2017 League1 Ontario season

The 2017 Men's League1 Ontario season is the fourth 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
Season2017
ChampionsOakville Blue Devils
Cup championsWoodbridge Strikers
Matches played175
Goals scored722 (4.13 per match)
Top goalscorerJarek Whiteman (29 goals)
Best goalkeeperQuillan Roberts (0.79 GAA)
Biggest home win11 goals:
Oakville 11–0 Windsor
(20 August)
TFC III 11–0 Windsor
(10 September)
Biggest away win10 goals:
ProStars 1–11 Vaughan
(15 July)
Highest scoring12 goals:
ProStars 1–11 Vaughan
(15 July)
2016
2018

For the first time, the league expanded to include teams in the nation's capital, Ottawa, allowing it to span from the western to eastern borders of southern Ontario.

Changes from 2016

The men's division remained at 16 teams for this season, with the addition of Ottawa South United and the departure of the Kingston Clippers.

Toronto FC Academy renamed itself to Toronto FC III, as its parent club (Toronto FC) withdrew their squad from the Premier Development League. Aurora United FC was also renamed to Aurora FC.

Starting this year, the league champion was granted a place in the next year's Canadian Championship. As a result, the Inter-Provincial Cup was discontinued.[1]

Teams

Team City Principal Stadium Alternate Stadium Founded First season Head coach[note 1]
Western Conference
FC London London German Canadian FC Stadium (None) 2008 2016 Dom Kosic
North Mississauga SC Mississauga Hershey Centre (None) 1982 2016 Jhon Ardila
Oakville Blue Devils Oakville Sheridan Trafalgar Stadium Bronte Athletic Park 1994 2015 Duncan Wilde
ProStars FC Brampton Victoria Park Stadium Terry Fox Park 2015 2015 Josef Komlodi
Sanjaxx Lions Toronto Monarch Park Stadium (None) 2012 2015 Laza Lowe
Sigma FC Mississauga Hershey Centre (None) 2005 2014 Bobby Smyrniotis
Toronto FC III Toronto (North York) KIA Training Ground (None) 2008 2014 Danny Dichio
Windsor TFC Windsor Lajeunesse High School University of Windsor Stadium[note 2] 2004 2014 Zibby Piatkiewicz[2]
Eastern Conference
Aurora FC Aurora St. Maximillion Kolbe (None) 1964 2016 Derek O'Keefe
Durham United FA Pickering Kinsmen Park Pickering Soccer Complex 2014 2014 Sanford Carabin
Master's Futbol Toronto (Scarborough) L'Amoreaux Park (None) 2012 2014 Andre Savelev
North Toronto Nitros Toronto Varsity Stadium Downsview Park 1980 2016 Hermann Kingué
Ottawa South United Force Ottawa Terry Fox Stadium MNP Park (Carleton University) 2003 2017 Traian Mateas
Toronto Skillz FC Toronto (Scarborough) Birchmount Stadium L'Amoreaux Park 2008 2016 Leslie Fitzpatrick
Vaughan Azzurri Vaughan McNaughton Park (None) 1982 2014 Carmine Isacco
Woodbridge Strikers Vaughan (Woodbridge) Vaughan Grove (None) 1976 2014 Peter Pinizzotto
  1. Unless otherwise noted, this information was obtained from team directories on the league website
  2. Windsor TFC Stars played one home match against Ottawa South United Force at Varsity Stadium

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. The champion will enter the 2018 Canadian Championship.

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Woodbridge Strikers (X) 22 15 5 2 46 18 +28 50 League Championship
2 Vaughan Azzurri 22 16 1 5 75 23 +52 49
3 Durham United FA 22 11 3 8 51 27 +24 36[lower-alpha 1]
3 North Toronto Nitros 22 11 3 8 55 35 +20 36[lower-alpha 1]
5 Master's Futbol 22 9 3 10 39 49 10 30
6 Ottawa South United 21 6 1 14 40 63 23 19
7 Toronto Skillz FC 22 4 0 18 26 69 43 12
8 Aurora FC 21 2 2 17 23 72 49 8
Source: http://www.league1ontario.com/page/show/2309115-standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) head-to-head goal differential; 5) playoff match
(X) L1 Cup winner.
Notes:
  1. Durham United FA and North Toronto Nitros tied on head-to-head points (3–3) and head-to-head goal differential (4–4).

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Oakville Blue Devils (C, O) 22 18 2 2 62 22 +40 56 League Championship
2 Sigma FC 22 17 4 1 76 20 +56 55
3 Toronto FC III 22 14 3 5 73 30 +43 45
4 FC London 22 11 5 6 54 38 +16 38
5 North Mississauga SC 22 9 2 11 38 38 0 29
6 Windsor TFC 22 6 4 12 30 67 37 22
7 Sanjaxx Lions 22 4 3 15 18 61 43 15
8 ProStars FC 22 1 1 20 16 90 74 4
Source: http://www.league1ontario.com/page/show/2309115-standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) head-to-head goal differential; 5) playoff match
(C) Champion and qualification to 2018 Canadian Championship; (O) Play-off winner.

League Championship

The league champion is determined by a single-match series between the top-ranked teams from the western and eastern conferences. The winner qualifies for the 2018 Canadian Championship.

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 in the start of August, 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.[3]

 
First RoundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
Toronto FC III1
 
 
 
Sigma FC0
 
Toronto FC III0
 
 
 
North Mississauga SC1
 
North Mississauga SC2
 
 
 
Windsor TFC0
 
North Mississauga SC1
 
 
 
Woodbridge Strikers2
 
FC London2
 
 
 
Aurora FC0
 
FC London0
 
 
 
Woodbridge Strikers3
 
Woodbridge Strikers1 (5)
 
 
 
Sanjaxx Lions1 (4)
 
Woodbridge Strikers3
 
 
 
Vaughan Azzurri1
 
Durham United FA1
 
 
 
Oakville Blue Devils0
 
Durham United FA3
 
 
 
Ottawa South United1
 
Ottawa South United4
 
 
 
ProStars FC3
 
Durham United FA1 (2)
 
 
 
Vaughan Azzurri1 (4)
 
Toronto Skillz FC2
 
 
 
Vaughan Azzurri8
 
Vaughan Azzurri6
 
 
 
Master's Futbol1
 
Master's Futbol3
 
 
North Toronto Nitros2
 

First Round

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Final

Statistics

All-Star Game

On June 28, the league announced that this year's all-star game would take place against an all-star team from the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.[5] The roster for this game was selected by team & league officials, and was announced on July 18.[6][7]

References

  1. "Canada Soccer Announces Inclusion Of League1 And PLSQ Champions In 2018 Canadian Championship". league1ontario.com. League1 Ontario. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. "Windsor TFC finds new head coach". iheartradio.com. AM 800. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. "Mens L1 Cup". league1ontario.com. League1 Ontario. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  4. "L1O Live". Twitter. League1 Ontario. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. "Opponents And Dates Announced For 2017 League1 Ontario Men's And Women's All-Star Games". league1ontario.com. League1 Ontario. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  6. "League1 Announces Final Selection For #L1OAllStar 2017 Match Versus PLSQ". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  7. "Soccer Quebec PLSQ All-Stars roster announcement". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
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