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Jonathan David wonder-goal voted Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year winner

Posted on 7 January 2020 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team striker Jonathan David’s brilliant solo effort to score Canada’s second goal in a 6:0 victory over Cuba in Concacaf Nations League A was voted as the top play in Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year campaign. David’s effort ed More

Christine Sinclair named Canada Soccer Player of the Decade

Posted on 16 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Christine Sinclair has been 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 fr More

Canada Soccer announces Ashley Lawrence as 2019 Canadian Player of the Year

Posted on 12 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Ashley Lawrence has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year for the first time after a terrific season with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team and professional club Paris Saint-Germain FC in France and UEFA Women’s Champions League. She was Canada’s top player in the mo More

Canada Soccer announces Jonathan David as 2019 Canadian Player of the Year

Posted on 11 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Jonathan David has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year for the first time after a record-breaking season with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and professional club KAA Gent in Belgium and UEFA Europa League. The Canadian teenager was both a tournament All-Star and Golden Boot More

Jayden Nelson and Olivia Smith named Canada Soccer’s Youth International Players of the Year

Posted on 10 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s young footballers Jayden Nelson and Olivia Smith have been named 2019 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. The young duo have been recognised for their excellence at the international level with Canada Soccer’s national youth teams. The Canadian Youth In More

2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards: Samuel Charron top in Para Soccer; Luis Rocha top in Futsal

Posted on 9 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Samuel Charron has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year and Luis Rocha has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year. The two winners have been recognised for their excellence at the international level in their respective disciplines. This marks the 27th edition of the Canada More

Stephanie Labbé wins 2019 Allstate Good Hands® Award

Posted on 6 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canadian soccer fans have voted Stephanie Labbé’s penalty kick save against Sweden during the Algarve Cup on 6 March as the 2019 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save occurred during kicks from the penalty mark following a 0-0 draw through 90 minutes in the ma More

Alphonso Davies and Ashley Lawrence named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for November 2019

Posted on 4 December 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies and Ashley Lawrence have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for November 2019. Davies and Lawrence starred for both club and country during the month, with Davies at FC Bayern Munich in Germany and Lawrence at Paris Saint-Germain FC in France.Davies started at left More

2019 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards Nominees Announced

Posted on 27 November 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced the list of nominees for the 2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards with voting open for media and coaches from 27 November through 8 December. At the top of the list are the nominees for the 2019 Canadian Players of the Year, celebrating the top male and female footballers fro More

Stephanie Labbé and Samuel Piette named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for October 2019

Posted on 1 November 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Stephanie Labbé and Samuel Piette have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for October 2019. Goalkeeper Labbé helped NC Courage capture the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship while midfielder Piette kept Canada perfect with a massive 2:0 vic More

Janine Beckie and Jonathan David named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for September 2019

Posted on 1 October 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Janine Beckie and Jonathan David have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for September 2019. The two Canadian forwards excelled for their clubs during the month, each scoring in European club competition with Manchester City and KAA Gent, respectively. David also scored a highligh More

Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame honours Canada Soccer’s London 2012 Women’s National Team

Posted on 23 September 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team that won bronze at the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament has been honoured by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in the Team Category as part of the Class of 2019. That London 2012 team won Canada’s first medal in a Summer Ol More

Maxime Crépeau and Sabrina D’Angelo named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for August 2019

Posted on 30 August 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Maxime Crépeau and Sabrina D’Angelo have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for August 2019. The two Canadian goalkeepers excelled during the month with Crépeau setting an MLS record with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and D’Angelo proving to be one of the best i More

Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christine Sinclair and Samuel Charron are the Canada Soccer Players of the Month for July 2019

Posted on 1 August 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christine Sinclair and Samuel Charron have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for July 2019. Kaye of Los Angeles FC and Sinclair of Portland Thorns FC have both excelled with their first-place teams in Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer Le More

Jonathan David and Ashley Lawrence are the Canada Soccer Players of the Month for June 2019

Posted on 3 July 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Jonathan David and Ashley Lawrence have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for June 2019. David and Lawrence both excelled for Canada as they reached the knockout stages of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.  As part of Canada More

Past President Quinn named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 4 May 2019 in Awards & Recognition

