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Beach Soccer squad in training

Posted on 26 April 2009 in Beach Soccer Team

Members of Canada's beach soccer team were amongst those in attendance at Estadio Caliente this Saturday at the 2009 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship. The beach soccer team drove down from neighbouring San Diego, USA to Tijuana, Mexico to cheer on the Canadian U-17 team. Canada's U-17 team was one of eight teams participating in the confederation championship.

Canada's beach soccer team will get its turn this week at the 2009 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. The six-team tournament takes place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from 29 April to 3 May. Only two teams will qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009.

Canada's beach soccer team departs for Puerta Vallarta on Monday 27 April, two days before the opening match of the CONCACAF championship. Canada's 12-team roster features seven returning members from the last beach soccer team in 2006.

"The players are getting along well and the team spirits are high," says coach Ross Ongaro.

Four players along with the coach and manager traveled on Saturday to watch the Canadian U-17 team. On Sunday morning, the beach soccer team played a fun street contest against the local San Diego Sockers.

"The team will travel to Puerto Vallarta on Monday evening," says Ongaro. "On Tuesday we will have our last official practice and we will make our final preparations."

In the preliminary round, Canada will face Mexico on 29 April (18.15 kickoff) and El Salvador on 30 April (18.15). The two third-place teams from each group advance to the fifth-place match on 2 May while the other four teams take part in the semi-final stage on the same day. The third-place match and championship match are scheduled for 3 May.

Teams that win their semi-final match not only advance to the 3 May final, but also qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009.

This is Canada's first Beach Soccer competition since 2006 when it reached the quarter-final stage of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio 2006. Canada qualified that year after finishing second at the 2006 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship.

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