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Samuel Charron named 2016 Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year

Posted on 9 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

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Masimengo and Cull named best in New Brunswick

Posted on 2 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer New Brunswick More

Event of the Year award for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

Posted on 1 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Event of the Year More

Award nominees announced for annual Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 28 November 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Bernier and Bélanger named Québec soccer players of the year

Posted on 26 November 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Bernier and Bélanger named Québec soccer players of the year More

Cordoba, Nickerson named Nova Scotia's best

Posted on 19 November 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer Nova Scotia Night of Excellence More

Sabrina D'Angelo named MVP of NWSL Championship

Posted on 9 October 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Western New York Flash wins NWSL Championship More

Ontario Soccer celebrates award winners

Posted on 13 June 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Dobson wins President's Award; Smale re-elected as President. More

BC Soccer celebrates award winners

Posted on 11 June 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Kjeld Brodsgaard elected BC Soccer President. More

Ash, Redmond honoured in Newfoundland Labrador

Posted on 16 April 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Sport NL Hall of Fame More

Canada Soccer sets record with 54,798 fans

Posted on 26 March 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Record-setting crowd of 54,798. More

Saskatchewan celebrates 2015 award winners

Posted on 19 March 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Saskatchewan Soccer Association More

Canada 2015 celebrated at Canadian Screen Awards

Posted on 9 March 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Bell Media wins multiple awards. More

Canada 2015 recognised as International Sport Event of the Year

Posted on 8 March 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer wins PRESTIGE award. More

Canada 2015 celebrated at Manitoba Soccer awards

Posted on 28 February 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Manitoba Soccer Association's Annual Awards Banquet. More

PEI Soccer annual awards celebrated

Posted on 27 February 2016 in Awards & Recognition

The Prince Edward Island Soccer Association celebrated their 2015 award winners on the heels of their 2016 Annual General Meeting. Both the meeting and awards banquet took place on Saturday 27 February at the Rodd Royalty Inn & Suites in Charlottetown, PE.Jared Murphy won his second-straigh More

Alberta Soccer celebrates 2015 award winners

Posted on 25 January 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Jubilee Trophy winners Edmonton Victoria recognised with Golden Shoe More

Hutchinson named male selection for the 2015 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award

Posted on 18 December 2015 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer announced that Atiba Hutchinson is the male selection for the 2015 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award More

Buchanan named female selection for the 2015 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award

Posted on 17 December 2015 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer announced that Kadeisha Buchanan is the female selection for the 2015 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award. More

Petrasso, Fleming named 2015 Canadian U-20 Players of the Year

Posted on 14 December 2015 in Awards & Recognition

Michael Petrasso and Jessie Fleming have been named 2015 Canadian U-20 Players of the Year. More

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Canada Soccer has announced that former National Team standouts Randee Hermus and Kevin McKenna have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two stars will be inducted as part of the Class of 2019 at future home international matches this year.
 
“Canada Soccer is honoured to welcome Kevin McKenna and Randee Hermus to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “Randee and Kevin were Canadian stars and trailblazers in both club and international football, with Randee part of our country’s first-ever participation at the Olympic Games and Kevin part of our first team to play in the FIFA Confederations Cup. They are both truly deserving of this honour after outstanding careers in football.”
 
Randee Hermus played nine international seasons for Canada from 2000 to 2008, notably making 113 international “A” appearances as a midfielder, centre back and full back. She represented Canada at two FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. She scored 12 goals, recorded four assists, won three Concacaf silver medals, and one Pan American Games bronze medal. From 2005 to 2008, she made a then-record of 46 consecutive appearances for Canada.
 
Hermus was twice the runner up in voting for Canadian Player of the Year, finishing second behind Christine Sinclair in 2004 and 2005. She played club football in Canada and Norway and was Most Valuable Player of the 2004 USL W-League Championship. She was a two-time USL W-League winner with Vancouver Whitecaps (2004, 2006) and a two-time Canada Soccer National Championships Jubilee Trophy winner with Surrey United SC (2006, 2011). She is also an honoured member of the Simon Fraser University Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I am unbelievably honoured to be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019 alongside Kevin McKenna,” said Randee Hermus. “To accompany my soccer heroes like Geri Donnelly, Silvana Burtini and Amy Walsh is both humbling and astonishing. It is without hesitation that I must first and foremost thank my parents for their unconditional love and support throughout my entire playing career.”

Kevin McKenna played 13 international seasons for Canada from 2000 to 2012, notably serving as Men’s National Team captain for 27 matches. Featuring at centre back and sometimes up front on the forward line, he scored 11 goals and three assists in 63 international “A” appearances. He represented Canada at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001, four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, and a then joint-record five editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup. He was a Concacaf Gold Cup tournament all-star in 2002 when Canada finished in third place.
 
