Forest City London

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FC London
Forestcitylondonlogo.gif
Founded 2008
Stadium German-Canadian Club of London Field
London, Ontario, Canada
Stadium
capacity
1,000
Owner Ian Campbell
Head Coach Mario Despotovic
League League1 Ontario
Website Club home page


FC London, is a Canadian soccer team based in London, in the province of Ontario. The club was founded in 2008 and plays in League1 Ontario. The team plays home games at German-Canadian Club of London Field, which seats 900 spectators. Forest City London Soccer Club as they were known was a member of the Premier Development League from 2009-2015, they won the 2012 PDL title, their first championship during this time. They re-branded to FC London following their move to League 1 Ontario in 2016.

History[edit]

Forest City London joined the Premier Development League in 2009,[1] and played their first ever game on May 29, 2009, against Cleveland Internationals.[2] London won the game 2–1, with the first goal in franchise history being scored by Kevin Zimmermann.[3] London's debut season was a generally positive one; they remained unbeaten over the course of their first ten games, and enjoyed seven wins, including a 3–1 victory on the road against the Cincinnati Kings, a 5–0 thrashing of Kalamazoo Outrage that featured a brace from midfielder Thomas Beattie, a 3–1 win on the road against traditional powerhouse Michigan Bucks in which Zimmermann added another two goals to his tally, and a comprehensive 4–1 victory in the return fixture against Cleveland at the end of June. London's first loss – their first defeat in franchise history – was a 3–1 drop to the Indiana Invaders at the beginning of July, and it initiated a complete reversal of fortune for the team, who did not win another game all season, and dropped down the divisional standings. They ultimately finished third in the Great Lakes Division, seven points behind divisional champions Kalamazoo, and faced off against Chicago Fire Premier in the first round of the playoffs; unfortunately for London their stay in the playoffs was brief, as they lost 1–0 to the Illinoisans on a goal by Andre Akpan. Kevin Zimmermann and Alan McGreal were London's top scorers in their debut season, with nine and seven goals respectively, while Anthony Di Biase contributed four assists.

The club moved to League 1 Ontario in 2016, they were renamed FC London following the move.

Seasons[edit]

Season Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2009 4 USL PDL 3rd, Great Lakes Divisional Semifinals
2010 4 USL PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Conference Semifinals
2011 4 USL PDL 3rd, Great Lakes Conference Quarterfinals
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Great Lakes Champions
2013 4 USL PDL 1st, Great Lakes Conference Final
2014 4 USL PDL 4th, Great Lakes Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 3rd, Great Lakes Divisional Playoff
2016 3 League1 Ontario TBD TBD

Honours[edit]

  • USL PDL Great Lakes Division Champions 2013
  • USL PDL Champions 2012
  • USL PDL Central Conference Champions 2012

Head coaches[edit]

  • Martin Painter (2009–2016)
  • Mario Despotović (2016–present)

Stadium history[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance[4]

  • 2009: 1632
  • 2010: 1246
  • 2011: 841
  • 2012: 507
  • 2013: 1146
  • 2014: 777
  • 2015: 944

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press announcement Archived February 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "FC London kicks off with high hopes". Thelondoner.ca. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. May 29, 2009. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20100105175057/http://www.uslsoccer.com:80/history/index_E.html. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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