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January 10, 2020

CFL set to kick off Global Combines

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) is getting set to kick off its slate of Global Combines in an effort to increase the amount of global players as part of the CFL 2.0 initiative.

The first of those combines will take place on Saturday, January 11 in Helsinki, Finland.

GLOBAL COMBINE SCHEDULE

Date Location
January 11 Helsinki, Finland
January 12 Stockholm, Sweden
January 17 Paris, France
January 25 Florence, Italy
January 25 Bristol, England
January 26 Frankfurt, Germany
February 1-2 Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
February 29 Copenhagen, Denmark
March 14-15 Mexico City, Mexico

The combines take place just months after the formation of the Internation Alliance of Gridiron Football during the lead up to the 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.

“We are each stronger when we all work and build and dream together,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “Our intention is not to replace or infringe upon any existing governing body, as we deeply respect the work already being done on the game’s behalf. Our mission is to create a new forum where we can develop new ways to grow our game to our mutual benefit.”

The international combines will be attended by representatives of the CFL league office and director of global scouting Greg Quick.

The top players will be invited to Toronto from March 26-28 for the 2020 CFL Combine which will feature international prospects competing alongside their young Canadian counterparts from U SPORTS, the NCAA and junior football.

The league’s biggest scouting event will be followed by two separate drafts in the spring – one for global players and one for Canadians.

2020 CFL OFF-SEASON CALENDAR

Date Event
March 12 Ontario Regional Combine in Toronto
March 13 East Regional Combine in Montreal
March 20 West Regional Combine in Edmonton
March 26-28 CFL Combine in Toronto
April 16 CFL Global Draft
April 30 CFL National Draft

In 2019, the CFL featured designated ‘global players’ from countries outside the U.S. and Canada on its nine member clubs – a first for the league. Next season, the number of global players per team will grow from up-to-three to as many as five.