McKenna played his club football in Canada, Germany and England, playing his youth football in Calgary, Alberta before embarking on a 16-year career in Europe. He made more than 200 appearances in Germany and Scotland from 1998-99 to 2013-14, including 112 appearances in the German Budesliga with FC Energie Cottbus and FC Köln. He made seven appearances in the UEFA Cup with Heart of Midlothian of Scotland and won a 2.Bundesliga title in his final season with FC Köln in Germany.
 
“It is a privilege to be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019 alongside Randee Hermus,” said Kevin McKenna. “Growing up, you never know where the sport will take you, but I was very lucky to play the game professionally and to represent my country. It was a special honour every time that I put on that Canadian jersey.”
 
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 2019, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has welcomed 127 players, 13 managers/coaches, 10 officials, and 40 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 2019 was selected by the Voting Group for Modern Canadian Players from a list of 17 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.
 
 

Forever rivals Firefighters FC and Columbus FC will meet again on a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, albeit this time under much friendlier circumstances. On 24 March 2019, heroes from the two Organisations of Distinction will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of a special class of Past Canadian Players from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
 
Jim Blundell and Gary Stevens of Firefighters FC as well as Bobby Smith and Gino Vazzoler of Columbus FC highlight the group of 12 honoured players that will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday 24 March during the Canada v French Guiana match at BC Place. During the 1960s, the four all-stars featured in one of the most heated rivalries in Canadian soccer.
 
Regina’s John Schepers will join Blundell, Stevens, Smith and Vazzoler as part of the group of five living members to be inducted as part of this special class on 24 March. The quintet are joined by seven other stars who will be honoured posthumously: Harry Phillips of Toronto, Bill Gill of Montréal, and Frank Ambler, Eddie Bak, Don Matheson, Bobby Newbold, and Jackie Whent of Vancouver. This expanded class honours players from an older era from well before the Hall of Fame was established. All 12 were stars for more than a decade in Canada’s biggest leagues from the 1940s through 1960s, notably the Pacific Coast League, the Western Canada League, and the National League of Ontario and Québec.
 
The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame will induct these athletes at half time of the upcoming Canada v French Guiana match. Tickets to the important home international match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) via Ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1.855.985.5000. Group discounts are available by organising a group of 10 or more tickets, giving fans a discount of up to 30% off the regular price. There is also a special Me+3 ticket offer in Price Category 2 which gives fans four tickets for the price of three.
 
“Canada Soccer congratulates this group of honoured members who all made a positive impact on the game during a unique era of growth for our sport across the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “In honouring this group of stars, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame ensures that their commitment, their achievements, and their passion for Canadian soccer is celebrated amongst the greats of the game in Canada.”
 
The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame celebrates the individual and team achievements and traditions  in the game of soccer in Canada. Including this group of 12 players, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has welcomed 126 players, 13 players/coaches, 10 officials, and 40 builders as honoured members since 2000.
 
In all, 15 persons will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019. Later this year, two Modern Canadian Players will be selected (one male, one female, to be honoured at future home international matches) as well as one non player (Builder, Coach or Referee, to be honoured at the Annual Meeting of the Members in May). Additionally, Canada Soccer will celebrate one Team of Distinction as well several Organisations of Distinction in 2019 (also to be honoured at the Annual Meeting of the Members).

 
FORTIES, FIFTIES, SIXTIES
Firefighters FC and Columbus FC took their turns winning three-straight Pacific Coast League championships, with the Firemen winning three straight from 1963-64 to 1965-66 and then the Italians winning three straight from 1968-69 to 1970-71. Their Sunday rivalry at old Callister Park was legendary with the two sides facing each other more than 40 times in league and cup competitions from 1961 to 1971.
 
While Blundell and Smith were briefly teammates at North Shore at the end of the 1950s, they led their respective rivals in goalscoring throughout the 1960s: Blundell for the Firefighters and Smith for Columbus. The duo won five of the league’s nine scoring titles from 1959-60 to 1967-68. Blundell scored the most Coast League goals for one team throughout the 1960s; Smith, meanwhile, led the decade in scoring and retired as the league’s all-time goalscoring champion.
 
Both organisations also won Canadian titles in the 1960s and 1970s, with Stevens and Vazzoler winning multiple titles. Stevens helped Firefighters win Canada Soccer’s Championship in both 1965 and 1973 while Vazzoler helped Columbus win it all in 1964, 1969, 1977 and 1978.
 
