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Concacaf announces new format for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Posted on 27 July 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team are scheduled to open 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifiers this fall when 30 Concacaf nations open the first round of qualification matches in six separate groups. The new Concacaf format will feature Canada in a group of five nations with four matches More

Five players, one champion: CANMNT FIFA20 Tournament

Posted on 11 June 2020 in Men's National Team

Bragging rights are on the line when a handful of Canada Soccer's Men's National Team players face off in the #CANMNT FIFA20 Tournament. The five professional soccer players will play a series of video games on Thursday 11 June and Friday 12 June to determine #CANMNT champion.Sam Adekugbe, Alphonso More

Tickets to go on sale for second Canada v Trinidad and Tobago Match on Vancouver Island

Posted on 2 March 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer has announced that tickets to see Canada’s Men’s National Team face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday 31 March will go on sale to the public this coming Wednesday 4 March at 10.00 local via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000. The 31 March match will be the second o More

Tickets on sale for Canada v Trinidad and Tobago International Friendly Match on Vancouver Island

Posted on 20 February 2020 in Men's National Team

Tickets to watch Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team face Trinidad and Tobago on 27 March at Westhills Stadium in Victoria, BC are on sale to the public today 20 February 2020 at 10.00 local via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.The match will give fans on Vancouver Island a More

Canada returns to Vancouver Island for March Men’s International Friendly

Posted on 14 February 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer will return to Vancouver Island for a 2020 Men’s International Friendly match on 27 March in Langford, British Columbia. The Friday night match will feature Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team against Concacaf rivals Trinidad and Tobago as Canada continues to prepare More

Canada wrap up January camp after 0:1 loss to Iceland in California

Posted on 16 January 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada fell 0:1 to Iceland in a Men’s International Friendly at the tail end of their 12-day January camp to open the 2020 international season. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team posted back-to-back wins over Barbados before falling to their European opponents on a first-half goa More

Canada delivers back-to-back wins over Barbados

Posted on 11 January 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada have opened the 2020 season with back-to-back victories over Barbados after a Friday night 4:1 victory in California. Charles-Andreas Brym, Russell Teibert, Amer Didic and Jayden Nelson were the goalscorers as Canada won their second match in less than a week by the same scoreline. The F More

Canada kick off 2020 season with 4:1 win over Barbados

Posted on 8 January 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada opened their 2020 international season with a 4:1 victory over Barbados in a Men’s International Friendly match in California. Veterans Tosaint Ricketts, Tesho Akindele and Jonathan Osorio scored in the first half before debutant Theo Bair scored Canada’s fourth goal in the second More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team holds January camp

Posted on 3 January 2020 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will hold a 12-day January camp to kick off the 2020 international season. The California-based camp will provide Canada Soccer with an opportunity to continue the positive development of the Men’s National Team Program while also providing inter More

Men's nominees for the 2019 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 27 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Scott Arfield | #CANMNT & Glasgow Rangers FC (Scotland)Scott Arfield captained Canada to their first international “A” victory over USA in 34 years and had the assist on the winning goal. At the club level, he scored eight goals and six assists from January through November with Rang More

Canada falls to USA in Concacaf Nations League A return leg

Posted on 16 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada hold but a three-point group lead after an away 1:4 loss to USA in their Friday night Concacaf Nations League A international soccer match. Steven Vitoria was the lone goalscorer as Canada finished with nine points from four matches in group play.  USA closes out their four-match schedul More

Canada ready to face USA in decisive Concacaf Nations League away match

Posted on 14 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada are ready to face their Concacaf rivals and North American neighbours USA in a crucial Friday night competitive clash in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. At stake in this second of a home-and-away series is first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League and a spot in the Final Four in the More

Canada MNT announces squad for decisive Concacaf Nations League away match against USA

Posted on 8 November 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for a crucial away match in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League against rivals USA. At stake in the upcoming November window is first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League and a spot in the Final Four in the inaugural season of the competition. The Friday 1 More

Canada delivers historic 2:0 win over USA at home fortress in Toronto

Posted on 16 October 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada delivered a historic 2:0 victory over USA in Concacaf Nations League with Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini scoring second-half goals at BMO Field in Toronto. The victory kept Canada in first place in Group A of Concacaf Nations League A and earned Canada 18 points on the FIFA rankings, mov More

Canada ready to face USA in crucial Tuesday home clash in Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 13 October 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada are ready to face their Concacaf rivals and North American neighbours USA in a big Tuesday night competitive clash in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. The first of a home-and-away series puts the two Group A favourites in a clash for first place and a spot in the confederation’s Final F More

