Canada men's national soccer team

The Canada men's national soccer team (CanMNT; French: Équipe du Canada de soccer masculin)[3][4][5] represents Canada in men's international soccer competitions at the senior men's level officially since 1924. They are overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).[6]

Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Canucks
Les Rouges (The Reds)
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachJohn Herdman
CaptainAtiba Hutchinson
Most capsAtiba Hutchinson (90)
Top scorerDwayne De Rosario
Cyle Larin (22)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 40 Increase 8 (November 19, 2021)[1]
Highest40 (December 1996, November 2021)
Lowest122 (August 2014, October 2014)
First international
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1986)
Best resultGroup stage (1986)
Gold Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1977)
Best resultChampions (1985, 2000)
WebsiteOfficial website

Their most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup[7] and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.[8] Canada is the only national team to win a Gold Cup aside from regional powerhouses Mexico and the United States.[9] Canada also won a gold medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics.[10] The 1986 World Cup was their only successful qualification campaign in their history.[11]

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

The Galt F.C. team that represented Canada and won gold at the 1904 Summer Olympics
The team that toured Australia in 1924

Soccer was being played in Canada with the Dominion Football Association (1877) and Western Football Association (1880) acting as precursors to the modern-day Canadian Soccer Association.[12] In 1885, the WFA sent a team to New Jersey to take on a side put forth by the American Football Association, the then-unofficial governing body of the sport in the United States. In an unofficial friendly, Canada defeated their hosts 1–0 in East Newark, New Jersey.[13] The American team won 3–2 in a return match one year later.[14] In 1888, a team represented the WFA in a tour of the British Isles, earning a record of nine wins, five draws, and nine losses.[15] The squad comprised 16 Canadian-born players with the only exception being tour organizer David Forsyth, who had immigrated to Canada one year after his birth.[16]

In 1904 Galt F.C. represented the WFA at the Olympic Games in St Louis, Missouri.[17] As just one of three teams competing, Galt defeated two American clubs, Christian Brothers College (7–0) and St. Rose (4–0) to win the tournament.[18] The Toronto Mail and Empire of November 18, 1904, reports that "Immediately after the game, the Galt aggregation, numbering about 50 persons, retired to the office of James W. Sullivan, chief of the Department of Physical Culture, where they received their prize. After a short talk by Mr. James E. Conlon of the Physical Culture Department, Mayor Mundy, of the City of Galt, presented each player on the winning team with a beautiful gold medal."[18] The medals are clearly engraved with the name of the company in St. Louis that made them.

In 1905, a British team of touring amateurs nicknamed the "Pilgrims" toured Canada,[19] with their match against Galt billed as the "championship of the world".[20] The match was played in front of 3500 fans in Galt, now part of Cambridge, Ontario, and ended in a 3–3 draw.[20] Earlier the Pilgrims had been beaten 2–1 by Berlin Rangers, in the city now known as Kitchener.[19]

The Canadian national team toured Australia in 1924, playing a series of "test" friendlies against their hosts, including their first official match, a 3–2 friendly defeat to the Australian national team in Brisbane, Queensland on June 7, 1924.[21] Canada also played Australia at the Jubilee Oval, Adelaide on Saturday July 12, 1924, and defeated them by 4 goals to 1.[22] In 1925, Canada played their old rivals, the United States, in Montreal, winning 1–0 on Ed McLaine's goal.[23] In a return match in November 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, Canada was defeated 1–6.[24] One year later, Canada lost 2–6 to the Americans in the same city[25] before playing four internationals in a 1927 tour of New Zealand.[16]

The New Zealand tour included a total of 22 games, of which Canada won 19 with only 2 defeats. Most of the games were against local combined teams although Canada also played New Zealand in four occasions (scores: 2–2, 2–1, 0–1, 4–1).[26]

1957 to 1986Edit

Following the lead of British football associations, Canada withdrew from FIFA in 1928 over a dispute regarding broken time payments to amateur players.[27] They rejoined the confederation in 1946 and took part in World Cup qualifying in the North American Football Confederation (NAFC) (a precursor to CONCACAF) for the first time in 1957,[28] the first time they had played as a national team in 30 years. Under the guidance of head coach Don Petrie, Canada defeated the United States in Toronto 5–1 in their opening game, but lost two games in Mexico (failing to play a home game due to financial reasons) 0–2 and 0–3 before defeating the US 3–2 in St. Louis. Mexico advanced as group winners, meaning that Canada missed out on the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden.[16]

