Para Soccer prepares for Vejen departure
Posted on 17 July 2016 in Para Soccer
Canada will participate in the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament from 29 July to 6 August in Vejen, Denmark, with hopes of qualifying for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships. From 13 nations, eight Para Soccer national teams will qualify for next year's IFCPF World Championships, joining eight nations that have already qualified through last year's global tournament in England.
"The battle for the remaining eight slots for the next year’s World Championships is a great challenge for every country and all the participating teams are very competitive," said Tom Langen, IFCPF Technical Director. "The IFCPF expects close and exciting matches both during and after the group stage. We wish every country success in achieving a qualification slot."
Canada are in Group D with Denmark (29 July), Finland (30 July), and Japan (31 July). All three of their group matches will be broadcast by the IFCPF on Youtube, with the first two matches live (from Vejen Idrætscenter's Field 1) and the third match on delay (from Field 2). Should Canada finish first or second in the group, they will advance to the 2016 knock-out phase as well as qualify for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships.
Incidentally, only Group D features four nations while the other three groups feature only three nations. Group A features Scotland, Australia, Spain; Group B features Portugal, Venezuela, Korea Republic; Group C features Iran, Northern Ireland, Germany. All 36 matches will be played at the Vejen Idrætscenter in Denmark.
Said Langen, "the Local Organising Committee, under the leadership of Lykke Guldbrandt, have done an excellent job until now. The LOC shows a high level of professionalism and knows how to combine it with flexibility. IFCPF is looking forward to an excellent tournament."
Denmark is the ninth different country in which Canada's Para Soccer team have participated at the international level since the program's inception in 2004. In past editions of the IFCPF World Championships, Canada have finished as high as ninth place, doing so at the 2009 edition in Arnhem, Netherlands.
After a recent July preparation camp in Toronto, Canada's 14 national players have returned home for individual preparations before the 25 July flight to Denmark. Before the opening match against the hosts Denmark, Canada will take part in the Opening Ceremonies in the early afternoon of 29 July.
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