CPL commissioner David Clanachan said the salary reductions was “to keep as many people as possible employed.” (Photo courtesy of the CPL)

By Michael Lewis
FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

The Canadian Premier League, which was supposed to kick off its season on April 11, is making adjustments to its operations, which includes the salaries of its players, coaches and other employees.

Commissioner David Clanachan said Monday that players will have 25 percent of their contracts deffered due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Coaches, technical staff and club and league employees will have salary reductions “during this challenging time in order to keep as many people as possible employed.”

“The Canadian Premier League and its member clubs have been working hard to minimize the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our business,” he said in a statement. “We were scheduled to start our season on April 11, but were unable to do so. Despite our best efforts, we are now having to make adjustments to our operations including the wages of our hard working and passionate players, coaches and employees.”

Clanchan thanked his players, coaches and staff “for helping us share the weight of these difficult challenges.”

He did not say when the league would start its season.

The CPL consists of eight teams – Atletico Ottawa, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton, Forge FC, HFX Wanderers FC, Pacific FC, Valour FC and York9 FC.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.