The Canadian Junior Football League has determined that it is not feasible to operate a regular season or playoffs for the 2020 season. Our focus and attention will now be on our return to play plan for the 2021 season.
“It is very disappointing to make this announcement today, but our priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and team administrators”, stated CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, the CJFL has followed all public health guidelines and will continue to support them in the future. Unfortunately, at this stage, return to play guidelines do not allow for large enough gatherings to make training and competition safe for our athletes. Despite our hope that the situation in Canada would improve and allow for the CJFL to proceed with the 2020 season, the health and safety challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing risk to our players, coaches and staffs make it unfeasible for the CJFL teams to compete in 2020.
"Our teams play an important role in their communities. All CJFL teams will continue to engage with their players and communities as regional public health regulations allow." continued Pankovich.
We look forward to returning to competition in 2021.
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Each week the CJFL will celebrate one of the legendary coaches that have graced our sidelines in the past and the present. There have been hundreds of coaches over the years stretching from British Columbia to Quebec that have all contributed to not only the success of the players on the field, but helping them grow into men and successful citizens off the field.
The very first coach the CJFL needs to recognize is a no brainer as he has constructed a dynasty in Saskatoon. Tom Sargeant has been the head coach of the Hilltops for 22 seasons and part of their coaching staff for 29 straight years. Under his leadership this dynasty has won seven of the last eight Canadian Bowl titles and 13 in total, his first in 2001.
Over the course of his 22 regular seasons, “Sarge” has captured more wins than any other coach in CJFL history at 154 and counting. His team is currently on a 31 game winning streak with their last loss on September 9, 2017 to the Regina Thunder by only three points. Their last playoff loss was the 2013 PFC championship game.
Sarge, who will coach in his 23rd season this year, is in a class of his own when it comes to wins and championships in the CJFL and is most deserving of CJFL Legendary status.
Football Canada is excited to announce a new national virtual tournament this summer.
From July 4-11th, the 2020 Madden Canada Cup will take centre stage. Overall, the tournament will feature four separate divisions:
Three separate Regional Qualifying Rounds will kick off the tournament on July 4-5, 2020. The Eastern Round will consist of participants from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Meanwhile, players from Ontario and Quebec will compete in the Central Round. Finally, the Western Round will see competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Specific times for the rounds will be released closer to the dates.
From each division, the final 64 participants move on to compete in the Madden Canada Cup National Championship Weekend on July 10-11, 2020. It will be live streamed via Football Canada’s YouTube Channel. Throughout the broadcast, special guests will join the organization virtually, including coaches and sports administrators.
“We are incredibly excited to be hosting our first nationwide Madden Canada Cup tournament,” commented Aaron Geisler, Football Canada’s Director of Sport. “The hope is we can bring all of our athletes, coaches, parents, fans, and avid gamers together to experience some football over the summer.”
The rivalry of the Football Canada Cup and its history runs deep, and we hope that we can provide some of that healthy inter-provincial rivalry in this format and crown a champion to represent that provincial pride.”
There will be prizes to be won during the tournament. Each National Championship division winner wins five percent of the total revenue (minimum $750.00, maximum $2000.00) while the division finalists will earn a cash prize of $500.00. Regional Round winners will also receive 20 percent off at the Football Canada Shop.
During National Championship Weekend, anyone who is watching the live stream can get in on the prize-winning action as well. Throughout the day, raffles will take place and you can earn additional entries by answering trivia questions. Announcements of the winners happen during the Finals. Prizes include Football Canada apparel, FC Shop gift cards, and more.