FC London Academy U15 (1996): Welcome


Originating from the well-known 'Gunners', the U15 FC London Academy Elite soccer team  strives for the highest level of competitiveness.  The team has been crowned league or tournament champions on at least 20 occasions and played at the OYSL level in 2010.

Wednesday, October 12

FC London will be holding additional try-outs 1993-1996 boys will take place at Citywide and as listed below:

Sat Oct 15 - 4-6 PM
Wed Oct 19 - 8-10 PM
Sat Oct 22 - 12-3 PM (to be confirmed)
Mon Oct 24 - 8-10 PM
Sat Oct 29 - 4-6 PM

Please make sure you arrive at the fields 30 minutes before your scheduled session to register (fill out player registration form if you have not already done so, sign liability waiver and pay $20 tryout fee).  Off field warm-ups take place 20 minutes before scheduled start time. Teams will be finalized following Oct 29 session.

Thursday, October 6

The London area's best 1996 players have been descending on the try-outs for the Elite Academy team in large numbers.  The club has announced that additional try-out sessions will be held on the weekend of 15-16 Oct (timings TBA).  The team welcomes the interest, as it moves from LDYSL into a more challenging league in 2012.  It will be selecting the best players to compete at this level.

The Elite are also continuing weekly outdoor training as long as weather permits and have an indoor team that will be playing at the U17/18 level over the winter.  Once the wintry weather begins, FC London Elite will start training indoors.


Friday, September 9
Team staff changes

The Academy is planning to add Rob Perreira to the team in the capacity of Team Director, while Ashleigh will continue as Team Coach.  Rob has been involved with the FC London U21 group and will bring additional expertise and opportunities.  Click here for the latest roster.

Friday, September 9
FC London Elite establishes indoor team

The Elite has formed an indoor team for the 2011-2012 winter season under coach Ashleigh DeCruz.  The team will play at the combined U17/18 level in London's new BMO Center.  There are still spots available, so if you are interested please contact the team as soon as possible.


Tuesday, August 23
LATE BREAKING NEWS: FC London Elite league champions with 3-0 victory last night

Elite planning to form indoor team and organizing open team try-outs for 2012.  Due to the team's success we have had many interested players contact us.  Relevant information will be posted on this website as soon as dates/times are established.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 21
FC London Elite wins LDYSL Challenge Cup

The U15 FC London Elite won the 2011 LDYSL Challenge Cup in Tillsonburg today.  The boys played very well, especially considering there were only 10 players available for each game in the tournament.  Results:

Quarter-final: FC London 3 - Bluewater 2

Semi-final: FC London 5 - London Athletics 2

Final: Middlesex United 0 - FC London 4

Congratulations on a job well done!  The Elite plays their final league game on Monday 22 August and can take the league title with a win.


Thursday, May 5

The academy system is quickly becoming the leading development structure among Canada’s soccer clubs.  The recent announcement of a Toronto FC Academy is one such example, while the highly successful Vancouver White Caps adopted it years ago. It is a proven structure that is utilized by many leading clubs in Europe.  Currently, FC London is the only soccer club in Southwestern Ontario that follows this model.  


In spite of its relatively short history, FC London is providing aspiring players with the best opportunities in the London area to play at the highest levels.  The FC London team structure allows for plenty of opportunities to play up and be challenged through a system that can be a pipeline to success for some.  While the top FC London team plays in the United Soccer League (USL), several FC London PDL players have been drafted into the Major Soccer League (MLS).  In addition, outstanding younger players have been invited to play with the National Youth Team and Canada’s U20 Men’s Team.  FC London and its academy maintain a very strong local flavour even at the highest levels, but is the only organization in our area that offers opportunities to players who want more.


If you are interested, the Elite still have a couple of spots open for good players!  Please feel free to send us an email (see Contact Us) and we can let you know when the next training session is.  All player transfers between teams must be completed no later than 31 July 2011, while new players may be accepted until the end of August.

Wednesday, August 3
Elite two wins away from league championship

The FC London Elite can become league champions by winning the next two games.  While most teams are already out of the running, there is no team that can beat the Elite in goal differential in the remaining games.  FC London Elite recently defeated Norwest Green (10-1) and London United (8-1) and currently leads the league in points, goals scored, shut-outs and top scorer (Brandon Demelo).  They also average the fewest goals against.  GO ELITE!!!

Tuesday, July 26
Easy win over Bluewater

FC London faced Bluewater at home this past Sunday and cruised to an easy win.  It was virtually all one-way traffic in both halves, but the Bluewater goalie made a number of tremendous saves keeping the score to 1-0 for the Elite at half-time.  FC London continued its barrage on the Bluewater goal and ended up winning the game 6-0 (Sean x2, Brandon, Mondo, Jacob and Reid).  Reid Palmer, who recently rejoined the team, had an excellent game scoring one of the goals.  Welcome back!  The Elite face Norwest Green and London United on Friday and Monday respectively.

Monday, July 18
FC London Elite signing additional players

We welcome Nikolas North to the team.  Nikolas comes to the Elite from FC London U14 (OYSL) and is off to a good start by scoring one of the goals against Bluewater.  FC London is also expecting to sign an unnamed former London United Gunners OYSL player.  Welcome to the team!

Monday, July 18
Elite wins double-header



This past weekend, the Elite played Bluewater in Sarnia on Friday night and faced Middlesex United at home on Saturday night.  The team easily won against Bluewater (2-0), but was hampered by tall grass and heat.  Grass on the pitch at St.Clair H.S. was 10-12 cm and slowed the ball and made passing difficult.  Should OSA have regulations on maximum grass height?


On Saturday night the Elite battled Middlesex United, who used off-side traps for much of the game.  However, this did not stop several break-away goals in the first half and the  pattern repeated itself in the second half.  Brandon scored a hat-trick, Andrew scored twice, Sean squeaked on in, Nick and Klaas got one each and Nathan got a goal.  Final result was 9-0 for FC London.


The back to back wins places FC London Elite at the top of the Team Performance Ratings with the Windsor Nationals (WOYSL).


Tuesday, July 12
FC London finishes first half of season on top

Last night FC London Elite defeated Norwest Attack.  The Elite scored early in the game (1-0) and played much of the match in Norwest’s part of the pitch.  However, Norwest managed to score on a free kick from 30 yards out (1-1).  In the second half FC London battled hard, but failed to score.  Then Norwest scored on a penalty kick, making the score 1-2.  However, they did not manage to mount many successful attacks beside the set pieces.  With about 30 minutes remaining the Elite mounted significant pressure and the Norwest defense eventually succumbed.  From a short corner the ball was played back to Klaas who put in an equalizer in the top of the net from about 35 yards out (2-2).  FC London continued to mount attack after attack.   At one point Andrew got the ball past the defense and was on his way to the net, but then taken down.  The crowd thought this would have been a penalty, but the referee thought otherwise.  Brandon who had an amazing game finally put the ball into the back of the Norwest net from a long distance kick from Perry.  The FC London Elite displayed they were the better team and deservedly won this one.