The New Season: 2017 WOSL Premier Division

London, Ontario – After the chilly winter months of the indoor season officially came to a close this past April, coaches, players, and clubs alike, emerge from the cold with optimism for the new season in the summer sun. This latest edition of the Western Ontario Soccer League is no different. As teams exchange divisions via promotion or relegation, players swapping colours, and clubs reaching out to attract interest and gain early season momentum and fitness levels, there is always a healthy buzz surrounding the pitches of the WOSL during this time.

Below is a closer look at the newest additions to the 2017 Western Ontario Soccer League’s Premier Division.

The New Boys

Wallaceburg “A”

Gained Promotion: First place finish in 2016 WOSL First Division

2016 Record: 13 – 4 – 1 – 43 pts

Notes: The lads from Wallaceburg have found their way back into the premier division following an impressive 2016 campaign. The team last participated in the WOSL premier division in 2013. Welcome back.

America Pumas

Gained Promotion: Second place finish in 2016 WOSL First Division

2016 Record: 14 – 0 – 4 – 42 pts

Notes: America have seen themselves transform from their 4th place (First Division) finish in 2015. The team gained an extra 14 points in 2016 and have earned themselves a place in the premier division for 2017. This will be the team’s first stint in the premier division.


2016 Premier Top 3 Rankings

1. Marconi – 18 – 0 – 0 – 54 pts (1) (2)

2. Jagiellonia – 13 – 1 – 4 – 40 pts (3)

3. Croatia – 9 – 3 – 6 – 30 pts

2016 Premier Middle/Lower Rankings

4. AEK Olympians – 8 – 4 – 6 – 28 pts

5. St. Thomas – 8 – 1 – 9 – 25 pts

6. Tillsonburg – 7 – 2 – 8 – 23 pts

7. English – 5 – 5 – 8 – 20 pts

8. Chatham Express – 5 – 4 – 9 – 19 pts

9. Portuguese – 5 – 4 – 9 – 19 pts (relegated)

10. Sarnia – 0 – 0 – 18 – 0 pts (season forfeit, relegated)

(1) Premier Division Champions, (2) Premier Cup Champions, (3) League Cup Champions

Final preparations and planning will wrap up shortly for all teams as games are scheduled to begin on Friday, May 5. The season kicks off with Tillsonburg A playing host to Wallaceburg A, while America Pumas will gain some valuable premier division experience as they take on Marconi A.


The first weekend of the WOSL premier schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 5

Tillsonburg A vs Wallaceburg A – 20:00 – Tillsonburg Park 1

Marconi A vs America Pumas – 20:00 – TD Mustang

Saturday, May 6

Chatham Express vs Croatia A – 18:30 – St. Clair College – Thames Campus

AEK Olympians vs English FC – 19:00 – Hellenic Community Centre

Sunday, May 7

Jagiellonia vs St. Thomas A – 18:00 – Polish Canadian Rec. Centre 1


The very best of luck to all teams!  

Be sure to follow the Western Ontario Soccer League on Twitter: @WOSLSWONT


Nicholas Sakellis

Western Ontario Soccer League

Writer

E: n.sakellis@gmail.com

Twitter: @nshockey1990 

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