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Olympic hero Stephanie Labbé honoured at Alberta Soccer Awards

Posted on 29 January 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Labbé wins Award of Excellence More

Canada Soccer honoured in annual CONCACAF awards

Posted on 18 January 2017 in Awards & Recognition

2016 CONCACAF Awards More

Back-to-back bronze medals tops 2016 Canada Soccer Moments

Posted on 5 January 2017 in Awards & Recognition

The performance by Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, earning the team its second consecutive Olympic bronze medal, has topped the 2016 Canada Soccer Moments campaign. More

Team of the Year award for Women's National Team

Posted on 21 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

2016 Postmedia Sports Team of the Year More

Douglas and Rivkin named best in Newfoundland Labrador

Posted on 19 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Newfoundland Labrador Soccer Association award winners More

Atiba Hutchinson named male selection for the 2016 Canadian Players of the Year award

Posted on 16 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Atiba Hutchinson More

Christine Sinclair named female selection for the 2016 Canadian Players of the Year award

Posted on 15 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Christine Sinclair More

Sinclair wondergoal, players, and referees nominated for CONCACAF Awards

Posted on 15 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

21 Canadians nominated in eight categories More

Tabla and Fleming win 2016 Canadian U-20 Players of the Year

Posted on 14 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Ballou Tabla and Jessie Fleming More

Davies and Rose win 2016 Canadian U-17 Players of the Year

Posted on 13 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies and Deanne Rose More

Samuel Charron named 2016 Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year

Posted on 9 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

2016 Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year More

Masimengo and Cull named best in New Brunswick

Posted on 2 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer New Brunswick More

Event of the Year award for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

Posted on 1 December 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Event of the Year More

Award nominees announced for annual Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 28 November 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Bernier and Bélanger named Québec soccer players of the year

Posted on 26 November 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Bernier and Bélanger named Québec soccer players of the year More

Cordoba, Nickerson named Nova Scotia's best

Posted on 19 November 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer Nova Scotia Night of Excellence More

Sabrina D'Angelo named MVP of NWSL Championship

Posted on 9 October 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Western New York Flash wins NWSL Championship More

Ontario Soccer celebrates award winners

Posted on 13 June 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Dobson wins President's Award; Smale re-elected as President. More

BC Soccer celebrates award winners

Posted on 11 June 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Kjeld Brodsgaard elected BC Soccer President. More

Ash, Redmond honoured in Newfoundland Labrador

Posted on 16 April 2016 in Awards & Recognition

Sport NL Hall of Fame More

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Canadian goalkeeper and Olympic bronze medalist Stephanie Labbé was honoured by the Alberta Soccer Association with the 2016 Award of Excellence. Labbé, who was one of the stars of Canada Soccer's memorable run at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was honoured on Saturday night at Alberta Soccer's annual Awards Banquet.

In 2016, Labbé made a career-high 14 appearances and posted six clean sheets. She was in goal for nine of Canada's national record 15 wins, including four of five wins at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. At year's end, she was voted runner up for CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year honours.

Along with the annual Alberta Soccer award winners, the province also celebrated the Alberta Major Soccer League award winners. From the men's league, Paul Hamilton was named MVP and Ralf Schmidt was named Coach of the Year; from the women's league, Lauren Granberg was named MVP and Rick Haxby was named Coach of the Year.

The 28 January Awards Banquet were held in conjunction with the 2017 Alberta Soccer Annual Meeting in Calgary. Other 2016 award winners were: Lethbridge Soccer for the President's AwardDaryl Leinweber for the Shield of Merit; Paul Schultz for the Bert Goldberger Technical Leader AwardCraig Cooper for Physical Literacy Coach of the YearJohn Hayes for Golden Whistle AwardMike Stacey for Silver Badge AwardMary Jo Spence for Woman of Distinction Award; Richard Smyl, Nathan Len, Richard Vervoort, Janusz Dobrowolski for the Award of Merit. Derek Douglas and Joanne Mazurkewich were honoured as Alberta Soccer Life Members.

