John Herdman departs Canada Soccer Men’s National Team 


Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach, John Herdman, has stepped down from his position as head coach, Canada Soccer announced today. Herdman will take on the head coaching duties with Toronto FC.

“John Herdman is the most successful head coach in the history of Canada Soccer. From leading the Women’s National Team to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals, paving the way for their gold medal in 2020, and to leading the Men’s National Team back to the FIFA World Cup, John’s contribution to the game in Canada is unmatched,” said Charmaine Crooks, President, Canada Soccer. “We would like to thank John for his immense contribution to the game in Canada and wish him the very best in his new role at Toronto FC.”  

“I am grateful for the incredible opportunity to have represented Canada for the past 12 years, for the moments I’ve been able to share with the players, the staff, and the supporters,” said John Herdman. “I arrived from New Zealand in 2011 with the aim of changing the game in our country, and I have been able to form many deep connections, through experiences in London 2012, a home World Cup in 2015, Rio 2016, World Cup qualification in 2022 and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The goal was always to leave the game in a better place and I’m confident that goal has been achieved for Canada.”  

Herdman’s time with Canada Soccer, which included 108 international “A” matches as Head Coach of the Women’s National Team and 57‘ international “A” matches as Head Coach of the Men’s National Team, resulted in many highlights, including: 

Women’s National Team: 

  • 1st Pan American Games gold medal (2011) 
  • 1st Olympic medal (bronze, London 2012) 
  • 1st Back-to-back Olympic medal (bronze, Rio 2016) 
  • 1st Top 4 FIFA Ranking (2016) 
  • FIFA Most Improved Team (2016) 
  • FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year nomination (2012, 2015, 2016) 
  • CANWNT Most wins and goals in a single season (2016) 

Men’s National Team: 

  • 1st Men’s FIFA World Cup qualification in 36 years 
  • 1st Men’s FIFA World Cup goal 
  • 1st Place Concacaf World Cup Qualification 
  • 1st Top 30 FIFA Ranking (2022) 
  • 1st Concacaf Nations League Finals 
  • FIFA Most Improved Team (2021) 
  • FIFA Most international goals scored (2021) 
  • CANMNT most goals scored and least goals conceded in World Cup Qualification (2022) 

“I’d like to thank the men’s national team players — without being part of the team, it’s difficult to understand the sacrifices, the pain and the amount of work that has gone into achieving what has been achieved over the past five years. The level of trust and belief that we have developed over that time, and the tightness of the brotherhood that we have today is something that I will always treasure and something that I’ll miss, for sure. 2022 was only the start of the team’s own journey and I’ll be excited to watch as the team goes on to even greater things, as individuals and as a group. As much as the past 12 years have meant to me, I know myself well and know that I’m motivated by impacting positive change and by the challenge of leading a team or an organization towards change on a significant scale. Having worked with some incredible people to impact the Women’s and Men’s National Teams to make real progress and achieve success, it’s time to move on and let others lead the team moving forward,” added Herdman

Also departing Canada Soccer will be Assistant Coaches Simon Eaddy and Eric Tenllado, Lead Scout, Alex Dodgshon, and Head of Performance, Dr. Cesar Meylan.  

“I would like to thank Simon, Eric, Alex and Cesar for their immense contributions to the game in Canada,” said Jason deVos, interim General Secretary. “Having worked closely with these individuals behind the scenes, I have experienced first-hand the value they have brought to Canada Soccer. I want to thank them for the countless hours they have given to Canada Soccer and wish them all the best in their new endeavors.”   

Canada Soccer also announced today that Mauro Biello has been appointed to serve as interim Head Coach. Biello has served as an Assistant Coach with the Men’s National Team since March 2018. Herdman will work with Biello through the month of September to ensure a seamless transition.  

The search for the new Men’s National Team Head Coach will begin immediately.