Aurora FC Men's League1 Hires Michael Aquino As Head Coach


Aurora FC is pleased to introduce Michael Aquino as the new Head Coach of the Aurora FC League 1 Ontario men’s soccer team. Michael, a valued coach with the Stingers, has served in several roles with AFC including Assistant Technical Director and most recently as a Head Coach within our OPDL program.

Michael, is also the Head Coach of the Humber Hawks men’s soccer program where most recently, the team won the programs seventh CCAA National title in 2018 – its fifth national championship in seven years.

‘I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead the Aurora FC League 1O men’s team and look forward to the 2019 season. With the acquisition of League 1 by CSB and clear pathway for aspiring young players to be a part of CPL, it is an exciting time to be part of the growing soccer landscape in Ontario and Canada’, says Aquino.

Michael currently holds an 'A' License from the Canadian Soccer Association as well as a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPc) designation from the Coaches of Canada.

‘We are very pleased to have someone with Michael’s experience and background lead our men’s program. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to an exciting 2019 season for our players and the club’. – David Diplacido, Technical Director, AFC

Joining Michael on staff will be Alessandro Sabatini as Associate coach, to assist with League 1. Alessandro is an Assistant coach with the Humber College Hawks and has served as a Technical Lead with several clubs (GTA) in creating player & coaching development programs. Don Ferguson will also join the staff as both Goalkeeper and U21 Lead Coach. A former professional goalkeeper, Don is an Assistant coach with  the University of Guelph and has been coaching within AFC for several years. Both coaches bring licensing, experience and a wealth of knowledge to the program.

Aurora Football Club welcomes our new staff and looks forward to an exciting year in 2019.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:54


Markela Bejleri Called Into Albania U19 Women's Camp

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Markela Bejleri Called Into Albania U19 Women's Camp

September 21, 2017 9:00AM                   Aurora FC Staff

Aurora FC 2001 OPDL player Markela Bejleri was selected to the Albanian U19 Women's squad for a pair of friendlies against Bosnia & Herzegovina U19 in early September 2017. The Albanian U19's lost 0-4 to Bosnia & Herzegovina U19, in a friendly match in Kamez, Albania. Markela started the match and played as an attacking midfielder, however the squad couldn't get a positive result in this second friendly match between the two countries. 

Albania U19 Roster

1 GK - Marigona Zani | TSV JanhCalden, Germany 07/05/1996
2 GK - viona Rexhepi | Hajvalia, Kosovo 07/24/1996
3 DF - Albina Rahman | Woodlands 02/24/1989
4 DF - arbiona Bajraktari | Woodlands 09/10/1996
5 DF - Luci gender | Woodlands 05/02/1994
6 DF - arbenita Curraj | Hajvalia, Kosovo 07/28/1996
7 DF - Alma Hila | Florentina, Italy 02/02/2000
8 DF- Erida Bajrakurtaj | film studio 03/16/1994
9 DF - cyme Lulaj | film studio 20/10/1989
10 DF - Sara Maliqi | Woodlands 09/10/1995
11 MF - Qendresa Krasniqi | Yverdon, Switzerland 06/28/1994
12 MF - Suada Jashari | Woodlands 09/10/1988
13 MF - Megi Doci | Woodlands 14/11/1996
14 MF - glory Centro | JYPK, Finland 19.01.1993
15 MF - Esmeralda Franja | Woodlands 04/02/1997
16 MF - Greis Domi | Fiorentina, Italy 30/10/1998
17 MF - Markela Bejleri | Aurora FC, Canada 2001
18 MF - Blerina Morina | FC Rosengard Club 25.08.2000
19 ST - Saranda Hashani | BV Cloppenburg, Germany 20.05.1996
20 ST - memoir Kurtbogaj | Sweden 26/11/1996
21 ST - Zylfije Bajramaj | Hajvalia, Kosovo 02/10/1997
22 ST - Hope Aradini | FSV Gutersloh, Germany 08/13/1994
23 ST - Mimoza Hamiti | BSC Young Boys, Swiss 02.11.1993

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:07


Sarah Stratigakis Q&A with Aurora FC

Sarah Stratigakis gives exclusive interview to Aurora FC nearing the end of her League 1 Ontario season.

1)How has your League 1 Ontario experience been so far?

It has been a great opportunity to participate in League One and being part of the newly established Aurora team.  I want to thank coaches Jim Brennan, Ramin Mohammadi, Marco Ciampa, all staff and my teammates for the their constant support and commitment. 

League One has provided me with weekly competitive games. A good aspect of these games is the 5 player substitution rule which is closer to the international style of play. I also appreciate that the games are videoed and streamed lined as I use them to analyze my game.  

2) With all the experience you have gathered so far, what can you say about the level of Women's soccer in Canada and compared to other countries you have seen play and played against.

I have had the honour to represent Canada at various age groups (U15’s to U23’s) and have played against many countries. Canada has made great strides in player development. In my experience Canadian talent is at par and we are more then capable to compete against tier one opposition. 

3) How do you feel about soccer in Aurora and York Region compared to other parts of Canada? What things stick out to you more, and what things do you think need to be improved on.

York Region, specifically Aurora, has a strong growing community with lots of participation in their soccer program. Parents and club's should encourage and provide incentives for the younger players to come out and support the League One Women’s Team. I remember going to games and watching players like Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, and Rebecca Quinn on their youth club teams which inspired me to train hard and put me on the current path I am on today.

4) What are your biggest challenges playing on the national team from such a young age?

My biggest challenge is balancing my school work and soccer; both require a huge time commitment to achieve a certain level of success. Playing on the National Team requires  a lot of travel and time away from home and school, which means that I have had to develop excellent time management skills and be extremely resourceful.

5) What are your hopes for the future? Where do you want to be in five years?

My goals for the future are to win a National Championship with Michigan University, win a Women’s World Cup, and to play for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team. In five years I will have graduated from Michigan University, and have started on my career.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:08