The 2021 Canadian Premier League season is about to begin, with The Kickoff presented by Volkswagen set to get underway this weekend in Winnipeg, and each club is finalizing its roster. Crucial to each of the eight CPL squads will, of course, be youth contingents -- with the league increasing its quota for U-21 minutes to 1,500 this year, young Canadians will be called upon to play significant roles for their teams. With squads pretty much set, we have a good picture of which CPL sides might lean on their youth more heavily than others. York United FC leads the way with eight eligible U-21 players, while Forge FC and Atlético Ottawa boast just three apiece. Last year, Valour FC led the way by offering 1,532 minutes to U-21 Canadians in just seven games played; Pacific FC blew the competition away in 2019 with a staggering 13,532 U-21 minutes. Which side might win that particular title this time around? Here are all 36 CPL players eligible to count toward U-21 minutes in 2021.

HFX Wanderers FC

GK - Kieran Baskett DF - Jake Ruby DF - Kareem Sow MF - Scott Firth FW - Samuel Salter

Atlético Ottawa

GK - Teodor Obadal DF - Keesean Ferdinand (ON LOAN) MF - Antoine Coupland

York United
York United FC

DF - Ryan Lindsay DF - Felix N'sa DF - Terique Mohammed (ON LOAN) MF - Cedric Toussaint MF - Isaiah Johnston MF - Ijah Halley MF - Max Ferrari MF - Jordan Faria

Forge FC

GK - Baj Maan DF - Monti Mohsen MF - Johnny Son

Valour FC

GK - Jonathan Sirois (ON LOAN) DF - Tony Mikhael FW - Sean Rea (ON LOAN) FW - Jared Ulloa (ON LOAN)

Cavalry FC

DF - Karifa Yao (ON LOAN) DF - Daniel Kaiser MF - Victor Loturi FW - José Hernández

FC Edmonton

GK - Darlington Murasiranwa DF - T-Boy Fayia MF - Antony Caceres MF - Tomas Giraldo FW - Marcus Velado-Tsegaye

Pacific FC

DF - Kunle Dada-Luke DF - Chris Lee MF - Sean Young MF - Alessandro Hojabrpour

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