Toronto FC Academy
|Full name||Toronto Football Club Academy|
|Founded||1 March 2008as TFC Academy|
|Ground||BMO Training Ground
85 Carl Hall Road
|Sr. vice president||Tim Bezbatchenko|
|Academy director||Laurent Guyot|
|Head coach||Danny Dichio (U20)
Benoît Cheyrou (U17)
7 teams make up the academy, with over 120 young players. The Under-20 squad (known as Toronto FC III since December 2016) compete in League1 Ontario, which is the third level of the Canadian soccer pyramid. Their U-17 team is playing in the Ontario Soccer League.(PROVINCIAL ELITE U21 div) The U-16 and U-14 team compete in the US Soccer Development Academy division.(starting September 2018. Mid-America div. U15, U17, and U19) U-15 and U-13 are playing in the Ontario Player Development League.
On August 26, 2010 Doneil Henry signed a pro contract with the Toronto FC senior squad becoming the first-ever TFC academy player to sign since the creation of the club in 2007. Three weeks following the Henry signing Toronto's first team signed forward Nicholas Lindsay becoming the second academy signing in history.
On January 24, 2011, Stuart Neely the academy director announced that Toronto FC ownership approved a $17.6 million investment in a new training facility and planning is underway for the creation of a third academy team. Neeley also hinted that with the new first team coaches Aron Winter and Bob de Klerk that TFC Academy will be following that of the famous Ajax developmental program, with both Winter and de Klerk working directly with the youth teams. In late September former defender Ashtone Morgan became the first graduate of the Toronto FC Academy to be called up to the Canadian men's national team. In 2011, there were close to 50 players enrolled in the TFC Academy.
After the CSA de-sanctioned the CSL, it was announced on the league's website that TFC Academy would not compete in the CSL anymore.
On June 27, 2013 Canada announced its 23-man squad for the upcoming 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the squad included Ashtone Morgan and Doneil Henry which was the first time TFC academy graduates had made a senior international tournament roster.
In November 2014, Toronto FC announced the establishment of their own team to play in the minor professional USL Pro, which will serve as a reserve team for TFC and a bridge between the Academy. Toronto FC became the sixth MLS club to own a USL Pro team. The team, which was named Toronto FC II, will begin play in 2015 at a new 5,000 seat stadium constructed at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. The new facilities include a permanent seating area with room for expansion and a new artificial playing surface.(FIFA Grade 2)
BMO Training Ground
In April 2011, Toronto FC unveiled plans to develop a state-of-art facility and soccer program that looked to develop the next generation of Canadian players through coaching, training, technology, equipment and support. Construction began in May 2011 and in June 2012, TFC academy moved to their new BMO Training Ground on 14 acres of land in Downsview Park, located in North York. Built at a cost of $21 million to MLSE, the facility has eight pitches in total: four full-sized grass pitches (two heated) and four artificial turf pitches (two capable of being bubbled for year-round use). The 36,000 square foot facility also contains first team facilities (dressing room, hot tub, ice bath, rehabilitation pool, physiotherapy room, private dining) seven dressing rooms for the Academy teams, gym, physio and rehab facilities (separate from first team), kitchen, cafeteria, media room, classroom and offices for coaching staff.
Current Technical Staff
|Assistant Academy Director||Anthony Capotosto|
|Technical Manager||Jonathan Mondino|
|Team||Head Coach||Assistant Coach||Goalkeeping Coach||Fitness Coach|
|Toronto FC II||Laurent Guyot||Chris Pozniak||Phil Boerger||Fabian Casal|
|Toronto FC III (U20)||Danny Dichio||Benoît Cheyrou|
|Toronto FC U17||Benoît Cheyrou||Gianni Cimini|
|Toronto FC U16||Gianni Cimini||Luciano Lombardi|
|Toronto FC U15||Michael Stefano|
|Toronto FC U14||Terry Dunfield|
|Toronto FC U13||Marco Casalinuovo|
|Toronto FC U12||Luciano Lombardi|
Head Coaches (U20)
|The Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs|
|2008||3||Canadian Soccer League||6th, National||Did not qualify|
