Blue Devils FC
|Full name||Blue Devils Football Club|
|Stadium||Sheridan Trafalgar Stadium|
|Head coach||Duncan Wilde (men)|
Natalie Bukovec (women)
Blue Devils Football Club (formerly known as Oakville Blue Devils FC) is a semi-professional soccer club based in Oakville, Ontario. The senior men's and women's teams currently compete in League1 Ontario men's and women's divisions.
Past teams of same name
The original Oakville Blue Devils was a member team of the Oakville Soccer Club. The team was built, coached and developed by Phil Iafrati (1947–2013), where they won the U19 provincial and national championships in 1998. As the Devils reached the end of the youth soccer circuit that season, Iafrati restarted the program with the a U9 program Oakville Blue Stars in 1999.
In 2005, the second edition of the Blue Devils were formed when the Scarborough-based Metro Lions of the Canadian Professional Soccer League relocated to Oakville and adopted the Blue Devils name, coached by Duncan Wilde. They won the 2005 season defeating Vaughan Shooters in the final. In 2006, Wilde left to manage the Toronto Lynx, which resulted in a mass exodus of players not returning.  The club was relocated in 2007 and became Brampton United, bringing to an end the period of the Oakville Blue Devils history.
In 2015, the club was founded to play in the semi-professional League1 Ontario, named after the original team from prior years. The Toronto Lynx men's senior team was incorporated into the Oakville team and in late 2017, the teams merged completely under Oakville's umbrella. In their inaugural L1O season, they were crowned league champions and qualified for the Inter-Provincial Cup against the champion of the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec to determine the Canadian Division III champion, where they defeated CS Mont-Royal Outremont to win the title. In 2017, they won their second title, defeating Woodbridge Strikers in the Championship final on penalty kicks. The club added a team in the women's division of League1 Ontario, beginning in the 2018 season.
In 2018 the team played in the Canadian Championship for the first time where they lost in the first qualifying round against 2017 PLSQ champion AS Blainville. Later, during the 2018 season, they played a friendly against Italian professional Serie A club Frosinone Calcio, losing by a score of 2–0.
In 2020, the club merged with GPS Academy and was renamed to Blue Devils FC.
Front office and technical Staff
- As of July 18, 2018
|Duncan Wilde||League1 head coach|
|Billy Steele||U21 head coach and senior assistant coach|
|Glenn McNamara||Goalkeeper coach|
|Brett Mosen||Technical staff|
|Kim Ashton||Operations manager|
|Season||League||Teams||Record||Rank||Playoffs||League Cup||Canadian Championship||Ref|
|2015||League1 Ontario||12||17–2–3||Champions||–||Group stage||–|||
|2016||16||8–4–10||6th, Western (10th overall)||did not qualify||First round||–|||
|2017||16||18–2–2||1st, Western (1st overall)||Champions||First round||–|||
|2018||17||10–5–1||3rd||Group stage||Semifinals||First qualifying round|||
|2019||16||12–2–1||1st||Semifinals||–||Did not qualify|||
|2020||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2021||15||9–2–1||2nd, West (3rd overall)||Finalists||–||Did not qualify|||
|2018||League1 Ontario||13||7–1–4||5th||Did not qualify||Round of 16|||
|2020||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
The following players have either played at the professional or international level, either before or after playing for the League1 Ontario team:
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