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Canada Soccer announces Provisional List for Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying

Posted on 26 February 2020 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have published their 50-player Provisional List for the upcoming 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship from which the final 20-player roster will be announced on 11 March. Canada’s pre-tournament camp is scheduled to open 13 March followed by up to five compet More

Canada Soccer’s Men's National Team Program learn pathway to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Posted on 10 January 2020 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada will face Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti in Group B of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on their path to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The eight-nation tournament for the U-23 National Team provides Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program with an opportu More

Canada eliminated after tough loss to New Zealand at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

Posted on 2 November 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada were eliminated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 after a tough 1:0 loss to New Zealand in the group finale. Canada dominated with 61% possession, 21 shots and a barrage of chances, but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper save for one chance that was called back by the Video Assistant R More

Canada in must-win scenario after late loss to Angola at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

Posted on 29 October 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada lost a heartbreaker late to Angola in their second group match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019. Deep into added time and in search of a winner, Canada conceded in the 94th minute on a goalmouth scramble as Angola won 2:1 to qualify for the knockout phase of the biennial tournament. Can More

Canada falls to hosts Brazil in FIFA U-17 World Cup opener

Posted on 26 October 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada scored late, but ultimately lost 4:1 to the hosts and two-time champions Brazil at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Goalkeeper Marc Kouadio was a standout while Jacen Russell-Rowe scored the lone Canada goal on a right-footed shot in the 86th minute. Canada will next face Angola on Tuesday 29 Oc More

Canada’s best young footballers ready to showcase their skills at the FIFA U-17 World Cup

Posted on 24 October 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada will feature against host Brazil in the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 this Saturday in Brasilia. The tournament opener marks a major milestone in the soccer careers of these young footballers as they continue their journeys to the Men’s National Team. It is also p More

Canada Soccer announces squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

Posted on 18 October 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019, an exciting next step for Canada’s young footballers at the international level on their path to the Men’s National Team. This will mark Canada’s 15th participation at a FIFA men’s youth to More

Canada’s Men’s U-17 squad enters final stage before FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

Posted on 3 October 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for their last preparation camp ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019. The Canada squad will train in Argentina from 11-22 October with the final squad to be announced in advance of the team’s opening match against the hosts Brazil.Canada will op More

Canada defeat Mexico to advance to Semi-Finals at Concacaf Boys’ Under 15 Championship

Posted on 8 August 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-15 National Team defeated Mexico 2:0 in the Quarter-Final of the Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship. The team will face Slovenia in the Semi-Final Saturday 10 August morning at 09.00 local (09.00 ET / 06.00 PT) from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida LIVE o More

Canada Soccer selects squad for Men’s U-17 camp in Montréal

Posted on 19 July 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for a Men’s EXCEL U-17 camp in Montréal, Québec from 31 July to 10 August. The 11-day national camp will continue Canada’s preparations for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 in October and November of this year. This will More

Canada Soccer announces squad for the Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship

Posted on 17 July 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the 2019 Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship to be played in USA from 4-12 August. Canada’s 18 young footballers will play up to six matches in an eight-day span as they enter Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program on the pathway to More

Canada to open against host nation Brazil at the FIFA U-17 World Cup

Posted on 11 July 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada will open against the host nation Brazil at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019. Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Angola make up Group A with the opening match on 26 October at the Bezerrão in Brasilia. “It’s a special day and I think that what these young men have alre More

Canada wins 4-3 on kicks to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

Posted on 12 May 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 after winning 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark over Concacaf rivals Costa Rica. After 120 minutes in the Florida heat with no winner from a 1:1 draw, Canada won their ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time in six years. Gi More

Canada wins 4:0 to move to within a victory of the FIFA U-17 World Cup

Posted on 9 May 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada have moved to within a victory of qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time in six years. With their Thursday 4:0 victory over Curaçao, Canada will face Costa Rica in the Quarter-finals of the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship with the winner promised one More

Canada advances to knock-out phase of the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 7 May 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada have booked their spot in the knock-out phase of the 2019 Concacaf Men's Under-17 Championship after a 4:0 win over Barbados. After back-to-back wins and six points to finish second in Group F, Canada will next face Curaçao in a Round of 16 match on Thursday 9 May. Canada won 4:2 More

Canada announces squad for Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 24 April 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad of future stars to compete at the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship, set to get underway with an all-important group opener against rivals USA on Thursday 2 May at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL. The upcoming competition provides Canada More

