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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old October 29th, 2004, 01:17 Thread Starter
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Woe, Canada

Our neighbors to the north continue to struggle to become a soccer nation

Dan Gaichas, October 21, 2004

CHICAGO (MNN) - Here's a question: What the sport that most Canadians play?

If you guessed hockey, then you would be wrong. Believe it or not, more Canadians play soccer than any other sport. And according to a 2003 Soccer Demographics report by the Canadian Soccer Association, the number of registered soccer players has grown every year since 1980.

There is a bit of a soccer history in the Great White North. Both the Toronto Metros (1976) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (1979) won NASL Soccer Bowls. A Canadian side that comprised of mostly NASL alums went to the quarterfinals of the 1984 Olympic Tournament and later the 1986 World Cup. After years in the wilderness, they came from nowhere (and with the help of a coin toss) to win the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, it has been tough going to say the very least in the years since that triumph.

Their aspirations for Korea-Japan 2002 ended before they began starting with a home loss to Trinidad and Tobago. They would only win one of their six qualifiers that year in the semifinal round and had to wait a long time before their chance at Germany.

Sadly, the campaign has already ended again with losses to Costa Rica and Guatemala and losing late leads against Honduras. Of course, the officiating in those matches against Honduras (where Canada had a goal disallowed in both, and Armando Guevara was awarded a dubious penalty in the first) was described as "crap" by CSA president Andy Sharpe. But the reality was that there more passengers than drivers in Frank Yallop's squad that cancelled out what were workmanlike performances in the last two qualifiers.

The bigger picture is that Canada lags way behind the US and Mexico in soccer. They are ranked 96th in the FIFA rankings, and will now have to struggle to stage friendlies to fill the void of not being in the hexagonal next year. What to do?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old October 29th, 2004, 01:45
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U need a soccer league..too many untapped talented palyers in canada. I truely beleive...if canada can create their own soccer league and youth schools..they could definitely produce many top players..because it is multi race country(ala usa)
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We need a better league presence yes. There is a league but its not creating the talent needed...maybe it will however.

Communication and scouting needed to be improved between the ranks. How a player in a local amatuer league can be scouted by teams in Europe and the Canadian Soccer Assoc. has never even heard of him is just stupid.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old October 30th, 2004, 13:10
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Soccer should succeed in Canada , because there is no other compitition to challenge it, except for hockey? Should be the #2 sport in Canada right now
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old November 4th, 2004, 22:59
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Football is pretty established in Canada with the CFL so it's not like soccer would skyrocket to #2, and in Toronto basketball would be above it.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old December 9th, 2004, 01:11
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I would love to have a Canadian league to develop Canadian talent. The talent is there, though it would be tough because most soccer fans are into European soccer and obviously the Canadian version would be inferior to it and that might make trouble for the league.
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