Newfoundland Labrador a great supporter of Canadian soccer

Newfoundland Labrador has always been a great supporter of soccer. Canadians of course remember St. John’s, NL as the site of Canada’s first FIFA World Cup qualification in September 1985. Canada won 2:1 over Honduras and clinched its first CONCACAF Men’s Championship. Thirteen years earlier, St. John’s was host of another memorable victory in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, that time a 3:2 win over USA with a bicycle-kick goal from Glen Johnson.

King George V Park the jewel of St. John’s soccer. In November 2008, the field was lost to a flood, out of commission for more than a year. The football pitch is now reopened and this week the centrepiece of the 2010 BMO National Championships Nutrilite All Stars U-16/U-14 Girls competition.

The Newfoundland Labrador Soccer Association is hosting two BMO National Championships this year. Both are co-hosted by the St. John’s Soccer Association and the Mount Pearl Soccer Association. Following this week’s girls competition, the NLSA will host the BMO National Championships U-18 Sony Cup in October.

Newfoundland Labrador is winning over soccer players with its new facilities. Along with the reopening of King George V Park, the Mount Pearl Soccer Association is opening a lovely new facility next week. Also in the St. John’s region, a new private indoor facility now provides the NLSA with the option of 12-month programming.

Later this year, another facility will open at Conception Bay South. It may not be ready for October, but it should be used next year when Newfoundland Labrador hosts another two BMO National Championships in 2011.

Newfoundland Labrador has been an excellent host of this week’s BMO National Championships Nutrilite All Stars. Not surprisingly, the province loves to host these events, especially since it gets to show off the cities and many tourist attractions away from the pitch. Before this week’s championship, the NLSA had hosted seven BMO National Championships in the 10 previous years, including the Challenge Trophy/Jubilee Trophy senior competitions in 2002 and 2008.

The 2010 BMO National Championships Nutrilite All Stars run 20-25 July in St. John’s, NL and Sherbrooke, QC. While St. John’s is hosting the U-16/U-14 girls competition, Sherbrooke is hosting the U-16/U-14 boys competition. For more information and all the results from this year's games, please visit www.CanadaSoccer.com/selects.