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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

Despite semi-final loss, Para Team's future remains bright.

Posted on 25 September 2014 in Para Soccer

By finishing in the final four at the 2014 America cup, canPara will not only play USA for bronze, but compete in the 2015 World Championship. More

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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.

CANADA
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.

CANADA
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
 

Canada Para Soccer will face Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain at this year’s IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. The 16-nation competition kicks off this 10 September, with Canada looking to again crack the top-10 in the world.

“We have a tough draw, but we will set out with the mindset that we can pull off an upset against one of the top teams in the group phase,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. “We have five new players, but we also have good young talent, so this event will also be a great learning experience for our group.”

Fans can follow the IFCPF World Championships across Canada Soccer’s digital channels from 10-23 September. Canada’s three group matches are 10 September against Brazil, 12 September against Republic of Ireland, and 14 September against Spain. Canada will then play three more matches from 18 to 23 September to determine their world ranking.

Coach Ferguson has arguably some of the best young players in the world, including 19-year old Samuel Charron and 20-year Liam Stanley. Canada’s 14-man squad also features the program’s most experienced player Dustin Hodgson and 50-year young midfielder Jamie Ackinclose. Both Hodgson and Ackinclose rank with Charron among the program’s all-time top-five goalscorers.

From the last IFCPF World Championships in 2015, Canada has returned five players in Charron, Hodgson, Nicholas Heffernan, Stanley, and goalkeeper Damien Wojtiw. That team finished in 10th place, the program’s second-best ranking. Ackinclose is the one other player with previous IFCPF World Championships experience, although he missed the last competition through injury.

“We will rely on the experience of Jamie Ackinclose to help stabilize a very young squad, but we know that players like Samuel Charron and Liam Stanley can both be our spark in speed and quality to help us reach our goals at this event,” said Ferguson.

This marks Canada’s sixth participation in the biennial IFCPF World Championship since 2005, with their best ranking a 9th place finish in 2009. Canada qualified for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships last year through the Qualification Tournament in Denmark.

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

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