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The Decade in Review – 30 big moments for Canadian soccer from the past 10 years

Posted on 31 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

It has been an incredible decade of growth for the beautiful game in Canada, from winning a Concacaf Women's Championship and reaching the podium in back-to-back Olympic Games to hosting the world's biggest women's sporting event, setting global and national attendance records, and securing the bid More

Canada Soccer's National Teams Year in Review

Posted on 30 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's National Teams had another positive year on the international stage with a combined 2019 record of 14 wins, three draws, and seven losses across 24 "A" matches between the Men's National Team and Women's National Team. The year included participation in a seventh-consecutiv More

Statement from Canada Soccer

Posted on 20 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer accepts the findings of the Sport and Law Strategy Group December 2019 report related to Vancouver Whitecaps Safe Sport Practices which included a review of the handling of the removal of the club’s Head Coach who also served as Canada Soccer’s 2008 Women’s National More

Historic victory over USA by Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team tops 2019 Canada Soccer Moments

Posted on 19 December 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s historic 2:0 Concacaf Nations League defeat of rival USA at BMO Field on 15 October has been named as the top 2019 Canada Soccer Moment. The victory marked the first time the Men’s National Team registered a victory over the United States More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2020

Posted on 18 November 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Nominations Committee of the Canada Soccer Board of Directors calls for nominations for the positions of President (for a four-year term), as well as Director (elected) and Director (independent) for three-year terms commencing after the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members.The current call for no More

Canada Soccer statement regarding Ottawa Fury FC announcement

Posted on 8 November 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is extremely disappointed with the announcement that the Ottawa Fury FC will suspend operations. As the national governing body for the sport of soccer in Canada, we have always supported the growth and development of all levels of soccer, including the professional game in our countr More

Canada Soccer’s Discipline Committee to respond to claims for wrongful dismissal in CPL Final

Posted on 28 October 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer today confirmed that, following the first leg of the Canadian Premier League Final between Hamilton’s Forge FC and Calgary’s Cavalry FC on Saturday 26 October 2019 in Hamilton, an intention to claim for wrongful dismissal was received in respect of Tristan Borges of Forge F More

Canada Soccer announces fines, suspensions following 28 Sept York9 FC v Cavalry FC match

Posted on 8 October 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Following the York9 FC v Cavalry FC Canadian Premier League match on Saturday 28 September 2019, Canada Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee announced that Cavalry Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and midfielder Nikolas Ledgerwood of Cavalry FC and goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi of York9 FC were charge More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Committe rules on Canadian Championship QR2 allegations of racial comments

Posted on 26 August 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's Disciplinary Committee has announced its decision related to the allegations of racial comments made at the completion of opening leg of the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 Match 5 between Forge FC and Cavalry FC held Tuesday 4 June 2019 at Tim Horton Field, Hamilton, ON.Mr More

Canada Soccer announces 39 first-ever National Youth Club Licence holders

Posted on 31 July 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce that 39 clubs in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario have been provisionally granted the Canada Soccer National Youth Club Licence. As the highest amateur youth club designation in the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program, the National Youth Club Licence More

Canada Soccer Disciplinary Committe rules on Canadian Championship QR2 mass confrontation

Posted on 4 July 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer's Disciplinary Committee has announced its decisions related to the mass confrontation at the completion of opening leg of the Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 2 Match 5 between Forge FC and Cavalry FC held Tuesday 4 June 2019 at Tim Horton Field, Hamilton, ON.Forge FC and Cavalr More

Canada Soccer opens investigation into allegations of racial comments

Posted on 12 June 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is investigating allegations that racial comments were made at the end of the Canadian Championship match Forge FC v Cavalry FC on 4 June.This investigation is separate and distinct from the charges already laid by Canada Soccer upon both teams for failing to ensure their players and/o More

Canada Soccer announces disciplinary action after Canadian Championship QR2 Match 5

