In soccer, you have to grow and evolve. That’s exactly what the Canadian Premier League is doing with their trophy cabinet.
The 2023 CPL season has been competitive, dramatic, full of spectacular goals, and completely unpredictable. But with just four match days remaining before the playoffs, there are two titles still up for grabs.
On Thursday, the Canadian Premier League unveiled a regular season trophy, the Canadian Premier League Shield, which rewards the team with the best record after the 28-game regular season. The CPL Playoff champion — which previously was awarded the North Star Shield — will hoist the North Star Cup over their heads later this fall.
“There is nothing like the commitment that comes with the battle for a regular season title and the excitement of the CPL Final ahead. We’re especially lucky to be experiencing one of the most competitive years in league history, which makes the fight for these trophies even more fun to watch,” said CPL commissioner Mark Noonan in a Canadian Premier League statement.
In addition to the redesigned silverware, the CPL’s regular season winners and playoff champions each secure a spot in the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the renamed and retooled Scotiabank Champions League.
As per the Canadian Premier League’s official press release:
The design of the Canadian Premier League Shield, made of sterling silver with gold leaf accents, features 13 points on its outer edge, representing Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. All 13 points are angled inward toward the CPL logo at the heart of the shield, a stylish combination of the Canadian maple leaf and the North Star, central motifs that bind both the Shield and its sister trophy, the North Star Cup. The Shield measures approximately 46 centimetres in diameter and weighs approximately 20 pounds.
The brand new North Star Cup replaces the North Star Shield, which was awarded to the CPL’s champion from 2019 to 2022.
The design will be unveiled ahead of the CPL Final at the end of October. Both trophies were designed by ÉPICO Studios, who contributed to designing the Copa América Centenario, CONCACAF Champions Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Nations League and MLS Cup trophies.
Hamilton’s Forge FC have won three of the four championships since the Canadian Premier League kicked off in 2019, with Victoria-based Pacific FC being the only other club to become CPL champions when they beat Forge at Tim Horton’s Field in 2021.