Friday, 17 October 2014

A successful "mega-club"?

On another of my tangential, non-news postings, earlier this week, a friend of mine pointed out a recent excellent article on SoccerAmerica asking if there was a place for small clubs in the USA. As a quick summary, that article states that, yes there is a place, but at a certain point, those clubs will need to either combine or affiliate with another club to ensure the proper levels of development and standards.

As anything related to soccer here in Canada often does, this led to a discussion about how it could, would, and should apply up here in the so-called "frozen north". The big issues that arose were specifically that there are different levels of services expected between smaller and larger clubs and that the political and economic reasons for larger clubs tend to be outweighed by their lack of developmental benefits. Typically, the larger a club, the more inefficient it is and the oversight and accountability becomes more difficult to manage, much like we often see here in Ontario with the OSA↣District↣Club chain.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Queen's Men's Soccer Coach hunt still on...? (Updated)

It's less than a week away from OUA training camps opening, including the Queen's camps here in Kingston. And yet the Queen's men's soccer team seems no closer to having a head coach in place.

Chris Gencarelli stepped down at the start of June after four years in charge of the team. During his tenure, he won the OUA East Coach of the Year in 2012, the year he led the squad to a first place finish in their division with an 11-1-2 record.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Weekend Roundup - June 7/8

This past weekend, the League1 Ontario Cataraqui Clippers held their home opener down at the St. Lawrence College field on Saturday with a 5pm kickoff. The Clippers' OYSL team continued their fight in the U17 division. Kingston FC played a pair of games out of town split between Milton and North York. And finally, the Kingston United women play up in Ottawa this evening.

Friday, 30 May 2014

KUSC Women making their mark in Ottawa-Carleton

Last year, Bob Machin moved his top-level Kingston women's team from the Ontario Women's Soccer League (OWSL) to the Ottawa-Carleton Soccer League (OCSL) into the premier division, where they finished in third place behind the Falcons Fury and Gloucester, twelve points off the pace of the two leading teams.

After an off-season requiring replacements of almost half of the team's players, the team is ready to compete for the OCSL Women's Premier title in 2014.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

L1O: Cataraqui Clippers league schedule announced

This morning, the Ontario Soccer Association officially released the League1 Ontario full league schedule, including the games to be played by the Cataraqui Clippers.

As mentioned previously, the Clippers will be opening their 2014 season at the OSA's Soccer Centre in Vaughan on May 31st against Masters FA with an 11am kickoff.

The Clippers will host the Toronto FC Academy the following weekend at home on Saturday, June 7th at 5pm at the main St. Lawrence College field.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

L1O: Cataraqui Clippers League1 Ontario press conference

This afternoon, the Cataraqui Clippers held a press conference at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston, along with Ron Smale, the president of the Ontario Soccer Association, and Dino Rossi, League1 Ontario chairman and OSA board member.

The conference was used to make a formal announcement to the Kingston (and area) media and to show off some of the players that will be playing with their League1 Ontario team this summer.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

CSL: Kingston FC 2014 final schedule

On Tuesday, the final version of the CSL's 2014 schedule was released.

There have been several changes for Kingston FC since the original release, with most of the game weekends being the same, but the first division team's game times have been adjusted to kick off at 6:45pm on Saturdays and 1:00pm on Sundays. The second division schedule has been brought in line with the first division schedule, with their reserve games kicking off at 3:15pm on Sundays (after the first team game) and at 4:30pm on Saturdays (before the first team game).

Both divisions now begin play on May 24 and wrap up on October 5.