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York9 FC
York 9 FC logo.svg
Full nameYork 9 Football Club
Nickname(s)The Nine Stripes
Short nameY9, Y9FC
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 16 months ago (2018-05-05)
StadiumYork Lions Stadium
Toronto, Ontario
OwnerGreenpark Group
ChairmanMike Baldassarra
PresidentPreben Ganzhorn
CoachJimmy Brennan
LeagueCanadian Premier League
Spring 2019Canadian Premier League, 6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

York 9 Football Club,[1] commonly known as York9 FC or simply York9,[2] is a Canadian professional soccer club based in York Region, Ontario. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League and plays its home games at York University's York Lions Stadium in Toronto.


In December 2017, former Canadian international Jimmy Brennan stepped down as executive director of Aurora FC and announced his intentions to take a role within the Canadian Premier League.[3] In March 2018, it was revealed that Brennan had been named executive vice-president of York Sports & Entertainment back in January.[4] The following day, it was revealed that the company's president Preben Ganzhorn also named himself as president of an unknown entity called York9 FC, believed to be a Canadian Premier League franchise.[5]

On May 5, 2018, York Region was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[6] Greenpark Group, headed by Carlo Baldassarra, was revealed as the owner of York9 FC, with his son Mike as the chairman.[1][7][8] Both Brennan and Ganzhorn were pictured at the Annual Meeting of the Members when the group was announced.[9]

York9 FC was officially unveiled on May 10, 2018, as the first team to join the Canadian Premier League.[10] As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding.[11] The club adopted the name York9 FC to represent the nine municipalities that make up York Region – Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville.[12] On July 27, 2018, York9 FC announced executive vice president of soccer operations Jimmy Brennan as the club's first head coach.[13]

In August, York9 FC fielded a York Region Soccer Association Selects team to compete in the U17 International Soccer Cup held at York Lions Stadium. The team beat Juventus F.C. before losing to Toronto FC in the final.[14]

The team has been called "Y9" and “The Nine Stripes” by the media and the league.[15][16][17] York9 FC's inaugural match was a 905 Derby away to Forge FC on April 27, 2019;[18] the match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Ryan Telfer scoring the first goal in Canadian Premier League history.[19]

To determine the Canadian Soccer Association's representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, York9 FC played in the 2019 Canadian Championship competing for the Voyageurs Cup. The team lost the quarterfinal to Montreal Impact after a 2–2 draw at home and a 1–0 loss at Montreal.[20]


Year Spring
2019 6th Quarterfinal


York9 FC will play the entirety of its inaugural season at York Lions Stadium located in York University's Keele Campus.[21] Initially, the club had planned to use Alumni Field, on the same campus, while York Lions Stadium was being renovated for use at the end of the season.[22]

The club plans to build a modular, wooden, 15,000 seat stadium within the next three years.[23] The financing and location of the new stadium is yet to be determined.[24]

Crest and colours[edit]

The main feature of the crest's design is nine beams at the top of the crest, one for each municipality in York Region, a nod to the region's motto "Ontario's Rising Star". A white trillium at the base of the crest recognizes Ontario, having been the province's floral emblem since 1937.[25]

The official club colours are green, grey and black (branded by the club as "electric green," "charcoal grey," and "black on black"). These colours symbolize the region's nature (in tandem with the club's environmental focus) and Black Creek.[11][25]

Club culture[edit]


A supporters group called Generation IX was present at York9 FC's launch event.[26][27]


York9 FC has a rivalry with Forge FC, the only other Ontario-based team in the league. On January 29, 2019, the Canadian Premier League announced that the inaugural match of the league was going to be a 905 Derby on April 27, 2019 in Hamilton.[18] The match ended in a 1–1 draw.[19]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of July 27, 2019[28]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Matt Silva  Canada
2 Defender Daniel Gogarty  Canada
3 Defender Morey Doner  Canada
5 Defender Justin Springer  Saint Kitts and Nevis
6 Defender Roger Thompson  Canada
7 Forward Austin Ricci  Canada
8 Midfielder Joseph Di Chiara  Canada
10 Midfielder Manny Aparicio  Canada
11 Midfielder Emilio Estevez  Canada
12 Forward Simon Adjei  Sweden
13 Defender Luca Gasparotto  Canada
14 Midfielder Emmanuel Zambazis  Canada
17 Forward Cyrus Rollocks  Canada
18 Midfielder Ryan Telfer (on loan from Toronto FC)  Trinidad and Tobago
19 Midfielder Kyle Porter  Canada
20 Defender Diyaeddine Abzi  Canada
21 Forward Stefan Lamanna  Canada
22 Forward Rodrigo Gattas  Chile
23 Midfielder Wataru Murofushi  Japan
29 Goalkeeper Nathan Ingham  Canada
31 Goalkeeper Colm Vance  Canada
77 Defender Steven Furlano  Canada
92 Forward Michael Cox  Canada

Current staff[edit]

As of July 27, 2018[7][29]
Owner Carlo Baldassarra
President Preben Ganzhorn
Vice president Jimmy Brennan
Coaching staff
Head coach Jimmy Brennan
Assistant coach Carmine Isacco
First team coach Sergio De Luca
Equipment manager Luca Forno
Team manager Ryan Brennan

Head coaches[edit]

As of July 1, 2019
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Jimmy Brennan  Canada July 27, 2018 – present 14 4 6 4 028.57

Statistics include regular season and Canadian Championship matches.

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019 Manny Aparicio  Canada


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