Posted on 7 June 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer announced allegations that Forge FC and Cavalry FC failed to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion after the final whistle in the Canadian Championship second qualifying round on Tuesday 4 June 2019 will be heard by the Canada Soccer Disciplin More

Canada Soccer announces fine, suspension for Forge FC’s Kyle Bekker

Posted on 7 May 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee has announced that Canadian Premier League team Forge FC’s Captain Kyle Bekker has been suspended for two matches and fined an undisclosed amount related to an incident in the CanPL opening match held 27 April at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON. B More

Canadian soccer leaders unanimously support Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster

Posted on 4 May 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Members in Québec City, Canada Soccer’s membership unanimously supported a suite of programs and initiatives that contribute to safe, fun and welcoming environments for everyone involved in the game. The Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster combines the More

Seven Canadian Premier League clubs granted Canada Soccer National Club Licence

Posted on 27 April 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Ahead of the kickoff of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season, Canada Soccer announced that all seven professional clubs in membership have been granted Canada Soccer National Club Licences. Forge FC, Valour FC, FC Edmonton, HFX Wanderers FC, York9 FC, Cavalry FC and Pacific FC all met the re More

Canada Soccer welcomes Canadian Premier League to Canada’s sporting landscape

Posted on 27 April 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer proudly welcomes the launch of the Canadian Premier League to Canada’s sporting landscape with the Inaugural Match played today in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada’s newly-established professional soccer league features seven clubs from coast to coast across Canada.“Congratu More

Welcome to Canada Soccer Nation

Posted on 11 February 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has unveiled its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan that will continue to build on the organisation’s domestic and international achievements with a focus on the once-in-a-generation opportunity to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The Canada Soccer Nation: 2019-2021 Strategic Plan More

United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ wins Canada Soccer Moments campaign

Posted on 7 January 2019 in Canadian Soccer Association

Fans from across Canada had the opportunity to vote for the top Canada Soccer Moment of 2018 during Canada Soccer’s annual Moments campaign over the holiday period. The successful United 2026 Bid from Canada, Mexico, and the United States winning the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup&trade More

Canada Soccer names Jim Loughlin as Master Coach Developer

Posted on 30 November 2018 in Canadian Soccer Association

As part of its expanded coach education offerings and focus, Canada Soccer has named Canada Soccer A Licence holder, and Master Learning Facilitator Jim Loughlin as a Master Coach Developer.“Jim Loughlin brings a wealth of education, experience, and knowledge from a career in soccer that will More

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It has been an incredible decade of growth for the beautiful game in Canada, from winning a Concacaf Women's Championship and reaching the podium in back-to-back Olympic Games to hosting the world's biggest women's sporting event, setting global and national attendance records, and securing the bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We've picked out 30 big moments from across the decade and shared them in chronological order, from our Concacaf women's youth title in March 2010 to our historic Concacaf Nations League victory over USA in October 2019.


2010

● Just two days after eliminating USA, Canada won the Concacaf Women's Under-17 Championship with a 1:0 victory over Mexico on 20 March 2010. It was Canada's third Concacaf women's youth title. 

● Héctor Vergara was appointed as an assistant referee to the FIFA World Cup™ for the third time. In the match for third place on 10 July 2010, he officiated his record 14th FIFA World Cup™ finals match.

● Canada wins the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Championship

Canada won their second Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 1:0 win over the tournament hosts Mexico. Canada won all five of their matches at the tournament, including a 4:0 win over Costa Rica to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fifth consecutive time. In the 8 November Concacaf final in front of 16,005 fans at the Estadio Quinatana Roo in Cancún, Karina LeBlanc posted her fifth-straight clean sheet and captain Christine Sinclair scored the winning goal on a penalty in the 54th minute.

In May 2012 as part of Canada Soccer's Centennial Celebrations, Canada's 2010 Concacaf title was recognised as one of Canada Soccer's Top-10 Moments of the Association's first 100 years.

