95 Football Canada Programs of Excellence alumni on CFL’s opening week rosters
Heading into the CFL season which kicks-off Thursday night in Montreal, 95 players on CFL rosters have passed through Football Canada’s high performance pathway including 18 Junior National Team alumni. The high performance pathway also includes the Football Canada Cup and International Bowl as well as a predecessor to the U19 World Championship, the Global Junior Championship (1997-2007) held during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. At the time, Canada’s Global Junior team’s participation was spearheaded by Football Quebec.
Established in 1995 as an under-19 summer showcase the Football Canada Cup added an under-17 division in 2004, merging the divisions into a single U18 division in 2010 to better align with Football Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development plan. The International Bowl was established in 2010 as an annual Team USA versus the World game played the week of NCAA signing day until 2014 when the event became a series of Canada-US games.
The list consists of:
- 86 players on CFL active or injured rosters
- 9 CFL practice roster players
- 68 Football Canada Cup alumni
- 20 International Bowl (IFAF World Team) alumni
- 19 Global Junior alumni
- 18 Junior National Team alumni
- 5 Senior National Team alumni (2011 Senior W.C.)
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