The late Terry Quinn has been inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019. Quinn, the 29th President of Canada Soccer from 1992 to 1997, was inducted as an honoured member in the Builders section during Canada Soccer’s annual Awards Banquet on Saturday 4 May. The Qu More

Class of 2019: Hermus and McKenna named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 12 April 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced that former National Team standouts Randee Hermus and Kevin McKenna have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two stars will be inducted as part of the Class of 2019 at future home international matches this year. “Canada Soccer is honoured to welc More

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame to induct Past Canadian Players from 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s

Posted on 17 February 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Forever rivals Firefighters FC and Columbus FC will meet again on a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, albeit this time under much friendlier circumstances. On 24 March 2019, heroes from the two Organisations of Distinction will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of a special class of More

Alphonso Davies named Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year

Posted on 29 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies was named 2018 Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year after a standout season for both Canada and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is the first soccer player to win the multi-sport award.Davies, who turned 18 in November, was also named 2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year earlier this month. More

Alphonso Davies honoured with 2018 Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 12 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year after a standout season with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and yet another breakout season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Of note, he helped Canada climb to current third-place position in qualifying and within a point of More

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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team striker Jonathan David’s brilliant solo effort to score Canada’s second goal in a 6:0 victory over Cuba in Concacaf Nations League A was voted as the top play in Canada Soccer’s 2019 Plays of the Year campaign. David’s effort edged out Christine Sinclair’s fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign goal in the Women’s National Team’s final Group E match against the Netherlands at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Against Cuba, the reigning Men’s National Team Player of the Year brought a pass out of the air with the outside of his foot just inside of the Cuba half. With a single touch he rounded one defender and patiently rolled the ball past another sliding tackle before placing the ball between the legs and under the Cuba goalkeeper to give Canada a 2:0 lead only 22 minutes into the match.

In 2019, David set a Men’s National Team joint-record with eight international goals, including a Canada record six goals at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Counting his 28 goals scored for both club and country, David is Canada’s highest scoring forward in a single year over the past 20 years. In addition to being named the 2019 Men’s National Team Player of the Year, David was Canada Soccer’s Player of the Month in June and September.

2019 Canada Soccer Plays of the Year final ranking

  1. JONATHAN DAVID | Solo wonder-goal v Cuba 22%
  2. CHRISTINE SINCLAIR | Goal at fifth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup 21%
  3. JAYDEN NELSON | Stunning hat-trick at Concacaf U-17 Championship 14%
  4. LUCAS CAVALLINI | Sensational volley seals first win v USA in 34 years 13%
  5. STEPHANIE LABBÉ | Penalty heroics at Algarve Cup 11%
  6. KADEISHA BUCHANAN | Lift-off at FIFA Women's World Cup 7%
  7. JUNIOR HOILETT | Quick-thinking v French Guiana 6%
  8. LUCAS CAVALLINI & JONATHAN DAVID | Double hat-tricks at Concacaf Gold Cup 4%
  9. CLÉMENT DIOP | Diving save sends Montréal to Canadian Championship Final 1%
  10. IGNACIO PIATTI | Long-range strike in Canadian Championship Final 1%


As part of the Canada Soccer 2019 Plays of the Year campaign, three CanadaRED prize packs were given to randomly selected voters who signed up for Canada Soccer’s CanadaRED newsletter. Congratulations to Michel Jalbert of Dégelis, QC, Tanya Gray of Brampton, ON and Grand Prize winner Jennifer Bawden of Edmonton, AB who also received a signed Women’s National Team jersey.
 

Christine Sinclair has been 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.

“Christine Sinclair is a once-in-a-generation athlete that has been at the heart of Canadian sport for over 20 years, but what she accomplished in the past 10 years has changed the sport forever in our country,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “Christine is the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade and unquestionably one of the greatest and most-loved athletes Canada has ever watched.”

Sinclair has been at the heart of a seismic shift for the sport of soccer in Canada across the past 10 years, inspiring the next generation with her every touch of the ball. From captaining the first Canadian team sport to win a medal in a Summer Olympic Games in 76 years at London 2012 to scoring Canada’s opening goal at the record-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, she continues to grab the attention and headlines of a nation.

