Ballyglass @ Michael Keaveney Park, Ballyglass.

Ballyhaunis @ Station Rise, Ballyhaunis.

Ballyheane  @ Pat Quigley Park, off N84, Cornaveagh.

Castlebar Celtic @ Celtic Park, Pavilion Rd, Curragh,Castlebar.

Claremorris @ Concannon Park, Claremorris.

Manulla @ Manulla Park, Carrowntober  Eighty

Snugboro United @ Edward Conway Park, Coarsepark.

Straide & Foxford United @ Green Road, Foxford.

Westport United @ United Park ,Westport.

 

Roscommon & District Premier League. ( 12 clubs).

http://soccerleagues.comortais.com/homepage.aspx?oid=1002

 

Ballinasloe Town  @ Curragh Park, Brackernagh.

Ballymore @ Ballymore Sportsfield.

Boyle Celtic @ Celtic Park, The Warren.

Castlerea Celtic @  Henry Byrne Road, Demesne, Castlerea.

Cloonfad United @ Cloonfad Park, Levallyroe.

Dysart @ Dysart Community Centre, Lisnamaucklagh.

Kikerrin United @ Father Lynch Park, Kilkerrin.

Moore United @ Falty Pitch, Moore.

St Peters @ McArthy Park, Newton Carbury Road, Bellaugh , Athlone.

Shiven Rovers @ ”Killyan”, Newbridge.

Skyevalley Rovers @ Donagh Park , Taughmaconnell.

Strokestown United  @ ”Kiltrustan”, Strokestown.

 

Sligo/Leitrim Super League. ( 10 clubs)

http://soccerleagues.comortais.com/homepage.aspx?oid=1000

 

Aughanagh Celtic  @ Hollybrook Sportsfield, Ballinafad.

Ballisodare United @ Sportsfield,  Ballisodare.

Ballymote Celtic @ Brother Walfrid / Corran Park, Ballymote.

Calry Bohs @ Community Park, Butlers Lane ,Hazlewood.

Carbury @ Forthill,  Seaview Park, Sligo.

Glenview Stars @ Forthill, Warren, Sligo.

Manor Rangers @ Bee Park Resource Centre, Manorhamilton.

Mail Coach Road ( MCR) @ Sean Fallon Park, Abbeyquarter South, Sligo.

Merville United @ Merville  Centre, Maugheraboy Road, Knappagh Beg.

Strand Celtic @ Strandhill Community Park, Airport Road, Carrowbunnaun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltic updates.

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Latvia.

F K Ventspils  have gone back to Olympic Stadium ,Sporta iela  7/9. (09/04/2019).

Gone back a round earlier than expected with the club slagging off the league with so many games on school artificial pitches  ! They appear to be happy to be the first to go back to a proper stadium.

Their words translated from their website –

The Game will be held at the Central Stadium, the beginning-17:00. The real football Begins-Congratulations! For the second year in a row, the FKV starts on the green field before all Latvian clubs, and more so-before all in the Baltics! Serious football is not for “Schools “, serious football for football stadiums! ”

 

Liepaja moved back to main stadium on May 4.

Riga F S moved to Akadiaja Stadium on May 17.

Spartaks Jurmala went back to Slokas on May 12.

 

 

Baltic Countries Stadiums Season 2019.

Baltic Countries Stadiums Season 2019.

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On planning a trip to the Baltics I found as usual a host of sites inc Wikipedia / Europlan etc had a lot of wrong venues for the teams in Estonia , Latvia & Lithuania. Scoresway / Soccerway on this occasion were better than most !

I tend to use local sites and I’ve come up with the following version of stadiums used by teams  , my first trip this season coincides with their cold season so I’m visiting a number of alternative venues to the norm , those used as an alternative to grass pitches . I’ve tried to list all venues and dates used for 2019 games.

My trip begun in Estonia and that’s where I’ll begin , on speaking to club officials at games they were of the opinion that clubs will move to smaller manageable grounds in the future. One of the main reasons being TV , most games nowadays are on TV and floodlighting lux required is easier to obtain at small compact grounds.

I’ll not list games seen yet as I’m still mid trip , that may be a future post.

