March 2014: Canada climbs one place in FIFA ranking

Canada now 112th in the World, remains in 12th spot in CONCACAF.

Canada is now 112th in the the FIFA World Ranking, up one spot since the February listing. This makes Canada the 12th seeded team in CONCACAF.

Canada’s Men’s National Team’s next game will take place at home against Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto, ON on 9 September. Tickets go on sale in late May. More information will be posted on canadasoccer.com as it becomes available.

The team will then take on a second CONCACAF rival on 18 November when they travel to Panama. Kick-off at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City is scheduled for 20:00 local time.

A full listing of the FIFA World Ranking is available at FIFA.com.

The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking looks at each country’s international results from the last four years. The ranking takes into account the result, the importance of the match, the strength of the opponent, the regional strength, the time period, and the number of matches per year. Matches played more than a year ago are valued 50% of matches played in the last year; matches played more than two years ago are valued at 30% while matches played more than three years ago are valued at 20%.

The next rankings will be released on 10 April 2014.

Guidelines for the Return to Soccer

Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.