When she scored a hat trick in the incredible Canada-USA London 2012 Olympic semi-finals, a record average audience of 2.4 million viewers watched the moment on TSN. The country stopped, held its breath and cheered three days later when Canada won Olympic bronze. They did so again four years later at Rio 2016 when she scored the winning goal for another bronze medal after defeating host nation Brazil, thus captaining the first Canadian team in more than 100 years to win medals in back-to-back Summer Olympic Games.

Beyond sport, she was the first soccer player appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and the first to have her name engraved on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, earned honourary degrees from Simon Fraser University in 2013 and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2015, and was honoured by Women Against Multiple Sclerosis for her outstanding charity work. She was also one of four founding members of iS4 alongside teammates Karina LeBlanc, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson, a group dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps.

In 2015, she helped welcome the world as Canada hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 from coast to coast across the nation. It was the largest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever, drawing 1,353,506 cumulative spectators to set both a record for the competition as well as a record for any FIFA competition other than the men’s FIFA World Cup. The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 attracted a worldwide television audience of more than 750 million viewers and generated nearly half a billion dollars in economic impact for the country.

Her best soccer season to date was 2012 when she smashed the national scoring record with 23 international goals in 22 games, including a world-best six at the Olympic Games. She was also superb in 2010 when she recorded 13 goals and a national record nine assists, notably scoring the game winner that secured Canada’s second-ever Concacaf Women’s Championship. She also scored in all four matches that qualified Canada for either a FIFA Women’s World Cup or Olympic Games, including the game winners in 2016 and 2018.

At the club level, she won three regular-season titles and four playoff titles. In Women’s Professional Soccer, she won the double in both 2010 with FC Gold Pride and 2011 with the Western New York Flash. In the newly-established National Women’s Soccer League, one of Canada Soccer’s legacies of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, she helped Portland Thorns FC win the NWSL Shield in 2016 and the NWSL Championship in 2013 and 2017.

Since 2000, Sinclair is Canada Soccer’s all-time record holder in goals scored (183) and international appearances (289), including 10 goals in 21 matches at five FIFA Women’s World Cups and 11 goals in 15 matches at three Olympic Football Tournaments. She is a 14-time Canadian Player of the Year and 16-time Canada goalscoring leader. On 29 January 2020, she plans to continue those goalscoring exploits as Canada vies for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games through the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.


TEAM HONOURS – International (2010-2019)
Concacaf champion, 2010
Olympic bronze medal, 2012 and 2016
FIFA Women’s World Cup participant, 2011, 2015, 2019
Pan American Games gold medal, 2011
Cyprus Cup winner, 2010 and 2011
Algarve Cup winner, 2016
Four Nations winner in Brazil, 2010
Four Nations winner in China, 2015
Concacaf silver medal, 2012, 2016, 2018

TEAM HONOURS – National (2010-2019)
Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, London 2012 team
Canadian Press Team of the Year, 2012
CBC Sports Team of the Year, 2012
Postmedia Team of the Year, 2012 and 2016

TEAM HONOURS – Club (2010-2019)
WPS Championship winner, 2010 and 2011
WPS regular season winner, 2010 and 2011
NWSL Championship winner, 2013 and 2017
NWSL Shield winner, 2016

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS – International (2010-2019)
Canadian Player of the Year, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
Finalist FIFA World Player of the Year, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
Olympic Games Top Scorer, 2012
Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Top Scorer, 2012
Concacaf Best XI, 2016 and 2018
Four Nations Yongchuan Cup MVP, 2011
Canada single-season goalscoring record, 23 goals in 2012
Canada single-season assists record, 9 assists in 2010
Canada consecutive starts record, 43 matches from 2013 to 2016
Canada Soccer Centennial All-Time XI, 2012
Global Ambassador, FIFA Live Your Goals campaign
Olympic flag bearer, London 2012 Closing Ceremonies
Second-place all-time in international goals scored

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS – National (2010-2019)
Officer of the Order of Canada, 2017
Canada’s Walk of Fame, 2013
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012
Lou Marsh Trophy, 2012
Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, 2012
AthletesCAN True Sport Award, 2019
Air Canada Athlete of the Year, 2012
CBC Canada’s Athlete of the Year, 2012
Sportsnet Athlete of the Year, 2012
Yahoo! Canada Buzziest Canadian of the Year, 2012
CAAWS Most Influential Women, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Globe & Mail Power 50, 2011 and 2013
Women Against MS Honouree, 2019

