FINALS RECAP: TREES TAKE THE TITLE!

The inaugural Avery Dennison Toffee League campaign ended with Evergreen FC showered in champagne, hoisting the Toffee Trophy on the hallowed turf of Buckman Field.

After barely sneaking into the playoffs thanks to a solid goal differential, Evergreen managed to hook the previously-undefeated Fish & Chips FC in the semi-finals, battering the regular-season champions by a score of 5-2. A Cinderella story was well and truly in motion.

On the other side of the bracket, Industry Futbol Club and Portland Netrippers FC remained deadlocked at 2-2 through a nervy extra-time period, giving way to an even nervier penalty shootout. In the end, Industry kept their heads cooler than cool (ice cold!), reaching the final with 3 successful spot kicks compared to their opponents' single tally.

The final game of the season would thus be a rematch of the first matchday of the campaign. Industry had easily dispatched of Evergreen in Week 1, defeating the Happy Little Trees by a score of 7-0. It was a brutal and humbling shutout—one that stuck in the craw of the Evergreen faithful and became bulletin board material all season long for players and fans alike.

But, on this day, it was to be different. On the back of clinical finishing and a steady rearguard, Evergreen made up for early-season struggles with a 5-2 victory—a testament to the squad's resilience and shrewd activity in the transfer market, which aptly addressed early-season issues.

So ended the first season of the inaugural Avery Dennison Toffee League. We'd like to thank our fans, sponsors, and competing teams, and look forward to seeing you again next year for Season Two.

REGULAR SEASON RECAP

The seven-week regular season campaign has come to an end, with four teams shining above the rest to earn playoff places.

Top-of-the-table Fish and Chips FC battered and fried the competition, finishing a perfect 7-0-0 on the campaign, with a +28 goal differential. They were followed by INDUSTRY Futbol Club, Portland Netrippers FC, and Evergreen FC, who just edged out Outsiders FC for the final playoff place on goal difference.

Jnr Juniors narrowly missed out on the postseason, but kept every game close and delighted crowds with their performances on and off the park. Few would argue that the league's inaugural season MVP was anyone but Kruster the Bear.

Glory Hunters FC could not follow up their impressive Community Shield victory with success in the league, missing out on the postseason along with Space Holes FC.

A sincere thank you to all eight clubs, who consistently gave it everything, on and off the field. The first regular season of the Toffee League was a smashing success—and it's all thanks to you.

COMMUNITY SHIELD

It began with a bang.

Our eight Avery Dennison Toffee League clubs truly left it all on the field at the inaugural Community Shield, hosted by Rose City Futsal.

The group stage saw a series of ferocious clashes play out  between well-matched sides, and the semi-finals held an epic penalty shootout for the ages.

Ultimately, we were down to two teams: Glory Hunters FC and Industry Futbol Club in the final.

And, when it was all said and done, the Glory Hunters came for the glory——and took it home with them. The shield was theirs after a 6-3 win.

Overall, though, the day was about far more than silverware.

Fueled by equal parts inspiration and perspiration, the Community Shield stood for exactly what its name implies: An expression of how the beautiful game can bring a group of people together. This was the first day of the Avery Dennison Toffee League——one that showcased the creativity and competition of the Portland soccer scene, saw new friendships forged, and raised money for a terrific charity.

Here's to many, many more like it.

 

(Photography courtesy of our friend Brenton Salo. Many thanks, Brenton!)

KICK-OFF

With the Avery Dennison Toffee League soon to get underway, we gathered the competition's eight clubs at our headquarters, Portland's famous Toffee Club, to create and press the inaugural season's team kits.

Guided by the industry-leading experts at Avery Dennison RBIS, clubs from across the Toffee League were able to craft a uniform that speaks to the heart of their squad's unique identity.

You're not meant to get your hands dirty in football, but these clubs all got stuck in on the day in a particularly tactile fashion, pressing the badges, sponsors, names, numbers, and pride details to their own bespoke kit.