2016 League1 Ontario season

The 2016 Men's League1 Ontario season is the third season of play for League1 Ontario, a Division 3 semi-professional soccer league in the Canadian soccer pyramid and the highest level of soccer based in the Canadian province of Ontario.

League1 Ontario
Men's Division
Season2016
ChampionsVaughan Azzurri
Cup championsVaughan Azzurri
Matches played175
Goals scored733 (4.19 per match)
Top goalscorerElvir Gigolaj
(24 goals)
Best goalkeeperJoseph Kuta
(0.67 GAA)
Biggest home winTFC Academy 9–0 Master's
(July 10, 2016)
Biggest away winMaster's 2–8 Windsor
(July 16, 2016)
Master's 2–8 N. Miss.
(August 6, 2016)
ProStars 2–8 TFC Academy
(August 26, 2016)
Kingston 0–6 Vaughan
(September 25, 2016)
2015
2017

This season saw the return of all but one of the teams which completed the previous season, as well as the addition of five new teams for the men's division. [1]

Changes from 2015

Five new teams (Aurora United FC, North Mississauga SC, North Toronto Nitros, Toronto Skillz FC) joined the men's division for this season, including FC London who moved over from the Premier Development League. One team (ANB Futbol) from 2015 did not renew their license, resulting in a 16-team competition and a change from a single-table format to a two-conference format.[2]

The league's cup tournament for the men's division will be a single-elimination competition; eliminating the group stage seen in previous editions.

On June 16, 2016, Toronto FC entered into a partnership with the Windsor Stars wherein the latter would become a "regional satellite club" of the former, who would in turn provide technical and coaching development. As part of the agreement, Windsor would become known as "Windsor TFC" in the future. The agreement does not affect the participation in L1O of either the Windsor Stars or TFC's Academy team.[3]

Teams

Team City Stadium Founded First season Head coach
Western Conference
FC London London, Ontario German Canadian FC Stadium 2008 2016 Mario Despotović[4]
North Mississauga SC Mississauga, Ontario Hershey Centre, Field 2 1982 2016 Rick Titus[5]
Oakville Blue Devils Oakville, Ontario Sheridan Stadium 1994 2015 Duncan Wilde[6]
ProStars FC Brampton, Ontario Victoria Park Stadium 2015 2015 Josef Komlodi[7]
Sanjaxx Lions Toronto, Ontario Monarch Park Stadium 2012 2015 Peter Mellon[8]
Sigma FC Mississauga, Ontario Hershey Centre, Field 1 2005 2014 Bobby Smyrniotis[9]
Toronto FC Academy Toronto, Ontario KIA Training Ground 2008 2014 Stuart Neely[10]
Windsor Stars Windsor, Ontario McHugh Stadium 2004 2014 Shane Topalovic[11]
Eastern Conference
Aurora United FC Aurora, Ontario Sheppard's Bush 1964 2016 Jim Brennan[12]
Durham United FA Pickering, Ontario Kinsmen Park 2014 2014 Sanford Carabin[13]
Kingston Clippers Kingston, Ontario Tindall Field, Queen's University 1971 2014 Christian Hoefler[14]
Master's Futbol Toronto, Ontario L'Amoreaux Park 2012 2014 Andre Savelev[15]
North Toronto Nitros Toronto, Ontario Varsity Stadium 1980 2016 Hermann Kingué[16]
Toronto Skillz FC Toronto, Ontario Birchmount Stadium 2008 2016 Leslie Fitzpatrick[17]
Vaughan Azzurri Vaughan, Ontario McNaughton Park 2014 2014 Carmine Isacco[18]
Woodbridge Strikers Woodbridge, Ontario Vaughan Grove 1976 2014 Peter Pinizzotto[19]

Standings

Each team will play 22 matches as part of the season; two against every team in their own conference, and one against every team in the opposing conference. The top team from each conference will meet at the end of the season to determine the league champion and will face the PLSQ league champion in the Inter-Provincial Cup.

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vaughan Azzurri (C, X) 22 17 4 1 70 24 +46 55 League Championship
2 Woodbridge Strikers 22 15 2 5 52 17 +35 47
3 North Toronto Nitros 22 14 3 5 52 29 +23 45
4 Durham United FA 22 11 3 8 54 42 +12 36
5 Kingston Clippers 22 7 5 10 34 53 19 26
6 Aurora United FC 22 4 3 15 27 66 39 15
7 Toronto Skillz FC 22 3 4 15 32 63 31 13
8 Master's Futbol 22 3 2 17 38 92 54 11
Source: http://www.league1ontario.com/page/show/2309115-standings
(C) Champion; (X) L1 Cup winner.

