History of club

York Region Shooters are a Canadian soccer team, originally founded in 1982 and play in the Canadian Soccer League. The Shooters currently play their home games at the St. Joan of Arc Turf Field in the community of Maple, Ontario, around 12 miles north-west of downtown Toronto. The team’s colours are blue and white, mirroring those of the Italian national football team and reflecting the cultural heritage of the club. The club has competed under various different names as Glen Shields Sun Devils, Vaughan Sun Devils, Vaughan Shooters, Italia Shooters, and presently under York Region Shooters.

Originally formed in 1982 under the name of Glen Shields S.C., where they competed in various amateur leagues in the communities of York Region. In 1998, they turned professional and became a charter member of the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

In 2003, the club merged with their rivals York Region Shooters and became the Vaughan Sun Devils. The merger produced a string of success as the club became a powerhouse within the league. Notable achievements were going undefeated in an entire season, establishing a CSL record for most regular season titles, and winning the CSL Championship twice in 2006, and 2014

Now in 2017, they have done it again, winning the CSL Championship through penalty kicks. York Region Shooters have been a successful team day in and day out.

The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is long-standing and is the highest level league in Canada. It is a continuation of earlier forerunner 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.

TIMELINE

2014 CANADIAN SOCCER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

The 2014 season was a historic season for the franchise as the club achieved an undefeated season. Becoming the third club in the league’s history to reach this milestone. In the postseason York Region eliminated Brampton United by a score of 3–0 in the first round. In the semifinal, the Shooters defeated North York Astros from a single goal from Hector Mackie. After a 5–4 victory in a penalty shootout York Region defeated Toronto Croatia to claim their second CSL Championship and completed the entire season undefeated.

YRS CONTINUES TO DOMINATE


The season marked another achievement for the York Region club as they captured their fifth regular season championship, thus establishing a CSL record for most regular season titles. They also achieved a team milestone by recording their best defensive record allowing only 10 goals a record not matched since the Ottawa Wizards in the 2003 CPSL season. In the Second Division, their reserve team captured their first CSL D2 Championship.

YORK REGION NOW A THREE-TIME CHAMPION


When Tony De Thomasis took the leap from the community to professional soccer in 2003, his Vaughan Shooters won lots of first prizes for finishing second, both in the outdoor Canadian Professional Soccer League and in the Ontario Men’s Futsal Championship. That will change, he vowed, it’s just a matter of time.
The big wins arrived in 2008 and again in 2014 and York Region Shooters won the 2017 CSL Championship yet again with a 5-4 penalty kick victory over Scarborough SC.

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