Canadian Premier League will broadcast 2022 university draft live; Hamilton’s Forge FC picking 7th


Published January 12, 2022 at 3:18 pm

Drafted by Forge FC in 2021, Garven-Michee Metusala celebrates a goal during Forge's 2-0 win over Atlético Ottawa on Aug. 8, 2021. (photo: @ForgeFCHamilton)

Entering its fourth season of operation, the Canadian Premier League (CPL) announced that the 2022 U Sports draft will be broadcast live on Jan. 20, 2022.

Hamilton’s Forge FC will have the seventh overall pick.

The selection order was determined by the final standings — including playoffs — at the end of the 2021 CPL season. Forge FC was defeated by Pacific FC in the Final, giving them the second-to-last pick.

The CPL-U Sports Draft will consist of two rounds, with eight picks in each round. Only the inaugural CPL season consisted of three rounds.

Canadian Premier League will broadcast 2022 university draft live; Hamilton's Forge FC picking 7th

Players drafted will either compete in the CPL next season or return to their respective schools, pending eligibility. If a player returns to play for their university club, the CPL club that drafted them can choose to retain the players’ rights ahead of the following CPL-U Sports draft; otherwise, the player will re-enter the draft class.

Forge FC draft history

2018 – round 1, 3rd overall – F Jace Kotsopoulos – Canada – University of Guelph
2018 – round 2, 12th overall – M Aboubacar Sissoko – Mali – Université de Montréal
2018 – round 3, 17th overall – M Marko Mandekic – Canada – University of Toronto
2019 – round 1, 7th overall – F Gabriel Balbinotti – Canada – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
2019 – round 2, 8th overall – M Alex Zis – Canada – University of Guelph
2021 – round 1, 8th overall – D Garven-Michée Metusala – Canada – Concordia University
2021 – round 2, 9th overall – D José da Cunha – Portugal – Cape Breton University

The CPL-U Sports Draft will be hosted by the league’s media vice president and digital content host, Kristian Jack. It can be watched live, starting at 8 p.m., on One Soccer, as well as on the CPL’s social media channels — including YouTube.

U Sports is the national sport governing body of university sport in Canada.

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