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Para Soccer program continues summer preparations with regional camps

Posted on 10 June 2017 in Para Soccer

Canada Soccer have announced a 15-player squad for the Para Soccer program’s two-day eastern camp in Pickering and Toronto. This is the first of back-to-back weekends for the program in June, with an eastern camp running 10-11 June and a western camp running 16-17 June in Nanaimo.

“This weekend camp will be the most important and hopefully the most intense weekend for the entire group of players,” said Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. “It is the last opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate the players and then proceed to make final roster selections for the World Championships in Argentina later this year.”

Canada will participate in the 2017 IFCPF World Championships from 13-22 September in San Luis, Argentina. Canada are one of 16 nations that will participate in the Para Soccer event.

Already this year, coach Ferguson has featured 32 different players in his evaluation process since March.

Canada's Para Soccer Team competes in several global competitions over a four-year cycle, including the International Federation of CP Football's biennial World Championships. Canada also strives to compete in the America's Cup, the Parapanamerican Games, and the Paralympic Games.

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. The next edition takes place in 2017, with the qualification tournament in July-August 2016 in Vejen, Denmark.

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

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