Four clubs were awarded the Golden Shoe award after winning national titles at Canada Soccer's 2016 National Championships, one in each age category. Those four winners were Calgary Foothills U-14 girls, Edmonton Juventus U-16 boys, Edmonton Internazionale U-18 women, and Edmonton Scottish SC men (Challenge Trophy).

The Edmonton Scottish SC 2016 victory put an exclamation on a 45-year story at the National Championships that started with a quarter-final finish in 1972. In nine Challenge Trophy finals, Scottish SC won bronze in 1987, silver in 1992, 2012, and 2015, and finally gold in 2016.

For more information on the Alberta Soccer Association, please visit albertasoccer.com.

LABBÉ & CANADA v MEXICO at BC PLACE
Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration match is 4 February 2017 at BC Place. Tickets to the home match in Vancouver are on sale now via canadasoccer.com/tickets starting at just $20 (plus applicable fees). A special ME+3 discount offer on ticket four-packs is available in select sections while groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. In addition, BC Place Club Seats are available for fans looking for a premium match day experience and include a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf with each ticket.

 

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team and head coach John Herdman have been honoured with the CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award after a return to the podium in back-to-back Olympic Football Tournaments from 2012 to 2016.

Five other Canadians were also honoured across the 2016 CONCACAF Awards, with notably Carol Anne Chénard winning CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year honours. Atiba Hutchinson was named to the CONCACAF Male Best XI while Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, and Christine Sinclair were also named to the CONCACAF Female Best XI for 2016.

"The rise of our Women's National Team in 2016 shows that our investments in technical leadership and the guidance of our Women's Head Coach John Herdman give us the opportunity to compete with any nation in the world," said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli. "We are incredibly proud of each and every one of the players who achieved Olympic bronze in Rio and of our staff for the dedication and commitment to the game. This award is a welcome recognition of that effort and success."

Coach Herdman, who also helped Canada set a national record with 15 international wins and jump to fourth overall on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking, led Canada Soccer's Women's National Team to a bronze medal finish at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. Canada won five of six matches in Brazil, beating confederation champions Australia, Germany, and host Brazil along the way. In reaching the podium, they were the first Canadian team to reach the podium in back-to-back summer games in more than 100 years.

In all, 23 Canadians were nominated across the 12 categories, including Stephanie Labbé who finished as runner up for CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year and Joe Fletcher who finished as runner up for CONCACAF Male Referee of the Year.

The CONCACAF Awards are designed to honour the year’s outstanding performers and achievements in confederation-sanctioned competitions involving national teams at all levels and age categories, including FIFA World Cup matches and qualifying for both genders. Performances also eligible for recognition included those achieved in professional club football leagues within the CONCACAF Member Associations, as well as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.


CONCACAF Male Player of the Year
1. Bryan Ruiz (MF/FW) | Costa Rica; Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
2. Hirving Lozano (FW/MF) | Mexico; C.F. Pachuca (MEX)
3. Keylor Navas (GK) | Costa Rica; Real Madrid C. F. (ESP)

CONCACAF Female Player of the Year
1. Alex Morgan (FW) | USA; Orlando Pride (USA)
2. Tobin Heath (MF) | USA; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
3. Crystal Dunn (FW) | USA; Washington Spirit (USA)

CONCACAF Male Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid C. F. (ESP)
2. Alfredo Talavera | Mexico; Deportivo Toluca F.C. (MEX)
3. Nahuel Guzmán | Argentina; Tigres UANL (MEX)

CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Ashlyn Harris | USA; Orlando Pride (USA)
2. Stephanie Labbé | Canada; Washington Spirit (USA)
3. Yoselin Franco | Guatemala; UNIFUT (GUA)

CONCACAF Male Coach of the Year
1. Óscar Ramírez | Costa Rica National Team
2. Ricardo Ferretti | Tigres UANL (MEX)
3. Diego Alonso | C.F. Pachuca (MEX)

CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year

1. Amelia Valverde | Costa Rica National Team
2. Jill Ellis | USA National Team
3. Michelle French | USA National U-20 Team