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC London 22 15 2 5 64 32 +32 47 League Championship
2 Sigma FC 22 14 2 6 48 28 +20 44
3 Toronto FC Academy 22 12 2 8 70 37 +33 38
4 North Mississauga SC 22 11 5 6 63 42 +21 38
5 Windsor Stars 21 9 1 11 44 42 +2 28
6 Oakville Blue Devils 22 8 4 10 38 43 5 28
7 Sanjaxx Lions 21 5 1 15 23 56 33 16
8 ProStars FC 22 4 3 15 24 67 43 15

League Championship

The league champion is determined by a single-match series between the top-ranked teams from the western and eastern conferences.

Cup

The cup tournament is a separate contest from the rest of the season, in which all sixteen teams from the men's division take part. It is not a form of playoffs at the end of the season (as is typically seen in North American sports), but is more like the Canadian Championship or the FA Cup, albeit only for League1 Ontario teams. All matches are separate from the regular season, and are not reflected in the season standings.

The cup tournament for the men's division is a single-match knockout tournament with four total rounds culminating in a final match at the end of July, with initial matchups determined by random draw. Each match in the tournament must return a result; any match drawn after 90 minutes will advance directly to kicks from the penalty mark instead of extra time.[20]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
        
Sigma FC 1 (2)
Master's Futbol (p) 1 (3)
Master's Futbol 3
Toronto Skillz FC 1
Windsor Stars 1
Toronto Skillz FC 2
Master's Futbol 0
Vaughan Azzurri 3
Oakville Blue Devils 1 (4)
Vaughan Azzurri (p) 1 (5)
Vaughan Azzurri 3
Aurora United FC 2
Sanjaxx Lions 1 (1)
Aurora United FC (p) 1 (4)
Vaughan Azzurri 1
Woodbridge Strikers 0
FC London 0
Durham United FA 3
Durham United FA 1
North Toronto Nitros 3
North Mississauga SC 1
North Toronto Nitros 2
North Toronto Nitros 0
Woodbridge Strikers 1
ProStars FC 3
Woodbridge Strikers 4
Woodbridge Strikers 2
Kingston Clippers 0
Toronto FC Academy 1
Kingston Clippers 3

Round of 16

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Final

Statistics

All-Star Game

On July 25, the league announced the rosters for the first-ever all-star game, to be played between the eastern and western conferences. Eighteen players for each team were selected by coaches and league officials, and each roster contains at least one player from each team in their respective conference.[21]

Due to the unavailability of some players, the league released updated rosters for both western[22] and eastern[23] teams on August 2.

Awards

Award [24] Player (Club)
Goal of the Year Hilliard Serrao (Sanjaxx Lions)
Most Valuable Player Elvir Gigolaj (FC London)
Golden Boot Elvir Gigolaj (FC London)
Coach of the Year Carmine Isacco (Vaughan Azzurri)
Young Player of the Year Kota Sakurai (Toronto FC Academy)
Defender of the Year Niba MacDonald (North Toronto Nitros)
Goalkeeper of the Year Matt George (Woodbridge Strikers)
First Team All-Stars [25]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Matt George (Woodbridge Strikers) Cameron Brooks (Woodbridge Strikers)
Niba MacDonald (North Toronto Nitros)
Bruce Cullen (Durham United FA)
Randy Ribeiro (FC London)
Kashiff De Jonge (Durham United FA)
Joey Melo (North Mississauga SC)
Joseph Di Chiara (Vaughan Azzurri)
Leaford Allen (Sigma FC)
Elvir Gigolaj (FC London)
Jarek Whiteman (Vaughan Azzurri)
Second Team All-Stars [26]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Anthony Sokalski (FC London)
Matt Zaikos (Sanjaxx Lions)
Tyrell Rayne (Master's Futbol)
Jarred Phillips (Vaughan Azzurri)
Thanujan Jeyathilaka (Toronto Skills FC)
Jerome Smith (Sigma FC)
Rocco Romeo (Toronto FC Academy)
Kevin Dhillon (North Mississauga SC)
Stephen Almeida (Woodbridge Strikers)
Brandon Mills (Vaughan Azzurri)
Khody Ellis (Oakville Blue Devils)
Mackenzie Roach (Kingston Clippers)
Justin Stoddard (Sigma FC)
Dylan Carreiro (Woodbridge Strikers)
Kota Sakurai (Toronto FC Academy)
Celso Carapau (Windsor Stars)
Simon Adjei (Aurora United FC)
Kilian Elkinson (North Toronto Nitros)
Manny Slewa (ProStars FC)
Mario Kovacevic (Vaughan Azzurri)

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