Canada withdrew from World Cup qualifying for 1962 and did not enter a team for 1966.[29] They did compete in soccer however at the 1967 Pan American Games,[29] their first time to do so in the sixth edition of the games, which they hosted in Winnipeg. Canada finished a respectable fourth place,[29] helped somewhat by defending champion Brazil's absence.

A 0–0 draw away to Bermuda meant the Canadians, under manager Peter Dinsdale, could not advance out of the first round of qualifying for the 1970 World Cup.[30] Dinsdale was replaced by Frank Pike.[31] In their second participation in soccer at the Pan Am games, held in Cali, Canada did well to finish second in their opening round group (to hosts Colombia). In the final group round however, they managed only one win (over Colombia) and finished next to last.

Canada again failed at the first hurdle in qualifying for the 1974 World Cup.[29] Under German manager Eckhard Krautzun, they finished second in a home and away qualifying group for the 1973 CONCACAF Championship (to Mexico). For the 1975 Pan Am Games, Canada, along with most of the larger Pan Am countries, sent their Olympic team, which was amateur (and senior aged), to compete. After narrowing qualifying out of the first round, the Canucks were soundly defeated by Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico, conceding a total of 14 goals while scoring none.[32] At the Summer Olympics at home the following year, under head coach Colin Morris, the amateur Canadian side failed to get out of the first round, losing both of their games.[33][34] This despite the brilliant play of Jimmy Douglas, who scored a goal against a Dynamo Kyiv-dominated Soviet Union side and another goal against North Korea, Canada's only two goals in the tournament.[35][36]

In their North American qualifying group for the 1977 CONCACAF Championship, with both group winners and runners-up now advancing, Canada, again under head coach Krautzun, qualified as runners-up after defeating the Americans 3–0 in a neutral site one-match play-off, played in Port-au-Prince.[37] In the championship, played in Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico won all five of their matches with a plus 15 goals difference to win the tournament handily.[38] Canada finished fourth.[38]

Matters were different however at the next CONCACAF championship, in 1981, played in Tegucigalpa. Canada entered the tournament raising eyebrows by winning their qualifying group over Mexico and the United States, even achieving a 1–1 draw against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium with Gerry Gray scoring from a direct free kick in the 88th-minute.[39] In the final round, the Canadians opened strongly with a 1–0 win over El Salvador,[40] with Mike Stojanovic the goal-scorer, and a 1–1 draw with Haiti, with Stojanovic scoring again. They next lost to the hosts Honduras 1–2 and then drew Mexico 1–1 with Ian Bridge scoring the equalizer via a corner kick.[41] A win in their final game against Cuba would have put them through to Spain, but they were held to a 2–2 draw, allowing El Salvador to qualify as tournament runners-up.

1981 through 1985 saw Canada continue to develop under the guidance of English manager Tony Waiters. After a strong performance at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Waiters would see the Maple Leafs through to their first World Cup finals appearance in 1985. A 1–1 away draw to Guatemala was key in allowing them to eliminate Los Chapines in the first round group.[42] The second round was also closely contested, in part as this Canadian squad was strong defensively but had limited ability to score goals. The Canucks managed to eke out a 1–0 away win over Honduras, thanks to a George Pakos winner,[43] hold Costa Rica scoreless in San José,[44] and then in their final game, one they needed to draw to qualify, beat Los Catrachos a second time, 2–1 in St. John's, Newfoundland, with Pakos and Igor Vrablic the goal scorers.[45] The victory not only secured their first World Cup finals berth,[46] but also the crown of CONCACAF champions for the first time, although Mexico did not compete, having already qualified automatically for the World Cup as hosts.[47]

At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Canada impressed defensively in their first game against France, only conceding a late Jean-Pierre Papin goal after Papin had missed several earlier chances.[48][49] However, Canada couldn't build on their stubborn performance against France, losing their next two matches to both Hungary and the Soviet Union 0–2,[50][51] to finish at the bottom of their group.[52]