2011

● On 3 March 2011, Canada Soccer was awarded the rights to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ along with the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014.

● Canada participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fifth consecutive time in 2011, but finished last out of a 'Group of Death' that featured three confederation champions (Canada, Germany, Nigeria). Less than four months with new head coach John Herdman in charge, Canada won gold at the Pan American Games after beating Brazil 4-3 on kicks in the 27 October 2011 final. 

2012

● From 19-29 January, Canada hosted the record-setting 2012 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, BC. The hosts qualified for the Olympic Games, won Concacaf silver, and set a tournament record with 162,223 cumulative spectators across 15 matches.

● During the Association's centennial year, Canada Soccer implemented a revamped governance structure that took effect at the Annual Meeting of the Membres on 5 May 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario. 

● Canada inspires a nation with medal-winning performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Canada captured the hearts and imagination of a country as they won 1:0 over France to win the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It marked the first time in 76 years that a Canadian team won a medal at the Summer Olympic Games. Captain Christine Sinclair scored a legendary hat trick in the incredible Canada-USA semi-finals, which drew a record average audience of 2.4 million television viewers on TSN. The country stopped, held its breath and cheered three days later when Canada won Olympic bronze, with Diana Matheson the goal-scoring hero in the final minute.

In 2019, Canada Soccer's Women's National Team from the London 2012 Olympic Games was honoured by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in the Team Category as part of their Class of 2019 celebrations. READ MORE

 

● Dwayne De Rosario became Canada Soccer's Men's National Team's all-time leading goalscorer with his 20th international "A" goal. De Rosario's record-setting goal was the 77th minute winner in a 1:0 victory over Panama at BMO Field in Toronto on 7 September 2012.

● After her incredible 2012 international season, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair won both the Lou Marsh Trophy and Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's best athlete of the year. The London 2012 Olympic flag bearer set a national record with 23 goals, including a world-best six at the Olympic Games.

2013

● As part of a legacy to hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™, Canada Soccer partnered with Mexico and USA to help launch the National Women’s Soccer League. Sixteen Canadian footballers were allocated to NWSL teams for the inaugural 2013 season.

2014

● Canada won the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship, the Association's fourth Concacaf women's youth title. Undefeated across six matches, Canada won 4-1 on kicks following a 1:1 draw with Haiti to capture the Concacaf title on 17 August 2014.

● From 5 to 24 August 2014, Canada hosted the seventh edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Toronto, Montréal and Moncton. The Canada 2014 competition drew 288,558 cumulative spectators across 32 matches.

2015

● From winning the 2014 Canadian Championship, the Montréal Impact made a historic run all the way to the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League Final. The last match on 29 April 2015 drew 61,004 fans at Stade Olympique, Canada’s highest attendance for an in-stadia sporting event of the year.

● Canada hosts the record-setting FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ from coast to coast

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with the world's focus turned to our nation for the 30-day FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ finals from 6 June to 5 July. Canada were terrific hosts, executing a flawless tournament, delivering a professional environment, and of course serving a warm, hearty welcome to the world's beautiful game. The coast-to-coast competition drew a record-setting crowd of 1,353,506 cumulative spectators, generated nearly half a billion dollars in economic impact, and attracted a worldwide television audience of more than 750 million viewers.

For the first time ever, Canada hosted a competition from coast to coast across the country - from Vancouver on the Pacific coast to Moncton on the Atlantic coast. The competition also crossed five time zones, another first for a FIFA event. READ MORE

 

● Canada Soccer launched the Futsal Canadian Championship with an inaugural two-match series on 10 and 11 October 2015. The competition grew to an eight-club, 16-match championship within three years.

