2020 has been nothing short of a disaster when it has come to many issues. The cancellation of the CFL, USports and CJFL seasons have packed a heavy punch into the hearts of Canadian football fans everywhere.
However, there are some positives to be had. In an interview on the podcast 3rd & Wrong, the President of Football Canada, Jim Mullin had some encouraging news on the future of Canadian football.
For starters, it appears the CFL, CJFL and USports are all planning on being more involved with the grassroots level. That wasn’t always the case explained Mullin:
“I think football is a notoriously siloed game. You have one university group doing something over here, you’ve got a minor association doing this, you have junior guys over there and they all think they’re smarter than the guy in the other silo. And they’re not finding points of cooperation with one another. So I felt that we had an opportunity to start finding that cooperation. In my discussions with the CFL, it turned out that there’s another individual in the CFL office that was thinking the same thing at the same time as me. So I spent a lot of time trying to pull the various groups into the first series of summit calls.”
If the “big three” football entities can get more involved with the grassroots level there’s no telling what the trickle-down effect can be. Not only will Canada produce more elite talent on a national and international scale. But creating ties to the CFL, CJFL and USports at a young age means more fans and supporters of the game going forward. At all three levels.
You can hear the rest of what Jim Mullin had to say on the future of Canadian football in Episode 86 of 3rd & Wrong. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.