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Canada Soccer Hall of Fame to induct Past Canadian Players from 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s

Posted on 17 February 2019 in Awards & Recognition

Forever rivals Firefighters FC and Columbus FC will meet again on a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, albeit this time under much friendlier circumstances. On 24 March 2019, heroes from the two Organisations of Distinction will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of a special class of More

Alphonso Davies named Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year

Posted on 29 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies was named 2018 Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year after a standout season for both Canada and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is the first soccer player to win the multi-sport award.Davies, who turned 18 in November, was also named 2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year earlier this month. More

Alphonso Davies honoured with 2018 Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 12 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year after a standout season with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and yet another breakout season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Of note, he helped Canada climb to current third-place position in qualifying and within a point of More

Christine Sinclair honoured with 14th Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 11 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Christine Sinclair has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year in recognition of another successful season highlighted by scoring the winning goal that qualified Canada for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. It was the nation’s most important goal of the year as Canada Soc More

Derek Cornelius and Jordyn Huitema named Canada Soccer’s Youth International Players of the Year

Posted on 10 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer’s young footballers Derek Cornelius and Jordyn Huitema have been named the 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. The young duo have been recognised for their excellence at the international level with Canada Soccer’s national youth teams. Derek Corneli More

2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards: Jacob Orellana top in Futsal; Damien Wojtiw top in Para Soccer

Posted on 7 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Jacob Orellana has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year as part of the 2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards. The two first-time winners have been recognised for their excellence at the international level in their respecti More

James Pantemis wins 2018 Allstate Good Hands® Award

Posted on 5 December 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canadian soccer fans have voted James Pantemis’s athletic save against Japan during the Toulon Tournament on June 3 as the 2018 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save came in the 41st minute with Canada’s U-23s leading 1-0. On the save, Japan’s Ayase Ueda More

2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards Nominees Announced

Posted on 27 November 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced the list of nominees for the 2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards, with voting open for media and coaches from 27 November through 6 December. At the top of the list are the nominees for the 2018 Canadian Players of the Year, celebrating the top male and female fo More

Radzinski to be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in Toronto

Posted on 28 September 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer fans will have the opportunity to celebrate one of Canada’s all-time great strikers at the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday 16 October at BMO Field. Honoured member Tomasz Radzinski will officially be inducted in his hometown of Toronto at Canada Soccer’s u More

Canada Soccer celebrates 2018 award winners

Posted on 8 May 2018 in Awards & Recognition

The 2018 Canada Soccer awards were celebrated on Saturday 5 May in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories after the Annual Meeting of the Members. 2018 CANADA SOCCER AWARDSCanada Soccer President’s Award - Norm OdingaMr. Norm Odinga was an all-star and national champion in Canadian soccer, wi More

Class of 2018: Chapman and Radzinski named to Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Posted on 3 May 2018 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer has announced that former National Team stars Candace Chapman and Tomasz Radzinski have been named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The two Class of 2018 stars were officially announced ahead of the Annual Meeting of the Members in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and will be forma More

Davies & Huitema named Canadian U-17 Players of the Year for Canada Soccer

Posted on 11 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Alphonso Davies and Jordyn Huitema have been named 2017 Canadian U-17 Players of the Year after outstanding campaigns that included call ups to Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and Women’s National Team. Canada’s two young footballers won the honour from a vote by national More

Twardek & Fleming named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year for Canada Soccer

Posted on 11 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Kris Twardek and Jessie Fleming have been named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year after outstanding campaigns highlighted by Canada Soccer's 2017 National Teams international season. Canada’s two young footballers won the honour from a vote by National Teams coaches as well as Canadian clubs a More

2017 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards kick off with Para Soccer and Futsal Awards

Posted on 7 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Jamie Ackinclose Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year; Nazim Belguendouz Canadian Futsal Player of the Year More

2017 Allstate Good Hands® Award Announced

Posted on 6 December 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Canadian soccer fans have voted Stephanie Labbé’s leaping save against the USA in an international friendly on November 9 as the 2017 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save came at a critical moment in the match when, in the 39th minute, Lindsay Horan struck a More

