EMSC Announces New Professional Soccer Team

Mississauga FC to Play in CSL Starting in 2011

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EMSC Announces New Professional Soccer Team

Erin Mills Soccer Club (EMSC) continues to show why it is consistently rated one of the top soccer clubs in Canada with the announcement during half time at the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) 2010 Championship that it has been awarded the franchise for a new professional soccer team for Mississauga. The FC Mississauga Eagles will be a professional men's team that is scheduled to begin play in the CSL in 2011.

“Today’s announcement was made possible by a lot of hard work and dedication from many volunteers and staff at EMSC, the CSL, the City of Mississauga and people in the surrounding community, but now the work begins in creating and launching what will become an exciting new sports and entertainment highlight for Mississauga and surrounding communities” EMSC President Susan Rossiter said. “With the visionary direction and leadership provided by both the CSL and Erin Mills Soccer Club, I am encouraged that the Mississauga Eagles will quickly become a winning addition to the vibrant sports and entertainment industry in Mississauga, while providing the youth of our community with the top level training and development programs essential for Canada to compete successfully at the international level.”

“The Mississauga Eagles represent the model organization for the future of the CSL. With a clear pathway for skilled athletes and an emphasis on player development, the CSL expects its member clubs to be the focal point of its soccer community, establishing a Centre of Excellence in their region. The Eagles achieve this instantly” states CSL Commissioner Domenic Di Gironimo. “Our growth is founded on the addition of capable organizations with strong ties with youth clubs. The success of all three 2010 expansion clubs in Brantford, Hamilton, and Milton were an affirmation of the CSL’s confidence in its strategy. In order to fulfill its mandate to be an effective tool for player development in Canada, over time the CSL will align itself with the National Team programs and age groups through partnerships with community clubs, Districts, and provincial governing bodies. The end result will establish a nation-wide system with elite training standards and competition, as well as a comprehensive database tracking athlete development, with direct access for scouts of our National Teams, colleges/universities, and professional clubs. The focus on player development will rapidly provide the CSL with skilled athletes delivering entertaining soccer, and significantly contribute to the improved performance of Canada internationally. We are proud of the fact that nine U20, eleven U17, and three U15 players that were named to the National Teams competed in the CSL. A united effort in player development will provide more opportunities through the CSL and make it the primary training ground to hone Canadian athletes.”

The results of EMSC's focus on player development are showing. In 2010, EMSC teams won a total of 6 Ontario Indoor Cup Championships during the winter, 4 Ontario Cup Championships during the summer and the club's U17 girls team was the Silver Medalist at the U18 National Championships!

The launch of the Mississauga Eagles fills a market opportunity for a professional soccer team in Mississauga, one of Canada's largest and most vibrant communities. It also adds a valuable building block for EMSC towards realizing its vision of becoming the number one community and competitive soccer club in Canada. As part of its commitment to the ongoing development of youth from the Mississauga community, thereby enabling them to realize their full potential, recreational and competitive soccer players at EMSC will now benefit from being mentored by high-performance professional soccer players including the opportunity of having visits from Mississauga Eagles players to team practices where they will work with team members on basic and advanced level skills development.

The Mississauga community will now have the opportunity to experience professional soccer at its best and cheer on their own team beginning with what promises to be a spectacular season and franchise home opener in May 2011. Watch the EMSC website for further information on dates, schedules, locations and tickets.

About Erin Mills Soccer Club
Erin Mills Soccer Club is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven soccer club established in 1972 to promote healthy lifestyles and develop a love for soccer among participants of all ages and ability, at all skill levels, in a safe and healthy environment within the City of Mississauga.

A recognized leader within the Mississauga and Ontario sports communities, EMSC is rated as the #1 community soccer club and the #1 competitive soccer club in Ontario. EMSC provides a lifelong quality soccer and team-building experience for youth of all ages and diverse backgrounds. We are committed to the future of recreational and high-performance youth soccer. EMSC operates under the Ontario Soccer Association and the Peel-Halton Soccer Association with competitive teams playing in the PHSA, SRSL, OYSL and CSL soccer leagues.

EMSC offers one of the most complete developmental programs that begins with the Advanced Developmental Program (ADP) for house league players wishing to take their game to the next level. This is complemented with the ADP program for Rep Soccer players wishing to further develop their individual and team skills. This year, EMSC launched its unique Professional Academy Program for youth wishing to become high-performance, top level soccer players.

EMSC is very proud of its many male and female alumni members who have gone on to play for Canadian and U.S. colleges and universities, Canada's national teams as well as many top European soccer clubs. These athletes are testament to the leadership that EMSC is providing to the Canadian soccer community.
For more information about Erin Mills Soccer Club, please visit our website at http://erinmillssoccer.com.

About the Canadian Soccer League

The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) is Canada’s only professional league and is a continuation of earlier 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.

The league is headed by a Commissioner, Domenic Di Gironimo, with offices at Concord, Ontario on the northern outskirts of Toronto.

In 2011 the CSL will operate a First Division of 18 teams - Brampton United, Brantford Galaxy, FC Hamilton Croatia, London City, Milltown FC, Montreal Impact Academy, North York Astros, SC Toronto, Serbian White Eagles, St. Catharines Wolves, TFC Academy, Toronto Croatia, York Region Shooters from 2010, plus five new teams added to the league including the FC Mississauga Eagles, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Pickering, and one more to be announced in November. The CSL also has a Reserve Division.

The regular league season runs from the beginning of May until the beginning of October and games are played weekly, mostly on weekends. The playoffs are played in October in a format to be announced shortly.

Today, under the bright new banner of the CSL, the league has developed a new professional standing and is undergoing an exciting regional expansion across Canada and has become an important member of a growing and rapidly developing soccer structure in North America.

For more information about the Canadian Soccer League, please visit their website at http://canadiansoccerleague.ca/