Vancouver FC President Rob Friend joined CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan and City of Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas at Stuart Park Plaza in Kelowna on Wednesday afternoon to launch the “On Tour” series and announce its inaugural match between the Eagles and Cavalry. The series will see Canada’s top flight of men’s professional soccer stage competitive games at neutral sites across the country in the coming years, as the League continues its mission to connect with fans of the Beautiful Game from coast to coast and expand the League to new communities. 

Vancouver will host Cavalry at Kelowna’s Apple Bowl on Sunday, June 16. The regular season match will kick off at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET and be played in lieu of the game that was previously scheduled for Sunday, June 16 at Willoughby Community Park in Langley, B.C. The match will be featured as the Tonybet Match of the Week broadcast on OneSoccer, the dedicated home for Canadian soccer. 

Tickets to the match can be purchased here.

Kelowna 2024 will be supported by the City of Kelowna and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport for British Columbia. The lead-up to matchday will include various family-friendly events and celebrations in the Okanagan Valley, where VFC coaches, players and personalities will be on hand to make visits to local schools and participate in guest coaching opportunities with local clubs. 

Festival goers will be invited to an official Kelowna 2024 kickoff event as well as a gameday tailgate, among other activities to be staged for all ages in the days leading up to the match. More details about the festivities will be announced by the CPL as they become available. 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 10 through Vancouver FC’s website. Check back in for more information or sign up to our mailing list!

The match will mark a homecoming for VFC President and former Canadian Men’s National Team striker Friend, who grew up in Kelowna. Friend was the first soccer player to be inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. 

“I am thrilled to bring the inaugural edition of the CPL On Tour Series to Kelowna,” said Friend. “I know how passionate everyone in the Okanagan Valley is about community, and what an opportunity this will be for local soccer fans to rally around our game and our League. It makes sense for Kelowna to be the first stop in this series and I can’t wait to see the city set the standard for what the Canadian Premier League On Tour series can be going forward.” 


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