(Winnipeg, MB.) The Canadian Premier League (CPL) today announced the founding of Valour FC, one of the founding clubs set to play in Canada’s new professional men’s soccer league in the spring of 2019.
The new soccer club will play out of Investors Group Field, which will feature a FIFA-standard turf pitch for all Valour FC home games.
“We are thrilled to bring back professional soccer to this province,” said Wade Miller, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Football Club. “We’ve seen over the last few years the appetite for soccer in Manitoba, this is the world’s game, and this is our opportunity to make it our own in Winnipeg.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome Valour FC and all supporters in Manitoba to the Canadian Premier League,” said David Clanachan, Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League. “Winnipeg boasts one of Canada’s top sports communities. It’s going to be amazing to see the community rally around the club and elevate soccer it the region for generations to come.”
Early membership deposits to secure seats to Valour FC home games will be available starting Friday, June 8th at www.ValourFootball.club.
The Valour FC name and emblem symbolize the valour shown in the story of three brave Winnipeg soldiers who demonstrated immense courage and heroism during the World War I. The men, who all lived on the same street which was later renamed Valour Road, were awarded the Victoria Cross – the highest military recognition for honour and bravery.
The Valour FC crest draws its inspiration from the Victoria Cross medal, with a ‘V’ emulating a folded ribbon wrapped by the shape of a maroon medal.
The logo and crest are truly Manitoban, with the centre of the ‘V’ representing the geographical meeting point of the Red River and Assiniboine River – a location that has long defined this city. The right side of the ‘V’ also creates a ‘W’ – for the city of Winnipeg.
The arc of wheat at the top of the crest symbolizes the thriving agriculture industry that has been a mainstay in the province and has grown into an iconic Manitoban symbol.
The club’s official colours are “Valour Maroon”, “Wheat Gold”, and “Earth Black”, representing the honour and heritage commonly associated with the prairies.
About the Canadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s domestic men’s soccer league set to debut in spring 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, The CPL will bring professional soccer to communities across our great country. (Source: Canadian Premier League Homepage)