Part 1.

ESTONIA. 2019.

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Top flight ( Meistriliiga).

F C Flora Tallinn @ Sportland Arena, Asula 4 for their first 5 home games  R1 on 10th  03 — R9  on  03rd  05  then remaining 13 home games from R 11 on  18th  05 at Le Coq Arena , Asula 4c.

Sportland and Le Coq are next to each other.

 Kuressaare F C @ Kuressaare Artificial ( Taive 88a ) for their first 4 home games R2 on 16th  03 — R8 on  27th  04 then remaining 14 games from R10 on 10th  05 at Kuressaare Linnastadion ( Staadioni 6).

They are about a mile and a half from each other.

F C I Levadia Tallinn @ Sportland Arena for their first 4 home games  R1 on 9th  04 — R 8 on 28th  04  then remaining 14 home games from R10  on 11th  05 at Le Coq Stadium.

Sportland and Le Coq are next to each other.

Maardu City (Linnameeskond) F C @ Maardu City Artificial (Kaaari 4) for their first 4 home games  R2 on 17th 03 — R 8  27th  04 then 9 games at City Stadium  R 11 on 19th 05 — R26 on 28th 08  then the remaining last 5 home games back on artificial  with R28 on 15th  09 — R36  on 09th 11.

The grounds are next to each other.

J K Narva Trans @ Norra Kalev Stadium (  Hardiuse 22b) for their first 5 home games  R1 on 9th 03 — R9 on  4th 05 then 9 games at Kreenholmi Stadium, ( Kreenholmi 54b )  R11 on 11th  05 — R26  on  28th 08  before returning to Norra Kalev for R29 on 18th 09  for remaining 4 home games.

The grounds are about 2 miles apart.

Paide City (Linnameeskond) FC  @ City Artificial (Kooli 1) for their first 5 home games  (R1 on  17th 03 — R9 on  4th  05) then at City Stadium for their remaining 13 home games from R11  on 18th  05 .

The grounds are next to each other.

Tallinna Kalev , all 18 home games @  Kalevi Artificial Stadium ( next door to main large / grass pitch Kalevi  Kesk/Central Stadium at Staadioni 3).

Tallinna Nomme Kalju , all 18 home games @  Hiiu Stadium , Pidu 11 (Artificial).

Tammeka Tartu JK @  Tartu Sepa Artificial (Sepa 15a) for their first 5 home games  R1 on  10th  03 — R9  on  3rd  05 then @ Tamme Stadium (Tamme puistee 1) for remaining 13 home games from R12  – on 22nd  05.

Tulevik K Viljandi @ City Artificial (Raana puistee) for first 4 home games with R2  on  16th  03  — R8  on  28th  04  then remaining 14 home games beginning at  R 10 on 12th  05 @ City Stadium.

The grounds are next to each other.

So as you see just 2  clubs using 1 stadium the remaining 8 using 2 , some starting on artificial and returning after a spell on grass , good for arthritis.

The clubs can if necessary  revert to artificial as and when they want / weather issues etc.

Stadiums listed have been gleaned from Estonian official sources but as always check nearer the time if your going.

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Part 2.

Latvia. 2019.

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Top flight , Virsliga / Higher League.

Starting with 9 clubs this season following the non relegation of Valmieras , all are playing on artificial surfaces at the moment.

So no moving about with the weather like Estonia & Lithuania except for a couple of games.

Some clubs Jelgava, Liepaja , Spartaks Jurmala and Ventspils have moved off grass large stadiums to more cosy artificial surface stadiums.

Virsliga. 2019.

BFC Daugavpils @ Celtnieks Stadium , Jelgavas iela 7.

FK Jelgava @ Jelgava Training Centre Stadium, Karklu iela 6.

Jelgava have moved 3 miles from the grass Olympic Sports Centre, Kronvelda 2.

FK Liepaja @ Daugava Stadium Artificial, Piejuras Parks 3, Jurmala iela.

Next door to main stadium.

Back at main stadium on May 4.

Metta/ Latvia University @ Rigas Hanzas High School Stadium, Grostonas 5, Riga.

