By John Kavcic
In the spring of 1962, the first soccer team had its start by training in local parks. After some exhibition games, they entered the very competitive Toronto and District League “Fourth” Division the following year. In the first three years of its existence, all of the players on the SSC were Slovenian immigrants and we eventually progressed from “Fourth” to the “Second” Division. To reach the elite “First” Division in T&D we needed to recruit additional players which came from other ethnic backgrounds. This move paid such dividends that in three years, the club became a member of the “First” Division and was very successful playing there for a number of years. The team won several tournaments and league championships. The highlight for our soccer team was to attain a second place in the distinguished Ontario Cup competition.
To accommodate all of the players, a “B” team was formed which successfully competed in a lower division. Our numerous trips over the years to Slovenia for friendly games and tournaments added special value and heart-felt memories for its members. In total, the Senior Soccer Team traveled four times to Slovenia. Our last participation was in the “Inaugural International Soccer Tournament for Expatriates” held in 2002.The Junior Soccer Team was also given the opportunity to compete in Slovenia on one occasion.
Many club players are by now very familiar with the geography of Slovenia, having played there from north to south, east to west at the following locations : Ljubljana (4), Skofja Loka (4), Bistrica (3), Novo Mesto (2), Nova Gorica, Ajdovscina, Izola, Ravne, Ruse, Store, Ljutomer, Jerenina, Moravce, Jarse, Crnomelj, Vrhnika, Grosuplje, Kamnik, Menges, Jesenice, Ribnica, Sl. Gradec, Brezice and also in Klagenfurt (Austria), Trieste (Italy) and Onionta (USA). We achieved excellent results in all these competitions, including a third place finish in the very competitive “International Tournament for Expatriates.”
The current soccer team (2007) consists only of players born in Canada of Slovenian heritage. For the past few years, this team has been competing very successfully in Metro Toronto Soccer League and continues the SSC (soccer) record as the oldest established amateur soccer team in Toronto and Southern Ontario.
The SSC “Tradition” continues…