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Saturday March 7

VMSL: Columbus FC vs Richmond FC Hibernian
4:00pm Trillium Park, Vancouver
The once powerful Columbus FC desperately needs all 3 points to climb out of the dreaded relegation zone!

LIWSA: Terry Price Cup
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March 13 - 15

FVSL: Packenham Cup Semifinals
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VISL: Jackson Cup Semifinals
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saturday, March 21

VMSL: Imperial Cup Semifinals
West Van FC vs Croatia SC
7:30pm Ambleside
EDC FC Burnaby vs Inter FC   8:00pm Burnaby Lake # 3

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This Day in Football History

4 March 1945
Red Star Belgrade founded. The team was the team of the Yugoslav Police force and winning the title in the year 2000 was the teams 21st domestic title. They also won the European Cup in 1991 beating Marsailles on penalties.
(Association of Football Statisticians)


ICST Pegasus 0-3 Surrey Utd. Firefighters
Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division - February 27, 2015 - Newton Athletic Park, Surrey, BC
Photographs by Richard Howes © All rights reserved

Richard Howes: Passing the BC Soccer Web Torch
All good things come to an end, as in due course will my ten year stewardship of this website. This April, site ownership and editorial responsibility for The BC Soccer Web will transfer to Bill Currie; a great friend of the game, soccer aficionado and valued friend of mine. I know the site will be in capable, caring hands and we can all look forward to his imaginative, enthusiastic and informed input. Read more...

Bill Currie: Richard Howes Leaves “Very Big Shoes To Fill”
The BC Soccer Web has been a mainstay in our community since 1996. It's been around longer than Google. BCSW has seen some minor changes over the years, and this transition will be no different. We will continue to do the things that make the BC Soccer Web part of your day. BCSW has always been a simple site that curates eclectic and important soccer news. It's editors have never surrendered to the worst fads of today's Internet, and neither will I. This site will never be flashy. You'll find no click bait here; just soccer and substance. I promise we will not waste your time. Read more...

thursday, march 5, 2015

Major League Soccer & MLS Players Union reach agreement in principle on new CBA
Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union today announced that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering five seasons, commencing with the 2015 season and continuing through the 2019 season. MLS

MLS, players' union avoid strike, announce CBA deal in principle
Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union avoided the first work stoppage in league history on Wednesday, reaching an agreement in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement thanks to compromises on key issues, including free agency. The league confirmed the news of a five-year agreement on Wednesday night. ESPNFC

wednesday, march 4, 2015

Getting the party started: Whitecaps FC hold Season Launch Event at the Commodore Ballroom Getting the party started: Whitecaps FC hold Season Launch Event at the Commodore Ballroom
So that was fun. Vancouver Whitecaps FC held their annual kickoff event for Season Ticket Members on Monday night at the Commodore Ballroom with First Kick against Toronto FC set for Saturday at BC Place. Whitecaps FC

1,000 tickets remain for Saturday's season opener
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that 1,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s MLS season opener against Toronto FC at BC Place. Kickoff for this Canadian rivalry match is set for 3 p.m. PT

The midfielders: More to come
If there’s any question about how good Vancouver’s midfield was in 2014, consider this: four of the team’s six Player of the Year nominees were midfield players. And they’re all back in the fold. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps players stand united in face of looming strike - "We as players right now are fighting for what we consider as some basic rights"
With three days until the new MLS season is set to get underway, it would be a brave man to confidently put money on whether it actually will or not. After weeks of chatter, gusto and posturing from both sides, the latest murmurings seem to suggest that the MLS owners and players are still far apart, with the free agency topic still proving to be the major stumbling block. AFTN

Beitashour hopeful season starts
With MLS and the league’s players locked in CBA negotiations, Whitecaps hope Saturday’s season opener versus Toronto FC will go ahead. Goal

Beitashour: CBA talks going down to the wire
Will there be soccer on Saturday? That was the first question posed to Vancouver Whitecaps MLS player union rep, Steven Beitashour on Tuesday after the Whitecaps training session. The always positive right-back had this quick retort. "We hope so. Time will tell." RedNation

MLS talks in crunch time
Toronto FC players and brass don’t yet know if they’ll board a flight to Vancouver Thursday morning. Major League Soccer’s opening weekend hangs in the balance amid CBA talks in Washington D.C. 24 Hours

