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Alphonso Davies named Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year

Posted on 29 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies was named 2018 Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year after a standout season for both Canada and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is the first soccer player to win the multi-sport award.Davies, who turned 18 in November, was also named 2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year earlier this month. More

Alphonso Davies honoured with 2018 Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 12 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year after a standout season with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and yet another breakout season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Of note, he helped Canada climb to current third-place position in qualifying and within a point of More

Christine Sinclair honoured with 14th Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 11 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Christine Sinclair has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year in recognition of another successful season highlighted by scoring the winning goal that qualified Canada for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. It was the nation’s most important goal of the year as Canada Soc More

Derek Cornelius and Jordyn Huitema named Canada Soccer’s Youth International Players of the Year

Posted on 10 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s young footballers Derek Cornelius and Jordyn Huitema have been named the 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. The young duo have been recognised for their excellence at the international level with Canada Soccer’s national youth teams. Derek Corneli More

2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards: Jacob Orellana top in Futsal; Damien Wojtiw top in Para Soccer

Posted on 7 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Jacob Orellana has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year as part of the 2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards. The two first-time winners have been recognised for their excellence at the international level in their respecti More

James Pantemis wins 2018 Allstate Good Hands® Award

Posted on 5 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canadian soccer fans have voted James Pantemis’s athletic save against Japan during the Toulon Tournament on June 3 as the 2018 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save came in the 41st minute with Canada’s U-23s leading 1-0. On the save, Japan’s Ayase Ueda More

2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards Nominees Announced

Posted on 27 November 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced the list of nominees for the 2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards, with voting open for media and coaches from 27 November through 6 December. At the top of the list are the nominees for the 2018 Canadian Players of the Year, celebrating the top male and female fo More

Radzinski to be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in Toronto

Posted on 28 September 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer fans will have the opportunity to celebrate one of Canada’s all-time great strikers at the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday 16 October at BMO Field. Honoured member Tomasz Radzinski will officially be inducted in his hometown of Toronto at Canada Soccer’s u More

Canada Soccer celebrates 2018 award winners

Posted on 8 May 2018 in Awards & Recognition

The 2018 Canada Soccer awards were celebrated on Saturday 5 May in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories after the Annual Meeting of the Members. 2018 CANADA SOCCER AWARDSCanada Soccer President’s Award - Norm OdingaMr. Norm Odinga was an all-star and national champion in Canadian soccer, wi More

Class of 2018: Chapman and Radzinski named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 3 May 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced that former National Team stars Candace Chapman and Tomasz Radzinski have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two Class of 2018 stars were officially announced ahead of the Annual Meeting of the Members in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and will be forma More

Davies & Huitema named Canadian U-17 Players of the Year for Canada Soccer

Posted on 11 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies and Jordyn Huitema have been named 2017 Canadian U-17 Players of the Year after outstanding campaigns that included call ups to Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and Women’s National Team. Canada’s two young footballers won the honour from a vote by national More

Twardek & Fleming named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year for Canada Soccer

Posted on 11 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Kris Twardek and Jessie Fleming have been named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year after outstanding campaigns highlighted by Canada Soccer's 2017 National Teams international season. Canada’s two young footballers won the honour from a vote by National Teams coaches as well as Canadian clubs a More

2017 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards kick off with Para Soccer and Futsal Awards

Posted on 7 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Jamie Ackinclose Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year; Nazim Belguendouz Canadian Futsal Player of the Year More

2017 Allstate Good Hands® Award Announced

Posted on 6 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Canadian soccer fans have voted Stephanie Labbé’s leaping save against the USA in an international friendly on November 9 as the 2017 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save came at a critical moment in the match when, in the 39th minute, Lindsay Horan struck a More

25th edition of Canada Soccer Player Awards launched with 2017 nominees list

Posted on 28 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Pretty and Noseworthy highlight Newfoundland Labrador winners

Posted on 27 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Holy Cross FC women named Team of the Year More

Córdoba, Western Halifax FC highlight Night of Excellence

Posted on 26 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer Nova Scotia Night of Excellence More

Bernier, Richard named Québec Soccer players of the year

Posted on 25 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Bernier also inducted into Québec Soccer's Hall of Fame More

Canada Soccer match in Toronto featured Paul Stalteri Hall of Fame induction

Posted on 24 August 2017 in Awards & Recognition

CONCACAF champion and Canadian soccer legend Paul Stalteri will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame ahead of a Men’s International Soccer match More

