Union FC is immensely proud to hear that former alumni, José Da Cunha has been selected by Forge FC in the inaugural Canadian Premier League U-Sports draft.

As the first pick of the second round in the Canadian Premier League (CPL) U-SPORTS draft (On January 29th) José was selected by current and back to back CPL Champions, Forge FC of Hamilton. We are delighted!

José was a part of the club for our 2018 NCAA March Break Tour, which saw us play the former NCAA champions Akron Zips, former NCAA champion and recent back-to-back finalist Maryland Terrapins, and reigning champions Georgetown Hoyas

Moving on to play College Soccer at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, José is the first of our former tour squad to sign professionally, with a further 8 NCAA/U Sports (Canadian NCAA equivalent) players from the 2018 tour.

He becomes the second former player to be drafter by a professional Club, following Deanne Rose being selected by the NC Courage of the NWSL earlier this month!

Everybody connected with the Club sends our congratulations to José and we look forward to hearing more exciting news in the future.

Forge FC.
Founded in 2017. Forge FC are one of the founding seven teams that competed in the inaugural Canadian Premier League season. The Club won the Inaugural CPL Championship in 2019 and became back to back champions with victory at the Island Games in 2020. The current Champions will be looking for a third consecutive title in the 2021 season.

Learn More about Forge FC of Hamilton at https://forgefc.canpl.ca


Canadian Premier League.
The CPL – Canadian Premier League was played its inaugural season in 2019 with seven teams competing. The league has since expanded to 8 teams, when Atletico Ottawa joined in 2020.

The League is exclusive to Canadian teams and is the top level of the domestic Canadian soccer league system with clubs based from coast to coast.

Learn More about the Canadian Premier League at https://canpl.ca

Union FC is hugely proud to hear that our former player, Olympic Bronze Medalist and Current Canadian Women’s National Team Star, Deanne Rose, has been selected by the North Carolina Courage in the 2021 NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) draft.

Deanne was Pick #10 of the First round of the draft (On January 13th) and will become the first player from our Club to sign a professional contract with a North American Team and compete in the NWSL. This is another tremendous achievement for Deanne. We are so proud!

We hope that many of our current and future players will be able to draw inspiration from this fantastic success and look to Deanne as a role model for soccer in our community.

Currently, Deanne is playing college soccer for the University of Florida Gators and will graduate in 2021.

Deanne will then embark on her Professional Career, in which we wish her all the best and future success. We will follow Deanne’s future progress closely.

Key Career Achievements

2016 – Team Canada Bronze Medalist & the youngest ever Women’s Olympic Goal Scorer – Rio 2016

2019 – Deanne Represented the Canadian Women’s National Team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

2021 – Drafted by the NC Courage in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Becoming the first player from our Club to sign professionally with a North American Team.

You Can follow Deanne’s Instagram Feed

The North Caroline Courage was established in January 2017 after owner Steve Malik acquired the Western New York Flash following their 2016 NWSL Championship Season and moved the team to North Carolina.

Since relocating to North Carolina, the NC Courage have won three consecutive NWSL Shields, the inaugural Women’s  ICC Championship, and the 2018 and 2019 NWSL Championships.

The Team is owned by the parent Company North Carolina Football Club, which is the largest youth-to-pro club in the United States. Its is also the parent organization of North Carolina FC (USL League 1) and North Carolina FC Youth. North Carolina Football Club was established in 2016 to bring the highest levels of men’s and women’s professional soccer to the state. 

Learn More about the NC Courage at https://www.nccourage.com

The NWSL – National Women’s Soccer League is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America.

The League was founded in 2012 and began play in 2013 with eight teams. As of January 2021 it now has 10 teams across the United States. Since the league’s inaugural season in 2013, four teams have been crowned NWSL Champions, awarded to the playoff winner, and four teams have claimed the NWSL Shield, awarded to the team in first place at the end of the regular season.

Learn More about the NWSL at https://www.nwslsoccer.com


With 2021 just around the corner. We thought we’d look back at 2020 and reflect on the positives!

2020 Has been a very different year. Despite the challenges we’ve faced off the field, we’ve managed to make it a successful one!

Since announcing Project Unity in July, Union FC™ has grown rapidly! We managed to Successfully unite the two biggest Soccer Clubs in our Community.

With strict safety protocols in place, our members returned in numbers, including many new members drawn from further afield. We had a hugely successful Fall season before transitioning indoors as winter drew in. Whilst Christmas has Brough a slightly extended break, were ready to return to action for 2021.

We’re planning to further build upon this unified foundation in 2021 as we grow further.

During the year, we also learned that we have such a fantastic membership base. The support that our members have shown us this year has truly been overwhelming. It’s incredible to see that people believe in what we’re building with Union FC™.

We want Union FC to be at the heart of our Community. That means giving back to the people who support us, and you did! The response to our holiday community initiative was amazing! We’re hugely proud that our members donated over 15 Boxes
of Food to our Holiday Food Drive. This was delivered to the Helping Hand Food Bank in Bradford and directly benefits local people.

Moving forward into 2021, on the field, we’re excited that we’ll finally get to see our teams play competitively! Its been a long time coming, but It will be worth the wait!

