Canada kicks off CONCACAF Futsal Championship
Posted on 9 May 2016 in Futsal Team
Canada kicked off their three-match, round-robin series at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship with two goals scored, but three goals conceded against the hosts and defending champions Costa Rica. Canada's Frederico Moojen scored twice, but Erick Brenes scored a pair of penalties and captain Luis Paniagua scored after a corner kick in the Costa Rica 3:2 win on Sunday 8 May.
Costa Rica leads the group with three points (and +1 goal difference), while Cuba and Curaçao are tied for second place with one point each (after a 1:1 draw). Canada will face Curaçao on 10 May (17.30 local / 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) and Cuba on 11 May (17.30 local / 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT). In the opposite group, Mexico (three points, +6 goals) and Panama (three points, +3 goals) lead the group ahead of Guatemala (0 points, -3 goals) and Honduras (0 points, -6 goals).
From the eight-nation CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Costa Rica, four nations (two from each group) will qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. At the end of the group phase, the ranking is based on points, with the first tie breaker goals difference in all group matches and the next tie breaker goals scored.
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.