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Kelowna will host a competitive match in the Canadian Premier League this summer |  iNFOnews

Kelowna will host a competitive match in the Canadian Premier League this summer | iNFOnews

Kelowna will host a competitive match in the Canadian Premier League this summer |  iNFOnews

FILE PHOTO: Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Javain Brown (left) controls the ball as Cavalry FC forward Lleyton Brooks controls during the first half of football action in the Canadian Championship Quarterfinal Leg 1 in Calgary, Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Image credits: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

May 8, 2024 – 3:39 PM

Kelowna will be the first city to host a neutral field match in the Canadian Premier League and the city is already hoping to field its own team.

Vancouver FC will take on Cavalry FC (Calgary) in the Apple Bowl on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM, broadcast live on OneSoccer, the league’s dedicated channel.

The league announced today, May 8, that it will launch a series of “On Tour” matches at neutral sites across the country in the coming years.

“Our new On Tour series is an innovative way to bring our league, clubs and players to potential new CPL markets, and we are pleased to make Kelowna our first stop ‘On Tour’ this summer,” said league commissioner Mark Noonan.

“We look forward to connecting with existing CPL supporters in the Okanagan Valley, attracting new fans to our game, meeting with Kelowna city officials and making the On Tour Series a destination event for other potential CPL communities .”

The league partners with the City of Kelowna, Tourism Kelowna and others to host a number of other events, including coaches and players visiting local schools and soccer teams. Details about the festival are still in the works.

“We are thrilled to be the first stop of the Canadian Premier League On Tour series and showcase the passion and enthusiasm for soccer in the Okanagan,” said Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas. “Kelowna is home to an ever-growing football fan base, with nearly 7,000 players across the region, with more than 5,000 players aged 18 and under.

“We are also very interested in exploring the possibility of having a CPL franchise in Kelowna in the future. With the FIFA World Cup in Canada scheduled for 2026, this Tour is an opportunity for us to test the waters and Seeing how ready we are for this next step, I can only imagine the potential positive impact today’s announcement will have on the future of football in our city.”

Tickets go on sale on May 10.

The event will be a homecoming for Vancouver FC president and former Canadian men’s national team striker Rob Friend, who grew up in Kelowna.

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