As for Schepers (pronounced SKEH-perz), he is rare player that has won titles in three separate provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and his hometown Manitoba. The former Canada international won a national title in 1962 and is still the only teenager to score a hat trick in the Canadian final. In the old Western Canada Soccer League – the first Canadian league that crossed three provinces – Schepers was the league’s all-time goalscoring leader.
 
 
HONOURED MEMBERS
Frank Ambler, Centre Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a two-time Dominion of Canadian Football Championship winner and five-time Pacific Coast League winner; third-highest Coast League scorer in the 1940s and single-season record holder; scored more than 150 goals across his 16-year career.
 
Eddie Bak, Fullback & Inside Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a joint-record five-time Canada Soccer Championship winner; a five-time Pacific Coast League winner, two-time Kennedy Cup winner, and nine-time all-star in a 12-year span.
 
Jim Blundell, Centre Forward & Inside Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia – a Canada Soccer Championship winner, five-time Pacific Coast League winner, and Kennedy Cup winner; two-time Coast League scoring champion and Firefighters’ all-time leading scorer in Coast League competition; scored more than 140 goals across his 13-year career.
 
Bill Gill, Goalkeeper from Montréal, Québec (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and one-time runner up; National Soccer League of Ontario/Québec winner; Most Valuable Player of the 1952 Canadian final; Canada goalkeeper for the 1947 Triner Trophy international competition against USA; a 20-year career in Montréal.
 
Don Matheson, Left Half & Inside Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and two-time runner up; a six-time Pacific Coast League winner and eight-time all-star selection; Coast League’s Most Popular Player in 1950; a 17-year career.
 
Bobby Newbold, Goalkeeper from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and five-time Pacific Coast League winner; led or co-led the Coast League in clean sheets nine times and retired as the league’s all-time leader; a 15-year career with St. Andrews FC.
 
Harry Phillips, Centre Half & Forward from Toronto, Ontario (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and USA Dewar Cup winner; National League MVP and Tom Holland Memorial Award winner after his final year; finalist for Canadian Press Best in 50 Years soccer category in 1950 after an 18-year career.
 
John Schepers, Centre Forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba (residence in Regina, Saskatchewan) – a Canada Soccer Championship winner and three-time Western Canada League winner; MVP of the 1962 Canadian final; Western Canada League’s all-time leading scorer, four-time scoring champion, and one-time MVP; a 25-year career in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
 
Bobby Smith, Outside Left from Vancouver, British Columbia – a two-time Pacific Coast League winner and two-time Kennedy Trophy winner; Coast League’s all-time leading scorer, three-time scoring champion; Columbus FC’s all-time leading scorer in Coast League competition; more than 180 goals scored across a 14-year career.
 
Gary Stevens, Fullback from Burnaby, British Columbia – a two-time Canada Soccer Championship winner and one-time runner up; a four-time Pacific Coast League winner and two-time Kennedy Cup winner; MVP of the 1966 Kennedy Cup finals and five-time BC all-star in successive seasons; a 13-year career with Firefighters FC.
 
Gino Vazzoler, Centre Half from Burnaby, British Columbia – a four-time Canada Soccer Championship winner and one-time runner up; first centre half to win four Canadian titles; a three-time Pacific Coast League winner as well as a BC Premier League and BC Soccer League winner; a 20-year career with Columbus FC.
 
Jack Whent, Left Half & Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and North American Championship winner; a one-time Pacific Coast League winner; finalist for Canadian Press Best in 50 Years

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. The Canadian player has recently joined Bayern Munich in Germany after an MLS-record transfer deal with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In 2018, he helped Canada climb to current third-place position in qualifying and within a point of reaching the Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League Group A.

At the international level, his four assists in three matches were the second-most in a single season for Canada since 2000 when assists have been regularly recorded. He played in all 270 minutes of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, fired six shots, and completed 95% of his team-best 151 attempted passes.

Davies also won Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year honours after leading the league in duels won (258) and setting a record for dribbles completed (123). He scored eight goals, co-led the team with 11 assists (youngest player in league history to record double digit assists), was selected to the annual All-Star Game, and was named MLS’s best prospect in their 22 Under 22 Ranking. 

With one match remaining in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, Canada sit third amongst 34 nations with the fourth and decisive match scheduled for Sunday 24 March in Vancouver at BC Place at French Guiana. Canada must finish amongst the top-six nations to qualify for both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League.

“He has been a standout performer for club and country and that is just a consistent reality now for Alphonso Davies,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “For club, he picked up many an accolade, culminating with what looks like one of the biggest signings our country has ever seen.

“For Canada, every time he has been asked to take a responsibility and support the team, even playing out of position, he has shown his character. He is just a humble guy who loves the game and will do whatever it takes to be successful.”

 

 

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