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Canada Para Soccer wraps up Toronto preparations for Denmark

Posted on 10 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Para Soccer in Toronto More

Canada selects Para Soccer squad for IFCPF Qualification Tournament

Posted on 27 June 2016 in Para Soccer

The 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament runs 29 July to 6 August More

Alan Frew enjoys "brilliant" day with Para Soccer program

Posted on 11 May 2016 in Para Soccer

#CanadaRED fan Alan Frew of Glass Tiger. More

Para Soccer camp to feature #CanadaRED fan & Glass Tiger star Alan Frew

Posted on 28 April 2016 in Para Soccer

Glass Tiger's Frew to attend camp More

Para Soccer stars Hodgson, Stiles returning from injury

Posted on 29 March 2016 in Para Soccer

Preparations continued for the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament in Denmark in July More

Para Soccer to visit Oakville Soccer in May

Posted on 14 February 2016 in Para Soccer

The team will be preparing for a qualifying competition in July later this year. More

Year in Review: Canada's Para Soccer program

Posted on 28 December 2015 in Para Soccer

In the 12th year of Canada's Para Soccer program, head coach Drew Ferguson led the national squad to a 10th place finish at the CP-ISRA World Championship More

You can play for Canada Para Soccer

Posted on 12 November 2015 in Para Soccer

Para Soccer is recruiting athletes that may have cerebral palsy, stroke, or have acquired a brain injury. More

No medal for Canada’s Para Team, but Parapan Am Games good for the program

Posted on 15 August 2015 in Para Soccer

Canada dropped a tough 2:1 game to Venezuela More

Canada Para Team to play for bronze at Toronto 2015

Posted on 13 August 2015 in Para Soccer

Canada will play Venezuela for bronze Saturday More

World Number 3 Brazil shows their class against Canada’s Para Team

Posted on 12 August 2015 in Para Soccer

The 8:0 loss eliminates Canada from contention for the gold medal and a spot at the 2016 Paralympics More

Canada scores big win over USA at Parapan Am Games

Posted on 9 August 2015 in Para Soccer

Sam Charron scored a late goal to give Canada’s Para Team a massive 2:1 victory over the United States. More

Canada's Para Team falls to Argentina, sixth ranked team in the world

Posted on 8 August 2015 in Para Soccer

10th ranked Canadians put in a solid performance but fell to a 3:1 result More

Canada’s Para Team faces big challenge at Parapan American Games

Posted on 7 August 2015 in Para Soccer

Many of the top countries are from the Americas including worlds bronze medallist Brazil, as well as USA, and Argentina. More

Football seven-a-side team selected for nomination to Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games

Posted on 23 July 2015 in Para Soccer

The 7-a-side football promises to be one of the fiercest competitions at the Games because many of the top countries are from the Americas More

Canada's Para Soccer Team set for World Championships

Posted on 15 June 2015 in Para Soccer

The CP Football World Championships gets underway on Tuesday 16 June at St. George’s Park in England. More

Para Soccer Team ramping up preparations for World Championships

Posted on 24 March 2015 in Para Soccer

Para Soccer Team just wrapped up a tough training camp in Toronto on Monday More

Canada's Para Soccer Team drawn into tough Group D for 2015 CP World Championships

Posted on 11 March 2015 in Para Soccer

The tournament, which runs from Tuesday 16 June until Sunday 28 June, will take place at the English FA’s St. George’s Park. More

Going for bronze: Para Team prepares for USA

Posted on 26 September 2014 in Para Soccer

North American bragging rights are on the line as Canada takes on USA for bronze at the 2014 America Cup. More

Para Team falls short against USA

Posted on 26 September 2014 in Para Soccer

Defensive mistakes prove costly as Para Team falls 0:3 to USA, in the bronze medal match at the 2014 America Cup. More

