FC London

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FC London
FCLondonlogo2016.png
Founded2008; 11 years ago (2008)
StadiumGerman Canadian Club Field
Capacity1,000
OwnerIan Campbell
Head CoachMichael Marcoccia
LeagueLeague1 Ontario
WebsiteClub website

FC London is a Canadian semi-professional soccer club based in London, Ontario. The club was founded in 2008 and plays in League1 Ontario. The team plays home games at German Canadian Club of London Field, which seats 1,000 spectators.

The team was founded in 2008 as Forest City London Soccer Club, and were a member of the Premier Development League from 2009 to 2015; they won the 2012 PDL title, their first championship during this time. They re-branded to FC London following their move to League1 Ontario in 2016.

History[edit]

The original Forest City London crest, used 2008–2015

Forest City London joined the Premier Development League in 2009,[1] and played their first ever game on May 29, 2009, against Cleveland Internationals.[2] London won the game 2–1, with the first goal in franchise history being scored by Kevin Zimmermann.[3]

London's debut season was a generally positive one; they remained unbeaten over the course of their first ten games, winning seven games. London's first loss was a 3–1 drop to the Indiana Invaders at the beginning of July, and it initiated a complete reversal of fortune for the team. They did not win another game all season and dropped down the divisional standings.

The team finished third in the Great Lakes Division, seven points behind divisional champions Kalamazoo, and faced off against Chicago Fire Premier in the first round of the playoffs. London lost their playoff match 1–0 to the Illinoisans on a goal by Andre Akpan. Kevin Zimmermann and Alan McGreal were London's top scorers in their debut season, with nine and seven goals respectively, while Anthony Di Biase contributed four assists.

The club moved to League1 Ontario in 2016, they were renamed FC London following the move.[4]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of August 18, 2018[5]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
Defender Stephen Al-Sayed  Scotland
Midfielder Jeremy Arnold  Canada
Midfielder Michael Bitel  Canada
Forward Bai-Essa Coker  Gambia
Defender Tom Coxon  England
Goalkeeper Connor Dalton  Canada
Defender Sean Fawsitt  Canada
Forward Chad Gopaul  Canada
Forward Ethan Gopaul  Canada
Midfielder Belal Halbouni  Canada
Midfielder Jonathan Hodge  Canada
Goalkeeper Bishop Kaiser  Canada
Defender Marko Maletic  Canada
Defender Max Marsh  Canada
Midfielder Patrick Melo  Canada
Midfielder Mohammed Reza Nafar  Iran
Midfielder James Pucci  Italy
Midfielder Randy Ribeiro  Canada
Defender Aaron Schneebeli  Canada
Midfielder Parker Seymour  Canada
Midfielder Mike Sneddon  Canada
Goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski  Canada
Forward Ben Vyfschaft  Canada
Midfielder Connor Wilson  Canada

Professional players[edit]

The following players have either moved on to the professional ranks after their time with FC London, or played professionally before joining the club. Players with names in bold have senior international caps.

Seasons[edit]

Season Div League Regular season Playoffs L1 Cup
2009 4 Premier Development League 3rd, Great Lakes Divisional Semifinals
2010 2nd, Great Lakes Conference Semifinals
2011 3rd, Great Lakes Conference Quarterfinals
2012 2nd, Great Lakes Champions
2013 1st, Great Lakes Conference Final
2014 4th, Great Lakes Did not qualify
2015 3rd, Great Lakes Divisional Playoff
2016 3 League1 Ontario 1st, Western Conference Runner-up Round of 16
2017 4th, Western Conference Did not qualify Quarter-finals
2018 1st (overall) Group stage Quarter-finals

Honours[edit]

Premier Development League[edit]

  • National Champions: 2012
  • Central Conference Champions: 2012
  • Great Lakes Division Champions: 2013

Head coaches[edit]

  • Martin Painter (2009–2016)
  • Mario Despotović (2016–present)

Stadium history[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance[6]

  • 2009: 1632
  • 2010: 1246
  • 2011: 841
  • 2012: 507
  • 2013: 1146
  • 2014: 777
  • 2015: 944

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press announcement Archived February 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "FC London kicks off with high hopes". Thelondoner.ca. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. May 29, 2009. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Everything new at FC London". London Free Press. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "FC London Roster 2017". League1 Ontario. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100105175057/http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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