York 9 FC

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York 9 FC
York 9 FC Crest.png
Full nameYork 9 Football Club
FoundedMay 5, 2018; 7 months ago (2018-05-05)
StadiumAlumni Field
OwnerYork Sports & Entertainment
PresidentPreben Ganzhorn
CoachJimmy Brennan
LeagueCanadian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.[1] In March 2018, it was revealed that Brennan had been named executive vice-president of York Sports & Entertainment back in January.[2] 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.[3]

On May 5, 2018, York Region was one of four groups accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership.[4] Both Brennan and Ganzhorn were pictured at the Annual Meeting of the Members when the group was announced.[5]

York 9 FC was officially unveiled on May 10, 2018, as the first team to join the Canadian Premier League.[6] As well as confirming their place in the league for the 2019 launch season, the club also revealed their crest, colours and branding.[7] 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.[8] On July 27, 2018, York 9 FC announced executive vice president of soccer operations Jimmy Brennan as the club's first head coach.[9]

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.[10]


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.[11]

The club plans to build a modular, wooden, 15,000 seat stadium within the next three years.[12] The financing and location of the new stadium is yet to be determined.[13]

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.[14]

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.[7][14]

Club culture[edit]


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.[15][16]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of December 14, 2018[17][18][19]
No. Position Player Nation
Midfielder Kyle Porter  Canada
Forward Simon Adjei  Sweden
Forward Austin Ricci  Canada

Current staff[edit]

As of July 27, 2018[20][21]
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 27, 2018
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W L T Win %
Jimmy Brennan  Canada July 27, 2018 – present 0 0 0 0 !


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  2. ^ Brennan, Jim. "Jim Brennan on LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "The CanPL Hub on Twitter". Twitter. March 4, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "4 clubs get membership from Soccer Canada; expected to join CPL". Sportsnet. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Canada Soccer on Twitter". Twitter. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  6. ^ McIsaac, Greg (May 10, 2018). "York 9 Football Club Joins Canadian Premier League". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Larson, Kurtis (May 5, 2018). "Canadian Premier League unveils York 9 FC in 'soccer hotbed' York Region". Toronto Sun. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "York Region Cities & Towns". York Link. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Benedetti, Micki (July 27, 2018). "Jimmy Brennan Announced as Head Coach of York 9 FC". york9fc.canpl.ca.
  10. ^ "York Region Selects named runners-up of U17 International Soccer Cup". The CanPL Hub. August 21, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "York 9 FC unveils stadiums plans for 2019 and beyond". canpl.ca. October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Stadium Profile". york9fc.canpl.ca. May 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Armstrong, Laura (May 10, 2018). "Soccer's fledgling Canadian Premier League unveils its first team, the York 9 Football Club". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". york9fc.canpl.ca. York 9 FC. May 10, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "Canadian Premier League officially launches York 9 FC in Vaughan". Waking The Red. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "Canadian Premier League". canpl.ca. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  17. ^ Bedakian, Armen (November 29, 2018). "Kyle Porter yearns to 'be remembered' with historic York9 FC signing". york9fc.canpl.ca. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Larson, Kurt (December 3, 2018). "York9 FC signs Swedish striker Simon Adjei from Assyriska IK". canpl.ca. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Hershenfeld, Nate (December 14, 2018). "York9 FC brings on Richmond Hill-based forward Austin Ricci". canpl.ca. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "Owners profile". york9fc.canpl.ca. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Gourlie, Matthew (July 27, 2018). "Brennan ready to take on coaching role". June of 86. Retrieved July 27, 2018.

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