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Canada Soccer have announced their roster for the IFCPF World Cup Sevilla 2019 to be played in Spain from 7 to 19 July. Para Soccer coach Drew Ferguson has selected 12 players for the international competition with a promise of six international matches across 13 days.
“Our goal will be to finish second in our group with Russia our toughest opponent, but it will be a big task for our young players against Netherlands in that fight for second place,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Head Coach.
Canada will open against Netherlands on Sunday 7 July (19.00 local / 13.00 ET / 10.00 PT) before facing group favourites Russia on Tuesday 9 July (11.00 local) and then Thailand on 11 July (19.00 local). All the matches will be streamed live via the competition’s official website Extended match day coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to follow our Para Soccer National Team every step of the way by using their social media handle, #CanPara.
At 24 years and five months, Canada’s 2019 roster is one of the youngest they have ever taken to a global competition. While veterans Damien Wojtiw (37 years) and Dustin Hodgson (35) are the oldest in the squad, the bulk of Canada’s international experience is in the hands of players 21 or younger: Samuel Charron (21), Nicholas Heffernan (20) and Duncan McDonald (18).
Hodgson is Canada’s all-time leader with 77 international appearances while Wojtiw ranks 10th with 25 appearances, which is a record for goalkeepers. Despite his young age, Charron already ranks third all-time with 43 appearances while Heffernan has made 29 and McDonald has made 19 for Canada.
Along with those five, Lucas Bruno and Raji Kamoun are the other two players with international experience at a World Championship while Diego Gilbert, William Scott and Ryan Watson were all part of the team that participated at last year’s Copa América in Ecuador. Daniel White and Joel Wilson are both taking part in their first major competition at Sevilla.
Beyond the three-match group phase, eight nations advance to the Quarterfinals (two from each group) and eight nations advance to the seeding phase (to rank teams nine through 16). The championship final is 16 July.
Bruno, Lucas | 22 | Calgary, AB, CAN
Charron, Samuel | 21 | Ottawa, ON, CAN
Gilbert, Diego | 18 | Toronto, ON, CAN
Heffernan, Nicholas | 20 | London, ON, CAN
Hodgson, Dustin | 35 | Vancouver, BC, CAN
Kamoun, Raji | 26 | Montréal, QC, CAN
McDonald, Duncan | 18 | Powell River, BC, CAN
Scott, William | 24 | Calgary, AB, CAN
Watson, Ryan | 20 | Montréal, QC, CAN
White, Danny | 16 | Kitchener, ON, CAN
Wilson, Joel | 31 | Victoria, BC, CAN
Wojtiw, Damien | 37 | Toronto, ON, CAN

Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer National Team will compete in the 2018 IFCPF Copa América from 27 October to 3 November in Sangolquí, a suburb of Quito in Ecuador. Canada are one of eight nations competing in the tournament with an eye towards next year’s IFCPF World Cup.

In Group A, Canada face Colombia on Saturday 27 October, Chile on Sunday 28 October, and Brazil on Tuesday 30 October. Argentina, Ecuador, USA and Venezuela make up Group B, with knock-out and classifcation matches from 1 to 3 November.

“This tournament serves as qualification to next year’s IFCPF World Cup and Parapanamerican Games, so we are looking for a top-four finish to qualify for both,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Head Coach. “Our first two matches are very important as we will be facing Colombia and Chile in back-to-back matches.”

With new player classification rules in place this year, coach Ferguson has used 2018 to evaluate and unearth new talent with an eye towards the future. 

Canada's Para Soccer Team competes in several global competitions over a four-year cycle, including the International Federation of CP Football's biennial World Championships. Canada also strives to compete in the America's Cup, the Parapanamerican Games, and the Paralympic Games.

In past editions of the IFCPF World Championships, Canada finished 13th in 2017, 10th in 2015, 12th in 2011, 9th in 2009, 12th in 2007, and 11th in 2005. The next edition takes place in 2019.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

1- GK- Damien Wojtiw
2- FB- Ryan Watson
3- F- Diego Gilbert
4- FB- Nicholas Heffernan
5- M- Samuel Charron
6- M- Lucas Bruno
7- FB- Dustin Hodgson
8- M- Duncan McDonald
9- F- Gaerrisen Freeland
10- M- William Scott
11- F- Raji Kamoun
12- M- Cuauhtemoc Flores

Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Team will play a pair of international matches this week as part of the Tri-Nation Invitational Challenge hosted by the US Soccer Federation. The three-match series will feature USA v Australia on 19 July, Canada v Australia on 20 July, and Canada v host USA on 21 July.

Canada’s two international matches will provide an important development step ahead of the 2018 IFCPF Americas Championships in Natal, Brazil. It also marks Canada’s first international matches since the IFCPF adjusted the player eligibility rules for Para Soccer earlier this year.

“We are taking a very young team with some players,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Head Coach. “This is a huge preparation for us and our first chance to see the new players in action. We look forward to the training and matches and then our next project in August ahead of the IFCPF Americas Championships in October.”

The 2018 IFCPF Americas Championships runs 12 to 21 October in Natal. Two stadia will be used for the competition, the Maria lamas Farache Stadium and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

GK- Damien Wojtiw
FB- Nicholas Heffernan
FB- Vito Proietti
FB- Ryan Watson
M- Lucas Bruno
M- Samuel Charron
M- Diego Gilbert
M- Dustin Hodgson
M- Duncan McDonald
M- Corey Stashewsky
F- Gaerrisen Freeland

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