One of the main aims of the Union FC project was to unite people through soccer. We’re delighted to say that we have achieved that aim already and we will continue to do so in the future.

Thank You to everyone who has been a part of our new journey so far, Members, Staff, Fans & Partners! 2021 will be a better year. But we’ll always remember 2020, as the year that you created Union FC.

A huge part of Project Unity™ and the creation of Union FC™, was the desire to place ourselves at the heart of our community. With this in mind, we developed several community initiatives that we aim to introduce as we move forward. The first of these is our 2020 Holiday Food Drive.

We appealed to our members asking them to donate items for this cause and during our last week of training in December, we collected an overwhelming amount of non-perishable food items from our players, staff, coaches, operating partners (Bradford Sports Dome) and even members of the public.

We managed to fill over 15 full boxes (that’s more than one box per team) that were donated to the Helping Hand Food Bank in Bradford. These donations will directly benefit people within our community this holiday season.

We’d like to thank everyone who donated to our Holiday Food Drive, it really does make a difference and helps us to give back to the people in our community.

2020 has been a very challenging year. Our aim was to try to help as many people as possible and hopefully spread some holiday joy in the process.

At the heart of our Community.

Union FC™

After a very difficult year off the field, we’re finally drawing to the end of 2020. With the Holliday season now upon us, what better time to deliver some fantastic news to kick off the festivities.

Union FC™ is absolutely thrilled to announce that our very own Number Six (#6), Jordan Pelham, will be moving on to greater things, having signed for TFC Academy.

Jordans former Coach Steve Maio, whilst sad to see Jordan leave, is immensely proud that he’s moved on to a new challenge.

Speaking Steve about Jordan, he said, “When he first joined the club, we used to get the boys to play different types of 1-v-1 games. At first, all of the players wanted to play against him because he was new and not as strong as they were. After a year had passed, no one wanted to play him. He has a gift and a vision, but more importantly he has a quiet tenacity and a passion. Jordan always wants to play.

He played midfield for us and was the key link going forward and defending. We are so proud that his skill and attitude have been recognized by TFC. His teammates and coaches will miss him very much, but are happy he is meeting a new challenge.

The void he has left has created a new challenge for others to step up to and knowing he has succeeded, has also motivated them to play hard, learn and enjoy the game.
One thing about Jordan is that he enjoys the game – playing and watching – and that enthusiasm is contagious and very easy to coach. We wish him well, he is a great player and a wonderful teammate.”

Similar sentiments have been echoed by many when taking about Jordan, as Club Director Mason Balugas recalls, “Jordan thrived in any situation you put him in and is dedicated to becoming a great player, but never loses sight of being an even better team mate. TFC are lucky to have him, we well miss him and wish him all the best.”

Jordans Dad, Greg, spoke very fondly of his time with the Club, praising the coaching staff for their approach. “I would like to say a thank you for the coaching he received from beginning to end. I was impressed from the start, by the commitment to playing a possession and skill based game of soccer. Jordan was shown the importance of control skill and possession as a football methodology, with a focus on passing and freedom to make decisions without worrying about mistakes. It was clear to me the coaches maintained the bigger picture of the player’s soccer development.

The approach and experiences Jordan was provided with are absolutely responsible for his success at making the TFC Academy U11 team.  Our family will miss the Club, but are also enjoying the new challenges ahead. The effort and commitment are only getting bigger but the habits and enjoyment from the beginning has been so much fun”

We asked Greg if Jordan could share his favourite memory from his time with the Club, of course, he couldn’t narrow it down to just one.

“He was super excited and nervous about making the under 8 team his first year because he was still 6 years old. He just wanted to be part of a team and try his best every week.  He made really amazing friends and very much enjoyed playing in the Academy and GTISL indoor leagues, games are so much fun!  He also mentioned about representing the Club on a trip to Germany in March 2020, spending time at professional Club, Karlsrhue, he said he will never forget that experience”

Everyone at Union FC™ is wishing Jordan all the very best and future success. We look forward to sharing further updates in the future.

For Us All.

After months of planning, a scorching hot September Saturday saw us finally take to the field as a United Club, Union FC™. A successful launch weekend kicked off our Fall season as we opened a new chapter for soccer in our community. 

After an unusually late finish to the outdoor season, October 31st 2020 saw us draw an end to our seven week fall programs and move indoors for the winter season, which began on November 2nd.

The 10 weeks since our launch on September 12 have simply flown by and following the arrival of our new Training Threads from uniform supplier Inaria, our transition into Union FC™ is almost complete. 

Having hosted three tryout weekends in September, the Club was completely overwhelmed with the level of interest in Union FC™. We had over 350 players tryout for our competitive programs and have welcomed lots of new faces to the Club, with many talented players joining us as we embarked on our new journey.

The response and interest level to date confirms that our aim to be the destination Club and sporting heartbeat of the community, by uniting people through soccer and sport, is going to work.

The only thing missing up to this point has been competitive league competition. However given the circumstances we are all living through [Covid-19], we’re happy to wait a little bit longer until we can safely tackle that prospect.

