Transcript: Making the Beautiful Game Canada's Game | Apr 26, 2019

Clips show soccer teams at practice.

Jeyan says IT'S A LEAGUE FOR
CANADIANS BY CANADIANS.
SEVEN TEAMS FROM COAST TO COAST,
VYING TO BE CROWNED CHAMPIONS.
THIS IS THE CANADIAN PREMIER
LEAGUE.

The coach says MOVE THE BALL!
MOVE THE BALL!

Jeyan says IT'S 7 A.M. AT THE
ONTARIO SOCCER CENTRE.

The coach says MOVE FAST, BOYS, MOVE FAST!

Jeyan says FOR THE PAST SEVERAL
WEEKS, PRACTICES FOR YORK 9 FC
HAVE BEEN INTENSE.

The coach says THE FIRST ONE I'M GOING TO
COME AND CHECK...

Jeyan says THE TEAM IS ONE OF
SEVEN MAKING ITS DEBUT IN THE
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.

A caption reads "Joseph Di Chiara. York 9 FC Midfielder."

Joseph is in his twenties, with short curly brown hair and a beard. He wears a soccer shirt.

Joseph says IT'S A DREAM.
IT'S VERY REAL AND IT'S VERY
POSSIBLE FOR ANY, YOU KNOW,
YOUNG KID GROWING UP.

Jeyan says THIS SEASON WILL BE
A HOMECOMING OF SORTS FOR
JOSEPH DI CHIARA.
THE 27-YEAR-OLD MIDFIELDER IS
SIGNED TO YORK 9 FC WHICH
REPRESENTS THE NINE
MUNICIPALITIES IN YORK REGION.
THE TEAM WILL PLAY OUT OF YORK
UNIVERSITY DURING THEIR FIRST
SEASON.
NOT TOO FAR FROM WHERE JOSEPH
GREW UP.
HE'S BEEN PLAYING SOCCER EVER
SINCE HE COULD REMEMBER.
AT 19, HE MOVED OVER 8,000
KILOMETRES, FROM THORNHILL TO
SAMARA, RUSSIA, TO PLAY SOCCER.

An animation shows a plane flying from Thornhill, Canada to Samara, Russia.

Joseph says YOU GROW UP FAST.
YOU'VE GOT TO MATURE QUICKLY,
ESPECIALLY BEING OVER IN A
COUNTRY LIKE RUSSIA BECAUSE
THEY... THEY EXPECT YOU JUST TO
GO IN THERE AND ACCLIMATIZE
YOURSELF AND BE READY TO PERFORM
AT YOUR BEST RIGHT AWAY.

Jeyan says HIS PROFESSIONAL
SOCCER CAREER ALSO INCLUDES
STOPS IN KAZAKHSTAN, HUNGARY,
AND LITHUANIA.
IT'S A STORY ALL TOO FAMILIAR
WITH YOUNG CANADIAN SOCCER
PLAYERS HOPING TO TAKE THE NEXT
STEP.

Joseph says WE DO HAVE QUITE A
FEW GOOD PLAYERS, YOUNG PLAYERS,
15, 16, 17. THEY'RE GOOD.
BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS IN EUROPE
AFTER, YOU KNOW, 17, 18, THEY
HAVE A PLACE TO GO TO PLAY.
THEY CAN CONTINUE, YOU KNOW,
GETTING MEANINGFUL AND
COMPETITIVE MATCHES.
BUT HERE IN CANADA, AT 15, 16,
THERE'S EITHER... MAYBE YOU GO
OFF TO SCHOOL, WHICH PERHAPS
MAYBE ISN'T AS COMPETITIVE AS,
YOU KNOW, THE EUROPEAN SYSTEM,
OR YOU'VE GOT TO GO TO WORK.
YOU NEED TO START YOUR LIFE.

Jeyan says YORK 9 FC IS AMONG
TWO TEAMS REPRESENTING ONTARIO
IN THE CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE.
THE OTHER BEING IN HAMILTON.
ALBERTA HAS TWO TEAMS, WHILE
BRITISH COLUMBIA, MANITOBA, AND
NOVA SCOTIA EACH HAVE ONE.

