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Canada Soccer to play milestone 100th Para Soccer match

Posted on 21 November 2019 in Para Soccer

Canada Soccer will feature in its 100th international Para Soccer match this Saturday 30 November in Cromer, Australia. The 2019 international friendly is part of a two-match series that will close out Canada’s 15th international season since their debut at the 2005 World Championships. The tw More

Canada Para Soccer squad announced for World Cup

Posted on 3 July 2019 in Para Soccer

Canada Soccer have announced their roster for the IFCPF World Cup Sevilla 2019 to be played in Spain from 7 to 19 July. Para Soccer coach Drew Ferguson has selected 12 players for the international competition with a promise of six international matches across 13 days. “Our goal will be t More

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

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Posted on 20 July 2017 in Para Soccer

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Canada Soccer will feature in its 100th international Para Soccer match this Saturday 30 November in Cromer, Australia. The 2019 international friendly is part of a two-match series that will close out Canada’s 15th international season since their debut at the 2005 World Championships. The two matches are scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Cromer Park.

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. The team features athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury. At the most recent 2019 IFCPF World Cup in Spain, Canada finished in 12th place.

“Our staff and players are very excited for this opportunity to play these international matches before the end of the year,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer National Team Head Coach. “We are happy to be chosen to be part of this opportunity provided by Football Federation Australia through the FIFA Forward 2.0 Football Development Programme.”

All-time, Canada have won six of nine international matches against Australia since 2005. In their most-recent meeting on 18 July, Australia won 4:2 over Canada to clinch 11th place at the 2019 IFCPF World Cup. Canada took a 2-1 lead, but Australia equalised before the half and then pulled away with a pair of goals including the winner in the second half.

“It should be a closely-contested match which provides our staff with a chance to look at some players who we have not had the opportunity to see in international action over the past few years,” said Ferguson.

Canada’s 12-man squad will feature four returning players who missed the 2019 IFCPF World Cup: Sam Denton, Benjamin Mowat, Joe Resendes and Cory Stashewsky. Canada’s eight other players were all in Spain this summer, including 2019 IFCPF World Cup Most Valuable Player Samuel Charron and 2018 Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year Damien Wojtiw.

Along with Mowat and Stashewsky, Canada’s squad features teenagers Diego Gilbert and Danny White. In all, nine of Canada’s 12 players are 26 or younger, including Lucas Bruno (23), Charron (21), Denton (21), Raji Kamoun (26), and Ryan Watson (20). Rounding out the squad is Dustin Hodgson, Canada’s all-time leader with 83 international appearances (from 99 matches since 2005).

Canada Soccer’s Drew Ferguson, a former Men’s National Team player who has led the Para Soccer program since its inception, will also become the first Canadian coach to reach the 100-match milestone in the 30 November international match.

Only the first match on 30 November will be open to the general public, with tickets available through Football Federation Australia.


CANADA A-Z
Name | Age | Where they grew up
Bruno, Lucas | 23 | Calgary, AB, CAN
Charron, Samuel | 21 | Ottawa, ON, CAN
Denton, Sam | 21 | Southwold, ON, CAN
Gilbert, Diego | 18 | Toronto, ON, CAN
Hodgson, Dustin | 35 | Vancouver, BC, CAN
Kamoun, Raji | 26 | Montréal, QC, CAN
Mowat, Benjamin | 18 | Moncton, NB, CAN
Resendes, Joe | 39 | Port Moody, BC, CAN
Stashewsky, Corey | 19 | Victoria, BC, CAN
Watson, Ryan | 20 | Montréal, QC, CAN
White, Danny | 16 | Kitchener, ON, CAN
Wojtiw, Damien | 38* | Toronto, ON, CAN
*Damien Wojtiw turns 38 on 26 November

 

Canada Soccer have announced their roster for the IFCPF World Cup Sevilla 2019 to be played in Spain from 7 to 19 July. Para Soccer coach Drew Ferguson has selected 12 players for the international competition with a promise of six international matches across 13 days.
 
“Our goal will be to finish second in our group with Russia our toughest opponent, but it will be a big task for our young players against Netherlands in that fight for second place,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Head Coach.
 
Canada will open against Netherlands on Sunday 7 July (19.00 local / 13.00 ET / 10.00 PT) before facing group favourites Russia on Tuesday 9 July (11.00 local) and then Thailand on 11 July (19.00 local). All the matches will be streamed live via the competition’s official website sevillaworldcup2019.com. Extended match day coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to follow our Para Soccer National Team every step of the way by using their social media handle, #CanPara.
 
At 24 years and five months, Canada’s 2019 roster is one of the youngest they have ever taken to a global competition. While veterans Damien Wojtiw (37 years) and Dustin Hodgson (35) are the oldest in the squad, the bulk of Canada’s international experience is in the hands of players 21 or younger: Samuel Charron (21), Nicholas Heffernan (20) and Duncan McDonald (18).
 
Hodgson is Canada’s all-time leader with 77 international appearances while Wojtiw ranks 10th with 25 appearances, which is a record for goalkeepers. Despite his young age, Charron already ranks third all-time with 43 appearances while Heffernan has made 29 and McDonald has made 19 for Canada.
 
Along with those five, Lucas Bruno and Raji Kamoun are the other two players with international experience at a World Championship while Diego Gilbert, William Scott and Ryan Watson were all part of the team that participated at last year’s Copa América in Ecuador. Daniel White and Joel Wilson are both taking part in their first major competition at Sevilla.
 
Beyond the three-match group phase, eight nations advance to the Quarterfinals (two from each group) and eight nations advance to the seeding phase (to rank teams nine through 16). The championship final is 16 July.
 
CANADA
Bruno, Lucas | 22 | Calgary, AB, CAN
Charron, Samuel | 21 | Ottawa, ON, CAN
Gilbert, Diego | 18 | Toronto, ON, CAN
Heffernan, Nicholas | 20 | London, ON, CAN
Hodgson, Dustin | 35 | Vancouver, BC, CAN
Kamoun, Raji | 26 | Montréal, QC, CAN
McDonald, Duncan | 18 | Powell River, BC, CAN
Scott, William | 24 | Calgary, AB, CAN
Watson, Ryan | 20 | Montréal, QC, CAN
White, Danny | 16 | Kitchener, ON, CAN
Wilson, Joel | 31 | Victoria, BC, CAN
Wojtiw, Damien | 37 | Toronto, ON, CAN

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

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