The CJFL and Ontario Conference (OFC) is pleased to release the 2021 schedule that will see the five member teams open the CJFL season on August 28th and 29th.
All games and dates are subject to change or adjusted with the ongoing COVID-19 staged reopening
The defending Ontario champion London Beefeaters will open the Conference season at home at City Wide Sports Park against the Hamilton Hurricanes on that Saturday night. The next day the newly named St. Clair Fratmen visit the GTA Grizzlies during Week 1.
The following weekend the newest CJFL franchise, the Quinte Skyhawks will make their league debut when they host the Beefeaters on September 4th on the campus of Loyalist College.
The teams will play an eight week regular season schedule concluding on Halloween afternoon. The schedule then calls for a bye week which gives teams an opportunity to make-up games in case they need to be rescheduled. The playoffs open the weekend of November 13th with the top four teams from the regular season. Following another bye week the Conference final will be played on November 27th with the winner then hosting the 2021 Canadian Bowl on December 4th.
The CJFL teams will strictly follow guidance from each of the Provincial Health Authorities and will have the ability to change the schedule if required for the safety of our players, coaches, team administrators and fans.
The Ottawa Sooners have made the difficult decision not play during the 2021 season and will be classified as “non-playing status.” The club has “alternatively chosen to implement an intensive training and team building program that will allow us to better prepare for next season (2022).”
The CJFL and Kodiaks Football Club in Prince George are proud to announce that they have been granted an expansion Junior Football franchise by the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC). The Kodiaks will take the field starting in 2022 and become the seventh team within the BC Conference and 19th across the CJFL.
Newly hired Director of Football Operations and former CFL great Keon Raymond will be the first Head Coach for the Kodiaks program. They will call Masich Place Stadium in Prince George their home field.
Below Team President Craig Briere and BC Conference President Tyler McLaren speak with Ryan Watters about the process of landing a team in Prince George and how they moved forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is pleased to announce a new date for the 2021 Canadian Bowl which will now be played on Saturday December 4, 2021.
Following discussions, with our teams and other stakeholders, the CJFL Board of Directors decided to move the National Championship game back a month, giving more time for communities across the country to adjust to the COVID-19 staged reopening. The move allows the CJFL teams to begin their regular season in either late August or early September giving them a couple extra weeks in case games need to be rescheduled.
“It’s an exciting announcement,” says CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich. “Like most sporting events our teams across the country didn’t have an opportunity to play games last year and today’s announcement is another example of things moving in the right direction. I would like to thank our teams and all their board members for being patient and diligent over the past year and we are all optimistically looking forward to being back on the field this year, even if it’s with a modified schedule.”
The CJFL will release all three Conference schedules next week with games, including today’s announcement of the Canadian Bowl subject to change. The CJFL teams will strictly follow guidance from each of the Provincial Health Authorities and will have the ability to change the schedule(s) if required for the safety of our players, coaches, team administrators and fans.
The Canadian Bowl will be played in Ontario at the home of the Conference champion. The champion of the Prairie Conference will travel to meet the winner of the BC Conference in the national semi-final game the weekend of November 20-21. That winner will then travel to Ontario for the 2021 Canadian Bowl.
This will be the first Canadian Bowl ever to be played in the month of December.
The dates for the Conference schedules to be release are:
Tuesday July 13 – Prairie Conference
Wednesday July 14 – BC Conference
Thursday July 15 – Ontario Conference