2016

● Canada Soccer sets national record for largest in-stadia attendance to a national team event of any sport

For the fourth time in less than a year, Canada Soccer set the national record for largest in-stadia attendance to a national team event of any sport in Canada. Before 2015, Canada Soccer's 1994 Men's International Friendly at Commonwealth Stadium held the record with 51,936 fans. Then within the stroke of a month, Canada Soccer's Women's National Team broke the record three times: 53,058 for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ opener on 6 June (Commonwealth Stadium), 53,855 for the Round of 16 match on 21 June (BC Place in Vancouver), and 54,027 for the Quarter-finals match on 27 June (BC Place). Finally on Friday 25 March 2016, the record was set one more time: Canada Soccer drew 54,798 fans for a FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers match at BC Place in Vancouver.

 

● Canada Soccer makes history with back-to-back medal performances at Summer Olympic Games

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team became the first Canadian team in more than a century to capture back-to-back medals at the Summer Olympic Games. Canada won five of their six matches, notably winning their group for the second major tournament in a row after a 2:1 win over Germany. On 19 August 2016, Canada won bronze after a 2:1 victory over the hosts Brazil at Corinthians Arena in São Paulo. Strikers Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair co-led Canada with three goals each, with the Canadian captain Sinclair scoring the medal-winning goal on the final day.

 

● Carol Anne Chénard was appointed referee for the the gold medal final at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament on 19 August. Across the decade, Chénard worked as a referee at two Olympic Games and two FIFA Women's World Cups.

2017

● Kadeisha Buchanan became the first Canadian to win UEFA Women's Champions League, her first of three successive titles with FCF Olympique Lyonnais. In the 1 June 2017 final in Wales, Buchanan's Lyonnais side won 7-6 on kicks over Paris Saint-Germain, who featured Canadian Ashley Lawrence.

● After leading Canada to back-to-back Olympic medals, John Herdman became the first soccer coach to win the Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award by the Coaching Association of Canada. 

● A back-to-back champion with Beşiktaş JK, Atiba Hutchinson helped his Turkish club qualify for the Round of 16 of 2017-18 UEFA Champions League. The six-time Canadian Player of the Year wore the captain's armband for UCL matches in October and November 2017.

2018

● Toronto FC became the second Canadian team to reach the Concacaf Champions League Final, ultimately falling 4-2 on kicks in the 25 April 2018 final to Chivas Guadalajara. Toronto FC's Concacaf Champions League run followed their treble-winning 2017 season (Canadian Championship, MLS Shield, MLS Cup).

● Canada, Mexico and USA win their United 2026 bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia on 13 June 2018. It was a watershed moment for the sport in Canada, with an eight-year runway for Canada Soccer to forever change the landscape for the sport in the country. At the FIFA Congress, it was the first time in history that FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup™. It also marked the first time that three nations were selected to co-host the world's biggest tournament. The United Bid offered FIFA and its 2011 Member Associations unity, certainty, and opportunity as they prepare to host the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history, which will be expanded to a 48-team format.

 

● On 25 July 2018, former Canadian national youth team star Alphonso Davies moved from Vancouver Whitecaps FC to FC Bayern Munich in an MLS-record transfer deal. Within 18 months, the 2018 Canadian Player of the Year became a regular starter for the German giants.

● Rhian Wilkinson became the first Women's National Team alumni to lead Canada as head coach at a FIFA youth competition. The young Canadian team finished in fourth place at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018, Canada's second-best finish at a FIFA youth competition.

2019

● On 27 April 2019, the Canadian Premier League kicked off their inaugural season at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. The seven-team, 100-match first season concluded with Forge FC Hamilton as the 2019 North Star Shield winners.

● At France 2019, Canada reached the knockout phase of the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the third time in program history. On 20 June, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair became just the second player to score in five consecutive FIFA Women's World Cups (alongside Brazilian captain Marta, who also scored in each tournament from 2003 to 2019).

● Canadian Para Soccer star Samuel Charron was named Player of the Tournament at the 16-nation IFPFC World Cup in Spain. The 21-year old Charron scored six times at the tournament, including a hat trick against Thailand.

