Key offseason dates and events build toward 2024 season kickoff

TORONTO (January 31, 2024) – The Canadian Football League (CFL)’s 2024 offseason will see Free Agency open on February 13, before the CFL Combine presented by New Era heads to Winnipeg from March 19-24, ahead of the top eligible prospects being selected in the CFL Draft and the CFL Global Draft on April 30, and much more.

The 2024 regular season begins on June 6 with a Thursday Night Football rematch of the 110th Grey Cup, which will see the reigning champion Montreal Alouettes begin their title defence in Winnipeg.


February 4-11 – Free Agency Communication Window open

  • From noon ET on February 4 until noon on February 11, teams will be able to openly speak with pending free agents or their CFLPA-registered designates.

February 13 – Free Agency opens

  • At noon ET, free agents will be able to officially sign with CFL clubs.

March 8 – CFL Invitational Combine presented by New Era

  • The University of Waterloo’s Feridun Hamdullahpur Field House will host invited players from across Canada in a showcase of the country’s football talent.

March 19-24 – CFL Combine presented by New Era

  • The five-day feature of Canada’s football phenoms will take place in Winnipeg with medical testing and measurements, traditional on- and off-field testing, individual drills and one-on-ones.

April 30 – 2024 CFL Draft and CFL Global Draft

May 8 – Rookie Camps open

  • First-year players will take the field with their new clubs.

May 11 – Rosters reduced to 85 players

  • Cutdowns will take place by 11:59 p.m. ET, excluding non-counters.

May 12 – Training camps open

  • The official opening of camp for all nine clubs.

May 14 – Rosters reduced to 75 players

  • Cutdowns will take place by 11:59 p.m. ET, excluding non-counters.

Preseason Week 1

  • Monday, May 20 | WPG at SSK | 4 p.m. ET

Preseason Week 2

  • Saturday, May 25 | OTT at HAM | 2 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, May 25 | BC at CGY | 4 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, May 25 | SSK at EDM | 4 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, May 25 | TOR at MTL | 7:30 p.m. ET

Preseason Week 3

  • Friday, May 31 | MTL at OTT | 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Friday, May 31 | CGY at WPG | 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Friday, May 31 | EDM at BC | 10 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, June 1 | HAM at TOR | 2 p.m. ET

June 1 – End of Training Camp

  • Camps will officially conclude ahead of the upcoming season.

June 6 – 2024 Season Kickoff

  • MTL at WPG | 8:30 p.m. ET

Lucas Barrett

Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

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