Canada Soccer expands Men’s EXCEL Program with Regional EXCEL integration across Canada

Posted on 3 April 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer has collaborated with its provincial member associations to pilot Men’s Regional EXCEL visits to work with talented U-13 to U-16 players as well as elite-level coaches from across the country as part of the Canada Soccer Pathway. The visits provide a comprehensive training and in More

Canada selects U-17 squad for Mexico trip as part of Men’s EXCEL Program

Posted on 1 March 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

A group of young Canadian players take the next steps on their journey in the Men’s EXCEL Program as Canada prepares for the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship. The 11-day camp takes place in Mexico from 4-14 March at the Mexican Football Federation training centre through a colla More

Canada drawn into Group F at the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 19 February 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s young players will have an opportunity to test themselves against the best in the region this May when they compete in the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship. It’s an important competition which will also provides the Men’s EXCEL Program with the chance More

Canada Soccer welcomes Eric Tenllado as Men's EXCEL Development Coach

Posted on 6 February 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer has added Eric Tenllado as a Men's EXCEL Development Coach. Tenllado will work across Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program in support of both Regional EXCEL strategies and Men’s EXCEL National Youth Teams starting in February 2019.“Eric’s profile is perfect for the rol More

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Canada Soccer have published their 50-player Provisional List for the upcoming 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship from which the final 20-player roster will be announced on 11 March. Canada’s pre-tournament camp is scheduled to open 13 March followed by up to five competitive matches from 21 March through 1 April.

As an all-in-one qualifying campaign with both a pre-camp and pair of matches that fall just outside the FIFA window, several players may not be eligible for the official competition because they will not be released by their professional clubs. Nations will not have an opportunity to replace players once the squad is submitted (with the exception of injuries before 20 March). Two players already confirmed as unavailable for the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship are recent Canadian Players of the Year Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies.

Building on the positive momentum from the Men’s National Team Program, Canada will challenge their rivals for one of two Concacaf spots up for grabs to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Only players born 1997 or later are eligible for the 2020 qualifying tournament, whereas the Olympic Games may feature up to three overage players. Unlike previous qualifying campaigns, nations must name 17 outfield players (instead of 18) and three goalkeepers.

Different than the last tournament in 2015, only two (not three) nations advance beyond the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, so the Concacaf Semifinals on 30 March will be Canada’s one-and-only opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada have reached the Concacaf Semifinals in each of the last three cycles (2008, 2012, 2015), but have not qualified for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament since Los Angeles 1984 when they reached the Quarterfinals (which at the time featured Canada’s full Men’s National Team). That same 1984 Canadian team qualified for the FIFA World Cup just a year later for Mexico 1986.

The Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is an important next step for Canada’s young players on their journey to the Men’s National Team. Through an aligned Men’s National Team Program, several of Canada’s young professional stars have already gained valuable experience with the Men’s National Team over the past few years. From Canada Soccer’s 50-player Provisional List for the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, 19 of them have been called into Men’s National Team camps and 16 of them have one or more international “A” appearances on their record.

Also overlapping the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will play a pair of home international matches in Victoria as they chase for a top-six spot in Concacaf on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings in order to compete in the Concacaf Hex (nations 1-6) rather than a more demanding alternate qualifying route (nations 7-35).

As some players may only be released to the Men’s National Team during the FIFA window, the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship will provide an opportunity for Canada Soccer to strengthen an expanded Men’s National Team player pool. The selected U-23 players will earn valuable international experience against their Concacaf rivals.

Starting 21 March, Canada will face El Salvador, Haiti (24 March) and Honduras (27 March) in Group B of the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. From the group phase, the top-two nations advance to the Concacaf Semifinals on Monday 30 March (against either Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico or USA). The two nations that win their Concacaf Semifinals qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and advance to the Concacaf Final on Wednesday 1 April.
 
MEN’S OLYMPIC FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
The quadrennial Men’s Olympic Football Tournament runs 23 July to 8 August in six venues across Japan. Including two nations from Concacaf, the Tokyo 2020 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will feature 16 nations from around the world.
 
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.
 
In 2019, Canada reached the Quarter-finals of back-to-back Concacaf Gold Cups for the first time since 2009 and finished second in their group of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League A (tied on points with USA, but second on goals difference). Along with a historic 2:0 victory over USA in Toronto, Canada also qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the next season of Concacaf Nations League A. At the youth level, Canada had top-four finishes at the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship (after eliminating Costa Rica) and Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship (after eliminating Mexico).
 
Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams have won two CONCACAF titles: both the 1986 and 1996 CONCACAF Men's Youth Championships. Canada have now qualified for 15 FIFA men's youth tournaments: eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Canada most recently qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.
 
 
GK- Sebastian Breza | ITA / SSD Potenza Calcio
GK- Thomas Hasal | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
GK- Matthew Nogueira | POR / CS Maritimo
GK- James Pantemis | CAN / Impact de Montréal
GK- Dayne St. Clair | USA / Minnesota United FC
CB- Robert Boskovic | CAN / Toronto FC II
CB- Derek Cornelius | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
CB- Julian Dunn | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Yohan Le Bourhis | CAN / Winnipeg Valour FC
CB- Thomas Meilleur-Giguère | CAN / Pacific FC
CB- Kamal Miller | USA / Orlando City SC
CB- Callum Montgomery | USA / FC Dallas
CB- Antonio Rocco Romeo | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Frank Sturing | NED / NEC Nijmegen
CB- Karifa Yao | CAN / Impact de Montréal
FB- Diyaeddine Abzi | CAN / York9 FC
FB- Zorhan Bassong | BEL / Cercle Brugge KSV
FB- Gabriel Boakye | GER / FC Köln II
FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard | CAN / Impact de Montréal
FB- Kadin Chung | CAN / Pacific FC
FB- Marcus Godinho | GER / FSV Zwickau
FB- Daniel Kinumbe | CAN / Halifax Wanderers FC
FB- Émile Legault | Unattached
FB- Terique Mohammed | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- Clément Bayiha | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Tristan Borges | BEL / Oud-Heverlee Leuven
M- Mathieu Choinière | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Aidan Daniels | USA / Colorado Switchbacks FC
M- Liam Fraser | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Patrick Metcalfe | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- David Norman | USA / Inter Miami CF
M- Noble Okello | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Harrison Paton | SCO / Ross County FC
M- Ryan Raposo | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Shamit Shome | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Noah Verhoeven | CAN / Pacific FC
F- Theo Bair | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Charles-Andreas Brym | FRA / Lille OSC B
F- Tajon Buchanan | USA / New England Revolution
F- Terran Campbell | CAN / Pacific FC
F- Malik Johnson | USA / Tampa Bay Rowdies
F- Aramis Kouzine | Unattached
F- Liam Millar | ENG / Liverpool FC
F- Jayden Nelson | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Easton Ongaro | CAN / FC Edmonton
F- Jordan Perruzza | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Jacob Shaffelburg | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla | CAN / Impact de Montréal
F- Kris Twardek | IRL / Bohemian FC
F- Dario Zanatta | SCO / Partick Thistle FC
 

Canada will face Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti in Group B of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on their path to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The eight-nation tournament for the U-23 National Team provides Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program with an opportunity to continue their recent success in the Concacaf region with the target of qualifying for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time since 1984.
 
“The Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament provides Canada with the opportunity to continue the success of an aligned Men’s National Team Program,” said Mauro Biello, Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-23 Head Coach. “This is an opportunity for our U-23 players to help Canada qualify for the Olympic Games and gain experience on their journey to the Men’s National Team.”
 
Canada will face El Salvador on Saturday 21 March, Haiti on Tuesday 24 March, and Honduras on Friday 27 March. The group’s top-two nations will then advance to the Concacaf Semi-finals against either Mexico, USA, Costa Rica or Dominican Republic on Monday 30 March. Only the winners of the Concacaf Semi-finals will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and advance to the confederation final on Wednesday 1 April.
 
The Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament is an important next step for Canada’s young players on their journey to the Men’s National Team. Only players born 1997 or later are eligible for the 2020 tournament. The competition provides players with a chance to gain valuable international experience as part of their progress to the Men’s National Team.
 
Through an aligned Men’s National Team Program, several of Canada’s young professional stars have already gained valuable experience with the Men’s National Team over the past few years, including 13 young players who have kicked off the 2020 season in California for a January camp that includes three international “A” matches.
 
In 2019, Canada reached the Quarter-finals of back-to-back Concacaf Gold Cups for the first time since 2009 and finished second in their group of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League A (tied on points with USA, but second on goals difference). Along with a historic 2:0 victory over USA in Toronto, Canada also qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the next season of Concacaf Nations League A. In FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, Canada picked up the most ranking points of any nation in Concacaf Nations League A (19.74 points). At the youth level, Canada had top-four finishes at the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship (after eliminating Costa Rica) and Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship (after eliminating Mexico).
 
