CFL plans to host Global Combine in Toronto prior to 2021 season

The Canadian Football League is planning — COVID-19 permitting — to host a Global Combine in Toronto prior to the potential start of the 2021 season.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s CFL 2.0 initiative has drawn the ire of personnel people around the league, despite the concerns and financial ramifications of the coronavirus, he’s pushing ahead with it.

“We remain committed to our international strategy and will roll out more details on our 2021 calendar in the new year,” the league said in a statement to 3DownNation. 

Director of Global scouting, Greg Quick sent an update out to draft eligible players around the world:

We find ourselves in a world that demands great agility, focus, and purposeful action. The same that is demanded of you on the gridiron. The Canadian Football League will host a Global Combine in Toronto followed by a Global Draft in advance of the 2021 season. The dates of these increasingly important events will be established to coincide in standard order with the 2021 CFL Calendar.

All players invited to attend the 2020 Global Combine will retain an invitation to participate in the 2021 Global Combine in Toronto; as well as all draft eligible players remain active. Combine invitees will be contacted by CFL representatives to make travel arrangements in the new year. The 2021 Global Draft is very important to the return to play agenda of the CFL. The talent represented in the draft pool is unprecedented. I am confident that there will be many global player highlights during the 2021 season.

Be alert for continuing communication regarding the 2021 draft and information relative to the 2021 CFL season. Best wishes in your continuing efforts to maximize your preparation and ultimately your performance.

The league held a number of global combines across Europe last winter with a number of players being invited to the national event in Toronto. More players were going to be added following the completion of the league’s final international combine in Mexico, though it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Global Draft was supposed to be five rounds long in 2020, which means a total of 45 players could be selected. However, like the CFL Draft, it could be altered for 2021. Each team is required to have two internationals on its active roster who are considered Global players for each regular season, playoff and Grey Cup game. The minimum salary for Global players is $54,000 CAD.

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