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Vaughan Azzurri players lift trophies

Men’s Premier Division returns on April 12

By League1 Ontario staff, 03/07/23, 9:45AM EST


Title holders Vaughan Azzurri start the new season against North Toronto Nitros, and Blue Devils host Guelph United in a repeat of the 2021 final.

Vaughan Azzurri players lift trophies

The 2023 League1 Ontario Men’s Premier Division season kicks off on Thursday, April 12 with 20 teams in action across the opening weekend of games.

Vaughan Azzurri will begin their title defence hosting North Toronto Nitros. This fixture last year was part of a doubleheader at York Lions Stadium with the Canadian Premier League, and was narrowly won by the Azzurri.

Back-to-back title runners-up Blue Devils will be hoping it’s third time lucky this season. Their campaign opens with a repeat of the 2021 final, against Guelph United, whom they defeated 2-0 in the regular season last May.

ProStars finished last season with 10 wins in 11 games to storm into the playoffs, and they will be aiming for similar form to start 2023. They conclude the opening weekend against 2019 champions Master’s FA at Ontario Soccer Stadium.

Pickering teams have been removed from the men’s and women’s Premier Division schedules for 2023 and the L1O board of directors will announce the plans for these two licenses in due course.

Please see below for all of the Men’s Premier Division opening weekend fixtures.

Wednesday, April 12
Vaughan Azzurri vs North Toronto Nitros – North Maple Regional Park Turf

Friday, April 14
North Mississauga vs Burlington – Churchill Meadows Turf

Saturday, April 15
Hamilton United vs Sigma FC – Tim Hortons Field
Electric City vs Scrosoppi FC – Fleming College
Alliance United vs St Catharines Roma Wolves – Bill Crothers Turf Centre
Darby FC vs Woodbridge Strikers – Whitby Soccer Centre Dome

Sunday, April 16
Unionville Milliken vs Windsor City – Bill Crothers Turf West
Blue Devils vs Guelph United – Sheridan Trafalgar Campus
BVB IA Waterloo vs Simcoe County Rovers – RIM Park AF1
ProStars FC vs Master’s FA – Ontario Soccer Stadium