The Club had originally entered Winter Leagues, with teams set to compete in the PISL and GTISL. Unfortunately, after lots of discussion behind the scenes, the Club unanimously agreed that with the uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 situation across the Greater Toronto Area, the risk was too high and the Club would not compete in these leagues as planned.

This was a such difficult decision to make, as we desperately want to see our teams play and our players continue to develop, but safety will always be the first priority for all of our Players, Staff and their families.

With league competition ruled out for the immediate future, the Club sought to extended our outdoor field permits, so that we could play as many inter-club games as was feasibly possible, taking into consideration the dropping temperatures and increasingly wet weather that was setting in.

The Club wishes to thank all of the Staff at the Town of BWG Parks & Recreational Services Department, who were tremendously accommodating and allowed us to use Henderson Field right up to October 30th. Both the Club and Town’s Groundstaff continued to maintain the field right up to the final day to protect the playing surface as much as possible.

That last day saw the final game of our outdoor fall season between our 2004 Girls and 2005 Boys teams, which kicked off at 8:30pm, in -5º temperatures, a far cry from the blazing 30º temperatures when we kicked off in September! After seven weeks of continuous use, it’s fair to say that Henderson Field held up superbly.

Union FC™ would also like to express our gratitude and thanks to all of our members, players, parents and coaching staff for following the strict Covid-19 Protocols that the Club has implemented. This was a key requirement that allowed us to safely operate and enable our players to continue to play. These protocols will continue to be in place, following rules and guidance from both the Provincial Government and Ontario Soccer, until it is safe enough for them not to be needed.

Finally, as we move our operations indoors to the Bradford Sports Dome, the Club would like to say thank you to those operating the facility for their ongoing efforts in following Covid-19 guidelines, providing a safe playing environment and enabling soccer programs to be run for our membership. 

As a result of the implemented protocols by the Club and the Facility Operators, our transition to the winter season and move inside to the Bradford Sports Dome has been smooth, allowing our coaching staff to focus on training as we look forward to the Spring.

Exciting times are coming,

For Us All.

Introducing the Union FC Noir Collection. Players and fans will be delighted to hear that our 2020 training uniforms are now available to order directly form Inaria Soccer

We’ve had to wait a long time to see our players in our new uniforms. This is the final piece of the puzzle in which to complete the transition into Union FC™ and we can’t wait to see everyone repping the new threads.

Due to the lack of league competition, currently, only our training uniforms will be on offer. Players and fans will have to wait a little while longer to get their hands on our Inaugural Match Uniforms, in the spring of 2021.

Union FC™ is delighted to announce that we have partnered with Toronto based uniform supplier Inaria Soccer. The two year agreement will see Inaria Supply both Training and Match Apparel for all Union FC players and Coaching Staff.

Inaria’s unique direct to player ordering solution will make it easy for players to order their uniform packages, which will then be delivered directly to their home. This will also enable players to purchase any additional items if required directly.

The uniform is a key element of our (and any) soccer brand and is literally the fabric of our Club. We have been working with Inaria since March 2020, collaborating to bring our vision to reality and inject the Clubs brand and identity in to our player apparel.

Inaria is a very experience and well respected Uniform supplier, working with many teams across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as to the far reaches of Canada and the United States. The company currently designs and supplies the Uniforms the world famous, New York Cosmos.

We’re excited to see our players kitted out on the field with our new threads. Union FC uniforms will be available to order from the online-store shortly.

After months of planning and preparation off the field. Union FC™ is delighted to be kicking off our Inaugural season on September 12th. The season will take place over the Fall and Winter, concluding in April 2021.

The Opening weekend will see players from both of our founding clubs take to the field as one united Club for the first time. Our coaching staff are looking to build our newly unified teams and will be holding evaluations over the opening weekend to assess players ahead of the open tryout sessions which will commence on September 19th for new players looking to join Union FC™.

We’re delighted to announce that our Grassroots Program will also be running over the Fall/Winter season. We’re looking forward to introducing the next generation of Canadian players to the sport as we build towards the future.

Rigorous safety checks and Covid-19 protocols will be in effect from day one, ensuring a safe environment for all participants.

Union FC™ is a joint collaboration between Bradford Soccer Club and DFC Academy. both Clubs of which share the same philosophy, vision and passion for soccer.

This Partnership will pave the way to further build upon an already solid foundation of soccer within our local community. Utilizing coaching resources from both clubs, providing a larger player talent pool to develop successful teams and access to more competitive league structures to challenge our elite players.

We have already seen great success on the field from both Clubs, producing players who have moved on to Professional Clubs within Canada, Europe and to play College Soccer across North America, many of which achieving Scholarships. 

In addition, players that started out here with the clubs in our community have gone on to play at a National leve for the Canadian Women’s National Team, featuring at the 2019 FIFA® Women’s World Cup in France and Represented Team Canada in Olympic Soccer, producing an Olympic Bronze medalist.

We aim to build upon these tremendous successes to develop more, highly talented Canadian players. Collectively we have produced a 10 year plan leading up to and beyond the 2026 World Cup, of which Canada is a host Nation, with the aim to take full advantage of all the opportunities that this will bring for Canadian soccer and its players at all levels.

For Us All.