On June 20, 2011 the North American Soccer League (NASL) and then Commissioner David Downs announced that Ottawa, ON had been awarded an expansion franchise granted to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). Ottawa Fury Soccer Club Owner and CEO and OSEG Partner John Pugh, would be named President and the building of Ottawa`s new professional soccer team began. Eighteen month later, on February 26, 2013, following a name selection campaign that received over 4,000 submissions, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and team President John Pugh announced that the official name of the franchise would be Ottawa Fury FC.
With a name in place, Ottawa Fury FC would begin to build its brand; its season ticket base and most importantly its staff. On May 23, 2013 Ottawa Fury FC President John Pugh named Marc Dos Santos as the first head in franchise history. Born in Montreal, Dos Santos is best known for leading the Montreal Impact to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division title in his first year at the helm.
Three days after naming Dos Santos as head coach, Fury FC unveiled another key component to its organization – the official logo. With season ticket holders and supporters groups in attendance, Fury FC unveiled its logo on May 26, 2013 – a traditional soccer shield design that houses the name Ottawa Fury FC as well as a flame that will serve as a symbol of the club.
In the months to follow Fury FC built a strong technical staff that includes assistant coach Martin Nash, goalkeeper coach David Bellemare and technical director Phillip Dos Santos.
Prior to being granted an NASL franchise, the organization existed as the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club - on of the most recognizable names at the development level across North America. Founded as a W-League in 2000, current Fury FC President and OSEG Partner John Pugh purchased the Fury W-League franchise in 2002 and would spend the next decade building one of the most respected youth academies in North America, a successful PDL program that has seen players move on to the professional ranks and the W-League's most stories franchise that would capture a long sought after North American Championship in 2012. The Ottawa Fury Soccer Club also boasted several grassroots, skill development and community programs.
Our Mission: To be champions measured by both our success on the field and by our impact on the game of soccer within our community and Canada.
Our Vision: In the mid to long-term, the Club aspires to the following goals:
To provide the highest quality family/sports entertainment at an economical and substantive value to our community
To provide players in our community with the best possible opportunities to realize their full potential
To be a strong supporter of Canada's National Team programs
To be active participants in our Community
To win the North American Soccer League and the Amway Canadian Championship
Our Values: Teamwork | Integrity | Community | Excellence