Four Canadian players (Chris Chueden, Hector Marinaro, David Norman and Vrablic) were involved in a match fixing betting scandal at the Merlion Cup tournament in Singapore two months after the World Cup. The four players were suspended by the Canadian Soccer Association for "bringing the game into disrepute". Norman was reinstated in 1992 after admitting his involvement in the scandal. Vrablic never played for Canada again.[53][54]

1990sEdit

Qualification for 1990 lasted all of two matches for Canada, a home-and-away series with Guatemala, played in October 1988. The Central Americans won the first game 1–0 in Guatemala City[55] while Canada prevailed in Vancouver 3–2.[56] Tied on goal difference, Los Chapines advanced on away goal rule.[57]

1990 saw Canada take part in the first North American Nations Cup, hosting the three-team tournament. Mexico and Canada sent their full squads, but the US sent a 'B' team.[58] Canada won the tournament after a 1–0 win over the United States on May 6[58] and a 2–1 win over Mexico on May 13.[58] All three Canadian goals were scored by John Catliff,[59] the tournament's top scorer.

Canada came close to qualifying for the World Cup again in 1994 under the guidance of a defender on the 1986 team, Bob Lenarduzzi.[60] They entered the tournament at the second round stage and advanced as group runners-up.[61] Canada competed strongly in the final qualifying round, drawing their first match in Tegucigalpa after a controversial penalty allowed the Hondurans to draw even, winning their next two, over El Salvador and Honduras in Vancouver, losing convincingly at Azteca Stadium, and winning 2–1 in San Salvador. They went into their final group match against Mexico, in Toronto, needing a win to win the group and thus qualify directly for the World Cup.[62] Canada went up 1–0 on a goal credited to Alex Bunbury off a free kick, but Mexico scored twice to win, 2–1.[63] The loss meant Canada finished second and advanced to an intercontinental play-off series where they needed to win two rounds to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[62] The Reds went up against Oceania Football Confederation's champions Australia. Canada won the first leg 2–1 in Edmonton.[64] Australia led the second leg 2–1 at the end of 90 minutes, sending the tie to extra time. There was no score in the extra 30 minutes, meaning the series was decided by a penalty shootout which Australia won 4–1 to eliminate Canada from contention.[65] Australia went on to lose 2–1 on aggregate to Argentina, who advanced to the World Cup.[66]

With the World Cup to be played in the US, Canada had the opportunity to play a number of high-profile squads in tune-up matches.[67] The highlight of this set of matches—played against Morocco, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands all within 13 days[67]—was Canada holding eventual World Cup champions Brazil to a 1–1 draw at Commonwealth Stadium, on a 69th-minute equalizer by Eddy Berdusco, on Canada's only real scoring chance in the game.[68]

With three countries set to qualify out of CONCACAF for the 1998 World Cup, and with Canada handily winning their second round group over El Salvador, Panama, and Cuba,[69] expectations were high for a second qualification in 12 years in the spring of 1997. The aging Canadians, however, fared miserably, losing their opening game to Mexico 0–4 and the following one to the US 0–3. In their next two matches, against El Salvador and Jamaica, they could only manage two 0–0 draws in Vancouver. A 1–0 win over Costa Rica in Edmonton in their next match thanks to a goal by Berdusco gave Canada some hope at the halfway point but losses to both Jamaica and El Salvador away ended any aspirations as they finished bottom of the group with 6 points from 10 games and a −15 goal difference. Having overseen two consecutive World Cup campaigns ending in the side failing to qualify, Lenarduzzi stepped down in 1997 and was replaced by interim manager Bruce Twamley.

