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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.I More

Canada Para Soccer to face Australia and USA

Posted on 20 July 2018 in Para Soccer

Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Team will play a pair of international matches this week as part of the Tri-Nation Invitational Challenge hosted by the US Soccer Federation. The three-match series will feature USA v Australia on 19 July, Canada v Australia on 20 July, and Canada v host USA on 21 J More

Canada Para Soccer ready to take on the world at biennial championship

Posted on 8 September 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada Para Soccer will face Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain at this year’s IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. The 16-nation competition kicks off this 10 September, with Canada looking to again crack the top-10 in the world.“We have a tough draw, but we will set ou More

Matt Brown leaves international football after 11-year Para Soccer career

Posted on 27 August 2017 in Para Soccer

Brown retired ranked second in the Canada Soccer Para Soccer program with 59 international appearances More

Canada Soccer selects squad for 2017 IFCPF World Championships

Posted on 11 August 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada is in a group with Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain for the upcoming IFCPF World Championships More

Canada Para Soccer ready for two-match series in USA

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada v USA on 21 & 23 July More

Canada Para Soccer to face USA in two-match series

Posted on 30 June 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada v USA on 21 & 23 July More

Para Soccer program continues summer preparations with regional camps

Posted on 10 June 2017 in Para Soccer

10-11 June in Ontario; 16-17 June in Nanaimo More

Para Soccer program hosts March evaluation camps

Posted on 3 March 2017 in Para Soccer

More than 30 players will take part in the two camps More

Canada finish 7th at Vejen 2016 after fourth win in six matches

Posted on 6 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 5:0 Japan More

Canada Para Soccer to face Japan for seventh place

Posted on 4 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 2:3 a.e.t Northern Ireland More

Canada falls in Para Soccer Quarterfinals

Posted on 3 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 1:1 Venezuela / 2-3 kicks More

Canada Para Soccer wins group, will face Venezuela in Quarterfinals

Posted on 1 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 7:0 Japan More

Triple hat trick threat Samuel Charron still a teen

Posted on 1 August 2016 in Para Soccer

First player to score three successive hat tricks More

Canada Para Soccer qualifies for World Championships

Posted on 30 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 10:0 Finland More

Canada Para Soccer opens Vejen 2016 in first place

Posted on 29 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 10:0 Denmark More

Canada Para Soccer in Denmark for Qualification Tournament

Posted on 27 July 2016 in Para Soccer

2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament More

Happy and ready to go: Canada Para Soccer sets sights on Denmark

Posted on 23 July 2016 in Para Soccer

2016 IFCPF World Championship Qualification Tournament More

Para Soccer prepares for Vejen departure

Posted on 17 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Qualification Tournament in Denmark More

Canada Para Soccer wraps up Toronto preparations for Denmark

Posted on 10 July 2016 in Para Soccer

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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.

CANADA
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

Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Team will play a pair of international matches this week as part of the Tri-Nation Invitational Challenge hosted by the US Soccer Federation. The three-match series will feature USA v Australia on 19 July, Canada v Australia on 20 July, and Canada v host USA on 21 July.

Canada’s two international matches will provide an important development step ahead of the 2018 IFCPF Americas Championships in Natal, Brazil. It also marks Canada’s first international matches since the IFCPF adjusted the player eligibility rules for Para Soccer earlier this year.

“We are taking a very young team with some players,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Head Coach. “This is a huge preparation for us and our first chance to see the new players in action. We look forward to the training and matches and then our next project in August ahead of the IFCPF Americas Championships in October.”

The 2018 IFCPF Americas Championships runs 12 to 21 October in Natal. Two stadia will be used for the competition, the Maria lamas Farache Stadium and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

CANADA
GK- Damien Wojtiw
FB- Nicholas Heffernan
FB- Vito Proietti
FB- Ryan Watson
M- Lucas Bruno
M- Samuel Charron
M- Diego Gilbert
M- Dustin Hodgson
M- Duncan McDonald
M- Corey Stashewsky
F- Gaerrisen Freeland
 

Canada Para Soccer will face Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain at this year’s IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. The 16-nation competition kicks off this 10 September, with Canada looking to again crack the top-10 in the world.

“We have a tough draw, but we will set out with the mindset that we can pull off an upset against one of the top teams in the group phase,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. “We have five new players, but we also have good young talent, so this event will also be a great learning experience for our group.”

Fans can follow the IFCPF World Championships across Canada Soccer’s digital channels from 10-23 September. Canada’s three group matches are 10 September against Brazil, 12 September against Republic of Ireland, and 14 September against Spain. Canada will then play three more matches from 18 to 23 September to determine their world ranking.

Coach Ferguson has arguably some of the best young players in the world, including 19-year old Samuel Charron and 20-year Liam Stanley. Canada’s 14-man squad also features the program’s most experienced player Dustin Hodgson and 50-year young midfielder Jamie Ackinclose. Both Hodgson and Ackinclose rank with Charron among the program’s all-time top-five goalscorers.

From the last IFCPF World Championships in 2015, Canada has returned five players in Charron, Hodgson, Nicholas Heffernan, Stanley, and goalkeeper Damien Wojtiw. That team finished in 10th place, the program’s second-best ranking. Ackinclose is the one other player with previous IFCPF World Championships experience, although he missed the last competition through injury.

“We will rely on the experience of Jamie Ackinclose to help stabilize a very young squad, but we know that players like Samuel Charron and Liam Stanley can both be our spark in speed and quality to help us reach our goals at this event,” said Ferguson.

This marks Canada’s sixth participation in the biennial IFCPF World Championship since 2005, with their best ranking a 9th place finish in 2009. Canada qualified for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships last year through the Qualification Tournament in Denmark.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

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