The 2021 CPL-U SPORTS Draft will take place on Friday (3pm ET live on CanPL.ca, OneSoccer, and @CPLSoccer), an event that will see another 16 Canadian university athletes welcomed into the professional fold. A total of 48 players have declared for the Draft. FC Edmonton has the first pick, with the "snake draft" format following results from the 2020 CPL season.
Below is a list of all the players available for Friday’s draft. The final prospect list is a compilation of CPL Football Development scouting, U SPORTS Coach recommendations and CPL Coach recommendations, feedback and input that is narrowed down to a final list of invitations to players to declare.
Cape Breton Capers, Mount Royal Cougars, UBC Thunderbirds, and Carleton Ravens lead the way with five eligible players each, including former draftees Charlie Waters (Valour FC), Stefan Karajovanovic (York United), Mohamed El Gandour (Cavalry FC), Gabriel Bitar (Cavalry FC), and Thomas Gardner (Pacific FC). A total of 19 players are eligible to wrack up under-21 minutes in the CPL next season.
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◊ – Player considered an under-21 for 2021 CPL season (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000)
2021 CPL-USPORTS DRAFT LIST