Brief History

Kingston FC began play in the Second Division of the Canadian Soccer League in 2011, after having played exhibition games against CSL Second Division teams for several years.  At that time, the club was owned by Prospect Soccer Academy, based in Ottawa and owned by Jimmy Hamrouni.  Mr. Hamrouni secured the CSL franchise for Kingston in 2011, and coached the First Division team for the first eight games of its 2012 season before resigning from the club.

Ownership of the club was then assumed by Joseph Scanlon and Lorne Abugov and the head coaching position of the Kingston FC First Division team was conferred on Colm Muldoon.  The club completed its first season in the CSL on October 6, 2012, placing 14th in a 16 team league.

For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the club adopted a motto of “Sticking to Business” – a reference both to the on-field goal of focused and disciplined play and to the off-field goal of forging strong ties to the Kingston and area business comunity to build corporate financial support for the club.

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 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 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.

This past 2014 season – the Club’s third – witnessed a first-ever CSL Playoff Championship and a CSL League Championship for the vastly improved Kingston FC Reserves, who defeated SC Waterloo 2-0 on October 26th at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York to cap a dream season for the Junior Lads. The Championship win for the Reserves ran their consecutive undefeated streak to 18 games this season, their only setback being a 1-0 loss to York Region Shooters reserves on opening day back on May 25th. The Reserves posted a glittering 12-1-3 record to claim first place in the regular season standings, and then posted quarter-final and semi-final wins over Brampton City Reserves (4-1) and Niagara United Reserves (5-1), respectively, before knocking off SC Waterloo in the finals.

For the Kingston FC 1st Division team, the 2014 CSL season was marked by tremendous highs and disappointing lows, as they struggled to find the form that made them the 2013 CSL Cinderella story. The team traded early season wins and losses and stood at 5-6-3 as late as September 7th, following a tough road loss to SC Waterloo. But thereafter, the Limestone Lads reeled off a 4 win, no loss, one draw streak that included a win against tough Toronto Croatia (5-4), a 2-2 draw against the unbeaten York Region Shooters and dramatic extra-time 3-0 CSL quarter-final playoff win against Serbian White Eagles that saw Kingston FC score three times in the final 10 minutes of extra time. The 1st Division team dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Toronto Croatia in the CSL semi-finals conceding the winning goal in the 89th minute of that contest. The squad placed third overall in a very tight CSL first division race with a regular season record of 8-6-4.

Kingston FC won more awards at the CSL’s 2014 Awards gala than any other club in the league, taking six awards/trophies including the CSL’s Fair Play & Respect Award as the least carded teams in the 10 team loop. Individual awards went to Kingston FC’s Mademba Ba, who won his second consecutive 2nd Division Golden Boot Award and league Most Valuable Player, and to Tom Moran who won the CSL Coach of the Year Award. If your business wants to get involved with Kingston FC, we would love to talk to you. Our sponsorships cost as little as $250 and earn many benefits which we would be pleased to describe for your company.

Please contact Lorne Abugov at 1.613.878.1532 to discuss sponsorship or to request the Kingston FC 2014 sponsorship brochure
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