25th edition of Canada Soccer Player Awards launched with 2017 nominees list

Posted on 28 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Pretty and Noseworthy highlight Newfoundland Labrador winners

Posted on 27 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Holy Cross FC women named Team of the Year More

Córdoba, Western Halifax FC highlight Night of Excellence

Posted on 26 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Soccer Nova Scotia Night of Excellence More

Bernier, Richard named Québec Soccer players of the year

Posted on 25 November 2017 in Awards & Recognition

Bernier also inducted into Québec Soccer's Hall of Fame More

Canada Soccer match in Toronto featured Paul Stalteri Hall of Fame induction

Posted on 24 August 2017 in Awards & Recognition

CONCACAF champion and Canadian soccer legend Paul Stalteri will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame ahead of a Men’s International Soccer match More

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Forever rivals Firefighters FC and Columbus FC will meet again on a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, albeit this time under much friendlier circumstances. On 24 March 2019, heroes from the two Organisations of Distinction will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of a special class of Past Canadian Players from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
 
Jim Blundell and Gary Stevens of Firefighters FC as well as Bobby Smith and Gino Vazzoler of Columbus FC highlight the group of 12 honoured players that will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday 24 March during the Canada v French Guiana match at BC Place. During the 1960s, the four all-stars featured in one of the most heated rivalries in Canadian soccer.
 
Regina’s John Schepers will join Blundell, Stevens, Smith and Vazzoler as part of the group of five living members to be inducted as part of this special class on 24 March. The quintet are joined by seven other stars who will be honoured posthumously: Harry Phillips of Toronto, Bill Gill of Montréal, and Frank Ambler, Eddie Bak, Don Matheson, Bobby Newbold, and Jackie Whent of Vancouver. This expanded class honours players from an older era from well before the Hall of Fame was established. All 12 were stars for more than a decade in Canada’s biggest leagues from the 1940s through 1960s, notably the Pacific Coast League, the Western Canada League, and the National League of Ontario and Québec.
 
The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame will induct these athletes at half time of the upcoming Canada v French Guiana match. Tickets to the important home international match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) via Ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1.855.985.5000. Group discounts are available by organising a group of 10 or more tickets, giving fans a discount of up to 30% off the regular price. There is also a special Me+3 ticket offer in Price Category 2 which gives fans four tickets for the price of three.
 
“Canada Soccer congratulates this group of honoured members who all made a positive impact on the game during a unique era of growth for our sport across the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “In honouring this group of stars, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame ensures that their commitment, their achievements, and their passion for Canadian soccer is celebrated amongst the greats of the game in Canada.”
 
The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame celebrates the individual and team achievements and traditions  in the game of soccer in Canada. Including this group of 12 players, the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has welcomed 126 players, 13 players/coaches, 10 officials, and 40 builders as honoured members since 2000.
 
In all, 15 persons will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019. Later this year, two Modern Canadian Players will be selected (one male, one female, to be honoured at future home international matches) as well as one non player (Builder, Coach or Referee, to be honoured at the Annual Meeting of the Members in May). Additionally, Canada Soccer will celebrate one Team of Distinction as well several Organisations of Distinction in 2019 (also to be honoured at the Annual Meeting of the Members).

 
FORTIES, FIFTIES, SIXTIES
Firefighters FC and Columbus FC took their turns winning three-straight Pacific Coast League championships, with the Firemen winning three straight from 1963-64 to 1965-66 and then the Italians winning three straight from 1968-69 to 1970-71. Their Sunday rivalry at old Callister Park was legendary with the two sides facing each other more than 40 times in league and cup competitions from 1961 to 1971.
 
While Blundell and Smith were briefly teammates at North Shore at the end of the 1950s, they led their respective rivals in goalscoring throughout the 1960s: Blundell for the Firefighters and Smith for Columbus. The duo won five of the league’s nine scoring titles from 1959-60 to 1967-68. Blundell scored the most Coast League goals for one team throughout the 1960s; Smith, meanwhile, led the decade in scoring and retired as the league’s all-time goalscoring champion.
 