CONCACAF Male Referee of the Year
1. César Arturo Ramos | Mexico
2. Joe Fletcher | Canada (Assistant Referee)
3. Joel Aguilar | El Salvador

CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year
1. Carol Anne Chénard | Canada
2. Quetzalli Alvarado | Mexico
3. Kimberly Moreira | Costa Rica (Assistant Referee)

CONCACAF Goal of the Year
1. Jesús Corona | MEXICO v Venezuela, 80'
2. Eduardo Herrera | PUMAS UNAM v CD Honduras Progreso, 66'
3. Alexander Larín | ALIANZA FC (SLV) v New York Red Bulls (USA), 54'

CONCACAF Male Best XI
GK: Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid C. F. (ESP)

DF: Miguel Layún | Mexico; FC Porto (POR), Rafael Márquez | Mexico; Club Atlas (MEX), Ronald Matarrita | Costa Rica; New York City FC (USA), Wes Morgan | Jamaica; Leicester City FC (ENG).

MF: Christian Bolaños | Costa Rica; Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN), Andrés Guardado | Mexico; PSV Eindhoven (NED), Atiba Hutchinson | Canada; Besiktas JK (TUR), Hirving Lozano | Mexico; CF Pachuca (MEX).

FW: André-Pierre Gignac | France; Tigres UANL (MEX), Bryan Ruiz | Costa Rica; Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)


CONCACAF Female Best XI

GK: Ashlyn Harris | USA; Orlando Pride (USA)

DF: Kadeisha Buchanan | Canada; West Virginia University (USA), Ali Kreiger | USA; Washington Spirit (USA), Ashley Lawrence | Canada; West Virginia University (USA), Becky Sauerbrunn | USA; FC Kansas City (USA).

MF: Shirley Cruz | Costa Rica; Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Tobin Heath | USA; Portland Thorns FC (USA), Carli Lloyd | USA; Houston Dash (USA), Gloriana Villalobos | Costa Rica; Deportivo Saprissa (CRC).

FW: Alex Morgan | USA; Orlando Pride (USA), Christine Sinclair | Canada; Portland Thorns (USA)

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Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration match is 4 February 2017 at BC Place. Tickets to the home match in Vancouver are on sale now via canadasoccer.com/tickets starting at just $20 (plus applicable fees). A special ME+3 discount offer on ticket four-packs is available in select sections while groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. In addition, BC Place Club Seats are available for fans looking for a premium match day experience and include a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf with each ticket.

The performance by Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, earning the team its second consecutive Olympic bronze medal, has topped the 2016 Canada Soccer Moments campaign.   

After becoming the first Canadian Olympic team to repeat a medal performance at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century, the Women’s National Team received more than 70 per cent of the votes from Canadian soccer fans who cast ballots.   

“We had an excellent year, earning our most-ever wins in a calendar year and winning the Algarve Cup for the first time, but the Olympic tournament stands out because to go back to back podiums is special,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “I think that we showed with results over traditional powerhouses Germany, France and Brazil when it matters most, Canada is ready to take our place among the best.”   

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team entered the record books early during the Olympic Tournament, scoring the fastest goal in tournament history in the opening match, before becoming the first Canadian team to win the group stage at an Olympic football tournament – winning all three group stage matches.   

After repeating bronze, and earning another place in Canadian sport history, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team earned another first - its highest ever FIFA ranking of fourth place in the world.   

“This team has consistently moved forward and now I think it’s time to push from fourth place to first,” said Herdman.  “We are a country that has a depth of talent and we want this team to be the best in the world. That’s what we are aiming for now.”   

Toronto FC’s MLS Cup Final 2016 run and Montreal Impact FC’s record crowd in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Final finished second and third respectively.   

Two CanadaRED prize pack winners were selected at random throughout the campaign which ran 16-31 Dec. The prize packs included signed women’s and men’s national team jerseys and a host of other Canada Soccer merchandise.    

Canadian soccer fans will have a chance to congratulate the team when the Olympic bronze medalists return home to play Mexico in their celebration match Saturday 4 February, at Vancouver’s BC Place. Tickets start at just $20 and are available by visiting www.canadasoccer.com/tickets.

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