Weber: Threat of MLS shutdown looms over season’s opening games
At least Steven Beitashour hasn’t lost his sense of humour through these bleak CBA negotiations. The Whitecaps’ representative for the MLS players union had more microphones in his face after Tuesday’s practice than when he left for the FIFA World Cup last summer. The Province

MLS Strike Is Much Ado About Nothing
MLS Players and their union are currently in talks with MLS executives to reach a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).  The MLS Players Union can say all they want about 'striking', but it's just a ploy to voice their displeasure for the single entity system. The only thing a 'strike' would do for the players is lose money for them because MLS and its ownership groups are not going to budge on allowing free agency and why should they. Americanizing Soccer

Standing with the MLS Players Union
The beginning of the MLS season is under threat. As I wrote this article, top pundits upgraded the odds of a strike by MLS players from “50-50″ to “near-certain”. Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hanson was fined by the league for calling the MLS Players Union’s demand for free agency “a go-nowhere conversation” and “a foolish waste of time”. Maple Leaf Forever

Side careers for Whitecaps in case of MLS strike
Due to the deadline for this column, there are two scenarios heading into this weekend’s soccer action. One is that the Major League Soccer season starts on time and we continue to write about what happens in the game. The other is that MLS and the players union can’t agree on a collective bargaining agreement and the season is postponed. 24 Hours

Canadian basketball star Steve Nash trains with Whitecaps FC: 'I just love it'
Steve Nash is 41 years old. He’s played over 1,000 games in the NBA. He’s an eight-time NBA all-star and two-time league MVP. And on Tuesday, he felt like a little kid again. Whitecaps FC

Vancouver | 2015 City Guide
Soccer culture in Vancouver has a long, rich history influenced by a varied mix of ex-pats from footballing hotbeds. The game is now finding a new generation of supporters to enthrall, many of them disillusioned by the dire, morgue-like atmosphere to be found when the NHL’s Canucks play. MLS

Portland Timbers unveil new primary jerseyPortland Timbers unveil new primary jersey
The Portland Timbers and adidas unveiled the club’s official new primary jersey for the 2015 MLS season as part of a special season kickoff event Tuesday night at the Exchange Ballroom in Northeast Portland. Portland Timbers

Xavi to join Frank Lampard and David Villa in signing for MLS franchise New York City
After a career spent going head-to-head in the Champions League, Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard are about to become team-mates, with the Spain international finalising negotiations on a move to New York City. Daily Mail

Player's Perspective: Ex-MLSer Bobby Warshaw on what rivalries mean to the players
There are some things athletes simply don’t say.
You’re right, that was a cross, but I hit it wrong and luckily it ended up upper 90.  
Yes, I tried to lower my shoulder pads into his knees and knock him out for the season.
No, I don’t care as much about beating the Yankees as the people of Boston do.
MLS

Sports manufacturer steps up with reward offer to nab Tyndall Park vandals
With yet another incident of vandalism to the soccer pitch and surrounding area at Tyndall Park last month, Sidney-based soccer company Scoremaster Goals has offered a $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Saanich News

Thanks to Richard Howes of bcsoccerweb.com
There will soon be a changing of the guard at British Columbia’s best soccer website: bcsoccerweb.com. Richard Howes, who has been the editor for the last 10 years, is passing the torch to Bill Currie, local soccer enthusiast and activist. Under Richard Howes, bcsoccerweb.com has been a superb soccer website; a treasure trove of news about local soccer, including the Vancouver Whitecaps. Whitecaps Fan

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Montreal advances to SCCL semifinals on away goals
Cameron Porter scored four minutes into second-half stoppage time to boost the Impact de Montreal into the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) semifinals on Tuesday before 38,104 fans at the Stade Olympique. The forward’s dramatic strike gave the Major League Soccer (MLS) side a 1:1 draw with Pachuca, a result that saw it advance on the away-goals rule after the quarterfinal series ended level at 3-3. Canada Soccer

Impact tie Pachuca to move into CONCACAF semis
Cameron Porter was the unlikeliest of heroes for the Montreal Impact as the 21-year-old scored in extra time to lift the Impact to a 1-1 second-leg draw with Pachuca on Tuesday night. It gave Montreal the victory in their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final on the away goals rule. CBC

Impact achieve historic result in CONCACAF
What a game! Montreal was staring elimination squarely in the face, but Porter’s very late goal allowed the Impact to salvage a historic stalemate and advance to the semifinals on the away goals rule. Sportsnet