Both organisations also won Canadian titles in the 1960s and 1970s, with Stevens and Vazzoler winning multiple titles. Stevens helped Firefighters win Canada Soccer’s Championship in both 1965 and 1973 while Vazzoler helped Columbus win it all in 1964, 1969, 1977 and 1978.
 
As for Schepers (pronounced SKEH-perz), he is rare player that has won titles in three separate provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and his hometown Manitoba. The former Canada international won a national title in 1962 and is still the only teenager to score a hat trick in the Canadian final. In the old Western Canada Soccer League – the first Canadian league that crossed three provinces – Schepers was the league’s all-time goalscoring leader.
 
 
HONOURED MEMBERS
Frank Ambler, Centre Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a two-time Dominion of Canadian Football Championship winner and five-time Pacific Coast League winner; third-highest Coast League scorer in the 1940s and single-season record holder; scored more than 150 goals across his 16-year career.
 
Eddie Bak, Fullback & Inside Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a joint-record five-time Canada Soccer Championship winner; a five-time Pacific Coast League winner, two-time Kennedy Cup winner, and nine-time all-star in a 12-year span.
 
Jim Blundell, Centre Forward & Inside Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia – a Canada Soccer Championship winner, five-time Pacific Coast League winner, and Kennedy Cup winner; two-time Coast League scoring champion and Firefighters’ all-time leading scorer in Coast League competition; scored more than 140 goals across his 13-year career.
 
Bill Gill, Goalkeeper from Montréal, Québec (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and one-time runner up; National Soccer League of Ontario/Québec winner; Most Valuable Player of the 1952 Canadian final; Canada goalkeeper for the 1947 Triner Trophy international competition against USA; a 20-year career in Montréal.
 
Don Matheson, Left Half & Inside Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and two-time runner up; a six-time Pacific Coast League winner and eight-time all-star selection; Coast League’s Most Popular Player in 1950; a 17-year career.
 
Bobby Newbold, Goalkeeper from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and five-time Pacific Coast League winner; led or co-led the Coast League in clean sheets nine times and retired as the league’s all-time leader; a 15-year career with St. Andrews FC.
 
Harry Phillips, Centre Half & Forward from Toronto, Ontario (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and USA Dewar Cup winner; National League MVP and Tom Holland Memorial Award winner after his final year; finalist for Canadian Press Best in 50 Years soccer category in 1950 after an 18-year career.
 
John Schepers, Centre Forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba (residence in Regina, Saskatchewan) – a Canada Soccer Championship winner and three-time Western Canada League winner; MVP of the 1962 Canadian final; Western Canada League’s all-time leading scorer, four-time scoring champion, and one-time MVP; a 25-year career in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
 
Bobby Smith, Outside Left from Vancouver, British Columbia – a two-time Pacific Coast League winner and two-time Kennedy Trophy winner; Coast League’s all-time leading scorer, three-time scoring champion; Columbus FC’s all-time leading scorer in Coast League competition; more than 180 goals scored across a 14-year career.
 
Gary Stevens, Fullback from Burnaby, British Columbia – a two-time Canada Soccer Championship winner and one-time runner up; a four-time Pacific Coast League winner and two-time Kennedy Cup winner; MVP of the 1966 Kennedy Cup finals and five-time BC all-star in successive seasons; a 13-year career with Firefighters FC.
 
Gino Vazzoler, Centre Half from Burnaby, British Columbia – a four-time Canada Soccer Championship winner and one-time runner up; first centre half to win four Canadian titles; a three-time Pacific Coast League winner as well as a BC Premier League and BC Soccer League winner; a 20-year career with Columbus FC.
 
Jack Whent, Left Half & Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (honoured posthumously) – a Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner and North American Championship winner; a one-time Pacific Coast League winner; finalist for Canadian Press Best in 50 Years

Alphonso Davies was named 2018 Postmedia Male Athlete of the Year after a standout season for both Canada and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is the first soccer player to win the multi-sport award.

