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Canada earns valuable experience in two-match Futsal series against Costa Rica

Posted on 20 January 2018 in Futsal Team

Canada Soccer's Futsal National Team wrapped up a two-match international series with Costa Rica 20 January with a 0:5 defeat to the back-to-back defending CONCACAF Futsal Championship winners. The team featured 10 players making their international debut for Canada along with three players who atte More

Canada announces roster for pair of Futsal friendlies against Costa Rica

Posted on 15 January 2018 in Futsal Team

Canada Soccer has announced the roster of 14 players who will travel to Costa Rica 15-22 January to play a pair of futsal friendlies on 18 January at 21:00 ET and 20 January at 20:00 ET. The roster will include three players who competed in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship where Canada met the More

Canada puts forth heart-filled performance as road to Colombia ends

Posted on 11 May 2016 in Futsal Team

Canada 4:7 Cuba More

Canada one win away from FIFA Futsal World Cup

Posted on 10 May 2016 in Futsal Team

Canada 7:4 Curaçao More

Canada kicks off CONCACAF Futsal Championship

Posted on 9 May 2016 in Futsal Team

Costa Rica 3:2 Canada More

Canada reaches CONCACAF Futsal Championship

Posted on 6 May 2016 in Futsal Team

Canada wins series 9-7. More

Canada, USA knotted after first leg

Posted on 5 May 2016 in Futsal Team

Canada 4:4 USA More

USA stands between futsal team and CONCACAF championship

Posted on 2 May 2016 in Futsal Team

4-5 May play-in matches v USA More

Canada Soccer names roster for CONCACAF futsal qualification

Posted on 27 April 2016 in Futsal Team

Canada plays USA in play-in 4-5 May More

CONCACAF completes draw for Futsal Championship

Posted on 16 March 2016 in Futsal Team

Canada have to defeat USA first. More

Canada Soccer calls players to National Futsal camp

Posted on 15 March 2016 in Futsal Team

Futsal camp in Vaughan. More

Canada National Futsal camp scheduled for March

Posted on 23 February 2016 in Futsal Team

Newly-appointed coach Kyt Selaidopoulos will hold the camp in Toronto from 18-20 March. More

Selaidopoulos named as Canada Soccer's National Futsal coach

Posted on 8 February 2016 in Futsal Team

Coach Selaidopoulos will lead the program for both the CONCACAF Futsal Championship and the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. More

Canada completes CONCACAF Futsal journey

Posted on 4 July 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada eliminated from first-ever participation at CONCACAF Futsal Championship. More

Match report: Canada futsal 2:3 USA

Posted on 3 July 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada must now win its third and final group match over Panama by three goals or more. More

Match report: Canada Futsal 3:7 Guatemala

Posted on 2 July 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada falls 3:7 to host Guatemala in CONCACAF Futsal opener More

Canada qualifies for CONCACAF Futsal Championship

Posted on 29 June 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada eliminates El Salvador, wins 7-6 on aggregate More

Canada Futsal announces roster, playoff preparations

Posted on 21 June 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada's futsal team has selected 14 players More

CONCACAF Futsal draw announced

Posted on 12 April 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada still needs to defeat El Salvador to reach final eight in CONCACAF More

Guatemala to host CONCACAF Futsal Championship

Posted on 18 January 2012 in Futsal Team

Canada must still pass El Salvador to reach CONCACAF Final Eight. More

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Canada Soccer's Futsal National Team wrapped up a two-match international series with Costa Rica 20 January with a 0:5 defeat to the back-to-back defending CONCACAF Futsal Championship winners. The team featured 10 players making their international debut for Canada along with three players who attended the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship hosted in Costa Rica.

"These matches were an important step in the perparations for the 2020 CONCACAF Futsal Championship giving our younger players top level international experience against the top team in our region," said Futsal National Team Head Coach Kyt Selaidopoulos. "We will continue to work toward preparing the players for the international opportunities that futsal provides, including the Futsal World Cup."

In the first match, 18 January, Canada matched Costa Rica through all 40 minutes before falling 4:5. Canada Soccer Futsal Player of the Year Nazim Belguendouz scored twice for Canada. Diyaeddine Abzi and Reda Agourram had singles.

