York Lions
First season 1969
Athletic director Jennifer Myers
Head coach Warren Craney
3rd year, 3–21–0  (.125)
Other staff Michael Faulds (OC)
Harry Laflamme (DC)
Home stadium York Stadium
Year built 1995
Stadium capacity 2500
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Toronto, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (1980 - present)
Past associations CCIFC (1969-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 0
Hec Crighton winners 0
Current uniform
Colours Red and White


Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Toronto Varsity Blues

The York Lions football team has been in continuous operation since 1969 and are one of three teams currently playing in CIS football to have never won a conference championship. The other two teams, the Montreal Carabins and Sherbrooke Vert et Or, did not begin their current programs until 2002 and 2003 respectively. Their current head coach is Warren Craney, who became the team's head coach before the 2010 season.[1]

The program has been one of futility, finishing out of the playoffs for the past eight seasons. While cross-town rival Toronto Varsity Blues used to be the OUA basement-dweller, their progression has sent York to the bottom of the standings, having won just one game in the past four seasons. After Queen's and Ottawa joined the OUA in 2001, the playoffs were expanded to include eight teams, meaning that the Lions would make the playoffs for four consecutive seasons.[2] This format was discontinued after the 2003 season, so the Lions did not qualify for post-season play in 2005. In 2012, the Lions finished with a 2-6 record, the most wins for the program since 2005 and in 7th place, their highest finish in eight years.

Season-by-season recordEdit

The following is the record of the York Lions football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
20038 35 0.375 161 251 7th in OUA Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 27-6
20048 35 0.375 220 237 6th in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 54-18
20058 35 0.375 113 294 8th in OUA Did not qualify
20068 17 0.125 134 224 9th in OUA Did not qualify
20078 17 0.125 90 279 9th in OUA Did not qualify
20088 08 0.000 32 471 10th in OUA Did not qualify
20098 08 0.000 97 414 10th in OUA Did not qualify
20108 08 0.000 73 416 9th in OUA Did not qualify
20118 17 0.125 90 241 9th in OUA Did not qualify
20128 26 0.250 192 274 7th in OUA Did not qualify

York Lions in the CFLEdit

As of the start of the 2012 CFL season, three former Lions players are on CFL teams' rosters:

York Lions in national teamsEdit



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