Perceptive comments from south of the border - Xtratime Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old October 29th, 2004, 01:17 Thread Starter
Forum Manager
Star Player
 
Jeff's Avatar
 
Join Date: 03 2000
Location: Toronto
Teams: Toronto FC, Fiorentina, Barça
Posts: 4,742
Perceptive comments from south of the border

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?

Read the whole article
Jeff is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old October 29th, 2004, 01:45
┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
Legend
 
Jonny Knoxville's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05 2002
Location: From Earth
Teams: Swiss bikini team
Posts: 14,769
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)
Jonny Knoxville is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old October 30th, 2004, 07:44
Star Player
 
polaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02 2003
Location: Vancouver
Teams: whitecaps juve chelsea canada
Posts: 4,473
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.

\/\/
polaris is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old October 30th, 2004, 13:10
┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
Legend
 
Jonny Knoxville's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05 2002
Location: From Earth
Teams: Swiss bikini team
Posts: 14,769
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
Jonny Knoxville is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old November 4th, 2004, 22:59
Legend
 
Join Date: 04 2001
Posts: 15,157
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.
Andrix is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old December 9th, 2004, 01:11
Star Player
 
Join Date: 10 2004
Posts: 2,535
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.
Zangari_Italia is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Xtratime Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive. Try to avoid choosing short (like '1'), simple (like 'abcd') and easy to guess passwords (like a name of your favorite team, player, etc)! Complex and long enough passwords, that consists of random string of alphabet and numerical characters, are almost impossible to be stolen and misused.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome