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Canada Soccer mourns the loss of Terry Quinn, the Association’s 29th President

Posted on 9 August 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Terry Quinn, an important figure in Canadian sport, has passed away. The former Canada Soccer President and Canada Soccer Life Member was 76 years old.Mr. Quinn served as Canada Soccer’s 29th President from 1992 to 1998. It was during that time that Canada Soccer hosted both the 1994 Concacaf More

Canada Soccer confirms departure of Bev Priestman

Posted on 3 August 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

After five years with Canada Soccer, Bev Priestman will be leaving her position as National EXCEL Director U15-U23, Women’s National Team U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National Team Assistant Coach at the end of August.Priestman joined Canada Soccer in 2013 as the Women’s U-14 and U- More

Canada Soccer introduces Club Licensing Program

Posted on 31 July 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has launched a new era of development for the sport with the introduction of its Club Licensing Program across Canada.  The program is designed to raise the standards of soccer development across the country to improve the overall soccer system and guide soccer organizations towar More

Canada Soccer Statement on anti-abuse in sport

Posted on 19 June 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer joins the Canadian sport community in calling for greater accountability to eliminate harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport.As the stewards of Canada’s largest team sport by participation, Canada Soccer welcomes the work being done to create an abuse-free environment in s More

Crooks, Morton named to Canada Soccer Board of Directors

Posted on 22 May 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer have confirmed two appointments to the Association's Board of Directors through vacant positions: Charmaine Crooks (by reappointment) and Bernie Morton.Both have been appointed for three-year terms through 2021.Five-time Olympian and Olympic Silver Medalist Charmaine Crooks has been re More

Canada Soccer celebrates its North Star Rising at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members

Posted on 5 May 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members for Canada Soccer marked its North Star Rising reflecting on its collective goals as it enters a new era for the sport. The 2018 edition marked two firsts for Canada Soccer with the meeting having never before been held in the Territories and the introduct More

Canadian Premier League debuts league identity and inaugural branding in advance of the league’s kickoff in spring 2019

Posted on 26 April 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Official branding kicks off a series of major announcements for Canada’s new professional soccer league over the coming weeks More

Canada Soccer statement re: Conacaf Women's Under-17 Championship

Posted on 23 April 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's Women's U-17 National Team and Canadian referees have all departed Nicaragua and are safely on their way back to Canada. Canada Soccer supports the decision of Concacaf to cancel the 2018 Concacaf Women's Under-17 Championship in Managua, Nicaragua and will continue to work with Con More

Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) – A New Sports Enterprise Now Represents Premier Soccer Properties in Canada

Posted on 28 March 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Premier League (CPL) announced today the launch of Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) – a new sports enterprise representing commercial assets and inventory for marquee soccer properties in Canada.Canadian Soccer Business debuts with a suite of top-tier national assets that comprise t More

Canada Soccer launches You are Canada Soccer campaign

Posted on 1 March 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

As the Leading a Soccer Nation Strategic Plan 2014-2018 chapter nears its completion, Canada Soccer has launched an engagement campaign designed to solicit feedback from the Canadian soccer public. The You are Canada Soccer (www.canadasoccer.com/you) initiative builds on the previous engagement More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2018

Posted on 30 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates for the Vice President and Director positions who are able to contribute to an Association that reflects the values of engagement, transparency, accountability and the many attributes of leading edge governance.Nominations are requested for t More

Canadian Premier League names Paul Beirne as President

Posted on 23 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

Paul Beirne has been appointed President of the Canadian Premier League, the new domestic men’s professional soccer league that will debut in the spring of 2019.As President, Beirne will manage the day to day league operations of the Canadian Premier Leauge. His primary focus will be to ensure More

Toronto FC’s treble named Canada Soccer 2017 Moments campaign winner

Posted on 17 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

An historic season from Toronto FC, who had a record setting regular season on the way to the 2017 Canadian Championship crown, a Major League Soccer Supporter’s Shield, and MLS Cup Finals victory and, has earned the club the 2017 Canada Soccer Moments title.Champions #canchamp #TFCLive pic.tw More

Canadian Premier League set to kick off in 2019

Posted on 10 January 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Premier League received unanimous support to join Canada Soccer’s membership along with founding clubs Winnipeg Football Club and Hamilton Football Club, at the organization’s Annual Meeting of the Members in May 2017. The league announced last week that they will kick off i More

Nicolle named to Canada Soccer Board of Directors

Posted on 2 October 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Director-Elect for Ontario More

Deadline extended - Canada Soccer looking for one (1) Elected Director from Ontario to serve on the Board of Directors commencing immediately

Posted on 12 August 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The current call for nominations is for the following Board position: One (1) Elected Director (term ending in May 2020) one (1) from Ontario Further details are available in the Call for Nominations document available in the Governance section of this website. Deadline for appl More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Nominations Committee

Posted on 13 July 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Soccer Association (Canada Soccer) is seeking to recruit two (2) qualified candidates to serve as an independent member of the Nominations Committee of the Board of Directors. The individuals must be able to demonstrate that they have professional, personal or other contacts within the More

Canada Soccer announces TSN and RDS as official broadcast partners

Posted on 30 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

The live coverage kicks off this June with Canada Soccer’s trio of Summer of Soccer international matches over a six-day period More

Canada Soccer enters new era with approval of Canadian Premier League

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Membership unanimously supports 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid More

Steve Reed elected President of Canada Soccer

Posted on 6 May 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's 34th President More

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Terry Quinn, an important figure in Canadian sport, has passed away. The former Canada Soccer President and Canada Soccer Life Member was 76 years old.

