Canada earns valuable experience in two-match Futsal series against Costa Rica
Posted on 20 January 2018 in Futsal Team
Canada Soccer's Futsal National Team wrapped up a two-match international series with Costa Rica 20 January with a 0:5 defeat to the back-to-back defending CONCACAF Futsal Championship winners. The team featured 10 players making their international debut for Canada along with three players who attended the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship hosted in Costa Rica.
"These matches were an important step in the perparations for the 2020 CONCACAF Futsal Championship giving our younger players top level international experience against the top team in our region," said Futsal National Team Head Coach Kyt Selaidopoulos. "We will continue to work toward preparing the players for the international opportunities that futsal provides, including the Futsal World Cup."
In the first match, 18 January, Canada matched Costa Rica through all 40 minutes before falling 4:5. Canada Soccer Futsal Player of the Year Nazim Belguendouz scored twice for Canada. Diyaeddine Abzi and Reda Agourram had singles.
Futsal is a unique, fast-paced indoor sport played across Canada and around the world. Canada Soccer is committed to the growth and promotion of the game. At the elite club level, Canada Soccer supports domestic competition through the annual Futsal Canadian Championship. Canada Soccer also supports playing opportunities provided by the National Futsal Team in international competitions including the FIFA Futsal World Cup.