Canada Para Soccer to face USA in two-match series
Posted on 30 June 2017 in Para Soccer
Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team will face USA in a two-match series as part of this summer’s preparations for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships. The two matches will be played 21 and 23 July at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
“Both the staff and players are very excited for this two-match series," said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer's National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. "This will give the staff its first chance in 2017 to put our group on the field against a quality team. We have five new players who could make their debuts, so it is important to get them playing time so the staff have a better idea for final team selection ahead of the World Championships."
Canada and USA will both compete in the 2017 IFCPF World Championships from 13-22 September. The competition will feature 16 nations.
Since qualifying for the World Championships in 2016, coach Drew Ferguson has organised a number of mini camps in March, April, May, and June. The team will have six days together in July, including their first two international matches of the year. In August, the team will have five days together in Toronto.
In past editions of the IFCPF World Championships, Canada finished 10th in 2015, 12th in 2011, 9th in 2009, 12th in 2007, and 11th in 2005. The next edition takes place in 2017, with the qualification tournament in July-August 2016 in Vejen, Denmark.
Canada's Para Soccer Team competes in several global competitions over a four-year cycle, including the International Federation of CP Football's biennial World Championships. Canada also strives to compete in the America's Cup, the Parapanamerican Games, and the Paralympic Games.
Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.