Worst-case scenario haunts DC United, but optimism reigns ahead of return leg
Now it’s DC United’s turn, as they take on Alajuelense tonight (8 pm ET, Fox Sports 2). Can they overcome a three-goal deficit in front of their home crowd? While their 5-2 defeat in the first leg presents them with a tough task, it seems the team is optimistic that they can do it, provided they follow coach Ben Olsen's plan. MLS

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How the ball rolls: Sooke Soccer News
District Cup play downs started this weekend for many teams.  Next weekend is semi finals and then after Spring Break SSC hosts District Cup Finals Mar 28/29. The U9 boys team #2 participated in the PLSC Tournament. They lost their first 2 games but managed to tie the last game. Sooke News Mirror

the local game

West Van Clinch First Place in VMSL Premier Division (Photo: Richard Howes)West Van Clinch First Place in VMSL Premier Division
Some interesting results occurred this past weekend, making things more and more interesting in the middle, and at the bottom of the table. At the top of the standings, West Van FC clinched first place by virtue of a 4-1 victory over the Division 1-bound Vancouver Olympics, while several teams are still in danger of being relegated.

Villa walks from cup competition
CCircumstances beyond its control conspired to defeat Powell River Villa in its latest bid to win the George Pearkes Cup. Work and other commitments put a big dent in the lineup for its semifinal game against Campbell River Cermaq City FC 3A and proved costly in the 3-1 loss. Powell River Peake

canada's teams

Coming from behind not a problem as Canada M17 win second straight
IIn two games thus far at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Canada’s Men’s U-17 has found themselves trailing on three separate occasions but each time they’ve fought back and now have won both of those games. Canada Soccer

Kosovar Sadiki leads Canada over Costa Rica at CONCACAF U17
Canada sits in a tie atop Group B at the 2015 CONCACAF men's under-17 tournament after defeating Costa Rica 3-2 on Tuesday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. With a victory against Haiti already in the books, Canada is currently tied with Mexico in group play with six points — however the Mexicans have a better goal differential than the Canadians. CBC

On a big night for soccer, we should celebrate Sadiki’s goal more vociferously than Porter’s
Kosovar Sadiki So, on a Tuesday night packed with action for the Canadian soccer supporter — what was the most important moment? Was it a last-gasp goal from Cameron Porter, or a second-half marker from Kosovar Sadiki? The11

Canada gearing up for Cyprus Cup
Canada’s women’s soccer team plays Scotland on Wednesday to open the Cyprus Cup, the final tournament before this summer’s World Cup in Canada. TSN

Herdman on CNWT: “There’s not too many cards left up our sleeves”
We’re now at the stage of the poker game where it’s time to call. We’ve gone through the bets, the bluffs and the folds. As Canada’s national women’s team prepares for the Cyprus Cup — its final tournament before the Women’s World Cup, coach John Herdman knows he has very few secrets left to keep. He knows he has to have his team playing to its strengths — and that means there’s very little left to hold back and to keep those scouting for their World Cup opponents guessing. The11

FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015

94 days to go
Canada’s Sonja Denoncourt became the first woman on the FIFA refereeing list in 1994 and the first woman to officiate an Olympic football match in 1996.  FIFA

world football

FIFA president Blatter wants points deductions for racism
Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday. “The biggest problem we’ve had in recent days here in this continent is racism, discrimination. This is unacceptable,” Blatter said. Globe and Mail

Seven candidates vie for Asia's spots on FIFA's executive committee
Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee. The CONCACAF region has also confirmed its slate for FIFA elections. ESPNFC

Dynamo ordered to close stadium section for Everton visit
UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kyiv to close part of the Olympic Stadium when the club hosts Everton in the Europa League because of fan disorder. UEFA's disciplinary panel acted Wednesday after fans invaded the pitch and clashed with security staff during a match against Guingamp last week. Play was briefly stopped during Dynamo's 3-1 win. TSN

Dutch football association docks FC Twente 3 points for slow pace of financial reforms
The Dutch football association has docked FC Twente three points for missing targets to reform its finances, a further blow for the former league champions who are also struggling on the field this season. NewEurope

tuesday, march 3, 2015

BC Soccer's Executive Director Paul Mullen Resigns
BC Soccer’s Executive Director Paul Mullen will be leaving the Association after four and half years to join Brighton and Hove Albion FC, of the Championship in England, as their Head of Football Administration. BC Soccer. [Brighton and Hove Albion's chief executive is former Whitecaps CEO Paul Barber. Click here for Brighton and Hove Albion's announcement.]

