I play and sit on the board of a men's league that falls outside of the CSA, and therefore, FIFA structure. I have yet to receive a strongly worded letter from the CSA or Sepp Blatter.
I think the only way this becomes an issue is if:
1. Individual pride gets in the way and people make a mountain out of molehill because of perceived personal slights.
2. The CSL somehow grows and rivals MLS and NASL (unlikely).
The CSL has been high enough profile that I think this could actually be quite a big deal, especially if they were to remain visible on live betting websites. Not sure this is in any way unprecedented though. The NSL used to have a rocky relationship with the OSA, so I am not sure they were always fully under the FIFA umbrella. The difference now from how things used to be on that will be that with the OSA and CSA pushing L1O as the model, they are much more likely to clamp down on clubs, players and referees that have anything to do with the CSL next summer. Will be interesting to see how many teams the CSL can put together. It already looks like Windsor, St Catherines and Kingston may be moving towards L1O.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind - Albert Einstein
That said, thescottc is totally wrong.
The CSL may be a joke and it may be as realistic as the XFL was but international trade lawyers and business-types will look to any small success to challenge their visions of how business should operate. We know the CSL is a joke but in courts and boardrooms in Europe a successful challenge to FIFA and its subsidiaries would make their case stronger.
newest press release from them pairs them up with an American group...
CSL AND AMERICAN PRO SOCCER (APS) AGREE TO A WORKING RELATIONSHIP
Competition and business areas of discussion
TORONTO – Monday, December 9 - The Canadian Soccer League embarked upon a new path on November 18 in what was described as the beginning of an era and just two weeks later announce a first major step in its new direction by reaching agreement to forge a working relationship with American Professional Soccer (APS), a newly-formed league with teams in the northeastern United States.
APS, which is at an early stage of development with plans to kickoff in 2014, is driven in part by a longstanding position that the U.S. needs to develop a deeper professional soccer system to accommodate the increasing number of young , talented players. The lack of an adequate professional soccer structure relative to the number of players throughout the U.S. was expressed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011.
Blatter made a similar comment when visiting Canada in 2001, saying “Canada needs to do more with its professional soccer,” while explaining a country’s strength on the world stage is related to its domestic professional soccer structure.
Agreement was reached at a meeting in Toronto for the CSL and APS to strike a close working relationship in areas of competition and business. “We can derive considerable benefit by working closely with APS, a new league which has aspirations and a vision for soccer on this continent similar to that of our league,” said CSL chairman Vincent Ursini in making the announcement.
Matthew Driver, APS chief executive officer and Michael Wheeler, legal counsel, attended the Toronto meeting which included owners of CSL teams.
Talks were wide-ranging and covered the extent to which both leagues can enter into an arrangement for games to be played both sides of the border. A cross-border women’s semi-professional league and youth academy competition will be explored. Marketing ideas, with emphasis placed on member teams being profitable - elusive for most professional clubs in North America - was also discussed.
“We look forward to working with the Canadian Soccer League to develop synergies that will help both of our leagues to improve performance on and off the field,” said Driver, a native of Scotland with high level coaching experience including New England Revolution in Major League Soccer, together with a strong marketing background in corporate business and team ownership.
For media enquiries:
Stan Adamson, Canadian Soccer League 416 580-5439
Gary L. Moody Jr, American Professional Soccer (APS) 330 205-2446
According to their website, the American Professional Soccer (league) will have teams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland in 2014 with Chicago coming in 2015.