Futsal is a unique, fast-paced indoor sport played across Canada and around the world. Canada Soccer is committed to the growth and promotion of the game. At the elite club level, Canada Soccer supports domestic competition through the annual Futsal Canadian Championship. Canada Soccer also supports playing opportunities provided by the National Futsal Team in international competitions including the FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Canada Soccer has announced the roster of 14 players who will travel to Costa Rica 15-22 January to play a pair of futsal friendlies on 18 January at 21:00 ET and 20 January at 20:00 ET. The roster will include three players who competed in the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship where Canada met the host country in their opening match, a thrilling 3-2 loss to the three-time federation champions.

“This is a terrific opportunity for us to build on the momentum that started in 2016, early in this 2020 Futsal World Cup cycle, against a premier opponent in our federation,” said Futsal Head Coach Kyriakos (Kyt) Selaidopoulos. “After a year of traveling across the country, holding camps and running clinics and sessions, this group has the opportunity to show that they can play against one of the brightest programs in world futsal.”

One of the returning players from 2016 is the current and first-ever Canada Soccer Futsal Player of the Year Nazim Belguendouz. Two players representing 2017 Futsal Canadian Championship winners Sporting Montreal FC also make the list. The team played in the 2017 CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship in Honduras last August.

“We have some players who gained valuable experience in the top tournaments in our region over the past couple of years,” Selaidopoulos said. “With a mix of experience and newcomers who have been working on their game as the game matures across the country, we have confidence that we can surprise some teams come 2020.”

The matches will be streamed via Costa Rica’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FEDEFUTBOLCR

#CanFutsal Roster

Player, Club, Home Province

Matthew Rios, Futsal Club Toronto, ON
Nazim Belguendouz, FC Sparte, QC
Reda Agourram, FC Sparte, QC
Maxime Leconte, FC Sparte, QC
Jay Tomchuk, New Generation FC, SK
Nicolas Gonzalez, Calgary Villain FC, AB
Dylan Tooby, Foothills Darts, AB
Khalid Ismail (GK), Montreal United, QC
Diyaeddine Abzi, Sporting Montreal FC, QC
Jacob Orellana, Toronto Idolo Futsal, ON
Aziah Reid, Futsal Club Toronto, ON
Luigi Caruso (GK), Toronto Idolo Futsal, ON
Ousamma Laguel, Sporting Montreal FC, QC
Luis Rocha, Toronto Idolo Futsal, ON
 

A heart-filled performance was not enough as Canada were eliminated on the road to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. In need of a draw or better, Canada stretched themselves in the second half, but ultimately lost 4:7 to an experienced Cuban side at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Down 3-1 midway through the second half, Canada were caught two more times pressing forward as Cuba celebrated early with a 5-1 lead. Canada came back, though, with Frederico Moojen hitting both posts on one shot before later scoring a brace just 16 seconds apart.

After Vahid Assadpour cut the lead to one with five minutes remaining, however, Cuba scored twice and put the match out of reach. (Read the match summary and report)

Cuba officially qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 two hours later after Curaçao lost their group finale to Costa Rica. It marked the fifth time that Cuba qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, having previously qualified for four straight editions from 1996 to 2008. Cuba are now tied with USA for the most FIFA Futsal World Cup appearances by a CONCACAF nation. 

Costa Rica, Cuba, Panama, and Guatemala are the four CONCACAF nations that have qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. In Group A, the standings featured Panama with nine points, Guatemala with six points, Mexico with three points, and Honduras with no points. In Group B, the standings featured Costa Rica with nine points, Cuba with four points, Canada with three points, and Curaçao with one point.

In 2016, Canada posted three wins, one draw and two losses in international competition. The national team scored 25 goals and conceded 21 goals against in the six matches. At the end of their run, Canada was just one point short of a place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016.

Futsal is a unique, fast-paced indoor sport played across Canada and around the world. Canada Soccer is committed to the growth and promotion of the game. At the elite club level, Canada Soccer supports domestic competition through the annual Futsal Canadian Championship. Canada Soccer also supports playing opportunities provided by the National Futsal Team in international competitions including the FIFA Futsal World Cup.

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