Alphonso Davies wins Young Player, Golden Boot and Best XI Honours at Gold Cup 2017

Posted on 27 July 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies wins the Young Player Award at #GoldCup2017 #CanMNT pic.twitter.com/QTMCcflYAw— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) July 27, 2017 Alphonso Davies also wins the Golden Boot at #GoldCup2017 #Can #CANMNT pic.twitter.com/MjX6wtY0YR— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) July 27, 201 More

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Canada Soccer have announced that former National Team standouts Karina LeBlanc and Brittany Timko Baxter have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two London 2012 Olympic medalists will be inducted as honoured members in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

“Canada Soccer is honoured to welcome Karina LeBlanc and Brittany Timko Baxter to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “Karina and Brittany have been part of a historic era for our Women’s National Team Program, from winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games to each representing their country more than 100 times.”

Karina LeBlanc is Canada’s only two-time Concacaf champion and first five-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant. She represented Canada on the international stage for 18 years from 1998 to 2015, retiring as the second-longest serving member in Women’s National Team Program history. She made 110 international “A” appearances, won six Concacaf medals (including gold in 1998 and 2010), two Pan American Games medals (including gold in 2011), and that famous bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games (which was recently honoured by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame).

LeBlanc played her professional football in Canada and USA, notably winning the 2013 NWSL Championship with Portland Thorns FC in 2013 and reaching the Women’s Professional Soccer final with Los Angeles Sol in 2009. She was an All-WUSA Second Team goalkeeper in 2003, the USL W-League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2005, an All-Tournament Team goalkeeper at the 2004 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and the first runner-up in voting for the 2009 Canada Soccer Player of the Year. She also set Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team records for most clean sheets in a season (8 in 2010) and career (47).

“Thank you Canada Soccer for this remarkable honour to join such a prestigious group of people as part of the Class of 2020 alongside Brittany Timko in the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame,” said honoured member Karina LeBlanc. “As a kid I dreamed of playing for my country, but never did I imagine that my dream would lead me to the Hall of Fame as a individual. This means so much to me as this truly is the best of the best of soccer in Canada.”

Brittany Timko Baxter is a London 2012 Olympic Games medalist and three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant. She made 132 international “A” appearances, won five medals from five Concacaf tournaments and one Pan American Games medal. Playing across multiple positions from fullback to midfield to forward, she scored five goals and eight assists. At the youth level, she won silver at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002, won the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in 2004, and won the Golden Boot as the top scorer at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Thailand 2004.

Across her career, Timko Baxter played her club football in Canada, USA, Australia, Sweden, and Germany. She was a two-time USL W-League winner with Vancouver Whitecaps (2004, 2006) and the BC Soccer Adult Player of the Year in 2003. She was the BC Soccer Youth Player of the Year in 2002 and the Sport BC Junior Athlete of the Year in 2003. When she left football as an active player, she ranked tied for fourth on Canada Soccer’s all-time Women’s National Team list for international appearances.

“Thank you to Canada Soccer for this incredible honour to join my idols into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020,” said honoured member Brittany Timko Baxter. “It’s even more special that I get to do it alongside a mentor, friend and sister in Karina LeBlanc. Thank you to all the players who came before me to help a five-year old girl dream of one day wearing the maple leaf and representing Canada.”

CANADA SOCCER HALL of FAME
The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame celebrates the individual and team achievements and traditions in the game of soccer in Canada. Including the Class of 2020, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has welcomed 129 players, 13 managers/coaches, 10 officials, and 41 builders as honoured members since 2000. Honoured members, by their achievements and passion, have made a positive impact to soccer in Canada and have left a legacy for the sport in our country and around the world.

This year’s Class of 2020 was selected by the Voting Group for Modern Canadian Players from a list of 11 nominations.

The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of soccer to the athletic and cultural institution in Canada, celebrating achievements and preserving and commemorating the history of our game.

Christine Sinclair and Liam Fraser have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for January 2020. The two Canadian stars had Player of the Match performances for Canada Soccer’s National Teams in January, with captain Sinclair notably breaking the world’s all-time international goalscoring record.

Sinclair reached the remarkable milestone of scoring her 185th international goal in an 11:0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. She first tied the all-time record with the winning 1-0 goal in the 7th minute (penalty kick) and then scored the world record-breaking goal in the 23rd minute for a 4-0 lead. On her second goal, it was a Jessie Fleming interception followed by an Adriana Leon assist that led to the Sinclair right-footed, record breaker in Edinburg, Texas on Wednesday 29 January.

