Name of Canada’s professional women’s soccer league revealed

Canada is preparing to embrace a new chapter in women’s football with the official unveiling of the professional league’s new name.

Diana Matheson, CEO and co-founder of Project 8, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the new name is the Northern Super League, which will begin its season in spring 2025.

The Northern Super League will make its debut with six founding clubs from key markets across the country. Ottawa and Montreal are the latest cities confirmed to host teams, joining previously announced clubs in Halifax, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

“We are thrilled to announce this update to soccer fans across Canada as we take a big step toward opening the season in April 2025,” Matheson said.

“After years without a national professional women’s soccer league, the Northern Super League and its six founding clubs will fill a significant void in Canada and drive significant change from coast to coast.”

Canada’s teammates Christine Sinclair (12) reacts after conceding the second goal of the first half during Group B soccer action against Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, July 31 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour

Each of the six clubs will be independently owned and operated. The Northern Super League will feature a 25-game regular season schedule followed by playoffs and a National Championship next fall.

“We are proud to launch a name that will instill pride in all those who play and love the game. With a new brand, we welcome everyone who wants to be a part of this exciting time in Canadian sports history,” said Matheson.

More announcements regarding league executives, player signings and detailed scheduling are expected in the coming weeks.

Inspiration for the league’s branding comes from the vibrant Aurora Borealis, which influences the color palette, while the dynamic serpentine-style font reflects the team’s synergy on the field. The emblem’s four-pointed North Star symbolizes the league’s strength, vision and commitment to establishing itself as a guiding light in sports in Canada and beyond.