Ottawa Fury FC cuts women’s team

After 14 years on the field, the Ottawa Fury Football Club has snuffed out its women’s semi-professional soccer team.

Folding the team was a “business decision,” the club announced in a Tuesday press release.  

The Fury was created and joined the W-League in 2000, and has since amassed the second most wins in W-League history. The team also won the North American Championship in 2012.

The Fury played home games at the Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton University and the Algonquin College Soccer Complex.

“The Fury has been an elite W-League team for more than a decade and we are very proud of the incredible on-field success of our players and teams,” said Fury FC president John Pugh in a media release.

Pugh ended the release saying that the club remains dedicated to the development of female players through their Elite Girls Academy, as well as grassroots and community initiatives. 

The decision to shut down the team comes just six months before Ottawa will act as one of the host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.