Kingston FC is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada that competed from 2012 until 2014 in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), the third tier of soccer in the Canadian soccer pyramid of play.
OUR CLUB: During its three CSL seasons, Kingston FC was the only professional team in any sport in the Kingston area, and in fact, was the only professional team in any sport between Ottawa and Toronto. As a result, Kingston FC had a wide catchment area to recruit excellent young players and attract fans and supporters all along the Great Waterway Region from Cornwall into the Quinte region and Belleville.
The club fielded two teams in the CSL, Kingston FC in the league’s First Division, as well as Kingston FC Reserves, in the CSL’s Reserve Division. The club began First and Reserve Division CSL play on May 5th, 2012 in their inaugural 2012 CSL season. Kingston FC First Division posted a 4-17-1 record for 14th place in 2012, while Kingston FC Reserve had a 1-14-1 record for 11th place in the CSL’s Reserve Division.
Kingston FC showed vast improvement in the 2013 CSL season, our second season in the league. Kingston FC shocked the CSL by finishing in 1st place to win the league’s highly-contested First Division championship with a 16-4-2 record, and boasted a CSL best home record of 10 wins and only one loss. The team went on to win its quarter-final and semi-final playoffs, only to narrowly lose 3-1 to SC Waterloo in the CSL Playoff Championships in Niagara Falls on November 3, 2013.
For their part, the Kingston FC Reserves improved upon their 2012 record, finishing the 2013 season in eighth place with a record of 5-9-2. They qualified for their first-ever CSL Reserve division play-off, dropping a close quarter-final contest on the road to Toronto Croatia by a 2-1 score.
OUR OWNERSIP: At present, Kingston FC is owned by Lorne Abugov, the Estate of the late T. Joseph Scanlon, Catherine MacLeod, Shawn Geary and Jim Allore.
Abugov is an Ottawa telecommunications and broadcast lawyer who has had a strong interest in soccer for two decades both as a player and as a coach. In addition to his involvement with Kingston FC and the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy, Abugov coaches women’s recreational soccer teams fielded by the Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club and serves as the Director of Women’s Rec Soccer for the Internationals club. His wife, Lindy, is herself an active soccer player with the Internationals Code Red soccer team, and his three children, Zachary, Quinn and Haley have all grown up playing competitive soccer for the Internationals and the Ottawa Royals Soccer Club, as well as for their school teams.
Abugov is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practised law since 1982. Sports remain a passion for him and he grew up in sport, playing competitive baseball, football and hockey, and took up soccer in later life. Prior to coaching women’s soccer, he coached minor hockey in Ottawa for years with the Ottawa Centre Minor Hockey Association.
The late T. Joseph Scanlon was an esteemed university professor who though a latecomer to soccer had a long-standing interest in sport. He had for many years served as a director of the Ottawa Tennis Club, on the executive of the St. James Tennis Club and as a member of the Athletics Board at Carleton University. He also coached Varsity tennis and Junior Varsity basketball at Carleton. Scanlon did his graduate work in Politics at Queen’s and – liked to recall – had his first by-line as a journalist in the Kingston Whig-Standard.
Although he retired from teaching, Scanlon remained up until his untimely death in 2015 Professor Emeritus at Carleton and Director of the Emergency Communications Research Unit (ECRU) at Carleton, a unit that studies individual and organizational behaviour in disaster. When he was not attending Kingston FC soccer games, Scanlon busied himself researching, writing, lecturing, traveling or golfing. Another of his passions was the Carleton University Ravens basketball teams which he reported on faithfully each season for his own listserv group of followers, who sorely miss him and his love of Rasvens hoops.
Jim Allore is a retired Belleville businessman who opted to join the Kingston FC ownership group. He believes that soccer has a great future in Canada and is keen to do his part to offer youngsters in Kingston, Belleville and the entire region a chance to pursue their dreams of playing pro soccer close to home. Jim heard about Kingston FC, attended a few of the team’s 2013 CSL home games with his wife and daughter, and decided to get involved with the club. He has invested in Kingston FC for all the right reasons, and is a welcome member of the ownership team.
The owners of Kingston FC have agreed they would welcome additional ownership to the Club and would be pleased at any time to meet with individuals or companies who might wish to explore how they could become part owners of the team. They are of course especially interested in developing ownership partners from Kingston, Belleville and the Quinte area.
OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: The Kingston FC pro soccer teams were coached by Colm Muldoon and by assistant coaches Thomas Moran and Mike Akai. The club’s goalkeeper coach was Andre Badescu, a former pro keeper in Romania, Switzerland and Canada. Kingston FC‘s primary corporate sponsor was WTC Communications, a leading telecommunications service provider in Kingston and region since 1996. The club’s colours are red, navy blue, black and white. The club played all of its CSL home games at the Queen’s University West Campus Turf Field in Kingston.
Kingston has for many years been considered to be an ideal community for first entry professional soccer, with many talented youth players dedicated to soccer as their main sport of interest while seeking an opportunity to play at the higher level.
The owners of Kingston FC were privileged to represent Kingston in Canada’s only professional soccer league and pleased to have provided entertaining, attractive soccer, together with an emphasis on player development. This combination was necessary to raise the skill level of those talented players who may be destined for high level professional soccer.
The group continues its excellent work in the area of player training and development with the Kingston-Belleville FC (KBFC) Pro Soccer Academy, which in August 2015 gained ORNCA accreditation from the Ontario Soccer Association, and is the only OSA accredited pro soccer Academy in Eastern Ontario. Known as the KBFC Academy, this new initiative brings the skills, certification and pro soccer experience of Kingston FC coaches and players together to increase the level of training and development available to talented boys and girls who aspire to high-level soccer throughout Eastern Ontario.
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