About League 1

The Burlington Soccer Club launched their foray into League 1 Ontario in 2022 with the purchase of the licensing agreement from an alternate club. The first season in the league, BSC featured a Men’s Premier and Reserve side, in addition to a Women’s Premier side.  With the start of the 2023 season, the club will have five (5) teams participating in the league: Premier (Men’s & Women’s); Reserve (Men’s); Reserve U19 (Men’s & Women’s). 

League 1 is the province’s first Pro-Am, standards based, senior soccer league for both men & women. League 1 launched in 2014 and BSC is fortunate to be one of a few clubs that offers this program within the Halton Region. The program completes our Player Pathway for all Bayhawks and serves as a bridge program between youth high performance (OPDL) and Professional soccer. 

To read the 2022 League 1 Press Release, click here

For more information on League 1, click here.

For inquiries, please email our High Performance Manager, Mark Worton at mworton@burlingtonsoccr.com


Playing Philosophy

The playing philosophy of the program is to develop and build a positive possessional based style of play that creates technically and tactically astute players who can comfortably move up to and compete at the next level.


League 1 Trials

Are you the next bayhawk? Come out to our Trials listed below for a chance to sport the blue and yellow next summer in Ontario’s only semi-professional soccer league and the City of Burlington’s only semi-professional team. Registration is required to attend (registration closes February 6).

Men’s Premier Team

Date Time Location
Saturday, February 11, 2023 6 – 7:30PM Sherwood Forest Park, Dome 3

Have questions about the programs? Contact our coaches below or the High Performance Manager to find out more.


League 1 Coaching Staff

In order to best support the program, BSC has hired some of the best in the game to develop our players.

Darren Tilley, Men’s Head Coach Matthew Shepherd, Women’s Head Coach
  • 15+ years Coaching Experience, including Pro level in USL
  • Former Professional player
  • UEFA A License & Canada A License
  • Ontario Soccer Learning Facilitator & Provincial Team Coach
  • Former MLS Scout

To Contact Darren, click here. 

  • 30+ years of Coaching Experience
  • Former Professional Player
  • AFC Pro Coaching License, Canada A & Youth License
  • Master of Sport Coaching & Bachelor of Sport Science
  • Former USports Head Coach

To Contact Matt, click here. 



League 1 News

As the Bayhawks prepare for their second season in the league, they are proud to announce their first two signings on the Men’s Premier Side – Click Here for the Press Release


2023 Partnership

Burlington Soccer Continues Partnership with the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation.

All Burlington Bayhawk League 1 Premier Teams will be once again sporting the JBH Foundation Logo on their away jersey’s through the 2023 season in support of Youth & Adolescent Mental Health Initiatives. Be on the lookout for our Mental Health Day at the Pitch as we look to continue to bring both awareness and funds to this worthy cause this Summer. 

For the Official 2022 Media Release, Click Here