Vancouver Whitecaps ready to launch 2015 MLS season Vancouver Whitecaps ready to launch 2015 MLS season
The Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to start the season, whether the MLS labour dispute allows for it or not. On Monday night at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, the Whitecaps unveiled their new primary home kit for the upcoming season, while getting a chance to mingle with fans at the same time. Metro

Robbo’s Vancouver Whitecaps revolution rolls on in 2015
Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson is rolling into the 2015 Major League Soccer season with the best Whitecaps squad since the Whitecaps’ MLS era began in 2011. Whitecaps Fan

Whitecaps expect depth should mean more scoring — and winning in 2015
It’s a short Major League Soccer history for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but has there been a more highly anticipated regular season than the one that starts this coming Saturday at BC Place Stadium against Toronto FC? Vancouver Sun

Rested and ready, Vancouver Whitecaps star Pedro Morales looks for even more in second year in MLS Rested and ready, Vancouver Whitecaps star Pedro Morales looks for even more in second year in MLS
When you come to Major League Soccer as a Designated Player, the pressure is on to perform from Day 1. If those early games prove to be a struggle, the questions come in quickly: Does the signing just need more time to settle into his new surroundings? Is the player going to prove to be an expensive bust? We've all seen both scenarios play out, with the analysis sometimes unforgiving. MLS

Koffie primed to be integral in Vancouver's midfield
The Vancouver Whitecaps' season is just around the corner as Saturday's opening fixture against Toronto FC at BC Place Stadium quickly approaches. One constant player who started and played ninety minutes in the first Whitecaps MLS match back in 2011 is Gershon Koffie. The longest tenured Vancouver Whitecaps player is entering a season that will be the most important in the Ghanaian midfielder's development since signing with Vancouver on February 9, 2011. RedNation

The defenders: Shuffle in the middle
One thing you’ll notice about this year’s roster is the number of returning players from 2014. There are a total of 22 returning players, which is a new Whitecaps FC record in MLS. However, one area that did get a little bit of a makeover is the back line. Whitecaps FC

The goalkeepers: If it ain't broke, don't fix it
Whitecaps FC enter the 2015 season with the same three goalkeepers they did one year ago. It’s the only position where there haven’t been any changes. As they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Whitecaps FC

Season Guide: MLSsoccer.com breaks down the season ahead for Whitecaps FC
Could Vancouver Whitecaps FC be a dark horse MLS Cup candidate in 2015? At least one MLSsoccer.com pundit thinks so. MLSsoccer.com released their 2015 Whitecaps FC Season Guide on Monday, taking an in-depth look at the club's chances heading into the upcoming season. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps get a day off, hope it won't be longer
After a five-week pre-season that included trips to Tuscon, Ariz., and Portland, plus eight games, Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson gave his weary squad a second consecutive day off on Monday. Vancouver Sun

The Good, The Average and The Bad: Simple Invitational Endeth Edition
Vancouver Whitecaps finished this year's Simple Invitational Tournament down in Portland with a lacklustre 1-1 draw versus Chicago Fire. With the tournament championship already in the bag, with victories against the hosts Portland Timbers and Norwegian side Stabæk Fotball, it gave coach Carl Robinson a chance to give some players a few extra minutes before the start of the season next Saturday. AFTN

MLS-Sky broadcast deal should help Caps be sellers
Carl Robinson’s ecstatic about the new broadcast deal between MLS and U.K.-based Sky Sports. It means his mum, Denise, can watch a few Whitecaps games in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, without worrying about a dodgy Internet stream. The Province

Could this finally be the year for Toronto FC?
Another season, another overhaul for Toronto FC. But this time there seems method to the madness. Gone are star English striker Jermain Defoe (homesick) and Brazilian forward Gilberto (one designated player too many), along with eight others. Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko and manager Greg Vanney appear to have bought wisely in replacing them, dipping deep into the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment coffers to assemble one of the costliest rosters in MLS history. Metro

