Seaway Kickers

The Seaway Kickers grew out of the South Dundas Soccer Association’s house program with one team entered into the newly formed Dundas County League in 2002. The league included teams from Winchester and Berwick.

The league ran for four years but team participation from other communities dwindled and in the Seaway Kickers joined the South Side Soccer League. At its peak, the Kickers fielded up to seven teams per season at various levels from U13 to U18.

In 2012, the Kickers became a separate entity from the South Dundas Soccer program with a common board membership between the two organizations.

In 2016, the Kickers U16 Girls team moved up from South Side to District Competitive levels in the EODSA. The club also had a U14-Mixed team in the SSSL.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, the South Side Soccer League was folded into the East Region Soccer League for a proposed, but never launched, development league.

In 2017, the Kickers U16 Girls team moved from the EODSA to SOSA to compete for one season.

Since 2018, the Kickers program has been on hiatus. Part of this is the lack of defined territories within competitive soccer, which allows larger clubs from cities to poach players from smaller clubs. This is a clearly identified issue with the larger soccer development in Ontario and Canada. Unlike hockey, where there are clear boundaries and territories to protect smaller clubs from losing players, that does not exist in soccer.

There was interest in at least two competitive level teams in 2020, thanks in part to the South Dundas United friendlies that were operated in 2019. That effort was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June 2021, the decision was made by the board of the Seaway Kickers fold the name and remaining assets back into the South Dundas Soccer Association, in part to assist that program with recovering from the financial losses incurred due to the cancellation of its 2020 summer and fall programs.

The Seaway Kickers name will continue under the South Dundas Soccer Association in the future, when conditions allow for the resumption of travelling-competitive soccer in the region.

The Seaway Kickers board thanks all the coaches, players, and volunteers who helped make the Kickers a successful program from 2002-2017.