News and Announcements

The OPFL is excited to have two Ottawa area clubs in its Premiere Division for the 2017 season. The Cumberland Panthers have a tradition of minor football excellence and the Ottawa Sooners have a long history of success and growth in the CJFL. We look forward to both clubs making the OPFL a more competitive, football-focused, and inclusive league.

In an effort to clear up some of the confusion around the agreement created between the OPFL, the Cumberland Panthers, and the Ottawa Sooners, we would like to highlight the agreement’s significant points.

1. Players on the Cumberland Panthers’ Rosters in 2016 will be ineligible to play for the Sooners for the 2017 Season.

2. The Ottawa Sooners will be operating out of Ottawa West. Traditional NCAFA territories mark the region the Sooners are able to draw players from. The Sooners’ regions include: Bel-Air Copeland Lions, Myers Riders, Nepean Eagles, Bell Warriors, Kanata Knights, West Carlton Wolverines, Bel-Air Norseman.

3. The Cumberland Panthers will be operating out of Ottawa East. Traditional NCAFA territories mark the region the Panthers are able to draw players from. The Panther’s regions include: Cumberland Panthers, Orleans Bengals, Gloucester South Raiders, North Gloucester Giants, East Ottawa Generals, South Ottawa Mustangs.

4. Each club can register players from the other region within the limits below. None of the below considerations apply to players on any of the Cumberland Panthers’ 2016 rosters.
-Varsity – 10 players
-Junior Varsity – 10 players
-Bantam – 6 players

5. Any player released or cut from either club is deemed open to be registered and will not be counted against limits listed in Condition #4.

Further understandings between the OPFL, the Ottawa Sooners, and the Cumberland Panthers:

A) The Ottawa Sooners will be practicing out of Carleton University up until May 10th 2017. Following this they intend to practice out of either Quinn’s Pointe or Bob Barr Park. The Sooners’ long term plan is to operate out of Stittsville.

B) The Cumberland Panthers will be practicing on the University of Ottawa’s turf field up until May 10th 2017. Following this they intend to practice out of Millennium Park. The Panthers’ long term plan is to continue to operate out of Millennium Park.

C) The child of anyone with a proven coaching background with either the Cumberland Panthers or the Ottawa Sooners will be permitted to play for the organization their parent is coaching with. If a release is required for this it will be granted. Any player this applies to will count against the 10 or 6 player limit from either region (see condition #4).

D) Coaches and administrators fielding questions from parents or players should refer to the above agreement when providing information. If any further clarification is required they can refer them to OPFL Eastern Director Chuck Crabbe.

The OPFL looks forward to a productive relationship with the Cumberland Panthers and the Ottawa Sooners for the 2017 season and beyond.

Chuck Crabbe
OPFL Eastern Director

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Practice Fields Update

Posted by Cumberland Panthers Football Club at Jan 17, 2017 10:56AM PST

Many families have asked where the Panthers plan to hold their OPFL practices this season once the grass fields open. While the City has yet to release fields, Cumberland has applied for, and expects to receive the following fields for practices: Millennium Park, Lester B Pearson HS, Ken Steele Park.

Determination on where each team will practice and which nights will follow once we know for sure which nights we receive our bookings.

All games will be held at Millennium Park as usual.

The Cumberland Panthers will be hosting a “General Information Session” at Garneau High School, (6588 Carriere St.) in the Cafeteria on Thursday, January 19th 2017 at 7:00pm to answer questions on the following subjects:

a) Off-Season Strength and Conditioning Training (HEO Performance Centre)
b) Speed & Conditioning Sessions (Franco Cité High School)
c) Development Camps (Ottawa U Dome Sessions)
d) Varsity Training Camps (TBA)

Starting on January 7th for all levels the Cumberland Panthers OPFL Development & Conditioning camps will be taking place at the Ottawa University Dome. These sessions will be supervised and conducted by the Junior and Senior Varsity coaching staff and along with special guest coaches.

Dome sessions every Second Saturday at Ottawa U (2:00pm to 4:00pm):
January 7 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
January 21 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
February 4 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
February 19 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
March 4 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm
March 18 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Speed and Conditioning Sessions Each Sunday at Franco Cité (09:00am to 10:30am)

Sun Jan 15 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Jan 22 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Jan 29 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Feb 05 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Feb 12 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Feb 26 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Mar 05 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Mar 26 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Apr 02 – 9:00 – 10:30
Sun Apr 09 – 9:00 – 10:30

Thank you,
Mark Ouellet

Frequently Asked Questions about Strength & Conditioning Program, Development Camps, Speed & Conditioning Sessions and Varsity Tryouts:

Varsity Panther Offered Programs:
• Strength and Conditioning Program (off season training): $600
• Development Camp = $20 each session (Free if you paid Strength and Conditioning program or your $200 tryout fee)
• Speed & Conditioning Sessions = $10 each session (
Free if you paid Strength and Conditioning program or your $200 tryout fee)
• Panthers Varsity Tryout Fee = $200 (Every player must pay the tryout fee)
• Panthers Varsity Team Fee = $600 (*If you make the team, you must pay the balance)

Frequently Asked Questions:
a) If you registered and paid your $200 tryout fees, then the development camp and speeds sessions are free to attend. Once you make the team, then you have to pay the balance of $600 for your season fees. It will cost you $800 to play OPFL summer football in total.

b) If you signed up, but DID NOT PAY the $200 tryout fee, then you have to pay $20 each time you come to a Development Camps at the Ottawa U Dome and $10 each time you come to a speed and conditioning sessions.

*Note: Every time you pay $20 fee for Development Camp at the Ottawa U dome and $10 for the speed and conditioning sessions at Franco Cite, that money gets taken off your fees.

Example: If “Player A” came to 4 development sessions and paid $20 each time, $80 comes off his tryout fees. If “Player A” comes to 5 speed and conditioning sessions, then $50 is taken off his tryout fees, which means, he has paid $130 dollars so far, therefore, “Player A” has $70 left to pay on his tryout fees.

A) Strength & Conditioning Sessions at HEO Performance Centre (813 Shefford Rd)
B) Development Dome Camps: Ottawa U Dome (200 Lees Avenue) free parking pass included must come in to the dome to pick up the pass.
C) Speed and Conditioning Sessions at Franco Cité H.S. 623 Smyth Road (free parking)
D) Varsity Tryouts: Dates and Location to be announced.