Mr. Quinn served as Canada Soccer’s 29th President from 1992 to 1998. It was during that time that Canada Soccer hosted both the 1994 Concacaf Women’s Championship and 1996 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifiers as well as the first FIFA World Cup Trophy visit in 1992 ahead of the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA. In August 1994, Canada qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in organisation history.

“Mr. Terry Quinn was a great servant of our sport as Canada Soccer President and he will be dearly missed by all that knew him,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “He made a positive impact on Canadian soccer at both the national and international levels.”

A member of the Québec Soccer Hall of Fame, Mr. Quinn served on the Canada Soccer Finance Committee in 1985 and then as Canada Soccer’s Treasurer from 1986 to 1992. It was during that time that Canada won the 1985 Concacaf Championship, participated in the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico, launched the Women’s National Team Program in 1986, and hosted the FIFA U-16 World Tournament (known today as the FIFA U-17 World Cup) in 1987.

In his time in sport, Mr. Quinn also served as Deputy Chairman of the Concacaf Youth Commission, served as Director with the Canadian Olympic Association, served on the Disciplinary Committee for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Spain 1996, and served as a member of The Soccer Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.

Born and raised in Québec City, Mr. Quinn also had roles with AS Pierrefonds, ARS St-Louis, the Québec Soccer Federation, and Supra Montréal.

Donations in Mr. Quinn’s memory can be made to Parkinson Canada.

After five years with Canada Soccer, Bev Priestman will be leaving her position as National EXCEL Director U15-U23, Women’s National Team U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National Team Assistant Coach at the end of August.

Priestman joined Canada Soccer in 2013 as the Women’s U-14 and U-17 Excel Program Director and continued to work within the EXCEL Program throughout her tenure. Under Priestman’s leadership, Canada Soccer reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, won the inaugural CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship in 2014, and placed third at the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship in both 2016 and 2018.

For Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, Priestman served as a Technical Assistant for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™, CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016, the Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, and the Algarve Cup 2018.

“Over her five years at Canada Soccer Bev has been instrumental in helping shape the EXCEL system that develops players for the Women’s National Team program,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “Under Bev’s direction, Canada Soccer’s U-14 to U-20 players have been given the tools and direction they need to make the next step on their Women’s National Team journey. We wish Bev the best in her future endeavors.”

About Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout each year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team. Major competitions which are viewed as staging posts to assess development, allows for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise, ultimately preparing players for when they do progress up the system.

Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which is delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada’s National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
 

Canada Soccer has launched a new era of development for the sport with the introduction of its Club Licensing Program across Canada.  The program is designed to raise the standards of soccer development across the country to improve the overall soccer system and guide soccer organizations toward best principles for organizational development both on and off the field. 
 
The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program takes a principles-based approach which allows organizations to develop and select the methods by which they operate based on their available resources and unique situation and context. Developed in collaboration with Provincial and Territorial Association members, and incorporating international best practices, the program will set clearly defined standards and expectations for member organizations, recognize excellence in the soccer community, raise the level of clubs, and drive change within the soccer system throughout Canada. 
 
“As Canada’s largest team sport by participation, we have a responsibility to deliver programing that benefits all players, but specifically children,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary.  “Through the work of the Development team, in collaboration with our partners in the provinces, territories and regions across Canada, an evidence-based program has been developed with interests of the child put first.  We are extremely proud to be delivering this program through our partners and we look forward to seeing its results through the enjoyment of the youth players, but also by the impact it will have on players’ long-term development and love of the game.”
 
The principles of the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program will guide the behaviour of all organizations and are being implemented to improve the youth soccer experience in Canada.  By prioritizing fun, emphasizing the physical, mental, and emotional safety of youth players, and providing developmentally-appropriate, high quality programs, Canada Soccer is redefining the youth soccer experience. 
 
“With the launch of Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program, parents will now know exactly what to expect when they sign their child up for soccer and can be confident that their child’s best interests are being met,” said Jason de Vos, Canada Soccer Director of Development. “This program will change the rules around the way young players are grouped, thus supporting the ability of clubs to deliver the best possible programs for children at all age levels and ability.”
 
Canada Soccer’s Club Licensing Program aims to ensure clubs focus on the holistic personal development of children in the sport and encourage their progression and long-term engagement.  The participant-centred approach outlined in the program aims to foster assessible, inclusive and welcoming environments across every level of the youth game, and encourages good governance and community-driven attitudes in sport. 
 
Beyond classification, the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program also includes important elements related to development and appraisal of players. An outline of desired behaviours and characteristics for organizations to stimulate change in the soccer system and institute back-end, outcome-based appraisals will become an opportunity to provide clear feedback against the key performance indicators aligned to the stated principles and desired behaviours and outcomes to licensed organizations. 
 
“The classification is being organized around key pillars of governance, administration, infrastructure and technical requirements, and in order to classify member organizations a series of categories have been established,” said de Vos.  “At one end of the spectrum, foundational requirements have been developed to be considered a Canada Soccer Quality Soccer Provider creating baseline expectations for all member organizations, and at the other end of the spectrum, the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence recognizes the highest achieving organizations from across Canada and rewards them with the Canada Soccer Approved Youth Soccer Club endorsement and associated MLS Home Grown Player benefits.”
 
The Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program will be implemented using a phased in approach beginning with an initial National Youth Club Licence application window opening for organizations currently participating in recognized standards-based leagues in 2018.  After the initial phase, organizations will be invited to apply for recognition through the Canada Soccer Standards for Quality Soccer and it is expected that applications will be open for all classifications throughout the country by mid-2019. 
 

 

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