York 9 FC
|Full name||York 9 Football Club|
|Founded||May 5, 2018|
|Owner||York Sports & Entertainment|
|League||Canadian Premier League|
York 9 Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in York Region, Ontario. The club will compete in the Canadian Premier League in the inaugural 2019 season and play its home games at Alumni Field in York University.
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. In March 2018, it was revealed that Brennan had been named executive vice-president of York Sports & Entertainment back in January. The following day, it was revealed that the company's president Preben Ganzhorn also named himself as president of an unknown identity called York 9 FC, believed to be a Canadian Premier League franchise.
On May 5, 2018, York Region was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership. Both Brennan and Ganzhorn were pictured at the Annual Meeting of the Members when the group was announced.
York 9 FC was officially unveiled on May 10, 2018, as the first team to join the Canadian Premier League. As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding. The club adopted the name York 9 FC to represent the nine municipalities that make up York Region – Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville. On July 27, 2018, York 9 FC announced executive vice president of soccer operations Jimmy Brennan as the club's first head coach.
In August, York 9 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.
York 9 FC will begin its inaugural season at Alumni Field, located in York University's Keele Campus. This will serve as the temporary home while York Lions Stadium, located 1 km southeast on the same campus, is renovated with the hope of moving in for the final stretch of the 2019 season.
Crest and colours
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.
The official club colours are electric green, charcoal grey and black on black. The electric green represents the York Regional Forest, as well as the club's future wooden environmentally friendly stadium. The other two colours signify Black Creek.
Unlike most other CPL teams, York 9 FC did not have a substantial supporters group campaigning for a club prior to the official launch. At the launch event, however, a supporters group called Generation IX was present.
Players and staff
|Vice president||Jimmy Brennan|
|Head coach||Jimmy Brennan|
|Assistant coach||Carmine Isacco|
|First team coach||Sergio De Luca|
|Equipment manager||Luca Forno|
|Team manager||Ryan Brennan|
- As of July 27, 2018
|Jimmy Brennan||Canada||July 27, 2018 – present||0||0||0||0||—|
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