The teams shields pop up in their respective locations on an animated map of Canada.

The coach says GOOD RUN, JOE.
SO WHOEVER HAS GOT THE BALL,
DRIVE AT THEM. GET AT THE MAN.

Jeyan says WITH CANADIAN HALL
OF FAMER JIMMY BRENNAN AT THE
HELM, THE TEAM IS HEADING INTO
THE INAUGURAL SEASON WITH SOME
CONFIDENCE.

The coach says GOOD LITTLE PASSES.
I LIKE THAT.

Jeyan says BRENNAN WAS THE
FIRST PLAYER AND CAPTAIN FOR
TORONTO FC IN THEIR INAUGURAL
SEASON IN 2007, BEFORE BECOMING
AN ASSISTANT COACH FOR THE MAJOR
LEAGUE SOCCER TEAM.

The caption changes to "Jimmy Brennan. York 9 FC Head Coach."

Jimmy is in his early forties, with short wavy light brown hair and a stubble. He wears a blue zip up jacket.

Jimmy says YOU GET AN ITCH TO GET
BACK ON THE SIDELINES AFTER MY
SPELL THAT I HAD WITH TFC.
I TOOK SOME TIME OFF AND JUST
KIND OF FELL IN PLACE AND IT
WAS A GOOD DECISION.

Jeyan says BRENNAN GREW UP
IN NEWMARKET BUT ALSO PLAYED
OVERSEAS, INCLUDING STINTS WITH
BRISTOL CITY, NOTTINGHAM FOREST,
AND SOUTHAMPTON.
HE ALSO REPRESENTED CANADA AT
THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL IN 50
APPEARANCES.

Jimmy says WE NEVER HAD A
PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE.
THIS LEAGUE IS FOR CANADIANS, BY
CANADIANS, AND IT'S ABOUT TIME
THAT WE STARTED LOOKING AFTER
OUR OWN, DEVELOPING OUR OWN
COACHES, OUR OWN ADMINISTRATORS,
AND PLAYERS.

Jeyan says ALL SEVEN TEAMS HAVE
BEEN TRAINING PRACTICALLY EVERY
DAY FOR THE PAST SIX WEEKS.

Jimmy says to the team says LATERAL LUNGE, REACH UP.

Jeyan says MAKING LAST-MINUTE
CHANGES TO THE ROSTER AHEAD OF
THEIR SEASON WHICH KICKS OFF
APRIL 27TH.

Jimmy says GET TUCKED IN! GET TUCKED IN!

Jeyan says THE CANADIAN PREMIER
LEAGUE IS UNIQUE IN THAT THERE'S
A BIG FOCUS ON CANADIAN PLAYERS.
TEAMS CAN SIGN UP TO 23 PLAYERS
ON THEIR ROSTER, BUT CAN ONLY
HAVE SEVEN FOREIGN PLAYERS.

Jimmy says BACK IN, BACK IN, BACK IN!

Jeyan says THERE'S ALSO A PUSH
FOR YOUNG TALENT IN THE CPL.

Jimmy says WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A
CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PLAYERS THAT
ARE UNDER 21 AS WELL.
THEY'VE GOT TO GET MINUTES ON
THE PITCH.
SO WE'RE REALLY BUILDING A
LEAGUE HERE THAT'S GOING TO
DEVELOP CANADIAN PLAYERS, CREATE
A BIGGER PLAYER POOL FOR OUR
NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM.

Jeyan says EXCITED IS AN
UNDERSTATEMENT FOR FANS IN
HAMILTON.
THE CITY'S TEAM FORGE FC WILL
HOST THE LEAGUE'S FIRST-EVER
GAME AT TIM HORTON'S FIELD.

The caption changes to "Bobby Smyrniotis. Forge FC Head Coach."."

Bobby is in his early forties, with short graying hair and a stubble. He wears a black and white zip-up jacket."

