Toronto FC III is a rebranding of the club’s Pod 1 (senior academy) team that will compete in League1 Ontario, a pro-am men's and women's soccer league. In addition, Toronto FC III will be coached by Danny Dichio who is currently in his sixth season with the Toronto FC Academy.
Toronto FC III will train and play League1 Ontario regular season home matches out of the club’s Kia Training Grounds located in Toronto, Ontario inside Downsview Park. They will also compete and feature in an enhanced level of competitive tournaments that will be released at a later date.
“With TFC III we will expand the level of competition for our academy athletes in preparation for our USL team TFC II,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Our commitment to providing world class competitions will also give them an opportunity to grow their game on a number of levels, emulating the progression model shared by many of the top clubs from around the world.”
In January, it was announced that Toronto FC III would compete in the prestigious Viareggio Cup. Toronto FC III becomes the first Canadian team to participate in the 69th edition of the Viareggio Cup World Football Tournament Coppa Carnevale, also known as (Torneo di Viareggio or Viareggio Tournament). The tournament will take place in the Tuscan city of Viareggio, in Italy from Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
The Viareggio Tournament is known as one of the most prestigious youth soccer tournaments in the world. It is recognized by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Italian Football Federation (FIGC), UEFA and FIFA. The tournament coincides with the Carnival of Viareggio, a carnival that is annually held in Viareggio, Tuscany. Past players that have featured in this tournament are Italian internationals Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele De Rossi, and Argentine international Mauro Icardi. Toronto FC’s own Sebastian Giovinco participated and won the tournament with Juventus back in 2005.