York Region Shooters

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For the defunct club York Region Shooters, see York Region Shooters (1998).
York Region Shooters
Full name York Region Shooters
Nickname(s) The Shooters
Founded 1998 (as Glen Shields)
Ground St. Joan of Arc Turf Field
Maple, Ontario, Canada
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Tony De Thomasis
Manager John Pacione
Coach Felipe Bento
League Canadian Soccer League
2011 Regular season: 8th
Playoffs: Semifinals
Website Club home page

York Region Shooters are a Canadian soccer team, founded in 1998. The team is a member of the Canadian Soccer League, an unsanctioned league.

The Shooters currently play their home games at the St. Joan of Arc Turf Field in the community of Maple, Ontario, around 12 miles north-west of downtown Toronto. The team's colours are blue and white, mirroring those of the Italian national football team and reflecting the cultural heritage of the club.


The Shooters were founded as Glen Shields in 1998 as one of the original eight clubs to join the Canadian Soccer League in its inaugural season. The club changed their name to the Glen Shields Sun Devils the following year. They underwent another name change, this time to the Vaughan Sun Devils in 2002 and, after merging with the York Region Shooters in 2003, became the Vaughan Shooters prior to the 2004 season.

With the creation of the new International Division of the Canadian Soccer League, and to celebrate the club's strong Italian heritage, the club changed its name yet again, becoming the Italia Shooters in 2006 until 2010 when it was changed to the present York Region Shooters, reflecting the previous merger in 2003 and the larger area of York Region the club has played in and represents. The club has also introduced new crests over the years, mostly recently updating the crest for the 2011 CSL season.

Squad 2014[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
00 Italy GK Emanuele Ameltonis
1 Canada GK Camilo Benzi
2 DF Andre Stewart
No. Position Player
6 England DF Fitzroy Christey
11 Jamaica FW Kadian Lecky
19 Bermuda DF Andre Manders


Year Team Name Division League Regular Season Playoffs
1998 Glen Shields "1" CPSL 3rd Semi-Finals
1999 Glen Shields Sun Devils "1" CPSL 3rd Semi-Finals
2000 Glen Shields Sun Devils "1" CPSL 4th Semi-Finals
2001 Glen Shields Sun Devils "1" CPSL 7th Did not qualify
2002 Glen Shields Sun Devils "1" CPSL 6th, Eastern Did not qualify
2003 Vaughan Sun Devils "1" CPSL 3rd, Eastern Final
2004 Vaughan Shooters "1" CPSL 3rd, Eastern Final
2005 Vaughan Shooters "1" CPSL 1st, Eastern Final
2006 Italia Shooters International CSL 3rd, International Champions
2007 Italia Shooters International CSL 2nd, International Quarter-Finals
2008 Italia Shooters International CSL 1st, International Semi-Finals
2009 Italia Shooters International CSL 3rd, International Semi-Finals
2010 York Region Shooters CSL "1" Quarter-Finals
2011 York Region Shooters CSL 8 Semi-finals

Notable Medical Staff Members

Dr. Jason Pajaczkowski B.Sc., BS, CSCS, CPT, DC, FRCCSS(C), FCCPOR(C), DACRB, D. Ac Senior Partner/Director, Sports Performance Centres Ltd. Developer, Integrated Therapeutics

Dr. Scott D. Howitt B.Kin, M.Sc., DC, FRCCSS(C), FCCPOR(C), D. Ac Senior Partner/Director, Sports Performance Centres Ltd. Developer, Integrated Therapeutics

Coaching History[edit]

Nation Name Date Started Date Finished Reason
Canada Ron Harrison 1998 1999 Left Club
Canada Dave Benning 1999 Early 2004 Retired
Canada Sam Medeiros Early 2004 Mid 2004
Italy Tony De Thomasis Mid 2004 Late 2005 Chairman
Canada Carmine Isacco Late 2005 2006
Italy Tony De Thomasis 2006 2009 Chairman
Canada Carmine Isacco 2008 Went to York University as Head Coach 2010
Canada Filipe Bento 2010 Current Coach


Year(s) Stadium\Venue Location
1998–04 Dufferin District Field Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
2004– St. Joan Of Arc Turf Field Maple, Ontario, Canada

Club\Player Awards[edit]

Season Club Award Individual Individual Award
1998 None None None
1999 None None None
2000 None None None
2001 None None None
2002 None None None
2003 CPSL Rogers Cup Runner-up None None
2004 CPSL Rogers Cup Runner-up None None
2005 CPSL Rogers Cup Runner-up Desi Humphrey, Tony De Thomasis CPSL MVP Award, CPSL President's Award
2006 CSL Rogers Cup Champions Tony De Thomasis CSL Coach of the Year Award
2007 None None None
2008 None None None


External links[edit]