Canada’s top players to feature in Toronto for Rivalry match against USA in Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 1 October 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for a crucial home match in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League against rivals USA. The Tuesday 15 October home match in Toronto provides Canada with the opportunity to face one of the leading nations in Concacaf with the potential to accumulate valuable points o More

Canada prepare for crucial USA series after rise in rankings through Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 20 September 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will play an important home-and-away series against rivals USA in Toronto, Ontario and Orlando, Florida as part of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League. The two League A matches bring together the Concacaf neighbours in competitive home-and-away football se More

Canada wins 1:0 over Cuba in return leg of Concacaf Nations League A

Posted on 11 September 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada have picked up six points and a +7 goals difference with back-to-back wins over Cuba in League A of Concacaf Nations League after a 1:0 away victory on Tuesday 10 September. Teenager Alphonso Davies scored the lone goal and captain Milan Borjan posted his 20th clean sheet as 10-man Canada pul More

Canada wins 6:0 over Cuba with record-setting performance in Concacaf Nations League opener

Posted on 8 September 2019 in Men's National Team

It was a night for records as Canada won their opening match of Concacaf Nations League with a 6:0 victory over Cuba. Jonathan David set Canada’s single-season goal scoring record with his 8th goal of the year while captain Junior Hoilett scored a hat trick in front of his hometown crowd. Jona More

Canada to face Cuba in home match opener of Concacaf Nations League

Posted on 5 September 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada will kick off 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A in Toronto with a Saturday night opener against rivals Cuba, the first of a home-and-away series during the September international window. The Toronto match will provide Canadian fans the opportunity to welcome home their favourite players, not More

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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team are scheduled to open 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifiers this fall when 30 Concacaf nations open the first round of qualification matches in six separate groups. The new Concacaf format will feature Canada in a group of five nations with four matches to be played in the first round.

The draw, schedule and locations for these matches will be announced at a later date, with the draw to take place in mid August. As always, Canada Soccer will continue to closely monitor all COVID-19 developments in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada and relevant governing bodies through the Canada Soccer Sport Medicine Committee to ensure the safety of all players and staff.

Also announced by Concacaf, the dates for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will run from 10 July to 1 August, with Canada already qualified as one of the 16 nations competing in the final tournament. Canada are two-time Concacaf champions and have reached the quarter-final stage of the Concacaf Gold Cup most recently in 2017 and 2019. While 12 nations have already qualified for the 2021 edition, another 12 nations are fighting for the last four positions.

Concacaf Nations League, meanwhile, has been confirmed to return for the 2022-23 season. In the 2019-20, Canada competed amongst the top-12 nations in League A and gained more FIFA ranking points than any other nation in League A. Across four matches, Canada posted three wins and one loss, including a memorable 2:0 victory over USA at home in October.

For Concacaf’s new format of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifiers, only the top-five nations have been saved from the new rounds of group and elimination matches. From Concacaf nations ranked 6th through 35th on the July 2020 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, the 30 Concacaf nations will be divided into six groups of five nations each. Canada have been seeded at the head of Group B while El Salvador are in Group A, Curaçao are in Group C, Panama are in Group D, Haiti are in Group E, and Trinidad and Tobago are in Group F.

From the first round, only the six group winners will advance into a second round of head-to-head series, with the winner of Group B facing the winner of Group E. From the second round, the three winners will advance to the Concacaf Final Round of eight nations competing for a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.


 

Bragging rights are on the line when a handful of Canada Soccer's Men's National Team players face off in the #CANMNT FIFA20 Tournament. The five professional soccer players will play a series of video games on Thursday 11 June and Friday 12 June to determine #CANMNT champion.

Sam Adekugbe, Alphonso Davies, Cyle Larin, Liam Millar and Jonathan Osorio will all play each other once in a set of round-robin video games on Thursday 11 June 2020 starting at 13.00 ET / 10.00 PT. From there, the top-four players will take part in the Friday semi-finals (starting at 12.00 ET / 09.00 PT) after which two finalists will play for the title in the Friday Final (13.00 ET / 10.00 PT).

