Canada Soccer ready for Copa América in Ecuador
Posted on 22 October 2018 in Para Soccer
Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer National Team will compete in the 2018 IFCPF Copa América from 27 October to 3 November in Sangolquí, a suburb of Quito in Ecuador. Canada are one of eight nations competing in the tournament with an eye towards next year’s IFCPF World Cup.
In Group A, Canada face Colombia on Saturday 27 October, Chile on Sunday 28 October, and Brazil on Tuesday 30 October. Argentina, Ecuador, USA and Venezuela make up Group B, with knock-out and classifcation matches from 1 to 3 November.
“This tournament serves as qualification to next year’s IFCPF World Cup and Parapanamerican Games, so we are looking for a top-four finish to qualify for both,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Head Coach. “Our first two matches are very important as we will be facing Colombia and Chile in back-to-back matches.”
With new player classification rules in place this year, coach Ferguson has used 2018 to evaluate and unearth new talent with an eye towards the future.
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.
In past editions of the IFCPF World Championships, Canada finished 13th in 2017, 10th in 2015, 12th in 2011, 9th in 2009, 12th in 2007, and 11th in 2005. The next edition takes place in 2019.
Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.
1- GK- Damien Wojtiw
2- FB- Ryan Watson
3- F- Diego Gilbert
4- FB- Nicholas Heffernan
5- M- Samuel Charron
6- M- Lucas Bruno
7- FB- Dustin Hodgson
8- M- Duncan McDonald
9- F- Gaerrisen Freeland
10- M- William Scott
11- F- Raji Kamoun
12- M- Cuauhtemoc Flores