Save the date: May 4, 2019. That’s the day Valour FC will play their inaugural home game against FC Edmonton, according to the schedule release from the Canadian Premier League (CPL)
The CPL finally released its schedule to the public this week. Valour FC will play 14 home and 14 away games in its first season, with all home games at Investors Group Field (IGF). The first ever game for Valour FC is May 1st when they head to Victoria to play Pacific FC. What is unique about the schedule format is its split into two seasons, a spring season and fall season. The spring season will end with a Canada Day home battle with York 9 FC. The fall season starts on the road with a clash against FC Edmonton on July 17th. Valour’s first home game of the fall season takes place on July 27th against Cavalry FC. The last home game of the fall season will see York 9 FC come to IGF on October 16th. Valour FC ends the 2019 fall season on the road, where they started the season, against Pacific FC.
The hectic spring schedule will see Valour FC play five games in fifteen days, creating some unique challenges according to Valour FC Coach and General Manager Rob Gale, who was interviewed by valourfootball.club.
“Obviously there will be nuances and tweaks depending on the opposition, but we will need to get a lot of work done and be as thorough as possible in the preseason. If you’ve not been in professional football, this will really be a ‘Welcome to professional football, lads’ experience. I will say that we are pleased that in that early stretch we’re going to have three home games,” Gale said.
Valour FC will enter the Canadian Championship for the first time as well. They will start in the second round in a two-leg series set for June 5th and June 12th against the winner of Vaughan Azzurri and HFX Wanderers FC. For more on the 2019 CPL schedule go here.
We can not wait for the excitement to build on May 4th for the inaugural home game. We look forward to seeing all supporters out at IGF as we make our place the loudest place in the CPL.