As part of Canada Soccer Nation Inside, every match in the #CANMNT FIFA20 Tournament will be broadcast live on twitch.tv/canadasoccer

 


SCHEDULE - THURSDAY 11 JUNE

13.00 ET / 10.00 PT - Match 1 - ADEKUGBE v DAVIES
13.20 ET / 10.20 PT - Match 2 - MILLAR v DAVIES
13.40 ET / 10.40 PT - Match 3 - ADEKUGBE v MILLAR
14.00 ET / 11.00 PT - Match 4 - DAVIES v OSORIO
14.20 ET / 11.20 PT - Match 5 - DAVIES v LARIN
14.40 ET / 11.40 PT - Match 6 - MILLAR v OSORIO
15.00 ET / 12.00 PT - Match 7 - LARIN v MILLAR
15.20 ET / 12.20 PT - Match 8 - LARIN v ADEKUGBE
15.40 ET / 12.40 PT - Match 9 - OSORIO v ADEKUGBE
16.00 ET / 13.00 PT - Match 10 - OSORIO v LARIN

SCHEDULE - FRIDAY 12 JUNE

12.00 ET / 09.00 PT - SEMI-FINALS
13.00 ET / 10.00 PT - FINAL

 

 

Canada Soccer has announced that tickets to see Canada’s Men’s National Team face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday 31 March will go on sale to the public this coming Wednesday 4 March at 10.00 local via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000. The 31 March match will be the second of two matches Canada will play against Trinidad and Tobago at Westhills Stadium in the upcoming FIFA window, with the first match set for Friday 27 March.

The announcement follows an incredible response by Canadian fans to the 27 March match with all seated tickets selling out in just a few short hours of going on sale to the public and additional standing room inventory sold in the following days.  

“These are important games for Canada and we wanted to play them at home to give the team the best conditions possible to perform with the people of Vancouver Island providing us with that 12th man atmosphere,” said Herdman. “We are excited that the community has had such a strong response and that we will have two jammed packed stadiums with fans young and old from football communities that don’t often get to see their national team heroes in the flesh.”

Tickets to the Canada v Trinidad and Tobago 31 March match will start as low as $20 via Ticketmaster.ca (or by calling 1.855.985.5000). To ensure the Canadian soccer community has the best opportunity to attend the match and take advantage of the chance to see some of their favourite heroes, groups of 10 or more will have access to an exclusive pre-order window ahead of the public on-sale. Due to stadium capacity there will be limited group inventory available and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. To access the group ticket program, featuring discounts of up to 30%, groups must submit their orders by 17.00 PT on Tuesday 3 March via the group order form.

The two-match series with Concacaf rivals Trinidad and Tobago is part of Canada’s ongoing preparations for FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers in the Fall of 2020.

With two different qualifying pathways scheduled for the region, Canada are in a chase for a top-six spot in Concacaf on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings in order to compete in the Concacaf Hex (nations 1-6) rather than a more demanding alternate route (nations 7-35). Trailing El Salvador by 30 points in July 2019, Canada have already cut that gap in half and now trail by just 14 points after a trio of matches in January 2020. From Concacaf Nations League matches in the Fall, Canada gained more FIFA ranking points than any other nation in League A.

“We are still in the hunt for the Concacaf Hex and we have cut the points gap in half through Concacaf Nations League,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “We are focused on doing our best to pick up points and close the gap on that sixth spot in Concacaf.”

Since the Concacaf pathways were unveiled in July 2019, Canada have picked up 20 points on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings while El Salvador have picked up just four. Canada have also opened the gap on the several nations behind them, notably eighth-place Curaçao (19 points back) and ninth-place Panama (28 points back).

The first match on 27 March represents the first international “A” match on Vancouver Island since Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team played at Victoria’s Centennial Stadium on 4 March 2006. Previously on Vancouver Island, Canada played Olympic Qualifiers in 1983 and 1984 (they qualified for the Los Angeles Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park on 18 April 1984), FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers in 1985 (on the road to qualifying for the 1986 FIFA World Cup™), and Concacaf Women’s Championship matches in 2002 (on the road to qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003™).

The Canada camp will run from 23-31 March in Vancouver, Langford, and Victoria, British Columbia, with the opening part of their camp training held at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre at the University of British Columbia.

Canada have previously met Trinidad and Tobago 11 times at the international “A” level between 1977 and 2012, including competitive matches at the Concacaf Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers. Across those matches, Canada have seven wins, two draws, and two losses against Trinidad and Tobago. Canada also won 2:0 over Trinidad and Tobago in a training match before the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup last year.

Already this year, Canada have posted two wins and one loss in three international matches played in January. Since 2018, Canada have won 12 of their 16 international matches. In 2019, Canada reached the Quarter-finals of back-to-back Concacaf Gold Cups for the first time since 2009 and finished second in their group of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League A (tied on points with USA, but second on goals difference). Canada also qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the next edition of Concacaf Nations League A.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS

Canada are two-time Concacaf champions, having won the Concacaf Championship in 1985 and the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2000. In winning the 1985 Concacaf Championship, Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™; in winning the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001.

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Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won two Concacaf titles: both the 1986 and 1996 Concacaf Men's Youth Championships. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

 

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