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.
 

Canada were eliminated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 after a tough 1:0 loss to New Zealand in the group finale. Canada dominated with 61% possession, 21 shots and a barrage of chances, but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper save for one chance that was called back by the Video Assistant Referee. 

Jayden Nelson was Canada’s player of the match and scored what should have been the 1:1 equaliser if not for an offside call before he played the give-and-go magic with teammate Kamron Habibullah. New Zealand’s lone goal from the 27’ by Matthew Garbett stood as the 1:0 winner.


As part of an aligned Men’s National Team program, Canada’s attacking style was evident throughout the competition. Jacen Russell-Rowe was the Canadian goalscorer in both matches, becoming just the third Canadian to score in back-to-back FIFA men’s youth matches (after Iain Hume in 2003 and Jordan Hamilton in 2013).

“We were really good tonight but the next step for our program is to learn how to win big games like this,” said Andrew Olivieri.“We’re looking for the next players that can develop and excel into the Men’s National Team in time and continue to make our program better. Some of these boys are on the path to doing that and I hope they’ve learned something here that’s going to help them along the way.”

Before the group finale, Canada lost their opener 4:1 to Group A winner Brazil and then lost a heartbreaker 2:1 to Angola, conceding the winner in the 94’.

Canada created several chances on either side of the opening goal, but they couldn’t beat New Zealand’s goalkeeper Alex Paulsen. Ultimately, it was New Zealand that made it 1:0 in the 27’ after a free kick was awarded by the referee. Oskar Van Hattum rolled it short for Garbett who strode right and then fired his low shot past Canada’s diving goalkeeper Eleias Himaras.

The chances got even better in the second half before Nelson thought he equalised in the 57’. In the 49’, Jacen Russell-Rowe was stopped point blank by Paulsen after a wonderful pass from Nelson. Then in the 55’, Canada nearly scored on another big chance, but Paulsen made the save on the Habibullah attempt.

Canada thought they had the tying goal in the ’57 off a Nelson and Habibullah combination that was ultimately called off because of an offside play after review by the Video Assistant Referee. On the play, Nelson ran from his right and played it to Habibullah, Habibullah then held the ball for Nelson to round him and chipped it over the defence with Nelson alone to beat Paulson with a low shot from inside the box.

Canada had another big chance foiled by Paulsen in the 79’ after substitute Sean Rea broke in behind the defence. At the other end, New Zealand nearly made it 2:0 in the 83’, but Himaras had his chance to make a big save on the opportunity. Canada kept pushing deep into eight minutes of added time but could not break the New Zealand 11-man backline for the equaliser.

ROAD TO THE FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2019

Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 after winning 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark over Concacaf rivals Costa Rica on 12 May. After 120 minutes in the Florida heat with no winner from a 1:1 draw, Canada won their ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time in six years.

This marks the seventh time that Canada advances to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the biennial competition that was initially launched as the FIFA U-16 World Tournament in 1985. Canada were the second hosts of the competition in 1987.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2019

Brazil’s experience as a host of global football competitions dates back almost 70 years to the 1950 FIFA World Cup™. More recently, the nation staged the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which drew almost 3.5 million fans to packed stadiums in 12 Host Cities around the country. While recent major events held in Brazil have featured stars at the height of their careers, the FIFA U-17 World Cup brings together the best young footballers in the world for a unique opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage.

This marks Canada’s seventh participation at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and first since 2011. From past editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Canadian youth players that went on to represent the Men’s National Team include Paul Peschisolido (Canada 1987), Mauro Biello (Scotland 1989), Jim Brennan (Japan 1993), Paul Stalteri (Japan 1993), Patrice Bernier (Ecuador 1995), Maxime Crépeau (Mexico 2011), Samuel Piette (Mexico 2011), and Marco Bustos (UAE 2013).

CANADA SOCCER’S MEN’S EXCEL PROGRAM

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.

MEN’S EXCEL PROGRAM U-14 to U-23: https://www.canadasoccer.com/men-s-u-14-to-u-17-p144317

Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams have won two CONCACAF titles: both the 1986 and 1996 CONCACAF Men's Youth Championships. Canada have now qualified for 15 FIFA men's youth tournaments: eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. By reaching the semi-finals at both the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship and 2019 Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship, Canada finished top-four in two Concacaf men’s youth tournaments in the same year for the first time since 2001.

 

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