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Canadian content focus leads to first Generation adidas Canada MLS signings

Posted on 4 January 2017 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer congratulates the first-ever Generation adidas Canada signings, Men’s EXCEL Program players Shamit Shome and Adonijah Reid. More

MLS Announces Collaboration with Canada Soccer on Youth Development Initiatives

Posted on 30 November 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

MLS, Canada Soccer, and U.S. Soccer agree to amendment of parameters determining the international status of players on MLS club rosters More

Canada Soccer makes equipment donation to Fort McMurray

Posted on 8 November 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer is supporting Fort McMurray’s commitment to keeping Northern Strong More

Canada Soccer partners to build three mini-pitches in MLS cities

Posted on 7 November 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

20 for 20 mini-pitches in BC, ON, QC More

Canada 2015 ranked second on Global Sports Index

Posted on 5 October 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Second on the Global Sports Index More

Canada Soccer and Saskatchewan Soccer launch REX Centre

Posted on 14 September 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Saskatchewan REX to Kick Off November 2016 More

Canada Soccer Invests in Technical Leadership with Announcement of new Director of Development

Posted on 6 September 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Jason deVos will join the organization as Director of Development More

Statement from Canada Soccer

Posted on 6 September 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer has forwarded the appropriate information to FIFA Integrity concerning the media reports of El Salvador receiving an offer in relation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers match against Canada to be played on 6 September in Vancouver, BC. FIFA Integrity, in collaboration with More

A nation celebrates as Canada rises to the podium at Rio 2016

Posted on 24 August 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Back-to-back Olympic bronze medals More

Collaboration and consistency key to Canada’s continued soccer development

Posted on 17 August 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada: a leading soccer nation More

Canada Soccer achieves a Greater Goal

Posted on 7 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer achieves a Greater Goal More

Montagliani returns as Canada Soccer President

Posted on 7 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer President More

FC Edmonton announces Footy for Fort McMurray initiative for displaced Northern Alberta residents

Posted on 6 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Footy for Fort McMurray More

Canada Soccer ready to deliver summer of soccer across the nation

Posted on 5 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada: a leading soccer nation. More

Canada Soccer partners with TSN to broadcast Canadian soccer

Posted on 4 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Upcoming matches on TV. More

Canada Soccer heads to Saskatoon for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members

Posted on 4 May 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Annual Meeting of the Members 7 May More

Canada Soccer tours Provinces and Territories

Posted on 20 April 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Canada Soccer Technical More

Canada Soccer celebrates annual award winners

Posted on 5 April 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

Annual awards. More

Statement from the Canadian Soccer Association

Posted on 8 February 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Soccer Association Board of Directors fully supports Canada Soccer President, Victor Montagliani, in his candidacy for CONCACAF President. More

Canada Soccer looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors starting May 2016

Posted on 19 January 2016 in Canadian Soccer Association

The Nominations Committee of Canada Soccer's Board of Directors calls for individuals to submit names of candidates to serve on the Board. More

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On the heels of the 30 November youth development initiatives announcement in collaboration with Major League Soccer, Canada Soccer congratulates the first-ever Generation adidas Canada signings, Men’s EXCEL Program players Shamit Shome and Adonijah Reid.

The focus on Canadian content has been a priority for Canada Soccer’s technical department who identified the two players for MLS ahead of the 2017 SuperDraft.

Alberta native Shome, 19, made his professional debut with his hometown FC Edmonton and played a key role with the Canada U-20 national team in recent international youth friendlies in 2016.

Reid, a native of Brampton, ON, has been a part of the Canadian youth national team pool since making his international debut as a 14-year-old in 2014.

“Canada’s place as a leading soccer nation continues to evolve with these Generation adidas Canada signings by Major League Soccer,” said Canada Soccer President Victor Montagliani, “Placing young Canadian players in professional development environments is a priority of our technical department and the Generation adidas designation for these young players is only the beginning of a new world of opportunities for young Canadian players.”

Following through on the expansion of the Generation adidas program to Canada, MLS announced the player signings ahead of the MLS Player Combine and MLS SuperDraft scheduled for 13 Jan.

As signed Generation adidas Canada players, Shome and Reid will be made available to all MLS clubs via the draft. In addition, Ajax, ON native and University of Vermont senior Brian Wright has signed with the league ahead of the SuperDraft. Wright is a 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist as NCAA Division 1 player of the year.

Mirroring the existing Generation adidas program, the Generation adidas Canada program is a collaboration between Canada Soccer and MLS to identify top domestic talent in Canada and sign these players to Generation adidas contracts. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels Canada’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.

In a continued effort to advance its youth development efforts, Major League Soccer today announced key initiatives in collaboration with Canada Soccer including a joint MLS and Canada Soccer taskforce to focus on advancement of youth development in Canada and expansion of the Generation adidas program to Canada. In addition, MLS, Canada Soccer, and U.S. Soccer have agreed to modify the parameters that determining a player’s international status on both U.S.-based and Canadian-based MLS club rosters.

