Scrosoppi FC Acquire Pickering Women’s License, Will Field Team in L1O Championship
Since it was revealed that League1 Ontario would be reassigning the licenses given up by Pickering FC prior to the 2023 season, predictions have been rampant with fans and commentators to determine who would be awarded a men’s and/or a women’s team in the L1O-Championship division for 2024.
This week, League1 Ontario provided us with the answer for the women’s license.
Announced Monday, L1O’s men’s regular season champions and playoff runners up Scrosoppi FC were granted the license to operate a women’s program for 2024 and beyond.
With the Milton-based side already fielding a team in the South West Conference of the Women’s Reserve Division in 2023, acquiring this license allows Scrosoppi to expand their programming and grow the women’s game in the GTA.
While announcing the acquisition, Managing Director of League1 Ontario Matthew Braithwaite praised the club’s recent ascension and championship.
“Scrosoppi’s transformation in the men’s division shows the high standards that the club sets for players and staff… we are excited to help them pursue their aspirations in growing their female program.”
Speaking via press release, Scrosoppi Technical Director Shayne Griffin touched on the growth of women’s football in recent years and the need to develop home-grown talent.
“We wanted to make sure that we [grew the game] organically to develop some of our own teams and graduate them into the League1 environment.”
Additionally, Griffin revealed that men’s head coach John Yacou would be stepping in as the gaffer for the women’s Championship squad. Yacou, a former League1 Ontario Women’s Coach of the Year in 2019, is credited with changing the culture at Scrosoppi and building a team which made a run to the L1O finals in just their third season.
Last season, Scrosoppi took the league by storm after having built a robust and deep roster around the likes of L1O Champions Alex Zis and Luke Rankin, alongside former CPLers Kyle Porter and Tomasz Skublak. They would proceed to win 17 of 20 matches over the course of the season, racking up 51 points and 52 goals-for.
With a bye to the second-round of the L1O men’s playoffs, they would defeat Oakville’s Blue Devils FC 2-1, but would come up short 4-2 against eventual league champions, the Simcoe County Rovers.
As for the rest of Scrosoppi’s rosters come the 2024 season, the men have earned the right to play in the Premier division having accrued enough points over the last two season. It is to be seen where the club’s three reserve sides will play with the onset of the league’s ‘2024 Plan’, however it would be safe to assume that the men’s U-21 and women’s open reserve squads will be in the newly-formed League2 Ontario while the men’s U-19 side will receive a ‘promotion’ of sorts to the new U-20 reserve division that L1O is creating.