Year in Review | 2016

What a year 2016 was for Canadian Soccer, minus our Men’s National team not making “the Hex”. But nevermind that!

We saw greatness in glimpses, from our Women’s teams steadily rock solid performance at the olympics to Toronto FC losing in Penalties vs Seattle in the MLS Cup Final! 

FC Edmonton made a fantastic run in the NASL playoffs as did the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 of the USL. 

Calgary Foothills FC in their second year made a run all the way to the USL PDL final and came up just short. 

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  While all of that is building excitement in each of its respective cities, we still see underlying issues in our program. The hiring of Jason DeVos as the Director of Decelopment for our National program was a sign that change was coming, and Fast!  


2016 also brought the unofficial “Canadian Premier League” to surface, and it really gained traction. Talks of which cities, team names being copyrighted, stadiums and ownership groups talking, supporters groups sprouting up in different cities. The fan base is showing that we want soccer. It all started to gain legitimate momentum when Paul Beirne was hired as Chief Operating Officer for “a special project”.  If that name doesn’t ring a bell, he is the man behind TFC’s rise to the MLS. 

Rumours of a 2018 launch for the dubbed #CanPL only means one thing! Progression for Canadian Soccer

 Canada has always had the ability to be a great footballing nation, but the right pieces were never in place to make it so. Our success in 2016 has given us a glimpse into what can happen when like minded individuals push to make a difference. 

On that note…

2017 is THE year for Canadian Soccer. That is all there is to it! 
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