The joint taskforce, consisting of individuals from Canada Soccer, MLS League Office and Canadian-based MLS Clubs Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will work to formulate and implement future initiatives to advance youth development in the areas of academy environment, coaching, competition and individualized player development.

Mirroring the existing Generation adidas program, Generation adidas Canada will see MLS work closely with Canada Soccer to identify top domestic talent in Canada and sign these players to Generation adidas contracts. Signed Generation adidas Canada players will be made available to all MLS clubs each January via the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas.

MLS, Canada Soccer and U.S. Soccer have agreed that in addition to the existing parameters determining a player’s international status on MLS rosters, any player who meets the requirements to qualify as a Homegrown Player as a member of an MLS club academy or has met similar requirements as a member of a Canadian Approved Youth Club, will count as a domestic player (i.e., he will not occupy an international spot) provided that:

  • The player became a member of a MLS club academy, either in the U.S. or Canada, or a Canadian Approved Youth Club in the year prior to the year in which he turns 16;

AND

  • The player signs his first professional contract with MLS or an MLS club’s USL affiliate.

MLS will work in coordination with Canada Soccer to identify qualifying Canadian Approved Youth Clubs that meet specific standards in relation to competition, environment, and coaching. These Canadian Approved Youth Clubs may or may not be affiliated with an MLS club. MLS will make available a complete list of qualifying Canadian Approved Youth Clubs at a later date.

The updated parameters will go into effect in 2017. Current and future MLS players will be affected in that:

  • Any current MLS player who was a member of an MLS club academy in, either in the U.S. or Canada, in the year prior to the year in which they turned 16 will be considered a domestic player on MLS rosters in both the U.S. and Canada beginning in 2017. CLICK HERE for a complete list of current MLS players for whom this rule applies.
  • Any amateur player who was a member of an MLS club academy, either in the U.S. or Canada, or a Canadian Approved Youth Club in the year prior to the year in which he turned 16, will be considered a domestic player upon signing his first professional contract with an MLS club or an MLS club’s USL affiliate.

 
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Canada Soccer is supporting Fort McMurray’s commitment to keeping Northern Strong as it rebuilds through a donation of sport equipment to the Fort McMurray Youth Soccer Association. The donation includes hundreds of soccer balls and cones, 75 first aid kids, pinnies and some Canada Soccer scarves and mitts.

“We are pleased to be working with our partners to help the people of Fort McMurray heal through sport,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary, Peter Montopoli. “Sport has the power to heal and there is a soccer community within the Fort McMurray community that will benefit from this donation. We applaud the Alberta Soccer Association for their efforts in the community including the hosting of clinics and the waiving of registration fees for the indoor and outdoor soccer seasons.”,

“We are pleased to be partnering with Canada Soccer and Fort McMurray Youth Soccer on this incredible initiative that will help re-energize the soccer program here in Fort McMurray, said Richard Adams, Executive Director for the Alberta Soccer Association. “With the donation from Canada Soccer, and strong leadership in the local association, we are confident that the soccer program in Fort McMurray will be stronger than ever and we look forward to seeing players and coaches enjoying the game throughout the winter months and beyond. “

Fort McMurray has a clear message for Canadians: it is open for business. Establishing a sport infrastructure and building a new ecosystem for sport is a critical step towards fulfilling the dream of seeing Fort McMurray again prosper as a lively community.

In April 2016, the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo Sport Strategic Plan was finalized and is now being implemented by Fort McMurray Tourism.

“With over $1 billion of sport and recreation infrastructure already in place we are actively pursuing the attraction of sport events to Fort McMurray and we are “open for business” on major sport events, sport related meetings and training camps,” said Jean-Marc Guillamot, Chair of the Board, Fort McMurray Tourism. “Thanks to Canada Soccer and Alberta Soccer Association for their commitment to Fort McMurray and supporting the sport of soccer. As the first national sport organization to commit to providing support following the wildfires, we thank you for honouring that commitment.”

The donation was made official at a media conference in Fort McMurray on 9 November, when local athletes had the opportunity to hear from Canada Soccer Women’s National team goalkeeper, Olympic Bronze medalist and Alberta resident Stephanie Labbe, on achieving your dreams and aspiring to be great at a local clinic. Labbe also had the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s National Soccer Championships opening banquet the previous evening and participated in the official coin toss to kick off the tournament.

“I am really thrilled to be part of this event both as an Albertan, but also as a Canadian,” said Labbe. “Seeing the community come together and rebuild is incredibly touching. It’s wonderful to see all the organisations that came together to help ensure these kids get the opportunities that I did and that they too can chase their dreams.”

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