Davies, who turned 18 in November, was also named 2018 Canada Soccer Player of the Year earlier this month. The Canadian player has recently joined Bayern Munich in Germany after an MLS-record transfer deal with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In 2018, he helped Canada climb to current third-place position in qualifying and within a point of reaching the Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League Group A.

At the international level, his four assists in three matches were the second-most in a single season for Canada since 2000 when assists have been regularly recorded. He played in all 270 minutes of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, fired six shots, and completed 95% of his team-best 151 attempted passes.

Davies also won Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year honours after leading the league in duels won (258) and setting a record for dribbles completed (123). He scored eight goals, co-led the team with 11 assists (youngest player in league history to record double digit assists), was selected to the annual All-Star Game, and was named MLS’s best prospect in their 22 Under 22 Ranking. 

With one match remaining in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, Canada sit third amongst 34 nations with the fourth and decisive match scheduled for Sunday 24 March in Vancouver at BC Place at French Guiana. Canada must finish amongst the top-six nations to qualify for both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League.

“He has been a standout performer for club and country and that is just a consistent reality now for Alphonso Davies,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “For club, he picked up many an accolade, culminating with what looks like one of the biggest signings our country has ever seen.

“For Canada, every time he has been asked to take a responsibility and support the team, even playing out of position, he has shown his character. He is just a humble guy who loves the game and will do whatever it takes to be successful.”

 

 

Alphonso Davies has been voted the Canadian Player of the Year after a standout season with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and yet another breakout season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Of note, he helped Canada climb to current third-place position in qualifying and within a point of reaching the Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League Group A.
 
Davies of Edmonton, Alberta was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian media and Canadian coaches. Davies shared the 2018 Canadian Players of the Year award with co-winner Christine Sinclair from Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.
 
“He has been a standout performer for club and country and that is just a consistent reality now for Alphonso Davies,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “For club, he picked up many an accolade, culminating with what looks like one of the biggest signings our country has ever seen.
 
“For Canada, every time he has been asked to take a responsibility and support the team, even playing out of position, he has shown his character. He is just a humble guy who loves the game and will do whatever it takes to be successful.”

In 2018, Davies won Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year honours after leading the league in duels won (258) and setting a record for dribbles completed (123). He scored eight goals, co-led the team with 11 assists (youngest player in league history to record double digit assists), was selected to the annual All-Star Game, and was named MLS’s best prospect in their 22 Under 22 Ranking. In July, his rights were transferred to Bayern Munich on an MLS-record transfer fee that could total more than $22-million US ($29-million Canadian), with Davies joining the German champions in late November after he turned 18 years old.
 
At the international level, his four assists in three matches were the second-most in a single season for Canada since 2000 when assists have been regularly recorded. He played in all 270 minutes of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, fired six shots, and completed 95% of his team-best 151 attempted passes.
 
With one match remaining in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, Canada sit third amongst 34 nations with the fourth and decisive match scheduled for Sunday 24 March in Vancouver at BC Place at French Guiana. Canada must finish amongst the top-six nations to qualify for both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Group A of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League.
 

2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards
This marks the 26th edition of the Canada Soccer Player Awards, with Alphonso Davies a first-time winner and Christine Sinclair a 14th-time winner for the Canadian Player of the Year award. Amongst men’s footballers, Davies finished first in voting ahead of runner up Atiba Hutchinson, third-place Jonathan Osorio, fourth-place Milan Borjan, and fifth-place Scott Arfield.
 
As part of the 2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards, Derek Cornelius and Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year, Jacob Orellana was named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw was named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year. James Pantemis, meanwhile, was named the 2018 winner of the Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award.
 
Following the Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards, the 2018 Canada Soccer Moment of the Year fan voting will run from 17 to 30 December across Canada Soccer's digital channels. Fans will have the opportunity to choose from a top-10 list of moments over the past 12 months. Throughout the holiday period, fans can follow as the top moments are featured on Canada Soccer’s digital channels: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. From there, they can vote for their favourite moment on CanadaSoccer.com.
 
Fans who register with their vote will be eligible for #CanadaRED prize packs, to be distributed ahead of the announcement of the 2018 Canada Soccer Moment of the Year on 7 January 2019.
 

 

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