Bobby says OUR CITY HERE IN
HAMILTON IS FANTASTIC.
THE HAMILTON TIGER-CATS, YOU
KNOW, IT'S PART OF THE FABRIC OF
THE COMMUNITY. AND THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE LOOKING TO DO, YOU KNOW,
OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS
WITH FORGE IS REALLY MAKE THIS
PART OF THE CULTURE OF THE CITY.
I THINK THIS GAME IS A VERY
CONTAGIOUS GAME, YOU KNOW, IT'S
THE WORLD'S GAME AND IT'S PLAYED
EVERYWHERE AND FOR EVERY
CULTURE, EVERY ETHNICITY, EVERY
BACKGROUND, AND I THINK THAT'S
WHAT MAKES IT VERY UNIQUE.

On the field, Bobby shows the team some moves and says I COME ACROSS HERE SO NOW I'M
PUSHING THIS GAP TO FINISH.

Jeyan says BOBBY SMYRNIOTIS IS
A SEASONED COACH WITH STINTS IN
CANADA AND IN EUROPE.
ONCE A PLAYER, BOBBY TURNED TO
COACHING FAIRLY EARLY.

Bobby says IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO
GET HERE.
PLAY MORE ON AN ANGLE...

Jeyan says KNOWN FOR HIS
ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND
DEVELOPMENT, HE KNOWS ALL TOO
WELL WHAT THIS LEAGUE MEANS FOR
CANADA'S YOUNG AND UPCOMING
PLAYERS.

Bobby says PLAY, PLAY, PLAY, PLAY...

Bobby says WE'VE GOT VERY GOOD
TALENT IN THIS COUNTRY.
WE JUST HAVEN'T HAD A GREAT
OPPORTUNITY TO NURTURE IT OVER
TIME, TO WORK WITH IT, IN A
PROPER PATHWAY AND A PROPER
STRUCTURE, AND ALSO GIVEN THE
ELEMENTS OF WHAT COMES AFTER
YOUTH FOOTBALL.
WE HAVE A HOME FOR OUR PLAYERS.
EVERY OTHER COUNTRY HAS A
PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE FOR THEIR
PLAYERS TO HONE THEIR SKILLS, TO
START THEIR TRADE.
WE'RE, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE BEST
COUNTRIES IF NOT THE BEST
COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO LIVE IN
THAT DIDN'T HAVE OUR OWN SOCCER
LEAGUE. SO STARTING IN 2019,
THAT'S A FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT.

Jeyan says AND THAT SHIFT WILL
COME IN HANDY IN 2026.

A FIFA spokesman at a conference says THE MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS OF
CANADA, MEXICO, AND U.S.A. HAVE
BEEN SELECTED BY THE FIFA
CONGRESS...

Jeyan says THAT'S WHEN CANADA
WILL CO-HOST THE WORLD CUP WITH
THE U.S. AND MEXICO.
BUT UNLIKE ITS NEIGHBOURS TO THE
SOUTH, CANADA'S OFFICIAL FIFA
RANKING PALES IN COMPARISON.
THE MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ARE
CURRENTLY RANKED 78th AND ITS
HIGHEST RANK WAS 40, BACK IN
1996.

A clip of a game rolls.

The commentator says A SHOT OFF THE POST...

Bobby says ULTIMATELY THE
BENEFACTOR OF THIS LEAGUE WILL
BE THE NATIONAL TEAM.
YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE GUYS WHO
HAVE PLAYED IN MLS, NATIONAL
TEAMS, AND HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE
STRUGGLES OF BEING A CANADIAN
PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER AND
HAVING TO TRAVEL TO A LOT OF
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OR LEAGUES
TO PLAY NOW REALIZE THAT, REWIND
TEN YEARS AGO, THEY WOULD HAVE
HAD THIS.
AND GOING FORWARD, THAT THE NEXT
GENERATION WILL HAVE THIS AS A
SPRING BOARD.

Jeyan says AND FOR SOME PLAYERS
PLAYING IN THE CANADIAN PREMIER
LEAGUE MEANS THEY GET TO
EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THEY
HAVEN'T DONE IN A LONG TIME.

Joseph says I HAVEN'T PLAYED IN
FRONT OF MY FAMILY IN HOW MANY
YEARS SO IT'S ALWAYS SPECIAL.

A coach says COME ON! FINISH! FINISH!
LET'S DO IT! LET'S GO!

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