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Canada Para Soccer ready to take on the world at biennial championship

Posted on 8 September 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada Para Soccer will face Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain at this year’s IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. The 16-nation competition kicks off this 10 September, with Canada looking to again crack the top-10 in the world.“We have a tough draw, but we will set ou More

Matt Brown leaves international football after 11-year Para Soccer career

Posted on 27 August 2017 in Para Soccer

Brown retired ranked second in the Canada Soccer Para Soccer program with 59 international appearances More

Canada Soccer selects squad for 2017 IFCPF World Championships

Posted on 11 August 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada is in a group with Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain for the upcoming IFCPF World Championships More

Canada Para Soccer ready for two-match series in USA

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada v USA on 21 & 23 July More

Canada Para Soccer to face USA in two-match series

Posted on 30 June 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada v USA on 21 & 23 July More

Para Soccer program continues summer preparations with regional camps

Posted on 10 June 2017 in Para Soccer

10-11 June in Ontario; 16-17 June in Nanaimo More

Para Soccer program hosts March evaluation camps

Posted on 3 March 2017 in Para Soccer

More than 30 players will take part in the two camps More

Canada finish 7th at Vejen 2016 after fourth win in six matches

Posted on 6 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 5:0 Japan More

Canada Para Soccer to face Japan for seventh place

Posted on 4 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 2:3 a.e.t Northern Ireland More

Canada falls in Para Soccer Quarterfinals

Posted on 3 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 1:1 Venezuela / 2-3 kicks More

Canada Para Soccer wins group, will face Venezuela in Quarterfinals

Posted on 1 August 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 7:0 Japan More

Triple hat trick threat Samuel Charron still a teen

Posted on 1 August 2016 in Para Soccer

First player to score three successive hat tricks More

Canada Para Soccer qualifies for World Championships

Posted on 30 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 10:0 Finland More

Canada Para Soccer opens Vejen 2016 in first place

Posted on 29 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Canada 10:0 Denmark More

Canada Para Soccer in Denmark for Qualification Tournament

Posted on 27 July 2016 in Para Soccer

2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament More

Happy and ready to go: Canada Para Soccer sets sights on Denmark

Posted on 23 July 2016 in Para Soccer

2016 IFCPF World Championship Qualification Tournament More

Para Soccer prepares for Vejen departure

Posted on 17 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Qualification Tournament in Denmark More

Canada Para Soccer wraps up Toronto preparations for Denmark

Posted on 10 July 2016 in Para Soccer

Para Soccer in Toronto More

Canada selects Para Soccer squad for IFCPF Qualification Tournament

Posted on 27 June 2016 in Para Soccer

The 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament runs 29 July to 6 August More

Alan Frew enjoys "brilliant" day with Para Soccer program

Posted on 11 May 2016 in Para Soccer

#CanadaRED fan Alan Frew of Glass Tiger. More

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Canada Para Soccer will face Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain at this year’s IFCPF World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. The 16-nation competition kicks off this 10 September, with Canada looking to again crack the top-10 in the world.

“We have a tough draw, but we will set out with the mindset that we can pull off an upset against one of the top teams in the group phase,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. “We have five new players, but we also have good young talent, so this event will also be a great learning experience for our group.”

Fans can follow the IFCPF World Championships across Canada Soccer’s digital channels from 10-23 September. Canada’s three group matches are 10 September against Brazil, 12 September against Republic of Ireland, and 14 September against Spain. Canada will then play three more matches from 18 to 23 September to determine their world ranking.

Coach Ferguson has arguably some of the best young players in the world, including 19-year old Samuel Charron and 20-year Liam Stanley. Canada’s 14-man squad also features the program’s most experienced player Dustin Hodgson and 50-year young midfielder Jamie Ackinclose. Both Hodgson and Ackinclose rank with Charron among the program’s all-time top-five goalscorers.

From the last IFCPF World Championships in 2015, Canada has returned five players in Charron, Hodgson, Nicholas Heffernan, Stanley, and goalkeeper Damien Wojtiw. That team finished in 10th place, the program’s second-best ranking. Ackinclose is the one other player with previous IFCPF World Championships experience, although he missed the last competition through injury.

“We will rely on the experience of Jamie Ackinclose to help stabilize a very young squad, but we know that players like Samuel Charron and Liam Stanley can both be our spark in speed and quality to help us reach our goals at this event,” said Ferguson.

