Hamilton youth soccer program named official developmental club of Forge FC


Published April 3, 2023 at 8:06 am

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Three-time CPL champions Forge FC announced that Hamilton United Elite is the club's official developmental youth soccer program. (Jojo Qian/Forge FC Hamilton)

Forge FC took another big step toward solidifying itself as a key community cog in Hamilton’s sports scene.

The reigning Canadian Premier League champions announced on Friday that local youth soccer program Hamilton United Elite is the official developmental club of Forge FC.

As part of the agreement, Forge will provide “technical leadership and guidance to the youth club’s coaching staff for the benefit of all players in the club,” the club says.

Hamilton United Elite has also adopted the Forge FC colours: orange, grey, and white.

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“We are pleased to officially welcome Hamilton United into our organization as a Forge FC development club,” said Forge’s head coach and technical director, Bobby Smyrniotis. “We look forward to supporting the youth players and staff under one common club philosophy of Forge FC.”

Forge’s philosophy under Smyrniotis, who has been at the helm since the club’s formation in 2017 and has brought three league championships and unparalleled Concacaf success to Hamilton, is a selfless, total soccer approach that features a highly entertaining, high-octane attack stapled together with dominant ball possession and an unmistakable swagger.

It’s an advanced brand of soccer that Hamilton United’s young players should have a lot of fun with despite its high tactical demand.

“We are confident that this will be a game-changer for our club and soccer community,” said the president of Hamilton United, Sam Di Santo. “This partnership will provide our club with access to new resources, expertise, and opportunities for growth.”

Forge will also be providing season passes to Hamilton United, giving the young players an opportunity to support the pros at Tim Hortons Field.

Forges adds that the partnership “will inspire and motivate the next generation” of players.

Hamilton United joins the long-time Forge youth club, Sigma FC, based in Mississauga, within the Forge youth program structure.

The club isn’t done, either. Forge hinted that more partnerships with local youth clubs are on the horizon.

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