● On a historic night at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team beat rivals USA in an international "A" match for the first time in 34 years. The 15 October 2019 Concacaf Nations League victory was also Canada's first against the Americans in an official competitive match since 1 November 1980.


Canada Soccer Player of the Decade - Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair was named the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade after an unparalleled 10 years of world-class performances in which she continued to build a legacy as of one of Canada’s greatest athletes of all time. A Concacaf champion in 2010 and back-to-back Olympic medal winner from London 2012 and Rio 2016, she was the 2012 Lou Marsh Trophy and Bobbie Rosenfeld Award winner, the 2011 WPS Championship MVP, and seven-time Canada Soccer Canadian Player of the Year.

The flag bearer at the London 2012 Closing Ceremonies, Sinclair was also a four-time professional club playoff champion, three-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant, four-time Concacaf medal winner, and four-time finalist for the FIFA World Player of the Year. She scored 64 goals for club and 84 goals for country, notably moving within two goals of setting the world’s all-time international goalscoring record. READ MORE

 

Canada Soccer's National Teams had another positive year on the international stage with a combined 2019 record of 14 wins, three draws, and seven losses across 24 "A" matches between the Men's National Team and Women's National Team. The year included participation in a seventh-consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup, a quarter-final finish at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, and a historic 2:0 win over USA in the group phase of Concacaf Nations League. Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini set new Men's National Team records for international goals in a season while Women's National Team captain Christine Sinclair moved within two goals of setting a world record for all-time international goals, a record she could set as early as the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January/February 2020.

 


Canada Soccer's Women's National Team

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team took part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the seventh time in 2019 and reached the knock-out phase for the third time. It also marked the second time they won six points in the group phase, the first time they opened with back-to-back wins, the first time since 2007 they scored in all three group matches, the first time they beat a Confederation champion at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the first time they reached the knock-out phase in back-to-back tournaments. Canada ultimately finished in 11th place after a 1-0 loss to Sweden in the Round of 16.

“The highlight of the year was the preparation, participation and performance at our seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director. “It was a major disappointment not to advance further than the Round of 16, but the analytics of our performances was positive. At the same time, we continued to solidify our talent pathway through our Regional EXCEL Centres and Super Centres along with their integration to the Women’s National Team. We have an aligned and co-operative system that is very strong across the country, affecting both staff and youth players in each of our centres.”

From FIFA’s detailed review of the 24 finalists at France 2019, Canada led the way in statistical averages for possession (61%), passes (581) and opponents bypassed (419). In a nine-month run after qualifying in October 2018, Canada posted seven wins, three draws and three losses in 13 international matches, with their only losses to the world’s top-three nations USA, Netherlands and Sweden. That string also included a 10-match unbeaten streak, the second longest in program history.

Fullback Ashley Lawrence led Canada in minutes played and assists and was the Canadian Player of the Year for the first time. Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé tied the Women’s National Team record with eight clean sheets in a single year while Canada’s 10 clean sheets and five consecutive clean sheets were both the second most in program history. Of the 30 players who were part of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team in 2019, there were 10 players born 1996 or later including four rookies (Jessica De Filippo, Vanessa Gilles, Jade Rose and Olivia Smith) and one debutant (Smith).

Christine Sinclair continued her incredible chase of the world’s all-time international goalscoring record, scoring her 183rd goal in Canada’s last win of the season. Sinclair, who has led Canada in goalscoring in 16 of her 20 seasons, was just two goals away from setting the new record at the end of 2019. She led Canada with six goals in 15 matches and became just one of two players to score in five FIFA Women’s World Cups (both Marta and Sinclair achieved the feat from 2003 to 2019).