From schools to homes, Toronto FC aims to please with new players
After spending time away with the U.S. national team and at Toronto FC's training camp in Florida, Jozy Altidore looks to finally fit in some house-hunting this week before the MLS club leaves Thursday for its season opener in Vancouver. The star forward will have plenty of help. TFC players have nothing but praise about how the franchise helps them settle off the field. Canada.com

More to MLS labor imbalance than no free agency
As negotiators meet in Washington in attempt to reach an agreement that will avert MLS’s first work stoppage, the major issue appears to be free agency. When you think of free agency, you usually think of the big-money bidding that takes place in the other American sports leagues. For MLS players, it’s a lot more fundamental than that. inSoccer

MLS labor talks going down to wire
K Street, home to many Washington lobbying firms, generally has a negative connotation, but soccer fans will hope to view it in a better light as it's the location of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, where MLS and the MLS Players Union are meeting in marathon sessions in an attempt to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the start of the MLS season on Friday. Soccer America

Long strike would be game over for Major League Soccer
Someone should tell the league to step away from the edge and concede on free agency. If the players go on a lengthy strike, it will turn out about as well for Major League Soccer as a defender trying to stop Lionel Messi. The Columbian

Major League Soccer Players Union 'hopeful' on new CBA with league
With time running out on negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the MLS Players Union, Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers remains "hopeful" a deal will get done before the start of the season. ESPN

Strike? Don't talk about—strike?! You kidding me? Strike?! I just hope we can play a game! Another game!"
IIt's almost here! After months without a local footy fix, we are less than a week from the start of another MLS season. Maybe. We could also be less than a week from the start of MLS' first ever work stoppage. 24th Minute

Should MLS Players Skip The Strike And Sue Instead?
Work stoppages can lead to incremental changes, but if the MLS Players Union really wants to shake up the league, a legal gambit may make more sense. UCLA Law Professor Steven Bank explains. American Soccer News

MLS at 20: Epic original branding, logos for the league's first 10 teams
To reach its 20th season, MLS survived contraction, the shootout, empty NFL stadiums and Chivas USA. Its biggest hurdle, however, just may have been the marketers who expected fans to bond with kamikaze cabbies, green-winged cybermutants and a rainbow-clad team called the Wiz. Sports Illustrated

Canadian DF de Jong joins Sporting Kansas City
CCanadian international defender Marcel de Jong has signed with Sporting Kansas City. The 28-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., has been on trial with the MLS club on trial last month, playing four games at fullback. TSN

Crew Stadium now called MAPFRE Stadium after multiyear deal
Crew Stadium will be called MAPFRE (MAH'-fray) Stadium after the team signed a multiyear naming-rights deal. The Columbus Crew SC announced Tuesday it had reached the deal with MAPFRE, an international insurance company. ESPN

Orlando City Soccer announces opener is sold out
Sunday's inaugural Orlando City Soccer MLS match against fellow league newcomers New York City FC at the Florida Citrus Bowl is officially sold out, the club announced Monday. The only tickets remaining for purchase to the opener, which will kick off at 5 p.m., are a limited number of seats held for season ticket sales. Fox

USL executive VP Jake Edwards becomes new league president
A new name also comes with a new president. USL announced on Monday a number of changes on the executive side, with the most notable one being Jake Edwards replacing Tim Holt as league president. SBI

BC Soccer Referee Annual Registration is due!
BC Soccer reminds all referees in BC that the registration season for referees in BC (and Canada) is April 1 to March 31.  Registration for the upcoming season is open and all referees are required to register to remain on the Registered Referee List. BC Soccer

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Impact hold advantage in CONCACAF series
Here are a few things you should know ahead of Wednesday night when the Montreal Impact host Mexican side Pachuca in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal at Olympic Stadium. Sportsnet

Impact hope for big crowd in second leg of CONCACAF against Pachuca
The Montreal Impact look to have won some of their fans back with an impressive performance in the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final last week in Mexico. Now they can count on a crowd of 30,000-plus at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night in the second leg against Pachuca. Canada.com

Impact on the verge of history
Let's be honest, last week's 2-2 draw in the opening match of the CCL quarter finals at Estadio Hidalgo in Mexico was HUGE! As fans, it's easy to look back at that game and feel like the team dropped the ball after going up 2-0, but let's face it, not very many people out there thought the club would come back with a favorable result. Mount Royal Soccer

Impact's Duka looks to burn Pachuca again
It was a man of the match performance from Dilly Duka, his best by far in an Impact uniform since being traded to Montreal from the Chicago Fire last summer. And yet, it was still bittersweet. Sportsnet

