York 9 Football Club, commonly known as York9 FC or simply York9, is a Canadian professional soccer club based in York Region, Ontario. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League and plays its home games at York University's York Lions Stadium in Toronto.
|Full name||York 9 Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Nine Stripes|
|Short name||Y9, Y9FC|
|Founded||May 5, 2018|
|Stadium||York Lions Stadium, Toronto|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
In December 2017, former Canadian international Jimmy Brennan stepped down as executive director of Aurora FC and announced his intentions to take a role within the Canadian Premier League. In March 2018, it was revealed that Brennan had been named executive vice-president of York Sports & Entertainment back in January. The following day, it was revealed that the company's president Preben Ganzhorn also named himself as president of an unknown entity called York9 FC, believed to be a Canadian Premier League franchise.
On May 5, 2018, York Region was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership. Greenpark Group, headed by Carlo Baldassarra, was revealed as the owner of York9 FC, with his son Mike as the chairman. Both Brennan and Ganzhorn were pictured at the Annual Meeting of the Members when the group was announced.
York9 FC was officially unveiled on May 10, 2018, as the first team to join the Canadian Premier League. As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding. The club adopted the name York9 FC to represent the nine municipalities that make up York Region – Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville. On July 27, 2018, York9 FC announced executive vice president of soccer operations Jimmy Brennan as the club's first head coach.
In August, York9 FC fielded a York Region Soccer Association Selects team to compete in the U17 International Soccer Cup held at York Lions Stadium. The team beat Juventus F.C. before losing to Toronto FC in the final.
The team has been called "Y9" and “The Nine Stripes” by the media and the league. York9 FC's inaugural match was a 905 Derby away to Forge FC on April 27, 2019; the match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Ryan Telfer scoring the first goal in Canadian Premier League history. To determine the Canadian Soccer Association's representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, York9 FC played in the 2019 Canadian Championship competing for the Voyageurs Cup.
York9 FC will play the entirety of its inaugural season at York Lions Stadium located in York University's Keele Campus. Initially, the club had planned to use Alumni Field, on the same campus, while York Lions Stadium was being renovated for use at the end of the season.
Crest and coloursEdit
The main feature of the crest's design is nine beams at the top of the crest, one for each municipality in York Region, a nod to the region's motto "Ontario's Rising Star". A white trillium at the base of the crest recognizes Ontario, having been the province's floral emblem since 1937.
The official club colours are green, grey and black (branded by the club as "electric green," "charcoal grey," and "black on black"). These colours symbolize the region's nature (in tandem with the club's environmental focus) and Black Creek.
York9 FC has a rivalry with Forge FC, the only other Ontario-based team in the league. On January 29, 2019, the Canadian Premier League announced that the inaugural match of the league was going to be a 905 Derby on April 27, 2019 in Hamilton. The match ended in a 1–1 draw.
Players and staffEdit
- As of April 28, 2019
|5||Defender||Justin Springer||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|8||Midfielder||Joseph Di Chiara||Canada|
|18||Midfielder||Ryan Telfer (on loan from Toronto FC)||Canada|
|Vice president||Jimmy Brennan|
|Head coach||Jimmy Brennan|
|Assistant coach||Carmine Isacco|
|First team coach||Sergio De Luca|
|Equipment manager||Luca Forno|
|Team manager||Ryan Brennan|
- As of May 27, 2019
|Jimmy Brennan||Canada||July 27, 2018 – present||6||1||3||2||16.67|
Statistics include regular season and Canadian Championship matches.
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