Canada Soccer's Men's National Team

It was another leap forward for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team in 2019, a year that was highlighted by a historic October victory over USA for the first time in 34 years. Canada set or tied Men’s National Team records for competitive wins in a season (six), goals in a season (28), goals at a Concacaf Gold Cup (14), and goals in a home match (six). They also set or tied records for consecutive wins (six) and consecutive games with a goal (13), both set across 2018 and 2019. Across nine matches in Concacaf Nations League and Concacaf Gold Cup action, Canada’s international “A” record was six wins and three losses.

“In a year in which we beat or eliminated Concacaf’s top-three nations across the Men’s National Team and Men’s Youth National Teams (Mexico, USA, Costa Rica), Canada Soccer’s program showed positive progress building towards 2026 while continuing our quest for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director. “We also continued to develop and improve the relationship with our professional clubs and provincial/territorial members across the country, providing a genuine synergy that is helping Canada perform at higher levels on the international stage.”

Lucas Cavallini (eight), Jonathan David (eight) and Junior Hoilett (six) were the first trio of Men’s National Team players to score four or more goals in a year, with both David and Cavallini establishing a new record for goals in a year. Cavallini and David were also the first Men’s National Team players to both score a hat trick in the same match while Hoilett was the first in 27 years to score a hat trick in a home match. Goalkeeper Milan Borjan, meanwhile, was the first to post five shutout wins in a year.

David won the Golden Boot and was named an All-Star at the Concacaf Gold Cup while Alphonso Davies was named an All-Star in Concacaf Nations League A. The teenagers, named Canadian Players of the Year in back-to-back seasons (Davies in 2018, David in 2019), were two of five U-23 aged players that featured in the October victory over USA along with Derek Cornelius, Kamal Miller and Liam Fraser. Of the 40 players who were part of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team in 2019, there were 11 players born 1997 or later and four debutants (Stephen Eustáquio, Liam Fraser, Richie Laryea, and Kamal Miller).

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). In FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, Canada picked up the most ranking points of any nation in Concacaf Nations League A (19.74 points). Canada also qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the next season of Concacaf Nations League A.

 


Canada Soccer Year in Review

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s historic 2:0 Concacaf Nations League defeat of rival USA at BMO Field on 15 October has been named as the top 2019 Canada Soccer Moment. The victory marked the first time the Men’s National Team registered a victory over the United States in 34 years.

Canada Soccer accepts the findings of the Sport and Law Strategy Group December 2019 report related to Vancouver Whitecaps Safe Sport Practices which included a review of the handling of the removal of the club’s Head Coach who also served as Canada Soccer’s 2008 Women’s National Team U-20 Head Coach.

As outlined in the report, Canada Soccer took immediate action when concerns were raised about the Women’s National Team U-20 Head Coach in September 2008. In cooperation with the Vancouver Whitecaps, a new joint investigation was initiated with the same investigator who had been retained by the Vancouver Whitecaps following initial concerns being raised about the Head Coach in May 2008 specific to his role with the Vancouver Whitecaps. The subsequent report’s recommendations were followed which led to the Head Coach not continuing in his role with either the Vancouver Whitecaps or Canada Soccer.

In step with Sport Canada and our peer National Sporting and Multi-sport Organizations, Canada Soccer continues to build on existing programs and policies through the introduction of the Safe Sport Roster which is a comprehensive approach to ensuring that Safe Sport is fundamental to programs from the grassroots to the National Team. Through a suite of programs and policies, Canada Soccer is making a long-term commitment to eliminating harassment, discrimination and abuse from our sport. With the endorsement of every leader of our provincial and territorial member associations, we’re working proactively to create the best possible conditions for everyone involved to get the most out of their soccer experience.

The approach includes an anonymous, third-party operated whistleblower hotline, minimum certifications for coaches across the country including industry standard training from the Respect in Sport Group. In addition, soccer programming from coast-to-coast-to-coast will be bolstered by a National Club Licensing Program that enshrines safe sport initiatives in a standards-based club development program and National Soccer Registry designed to provide data-driven insights and solicit anonymous feedback in circumstances that merit investigation.
 

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