Incidentally, January is Sinclair’s best month in terms of goals-per-match average, with 18 goals scored in 18 all-time matches during the first month of the calendar year. Since 2000, she has scored 44 goals in 40 competitive Concacaf matches (10 competitions). (More on Christine Sinclair’s all-time international goalscoring record)

Fraser, who made his international debut in that historic 2:0 victory over USA on 15 October 2019 (his interception in the 63rd minute led to the winning goal), was Canada’s player of the match in their 4:1 win over Barbados on 7 January. Across the two-week camp in California, Fraser started all three matches and played more minutes than any other outfield player (246 minutes), also recording a decisive assist in another 4:1 win over Barbados on 10 January.

In the pair of Men’s National Team victories against Barbados, eight different players scored for Canada, including veterans Tosaint Ricketts, Tesho Akindele, Jonathan Osorio and Russell Teibert. Youngsters Theo Bair, Charles-Andreas Brym, Amer Didic and Jayden Nelson all scored their first international goals. Alongside Sinclair’s brace, five other players scored for the Women's National Team in their opening match at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. Leon scored four goals, Ashley Lawrence scored twice, and Fleming, Jordyn Huitema and Jayde Riviere each scored once. For Riviere, it was her first international goal.

Looking ahead, Canada have group matches against Jamaica and Mexico at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Edinburg, TX, USA, the eight-nation confederation championship from which two nations will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada will next face Jamaica on Saturday 1 February (16.30 local / 17.30 ET / 14.30 PT) and then Mexico on Tuesday 4 February (17.30 local / 18.30 ET / 15.30 PT). Canadian fans can watch every Concacaf match live on OneSoccer.ca. Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter featuring the social media hashtag #CANWNT.


CANADA SOCCER’S PLAYERS of the MONTH

January 2020 – Liam Fraser and Christine Sinclair
 

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team striker Jonathan David’s brilliant solo effort to score Canada’s second goal in a 6:0 victory over Cuba in Concacaf Nations League A was voted as the top play in Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year campaign. David’s effort edged out Christine Sinclair’s fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign goal in the Women’s National Team’s final Group E match against the Netherlands at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Against Cuba, the reigning Men’s National Team Player of the Year brought a pass out of the air with the outside of his foot just inside of the Cuba half. With a single touch he rounded one defender and patiently rolled the ball past another sliding tackle before placing the ball between the legs and under the Cuba goalkeeper to give Canada a 2:0 lead only 22 minutes into the match.

In 2019, David set a Men’s National Team joint-record with eight international goals, including a Canada record six goals at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Counting his 28 goals scored for both club and country, David is Canada’s highest scoring forward in a single year over the past 20 years. In addition to being named the 2019 Men’s National Team Player of the Year, David was Canada Soccer’s Player of the Month in June and September.

2019 Canada Soccer Plays of the Year final ranking

  1. JONATHAN DAVID | Solo wonder-goal v Cuba 22%
  2. CHRISTINE SINCLAIR | Goal at fifth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup 21%
  3. JAYDEN NELSON | Stunning hat-trick at Concacaf U-17 Championship 14%
  4. LUCAS CAVALLINI | Sensational volley seals first win v USA in 34 years 13%
  5. STEPHANIE LABBÉ | Penalty heroics at Algarve Cup 11%
  6. KADEISHA BUCHANAN | Lift-off at FIFA Women's World Cup 7%
  7. JUNIOR HOILETT | Quick-thinking v French Guiana 6%
  8. LUCAS CAVALLINI & JONATHAN DAVID | Double hat-tricks at Concacaf Gold Cup 4%
  9. CLÉMENT DIOP | Diving save sends Montréal to Canadian Championship Final 1%
  10. IGNACIO PIATTI | Long-range strike in Canadian Championship Final 1%


As part of the Canada Soccer 2019 Plays of the Year campaign, three CanadaRED prize packs were given to randomly selected voters who signed up for Canada Soccer’s CanadaRED newsletter. Congratulations to Michel Jalbert of Dégelis, QC, Tanya Gray of Brampton, ON and Grand Prize winner Jennifer Bawden of Edmonton, AB who also received a signed Women’s National Team jersey.
 

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