The CFL has pushed the season’s start date to August and cut the schedule to 14 games.

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The league’s return-to-play strategy has been implemented. The 2021 Grey Cup will be held on December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Canadian Football League is rescheduling its season to begin in August and will its 18-game schedule to 14 games. As a result, the Grey Cup has been rescheduled for Dec. 12 in Hamilton, Ont.

Training camps were supposed to start in early May, with the regular season starting in June, but tightening regulations across Canada due to the ongoing pandemic forced the league to pivot and come up with a new strategy to get back on the field in 2021.

Despite remaining hopeful that the CFL will begin to play in 2021, Ambrosie cautions that a variety of factors will determine when and whether the league will begin on schedule.

“So, what do we need in order to start on August 5?” There are two points to consider. The first is that our preparations for protecting the health of our players, coaches, and eventually our fans have been approved by public health authorities across the nation, ensuring that the 2021 season will be secure.

“Number two, permission from governments to host a large number of fans in the stands, in a significant number of venues at the start of the season, and in the rest of our venues soon after,” he said.

After the league canceled the 2020 season in August, the Grey Cup was not awarded for the first time since 1919.

The league announced a complete 18-game schedule in late November, with games scheduled to begin in early June. The league said at the time that it would have to get creative with its schedule, focusing on regional rivalries to restrict travel.

They’ve signaled a degree of ingenuity once again in redoing the entire schedule, which now includes 14 regular-season games before the playoffs.

At this time, no date has been set for the announcement of a new schedule.

“The bottom line is that we are hopeful for a season in 2021, culminating in a fantastic Grey Cup,” Ambrosie said.

Ambrosie thanked the league’s players, fans, and partners for their patience in a statement.