New Professional Soccer Pathway for North Bay Youth Announced

The Simcoe County Rovers FC and Nipissing District Soccer Club (NDSC) are pleased to announce an expanded affiliation agreement aiming to provide North Bay and Nipissing District players and coaches a complete development pathway to professional soccer ranks.

“We wanted to expand our relationship and presence in Nipissing District to provide real opportunities for players and coaches from this community. The North Bay area is experiencing a tremendous surge in the quality of football and it’s important the Rovers to contribute to this movement lead by Nipissing District Soccer Club and the Nipissing University Lakers.” Said Rovers FC President and Co-Owner, Julian de Guzman

As part of the affiliation agreement, two “NDSC Rovers” reserve teams will be field by Nipissing District Soccer Club at the U16 Women’s and U16 Men’s level. North Bay players and coaches will also have improved access to Rovers FC coaches for development support, and opportunities to train with Rovers FC reserve and first teams.  

“NDSC is thrilled to expand our relationship with the Simcoe County Rovers and expand our competitive player pathway to the Rovers and onto League1 Ontario”, said Rob Celebre, VP at NDSC.

The Rovers kick-off the 2023 preseason in February with the season starting in April. More club and ticket information can be found at, or on Instagram and Twitter @RoversFC_L1O 

About Simcoe County Rovers FC:

The Simcoe County Rovers FC our a newly formed professional soccer playing in League1 Ontario, the third division of men’s club football and top division of women’s club football in Canada. The Rovers play their home matches at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. 

The club is owned by Canadian national team members, including Atiba Hutchison, Cyle Larin Janine Beckie and Julian de Guzman.

About Nipissing District Soccer Club:

Nipissing District Soccer Club (NDSC) is a full-service soccer club offering programming for Youth & Adult soccer in the North Bay & Nipissing District area.  NDSC is dedicated to developing and exposing our athletes of all levels and backgrounds to the best possible soccer experience providing a safe and inclusive environment.

The Club continues to grow in a positive fashion, with an emphasis in developing soccer and players to play at a higher level.