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2021 CPL-U SPORTS DRAFT Tune In at 3:00pm ET Friday, January 29 Toronto, ON (January 22, 2021) –Select, top rated, Canadian University soccer players from coast to coast will have an opportunity to earn a spot on a Canadian Premier League Club through the 2021 CPL-U SPORTS Draft. This year’s edition will be conducted via an amended format due to the cancellation of the 2020 U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship and Canadian university season across each of its four member conferences. Following a behind closed doors draft meeting, the player draft picks will be officially announced in succession on Friday, January 29 at 3:00pm ET LIVE on CanPL.ca, @cplsoccer Twitter and on OneSoccer. The draft will be hosted by OneSoccer host Adam Jenkins who will be joined by Alan Hudes, U SPORTS Manager of Communications and Content. The Draft will consist of two rounds, with eight picks in each round due to the addition of Atlético Ottawa. All 16 draftees will be invited to their club’s preseason training, with the hopes of securing a 2021 U SPORTS Player Contract for the upcoming season. The order of the draft is based off of the Club's regular season record over the course of the CPL’s 2020 season (Island Games) and will be formatted in a "snake draft" order as follows:
- Reverse league table for non-playoff teams
- Reverse order for two playoff but non-final teams
- Runner up