HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING FOR PLAYERS TAILORED TO OBTAINING SCHOLARSHIPS FROM D1 & D2 US SCHOOLS & CDN UNIVERSITIES
The Toronto Blizzard Soccer Club runs training programs that are directly tailored to US D1 & D2 schools as wel las Canadian Universities and Colleges. We prepare players to be equal to &/or better than the majority of ECNL Clubs. We run exhibition games and play 8-12, D1 schools annually. We train players at a higher intensity level than normal. Players learn a high level of tactical and physical awareness and are tested on a regular ongoing basis. Our program is specifically geared towards student athletes obtaining scholarship opportunities.
To provide every player in Ontario with a free education, be it in Canada or the US via the most credible soccer programs. One built upon the expertise, passion and discipline of our founding members and operated under competent and caring leadership.
THE "FATHER" OF TFC
Meet the Toronto Blizzard, the "father" of Toronto FC. The Forerunners to the Blizzard were the Toronto Metros who joined the NASL in 1971. The Toronto Blizzard were a professional soccer club based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that played in the North American Soccer League and rostered some of soccer's greatest players. From 1971 - 1975 the Toronto Metros played in the NASL out of Toronto Varsity Stadium. In 1975 the team was purchased for $250,000 by the Toronto Croatia of the National Soccer League (NSL), and the team became known as the Toronto Metros-Croatia. In the next season the club won the 1976 Soccer Bowl championship. Although a successful season they struggled financially. Then the Global Television Network purchased the corporation on February 1, 1979 for $2.6 million. Following the purchase, Toronto Croatia returned to the NSL as a separate club and the team was renamed the Toronto Blizzard. Under the new ownership, attendances doubled and from 1979 to 1983 and the Blizzard played home games at Exhibition Stadium before returning to Varsity Stadium for their final season in 1984.
The team were the runners-up for the league championship in 1983, losing the Soccer Bowl to the Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 in front of nearly 60, 000 people at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. They were runners-up again in 1984 when they lost to the Chicago Sting two games to none in a best of three championship series. The club was coached in these final two years by Bobby Houghton, assisted by Dave Turner. The Blizzard qualified for the play-offs on two other occasions, in 1979 and 1982, losing in the first round on both those occasions.
Prominent players included Clyde Best, Željko Bilecki, Jimmy Bone, Roberto Bettega, Drew Busby, David Byrne, Cliff Calvert, Tony Chursky, Pasquale De Luca, David Fairclough, Charlie Falzon, Colin Franks, George Gibbs, Jimmy Greenhoff, Steve Harris-Byrne, Graham Hatley, Paul Hammond, Paul James, Conny Karlsson, Victor Kodelja, Sam Lenarduzzi, Peter Lorimer, Ivan Lukacevic,Trevor McCallum, Colin Miller, Mike McLenaghen, Willie McVie, Alan Merrick, Charlie Mitchell, Juan Carlos Molina, Jan Möller, Francesco Morini, Jimmy Nicholl, Ace Ntsoelengoe, John Paskin, Rob Prentice, Randy Ragan, Neill Roberts, Malcolm Robertson, Peter Roe, Jomo Sono, Derek Spalding, Gordon Sweetzer, Blagoje Tamindžic, Jose Velasquez, Drago Vabec, and Bruce Wilson. Let's not forget the Metros greats like the Black Panther Portuguese footballer Eusebio, Croatian striker Ivan Lukacevic, Ivan Grnja, and Brazilian Ivair Ferreira to name a few. In 2010, the 1976 Soccer Bowl winning team was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.
Today the Toronto Blizzard organization is back once again like a Phoenix ready to rise from the ashes of the past to e reborn once again to greatness This time the first teams to be created are for the Women's game with plans for the men's side to follow suit shortly. The Toronto Blizzard Team will be looking to start play in the summer of 2017 in League One Ontario soccer. League One is the PROAM (Professional Amateur) development Soccer League of Ontario and is considered the official division 3 soccer in North America. Look for many great things to happen with the Toronto Blizzard organization in the near future.
TORONTO AZZURRI SC
The Toronto Azzurri Soccer Clubs since its genesis in 1968 has always held it's achievements to the highest standards. From 1968-1976 the Club produced 16 players and Coaches that represented Canada in international competition. We currently have 3 players that have been inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. All of those players are still members and strong contributors to the NEW Toronto Azzurri SC established in 1999.
The Club Mandate strives to create sport, educational and Cultural programming for our Community, This was prominent as we were building our 6,000 sq. ft. Community Clubhouse. However, our roots are in Competitive Soccer and our entry with the Toronto Blizzard Women's program will launch a new club directive towards higher performance programs.
Participation into League 1 is important as it provides an opportunity for the Toronto Azzurri SC to inspire its current membership to aspire to reach playing in the province's highest League. Our participation in League 1 with the Women's teams will spark new interest and participation in players, coaches, administrators and sponsors.