This marks Canada’s sixth participation in the biennial IFCPF World Championship since 2005, with their best ranking a 9th place finish in 2009. Canada qualified for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships last year through the Qualification Tournament in Denmark.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

Matthew Brown of Peterborough has retired from an 11-year international career in Para Soccer. The 27-year old player represented Canada at four IFCPF World Championships and two Parapanamerican Games from 2007 to 2016.

Brown retired ranked second in the Canada Soccer Para Soccer program with 59 international appearances and third with 24 goals scored. He scored the winning goal when Canada won bronze at the 2007 Parapanamerican Games in Rio.

“From when I arrived in my first Canadian camp in June 2006, all the staff and players made me feel like I was part of a family,” said Brown. “From that first camp, I had a feeling that I could be part of this team for a very long time.”

Brown was 16 years old when he joined the program and 17 when he made his international debut at the 2007 Parapanamerican Games. After making his debut against Argentina on 13 August, he scored his first two goals in his second game against Colombia on 15 August. He scored his first of three career hat tricks on 12 November against South Africa at the 2007 World Championships in Rio.

Brown’s last international tournament was the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament in Vejen, Denmark, helping Canada qualify for the 2017 World Championships. He scored five goals in that tournament, including one goal in his final international match on 6 August against Japan.

Among the many highlights from his international career, playing at home in front of family and friends was at the top of the list. In 2015, he helped Canada finish fourth at the Parapanamerican Games in Toronto.

“When I was a kid, I always dreamed of putting on the Canadian jersey,” said Brown. “To the kids out there who think their dreams are too far to reach, keep working hard because one day your dream will become a reality.”
 

Canada Soccer have announced their 14-man Para Soccer squad for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships in Argentina from 4-24 September. The full squad will come together this week in Toronto for a five-day preparation camp before heading south next month for the 16-nation world event.

“We have an exciting final selection for the World Championships in Argentina,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s Para Soccer Head Coach. “We have quality teenagers as well players with quality experience, but also some new players who will make their debut at this level.”

Canada is in a group with Brazil, Republic of Ireland, and Spain for the upcoming IFCPF World Championships. In past editions of the IFCPF World Championships, Canada finished 10th in 2015, 12th in 2011, 9th in 2009, 12th in 2007, and 11th in 2005.

Teenagers Samuel Charron, Nicholas Heffernan, and Liam Stanley were all part of Canada’s squad at the 2015 IFCPF World Championships, as were veterans Jamie Ackinclose, Dustin Hodgson, and Damien Wojtiw.

The eight players making their IFCPF World Championships debut are Dan Benoit, Josh Da Silva, Cuauhtemoc Flores, Gaerrisen Freeland, Zachary Gingras, Raji Kamoun, Duncan McDonald, and Cameron O’Hanley. Da Silva, Freeman, and O’Hanley are all new to the Canada Soccer Program in 2017.

In Toronto, the Canadian Para Soccer team will train from 9-13 August. Ahead of this camp, coach Ferguson has featured 31 different players in eight camps, including evaluation, eastern, and western camps.

Canada's Para Soccer Team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.

CANADA
Name | Birthyear | Age | City in which he grew up
Ackinclose, Jamie | 1967 | 50 | Victoria, BC, CAN
Benoit, Dan | 1973 | 44 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Charron, Samuel | 1998 | 19 | Ottawa, ON, CAN
Da Silva, Josh | 1994 | 23 | Toronto, ON, CAN
Flores, Cuauhtemoc | 1997 | 19 | Ajax, ON, CAN
Freeland, Gaerrisen | 1993 | 24 | Toronto, ON, CAN
Gingras, Zachary | 2001 | 16 | Markham, ON, CAN
Heffernan, Nicholas | 1998 | 18 | London, ON, CAN
Hodgson, Dustin | 1984 | 33 | Vancouver, BC, CAN
Kamoun, Raji | 1993 | 24 | Montréal, QC, CAN
McDonald, Duncan | 2000 | 17 | Powell River, BC, CAN
O’Hanley, Cameron | 1996 | 21 | Sherwood, PE, CAN
Stanley, Liam | 1997 | 20 | Victoria, BC, CAN
Wojtiw, Damien | 1981 | 35 | Toronto, ON, CAN
 

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