|2009||3||Canadian Soccer League||4th, National||Quarterfinals|
|2010||3||Canadian Soccer League||6th||Quarterfinals|
|2011||3||Canadian Soccer League||10th||Did not qualify|
|2012||3||Canadian Soccer League||7th||Quarterfinals|
|2013||Ontario Soccer League|
|2015||4||Premier Development League||4th, Great Lakes||Did not qualify|
|2016||4||Premier Development League||6th, Great Lakes||Did not qualify|
|2017||3||League1 Ontario||3rd, Western Conference||Quarterfinals|
|2018||3||League1 Ontario||Western Conference|
U20 (Toronto FC III) Roster
As of April 30, 2018
|1||Goalkeeper||Catalano, GianlucaGianluca Catalano||Canada|
|2||Defender||Gorgees, AframAfram Gorgees||Canada|
|3||Defender||Kibato, KemboKembo Kibato||Canada|
|5||Forward||Bilousov, DaneielDaneiel Bilousov||Canada|
|7||Midfielder||Faria, JordanJordan Faria||Canada|
|8||Midfielder||Castillo, ChristopherChristopher Castillo||Canada|
|10||Midfielder||Essoussi, MehdiMehdi Essoussi||Canada|
|11||Midfielder||Petrasso, LucaLuca Petrasso||Canada|
|12||Goalkeeper||Sgarbossa, SebastianSebastian Sgarbossa||Canada|
|13||Midfielder/Forward||Dada-Luke, KunleKunle Dada-Luke||Canada|
|14||Forward||Abdi, ZakZak Abdi||Canada|
|15||Defender||Trench, KaesonKaeson Trench||Canada|
|16||Defender/Midfielder||Mandekic, MarkoMarko Mandekic||Canada|
|17||Midfielder||Moreira, JoshuaJoshua Moreira||Canada|
|20||Midfielder||Yeates, SteffenSteffen Yeates||Canada|
|22||Defender||Singh, LukeLuke Singh||Canada|
|24||Midfielder||Mohammed, TeriqueTerique Mohammed||Canada|
|26||Midfielder||Pabla, JaytinJaytin Pabla||Canada|
|27||Forward||Priso, RalphRalph Priso||Canada|
|28||Goalkeeper||Rossi, ChristianChristian Rossi||Canada|
|—||Defender||Gander, ColinColin Gander||Canada|
|—||Forward||Da Silva, DanielDaniel Da Silva||Canada|
|—||Midfielder||Srbely, MatthewMatthew Srbely||Canada|
|—||Forward||Hundal, ShaanShaan Hundal||Canada|
|—||Midfielder||Campbell, DanteDante Campbell||Canada|
|—||Martin, KaiKai Martin||Canada|
Below is a list of footballers who have played at some Toronto FC Academy youth squads:
So far, 16 players from the Academy have gone on to sign with the first team. Academy graduates who are currently playing for Toronto FC's first team:
Academy graduates with Toronto FC II:
Academy graduates or players (joined but left early) who have signed for other professional clubs:
- Amadou Sanyang — Seattle Sounders 2 (1991) [A]
- Ricardo Ferreira — SC Braga (1992)
- Josh Janniere — Colorado Rapids (1992)
- Nicholas Lindsay — York Region Shooters (1992) [A]
- Matt Stinson — Vaughan Azzurri (1992) [A]
- Russell Teibert — Vancouver Whitecaps (1992)
- Daniel Fabrizi — Without club (1992)
- Mo Babouli — Al-Ittihad (1993)
- Oscar Cordon — Woodbridge Strikers (1993) [A]
- Doneil Henry — Ottawa Fury (1993) [A]
- Keith Makubuya — Niagara United (1993) [A]
- Jordan Murrell — Reno 1868 (1993)
- Stefan Vukovic — Brantford Galaxy (1993)
- Keven Alemán — Sacramento Republic FC (1994)
- Sergio Camargo — Unionville-Milliken SC (1994) [A]
- Mark-Anthony Kaye — Los Angeles FC (1994)
- Chris Mannella — Ottawa Fury (1994) [A]
- Tyler Pasher — Indy Eleven (1994)
- Quillan Roberts — Los Angeles FC (1994) [A]
- Anthony Osorio — Vaughan Azzurri(1994)
- Darrin MacLeod — Swope Park Rangers(1994)
- Manny Aparicio — Izarra (1995) [A]
- Dylan Carreiro — Woodbridge Strikers (1995)
- Raheem Edwards — Montreal Impact (1995)
- Michael Petrasso — Montreal Impact (1995)
- Jordan Haynes — Vaughan Azuurri (1996)
- Martin Davis — St. Andrews F.C. (1996)
- Oladapo Afolayan — West Ham United F.C. (1997)
- Marcus Godinho — Heart of Midlothian F.C. (1997)
- Richie Ennin — Isola Capo Rizzuto (1998)
- Zoom Langwa — Palmese (1998)
- Gabriel Boakye — FC Energie Cottbus (1998)
- Tristan Borges — SC Heerenveen (1998)
- Steven Furlano — Darby FC (1998)
- Ricardo Machado — FC Arouca (1998)
- Glenn Muenkat — FC Kaiserslautern (1999)
- Matthew Roberts — Swansea City A.F.C. (2000)
TFC Academy joined with Chile giants Colo-Colo. The Toronto FC Academy squad played their first game against opponents outside the Canadian Soccer League on Tuesday June 29, 2010. The Academy tied Colo-Colo 4-4. The U-16 team competed Liga MX International tournament on August, 2017. Toronto FC III participated in the Dallas Cup 2018.
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