Statement from Canada Soccer


Canada Soccer has the best intentions in striving to ensure that the Men’s National Team gains important experience against FIFA World Cup teams in preparation for Qatar 2022.

Over the past week, the untenable geopolitical situation of hosting Iran became significantly divisive, and in response, the match was cancelled.  While we considered the external factors in selecting the optimal opponent in our original decision-making process, we will strive to do better moving forward.  

Canada Soccer will be conducting a thorough review of our processes for the hosting of international matches to ensure no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of excellence both on and off the pitch, including consultation with all stakeholders. We are committed to creating respectful and inclusive environments for teams, players, and fans.

We are working diligently to find an alternative opponent and all ticket purchasers have been notified that the event has been cancelled and that a refund is on its way.

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