New stadium brings Quakes 3-2 win over LA
With a new season a week away, pending the CBA being finalized, the Earthquakes closed out their preseason with a 3-2 win against the LA Galaxy. After finishing last season on a 15 game losing streak, new coach Dominic Kinnear has a tall task ahead as he tries to turn the team around. Prost Amerika

youth soccer

Riptide rips through VIPL semifinals
Four Upper Island Riptide soccer teams remained in the hunt for berths in the 2015 provincial championships after securing semifinal victories on the turf in Comox Valley last weekend. Campbell River Mirror

Richmond U18 United earn Provincial Cup berth
RicRichmond U18 United has locked up a berth in this summer’s Provincial “A” Cup Championships thanks to nailing down top spot in the Metro Selects Soccer League. -Richmond News

Penelakut First Nation wants to send 1st all-First Nations soccer team to Sweden
AA B.C. soccer team is trying to get to an international youth soccer tournament in Sweden and become what it says would be the "first all-First Nations" team at the event. A team of young players from Penelakut, near Chemainus on Vancouver Island, are planning to be among the 1,600 players at the annual Gothia Cup in Sweden this July. CBC

canada's teams

Positive result in scrimmage with Australia bodes well for Canada WNT in Cyprus Women’s CupPositive result in scrimmage with Australia bodes well for Canada WNT in Cyprus Women’s Cup
Canada showed its strength in a scrimmage against Australia on Sunday ahead of their first fixture at the 2015 Cyprus Women’s Cup. Scoring two and conceding none against the Matildas, ranked just one spot behind Canada in the FIFA World Rankings, the Canadians showed discipline – a testament to the work the team has put in over the last few months of training. Canada Soccer

Canada avoids Haiti slip-up in tournament opener
Maybe it’s the new format — which makes it much more difficult for Canada to qualify for the U-17 World Cup than in he past. Maybe it’s the fact that the national U-20 team flamed out so spectacularly in its recent attempt to qualify for its age group’s World Cup. But there’s no denying that the Canadian sentiment towards this crop of U-17s is more muted than past years. There’s no chatter of who’s going to be the next Great Canadian Hope. The11

fifa women's world cup canada 2015

95 days to go
Helen Stoumbos of Canada scored the first-ever World Cup goal by a Canadian, male or female, against England at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 1995™. FIFA

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No let-up at the top
The start of the Algarve and Cyprus Cups have done little to distract the leading teams in Germany, Italy and Spain, who were all able to consolidate their positions at the top of their respective leagues going into the two-week international break. In France, meanwhile, Lyon cruised into the semi-finals of the domestic cup with victory over Guingamp. FIFA

Curtain up for star-studded dress rehearsals
The Algarve and Cyprus Cups are undoubtedly the two most prestigious women's international exhibition tournaments and offer teams an opportunity to serve notice of their credentials on the big stage. FIFA

Young veteran Hassett key to Kiwi ambitions
New Zealand have been quietly building momentum in recent years and, having flown under the radar for so long, they now aim to demonstrate a new level at the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

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Is Russia too racist for the World Cup?
Russia needs to crack down on racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup, the general secretary of the Russian Football Union said Tuesday. CBC

Dore: 2023 African Cup can't be played in June
Guinea sports minister Domani Dore has contradicted FIFA, saying the 2023 African Cup of Nations cannot be moved back to June. Dore says there is no chance that the African Cup can be played then because it is the rainy season in the West African country. Sportsnet

Fighting in eastern Ukraine displaces Donetsk's soccer team
The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe's biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian troops. Yahoo!

South Africa says FIFA inefficient on match-fixing claims
The South African sports minister has accused FIFA of being "very inefficient" in match-fixing investigations. In an interview with The Associated Press, sports minister Fikile Mbalula criticised the failure of FIFA to complete an investigation into whether 2010 World Cup warm-up matches were fixed. ESPN

Sponsors taking our soccer for granted
There was widespread debate in most places as to whether the $25 000 sponsorship package for the Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Cup warranted two of the top soccer clubs in the country to get into the field and play.  The consensus was that the sponsorship package was too little and it belittled our football. The Standard

Sunderland's Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sex with teen girl
SSunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having sex with an under-age girl, the BBC reported. "A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16," Durham Police said in a statement. Canoe

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