Saskatoon Accelerators

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Saskatoon Accelerators
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Founded 2007
Stadium Henk Ruys Soccer Center
Chairman Darren Hood
Manager Sipho Sibiya
League Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League
2009 3rd

Saskatoon Accelerators were a professional soccer team based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan that played in the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League. The team played indoor soccer which is different from the official FIFA indoor game called futsal. Its home games were played at Henk Ruys Soccer Center in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon City in Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatoon is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province. It is located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, and has served as the cultural and economic hub of central Saskatchewan since it was founded in 1882 as a Temperance colony.

Saskatchewan Province of Canada

Saskatchewan is a prairie and boreal province in western Canada, the only province without natural borders. It has an area of 651,900 square kilometres (251,700 sq mi), nearly 10 percent of which is fresh water, composed mostly of rivers, reservoirs, and the province's 100,000 lakes.

Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League

The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League or CMISL is a professional indoor soccer league that began full league play in January 2008. The league's president is Felix Barraza. The indoor league's model is planned to be used to establish a professional soccer league outdoors in Canada as well.


Club history

The Saskatoon Accelerators were a charter member of the CMISL. They were officially announced as a team on January 23, 2007, by CMISL President and original franchise owner Mel Kowalchuk. Their colours were black and silver, with silver jerseys and black shorts and socks. The name was decided by Mel Kowalchuk to represent the scientific community in Saskatoon and its main tool the synchrotron at the University of Saskatchewan.

Synchrotron cyclic particle accelerator

A synchrotron is a particular type of cyclic particle accelerator, descended from the cyclotron, in which the accelerating particle beam travels around a fixed closed-loop path. The magnetic field which bends the particle beam into its closed path increases with time during the accelerating process, being synchronized to the increasing kinetic energy of the particles. The synchrotron is one of the first accelerator concepts to enable the construction of large-scale facilities, since bending, beam focusing and acceleration can be separated into different components. The most powerful modern particle accelerators use versions of the synchrotron design. The largest synchrotron-type accelerator, also the largest particle accelerator in the world, is the 27-kilometre-circumference (17 mi) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, built in 2008 by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It can accelerate beams of protons to an energy of 6.5 teraelectronvolts (TeV).

University of Saskatchewan university

The University of Saskatchewan is a Canadian public research university, founded on March 19, 1907, and located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. An "Act to establish and incorporate a University for the Province of Saskatchewan" was passed by the provincial legislature in 1907. It established the provincial university on March 19, 1907 "for the purpose of providing facilities for higher education in all its branches and enabling all persons without regard to race, creed or religion to take the fullest advantage". The University of Saskatchewan is the largest education institution in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s top research universities and is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities.

They debuted on the field on March 23, 2007, playing a "Showcase Match" against the Winnipeg Alliance FC. The "Showcase Match" consisted of two games. Each game consisted of two, ten-minute halves with an intermission between them. The Accelerators won both games by scores of 5 to 2 and 3 to 2, in front of 2,102 fans at Credit Union Centre. Due to the unbalanced scheduling of the "Showcase Season", the Accelerators had the best winning percentage of all CMISL clubs despite playing the fewest games.

Winnipeg Alliance FC

Winnipeg Alliance FC were a professional indoor soccer team that played in the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League (CMISL) from 2007 through 2011. The team suspended operations in January 2012.

In fall 2007, Mel Kowalchuk sold 80% of the Accelerators club to Edmonton businessman Darren Hood. This was done so that Mel Kowalchuk could focus solely on running the CMISL, while the franchise would have a dedicated owner to run the day-to-day operations. The Saskatoon Accelerators opened the 2008 season on January 13, 2008, against the Calgary United FC at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. They played six home games and four road games this season, with all member clubs visiting Saskatoon. Previously to that, they played four pre-season games, with two of the games being played in St. Albert at the Servus Centre against the Edmonton Drillers and the other two being against the same Drillers at Credit Union Centre.

St. Albert, Alberta City in Alberta, Canada

St. Albert is a city in Alberta, Canada, on the Sturgeon River northwest of the City of Edmonton. It was originally settled as a Métis community, and is now the second-largest city in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. St. Albert first received its town status in 1904 and was reached by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1906.


The former logo of the Accelerators. Saskatoon Accelerators Gold black.png
The former logo of the Accelerators.
SeasonGPWLDPctPFPAFinish'North American Championship
2007 22001.000841st
2008 10460.40047583rd
2009 11560.45560533rdDNQ
2010 10730.70069542ndDNQ

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

1 Flag of Canada.svg GK Jeff Dobchuk
3 Flag of Canada.svg DF Brendan Garrity
1 Flag of Poland.svg GK Michal Bandula
5 Flag of Canada.svg MF Ryan McAllister
1 Flag of Canada.svg GK Will Kutney
-- Flag of Canada.svg MF Dion Morgan
2 Flag of Canada.svg FW Brett Levis
-- Flag of Sweden.svg MF Benno Looft
25 Flag of England.svg FW David Brown
-- Flag of Canada.svg DF Nathan Reis
12 Flag of Canada.svg DF Corey Regal
14 Flag of Canada.svg DF Mike Veszi
6 Flag of Canada.svg MF Mark Korthius
-- Flag of Canada.svg MF Jerson Hamilton
17 Flag of Canada.svg FW Paul Craig
-- Flag of Canada.svg DF Eoin Mcfadden
24 Flag of Canada.svg FW Jay Tomchuk
-- Flag of England.svg DF Jordan Newbury
-- Flag of Canada.svg MF Stephen Krieg

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