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Toronto FC Academy
TFC Academy logo.jpg
Full name Toronto Football Club Academy
Nickname(s) The Reds
Founded 1 March 2008; 10 years ago (2008-03-01) as TFC Academy
Ground BMO Training Ground
85 Carl Hall Road
Toronto, Ontario
Ground Coordinates 43°44′37″N 79°28′18″W / 43.74361°N 79.47167°W / 43.74361; -79.47167Coordinates: 43°44′37″N 79°28′18″W / 43.74361°N 79.47167°W / 43.74361; -79.47167
Sr. vice president Tim Bezbatchenko
Academy director Laurent Guyot
Head coach Danny Dichio (U20)
Benoît Cheyrou (U17)
League League1 Ontario
2017 3rd
Website Club website

The Toronto FC Academy, also known as the TFC Academy, is the youth academy and development system of Canadian Major League Soccer club Toronto FC.

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)[1] U-15 and U-13 are playing in the Ontario Player Development League.

History[edit]

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.[2] Three weeks following the Henry signing Toronto's first team signed forward Nicholas Lindsay becoming the second academy signing in history.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] In 2011, there were close to 50 players enrolled in the TFC Academy.

In addition to TFC Academy's U-18 squad playing in the Canadian Soccer League, the U-16 squad competes in the CSL Reserve Division as TFC Academy II.

On January 6, 2012 the unofficial ties between Toronto FC and Ajax Amsterdam were further strengthened with the signing of former Ajax player Thomas Rongen as the director of the 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9][10] The new facilities include a permanent seating area with room for expansion and a new artificial playing surface.(FIFA Grade 2)[11]

BMO Training Ground[edit]

Side view of the BMO training ground
Field at the BMO training ground
bird eye view

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,[12][13] 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.[14]

Current Technical Staff[edit]

Executives
Academy Director
Assistant Academy Director Canada Anthony Capotosto
Technical Manager Canada Jonathan Mondino
Coaching Staff
Team Head Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeping Coach Fitness Coach
Toronto FC II France Laurent Guyot Canada Chris Pozniak United States Phil Boerger Canada Fabian Casal
Toronto FC III (U20) England Danny Dichio France Benoît Cheyrou
Toronto FC U17 France Benoît Cheyrou Canada Gianni Cimini
Toronto FC U16 Canada Gianni Cimini Canada Luciano Lombardi
Toronto FC U15 Canada Michael Stefano
Toronto FC U14 Canada Terry Dunfield
Toronto FC U13 Canada Marco Casalinuovo
Toronto FC U12 Canada Luciano Lombardi

Head Coaches (U20)[edit]

Year-by-year (U20)[edit]

The Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2008[16] 3 Canadian Soccer League 6th, National Did not qualify
2009[17] 3 Canadian Soccer League 4th, National Quarterfinals
2010[18] 3 Canadian Soccer League 6th Quarterfinals
2011[19] 3 Canadian Soccer League 10th Did not qualify
2012[20] 3 Canadian Soccer League 7th Quarterfinals
2013 Ontario Soccer League
2014 3 League1 Ontario 1st Champions
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[edit]

U20 team 2017

As of April 30, 2018[21]

No. Position Player Nationality
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

Academy Graduates[edit]

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:


  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with Toronto FC.

International Games[edit]

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.[22] Toronto FC III participated in the Dallas Cup 2018.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY EXPANSION WELCOMES 16 NEW CLUBS FOR 2018-2019 SEASON". Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ First Academy Player To Sign Pro Contract. Torontofc.ca, (2010-08-26). Retrieved on 2010-09-16.
  3. ^ Toronto FC Signs Academy Forward Nicholas Lindsay. Goal.com (2010-09-15). Retrieved on 2010-09-16.
  4. ^ Toronto plan big push with academy. MLS Soccer (2011-01-24). Retrieved on 2011-01-24.
  5. ^ "Morgan's call-up and the dreams of Canadian kids". Canadian Soccer News. September 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Canada Finalize roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Toronto FC announces USL PRO team". Toronto FC. 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  9. ^ "Toronto FC Unveils USL PRO Details". USL Pro. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  10. ^ "OSA, Toronto FC and Vaughan partner in new stadium". Ontario Soccer Association. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  11. ^ "Ontario Soccer body unveils new playpen in Vaughan". www.yorkregion.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  12. ^ "TFC high on new facility | Soccer | Sports". Toronto Sun. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "New TFC facility by the numbers". www.thestar.com. May 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ January 31, 2014 1:21 AM EST Facebook Twitter RSS (May 30, 2012). "New TFC facility by the numbers | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nick Dasovic Named Head Coach". torontofc.ca. Sep 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "October 5th, 2008 CSL League Standings Week 21 Final". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  17. ^ "September 21st, 2009 CSL League Standings Week 19 End of Regular Season". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  18. ^ "October 13th, 2010--Canadian Soccer League First Division Week 23". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  19. ^ "October 10, 2011 CSL--Week 23 Standings (from CSL web site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  20. ^ "October 11, 2012 CSL--Week 23 Standings [end of Regular season] (from CSL web site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  21. ^ "Kia Toronto FC Academy Senior Squad". Torontofc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  22. ^ "Academy Update - August 21–27". Toronto FC. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  23. ^ "Dallas Cup Draw Announced". Retrieved March 8, 2018. 

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