Rigas Football School @ Rigas Technical University Stadium, Daugavgrivas iela 56, Riga.

Moved to Arkadija Stadium on May 17.

Riga F C @ Rigas Technical University Stadium, Daugavgrivas iela 56, Riga.

FK Spartaks Jurmala @ Kauguru High School Stadium, Raina iela , Kauguri.

Moved to Slokas Stadium on May 12.

Spartaks used to spend the summer months at the  larger ground with a grass pitch at nearby Slokas Stadium.

Valmieras FK @ Vidzemes Olympic Centre Stadium, 93 Rigas iela, Vidzeme.

F K Ventspils @ Ventspils 2 pamatskolas Stadium, Katolu iela 40.

Moved  1  mile inland from large Olympic Stadium  , Sporta iela 7/9.

F K Ventspils  have gone back to Olympic Stadium ,Sporta iela  7/9. (09/04/2019).

Gone back home  a round earlier than expected with the club slagging off the league with so many games on school artificial pitches  ! They appear to be happy to be the first to go back to a proper stadium.

Their words translated from their website –

”The Game will be held at the Central Stadium, the beginning-17:00. The real football Begins-Congratulations! For the second year in a row, the FKV starts on the green field before all Latvian clubs, and more so-before all in the Baltics! Serious football is not for “Schools “, serious football for football stadiums! ”

As always check games / kick offs / venues before you go. DONT rely on social media , its nice to talk.

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Part 3.

LITHUANIA. 2019.

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Ground allocations are only confirmed until R 13 on the 31st of May.

Unlike the other 2 countries mentioned in this thread Lithuania has a regular season and then splits into a Championship league section and relegation play offs.

F  K Atlantas  @  Klaipeda Artificial , Sportininku gatve 46  for first 4 home games beginning with R1 on 2nd 03 until R 10 on 14th  04 and then from R 12 on 12th 05 they go  to the main Central Stadium.

The grounds are next door to each other.

F K Kauno Zalgiris all home games @ National Football Academy Stadium , Aukstaiciu  gatve 51, Kaunas.

F K Palanga @ Klaipeda Artificial , Sportinku gatve 46 for first 3 home games between R 3 on 17th 03 and R 7 on 20th 04 and then for  R 8 on 27th 04 they return to Palanga to finish the season at Palanga Stadium , Sporto gatve 3 , Palanga.

Klaipeda and Palanga grounds are approx 18 miles apart.

Panevezys F K @ Zemyna Progynasium Stadium, Ramygalos gatve 99 , Panevezys  to begin season for 3 home games starting with R 2 on 9th 03 until R 7 on 19th 04 then they go to Aukstaitija Stadium , A Jaksto gatve 1 , Panevezys for remaining home games beginning with R 8 on 27th 04.

Grounds are about a mile and a half apart.

F K Riteriai (AKA Trakai) @ Sportima Arena Hall, Azuolyno gatve 5 , Vilnius for their first home game in R 2 on 11th 03 then for their 2nd home game on 2nd 04 in R 4 until the end of season they are at the Lithuania Football Federation Stadium ( LFF) , Liepkalnio gatve 13/2, Vilnius.

F C Stumbras all home games @ National Football Academy Stadium, Aukstaiciu gatve 51 , Kaunas.

F K Suduva @ Arvi Football Indoor Arena, Kauno gatve 125, Marijampole  to begin season on 3rd 03 with R 1 game then 2 further home games with the last in  R 6 being on 14th 04. From 4th home game in R 9 on 5th 05 until the end of the season they are next door at Arvi Stadium ( AKA Suduva Stadium).

Zalgiris VMFD Vilnius @ Sportima Arena Hall , Azuolyno gatve 5 , Vilnius for their first 2 home games R 1 on 3rd 03 and R3 on 15th 03 then to finish their home games they are at the Lithuania Football Federation Stadium ( LFF) , Liepkalnio gatve 13/2, Vilnius.

So 6 games played indoors (TBC) , 1 for FK Riteriai , 3 for FK Suduva and 2 for Zalgiris VMFD.

Once again please check with local sources before visiting any games.