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS – Professional Clubs (2010-2019)
WPS Championship MVP, 2011
WPS Best XI, 2011
WPS goalscoring leader, 2011
WPS assists leader, 2010 and 2011
NWSL Second XI, 2013 and 2018
Thorns FC Supporters’ Player of the year, 2018
Thorns FC Most Valuable Player, 2013
Thorns FC Golden Boot, 2017
Second-place all-time in NWSL goals scored
 

Ashley Lawrence has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year for the first time after a terrific season with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team and professional club Paris Saint-Germain FC in France and UEFA Women’s Champions League. She was Canada’s top player in the month of June during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 as Canada reached the knockout phase for the third time.
 
In 2019, Lawrence led Canada with four assists at the international “A” level and was named Canada Soccer Player of the Month in both June and November. She was one of four footballers to play in all 15 matches, featuring primarily at right back as she led Canada in minutes played for the second year in a row. She was Canada’s player of the match in the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
 
Lawrence of Caledon East, Ontario was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian media and Canadian coaches. Lawrence shares the 2019 Canadian Players of the Year award with co-winner Jonathan David from Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team.
 
“Ashley Lawrence is a fantastic, positive individual with great character and someone who looks at ways to improve her game all the time,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “She is a world-class player with a fast-paced drive on the ball; she has the ability to pass, cross and shoot with both feet; she is able to play at several positions on the highest level. In 2019, her leadership abilities continued to develop both on and off the pitch, providing a positive impact on both her younger teammates as well as her own game.”
 
At the club level, Lawrence helped Paris Saint-Germain finish second in the league standings in the 2018-19 Championnat de France, the same position they hold four months into the 2019-20 campaign. In cup competitions, she helped PSG reach the Quarter-finals of both the 2019 Coupe de France and 2018-19 UEFA Women’s Champions League. The club has also qualified for the Quarter-finals of 2019-20 UEFA Women’s Champions League to be played in March and April 2020.


 
Looking ahead with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, Lawrence will be an important part of Canada’s search for a fourth-consecutive qualification to the Olympic Games. The eight-nation Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament runs 28 January through 9 February from which two nations will qualify for Tokyo 2020. Canada will play group matches against St. Kitts and Nevis (29 January), Jamaica (1 February) and Mexico (4 February) in Edinburg, TX after which the top-two nations in the group will advance to the Concacaf Semi-finals on 6 February in Carson, CA. Winners of the Semi-finals advance to the 2020 Concacaf final and qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
 
This past year marked Canada Soccer’s seventh consecutive participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the first time Canada reached the knockout phase in back-to-back tournaments. 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.
 
Lawrence, 24 years old, has made 83 international appearances for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team since making her debut as a teenager on 12 January 2013. She played her youth football for Brams United SC and Erin Mills SC before attending West Virginia University and then turning pro with Paris Saint-Germain FC.  She was 14 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2010 and she won Canadian U-17 Player of the Year honours in 2011 and 2012.
 
2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards
This marks the 27th edition of the Canada Soccer Player Awards. Amongst women’s footballers, Ashley Lawrence finished first in voting ahead of runner up Janine Beckie and top-five finishers Kadeisha Buchanan, Christine Sinclair, and Stephanie Labbé.
 
As part of the 2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards, Jayden Nelson and Olivia Smith have been named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year, Luis Rocha has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year, and Samuel Charron has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year. Stephanie Labbé, meanwhile, has been named the 2019 winner of the Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award.

Canada Soccer Moments, Plays and Goals of the Year
Canada Soccer’s annual Moments campaign will be announced on 20 December outlining the Top 10 Moments from 2019 across National Teams and player activity as well as the Canadian Championship.
 
Canada Soccer’s Plays of the Year fan voting will take place from 23 December – 3 January with the winner announced on 7 January 2020. Fans who vote will be entered for a chance to win one of three CanadaRED Prize Packs including a Grand Prize including a signed Nike National Team jersey.
 
Canada Soccer will unveil its Top 10 of the ‘10s Decade on 31 December followed by a National Teams Goal of the Year celebration on 1 January.

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