We entered the 2014 season full of optimism, and with a newly designed logo, as both our Pro and 2nd Division teams were defending champions. However, injuries quickly made it obvious how difficult it would be to defend our titles.
The Pro team had a difficult start to the campaign, but a late push saw us make the playoffs and salvage the season, but it was still disappointing to miss out on our title defence.
The 2nd Division team made club history by finishing in the top 4 to clinch our first ever home playoff berth. The team managed to make it to the finals again.
Now, the 2015 season is in sight and there are new reasons for optimism. There will be new blood in the club and the league, and new reasons to hope.
The 2013 campaign was an unprecedented success for the club. Both the Pro and U23 teams had fantastic playoff runs that each culminated in winning their respective divisions of the CSL. SC Waterloo is the first team in the history of the league to do this. In the 2014 season the club will be looking to strengthen its squad to defend both titles, and to finish higher in the regular season table as well.
KW United FC, the team that entered the CSL in 2011 from a part of Canadian geography steeped in soccer, is undergoing a complete transformation for the upcoming 2012 campaign.
It will be a new-look team to enter the CSL First Division following a 2011 inaugural season in the Western Section of Division Two where the team finished fourth in the standings.
And it’s a name change to SC Waterloo (Region) to connect the CSL professional team with youth soccer in the neighbouring communities of Cambridge, Guelph and Stratford in addition to the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario. The new SC Waterloo sports a new logo to reflect the club’s greater regional presence
“There is some very good youth soccer being played in Waterloo and the surrounding communities and due to the interest shown in our organization last season we considered it appropriate to give promising young players easier access to our club,” said SC Waterloo’s GM Vojo Brisevac.
SC Waterloo president Tony Kocis believes the new arrangement is progressive by interfacing more young players with highly competitive soccer to the benefit of player development in the region.
The team will continue in the coming months to invite players showing sufficient promise to step up to the professional level for a tryout, leading to the beginning of the regular season for SC Waterloo and the CSL early May.
The community of Kitchener has entered a team in the Canadian Soccer League.
KW United FC, representing Kitchener - Waterloo, will play in the CSL’s Second Division this coming season as a prelude to an application for entry to the top First Division at a later date. The Second Division - last season’s Reserve Division - will carry a restriction of a maximum four players over the age of 23 and is expected to have 15 teams in the 2011 schedule, split into two divisions, East and West.
The Second Division will serve to accommodate mostly reserve teams for CSL First Division squads, teams playing a traditional support role, while other teams in the Second Division will be there for mostly developmental purposes and KW United FC falls into that category.
There are about 30, 000 registered players in the Region of Waterloo and KW United FC is considered to be an ideal top of the pyramid for players who aspire to play at a higher level. The principals behind the launch of KW United FC into professional soccer are Vojo Brisevac and Tony Kocis.
KW United FC will play its Second Division home opener at Centennial Stadium in Kitchener mid - May, but most games will take place at Budd Park in Kitchener’s south end.
Waterloo Region has been a vibrant soccer community for many years.
Much local talent and players have not had the right environment to develop and have had to seek teams in other cities to play for.
It has been over 20 years since the regions Kitchener Kickers left and level of soccer has been on the decline in the community since.
Despite having several minor soccer clubs in the region, and international clubs that compete in regional adult leagues like the KDSL, the community has been waiting to make its return to the higher level.
Finally this summer KW will be making an important step in bringing PRO soccer back to our community.
KW UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB will be competing this summer in the CSL Reserve Division offering a much needed venue for the regions best youth talent to come together on the same team, represent our region, develop into players that the PRO team in 2012 will be able to use in the season.
Our goal is to truly UNITE this passionate soccer community. We have a huge interest in this venture, and already about 70 players registered for tryout sessions which will finalize towards the end of March and beginning of April. We are looking to build a youthful reserve team made up from local players who show the desire and commitment to compete in this league.
We will be running a professional regime of work with a serious and daily practice environment and from the beginning will model our CLUB to resemble the most successful youth development programs in Europe.
In addition, we are planning to raise awareness of the game of soccer, and combine the developed local talent with international players we plan on signing for the upcoming season.
We have decided that going forward with the RESERVE team for this season will allow us to build a solid foundation of youth players and help us establish our system of youth development before we kick off with PRO team next year.
The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canada’s only professional soccer league and is a continuation of earlier leagues, the National Soccer League (NSL), the Canadian National Soccer League (CNSL) and the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL), going back more than 80 years.
The league is in direct membership with the Canadian Soccer Association, Canada`s national governing soccer body and has a mandate for expansion on a regional basis across Canada.
The league’s offices are located at Mississauga, Ontario on the west side of Toronto.
The CSL operates a First Division of 14 teams and also runs a Reserve Division (Second Division).
The First Division in 2011 consisted of Brampton City Utd. (formerly Brampton Lions), Brantford Galaxy, London City, Mississauga Eagles FC, Montreal Impact Academy, North York Astros, Capital City FC, Serbian White Eagles, St. Catharines Wolves, TFC Academy, SC Toronto (formerly Portugal FC), Toronto Croatia, Windsor Stars and York Region Shooters.
Mississauga Eagles FC (representing the Erin Mills Soccer Club), Capital City FC and Windsor Stars are new teams in the CSL First Division. New teams KW United FC, Niagara United and Prospect FC are entered in the Second Division for 2011.
The season runs from the beginning of May until the end of October. The regular season games are played weekly, mostly on weekends. The playoffs are played in October through to the CSL Championship at the end of October. The current CSL champions are Toronto Croatia following their 1-0 victory over Capital City FC on October 29, 2011.
Looking back over the decades of the CSL and its forerunner leagues, Soccer historian Colin Jose wrote in his book ‘On - Side’, that the National Soccer League was born out of turmoil in the tumultuous years of the 1920s. He describes the league as having stood the test of time when other leagues have come and gone in Canada.
From the first game between Toronto Ulster and Windsor Rovers on June 19, 1926, the NSL was for many years the pre-eminent league in Canada and the United States
Today, under the bright new banner of the CSL, the league has developed a new professional standing and is poised for regional expansion across Canada to be an important member of a growing and rapidly developing soccer structure in North America.