2000sEdit

The Canadian Soccer Association turned to another German to lead the senior national team in 1998 with the signing of Holger Osieck.[70] Success came quickly with Canada winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in February 2000.[71] After emerging from the first round on a coin-toss tiebreaker with invited side Republic of Korea, the Canucks scored a quarter-final upset win over Mexico.[72] The win set the stage for an unprecedented run to the final, where Canada defeated Colombia 2–0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[73] Canada swept the awards ceremony, with goalkeeper Craig Forrest winning MVP honours, Carlo Corazzin securing the Golden Boot, and Richard Hastings named Rookie of the Tournament.[74]

Expectations were again high following the winter's result, but the campaign sputtered. A positive 1–0 away result in Havana in June was followed by a listless 0–0 home draw against Cuba.[75] For the semi-final round two out of four teams advanced. Canada was eliminated from World Cup contention after finishing third in the semi-final round. Canada managed just one goal in 6 games while conceding 8 to finish third in the standings, well adrift of advancing sides Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico.

Winning the Gold Cup earned Canada a place in the 2001 Confederations Cup, where the highlight was holding Brazil to a 0–0 draw.[76] The Gold Cup victory also won them an invitation to compete in the Copa América 2001. When security concerns prompted the cancellation of the tournament, Canada disbanded their training camp.[77] The tournament was then reinstated and held on schedule.[78] The Canadian Soccer Association announced they would not be able to participate in the reinstated tournament.[79]

Canada had another strong showing in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to the United States in the semi-finals in penalties, and then defeating South Korea in the third-place game, 2–1. There was a Gold Cup held the following year so as to hold the event in years between the World Cup and the Olympics, and Canada was eliminated in the first round on goal difference. Head coach Osieck had seen the side progress. The manager resigned in September 2003 and former player Colin Miller was put in charge as an interim.

2004 marked the beginning of 2006 World Cup qualification and a new era under the guidance of former Canadian skipper Frank Yallop. Things began brightly, with the Canadians dispatching of Belize handily in the Premilinary Round, 8–0 on aggregate, in a home-and-home series. Matters turned, however, with Canada finishing bottom in a group featuring Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras. They managed only 5 points from 6 matches and a −4 goal difference. Hard times continued under Yallop as the Canucks again went out at the first barrier in the Gold Cup, losing to both the US and Costa Rica, while defeating Cuba. The manager stayed on through 2005 into the following summer, overseeing a series a friendlies against European sides. He resigned on June 7, 2006, finishing with a win-lose record of 8–9–3.

Things turned around under interim coach Stephen Hart's guidance. Canada opened their 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a 2–1 win over Costa Rica. A 1–2 upset loss to upstarts Guadeloupe was followed by a 2–0 victory over Haiti, securing Canada first-place in their group. They next beat Guatemala 3–0 in their quarter-final match setting up a semi-final showdown with the host Americans. Substitute Iain Hume scored for Canada in the 76th minute to cut the United States' lead to 2–1. After the United States were reduced to ten men, Canada pressed for the equalizer but were denied when Atiba Hutchinson's stoppage-time goal was incorrectly flagged offside by linesman Ricardo Louisville and Canada was eliminated.

The team faced criticism for its poor handling of goalkeeper Greg Sutton, who suffered a concussion during a practice prior to the start of the Gold Cup. Without a doctor accompanying the team, Sutton instead saw a local physician who cleared him to practice, resulting in Sutton suffering post-concussion syndrome. Sutton was lost to his professional club Toronto FC for nearly a year.[80]

Prior to the Gold Cup on May 18, 2007, the Canadian Soccer Association announced that former national team player Dale Mitchell would take over as head coach of the senior team after the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Mitchell had previously served as an assistant coach under Coach Frank Yallop. Under Mitchell, Canada drew friendlies with Iceland and against Costa Rica, lost 0–2 to South Africa, had a 1–0 win over Martinique, and a 0–2 defeat to Estonia. Optimism grew, however, as Canada played well in a 2–3 loss to Brazil.

Despite defeating Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7–1 on aggregate in a second-round series—they had had a bye in the first—Canada did not play at the level they had at the Gold Cup and were eliminated from qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. They conceded an equalizer shortly after scoring the opening goal in a 1–1 draw to Jamaica at BMO Field, conceded two second-half goals in quick succession in a 1–2 home loss to Honduras at Saputo Stadium, and then lost away to Mexico and Honduras. They finished last in the four-team group with just 2 points from 6 matches. On March 27, 2009, head coach Dale Mitchell was fired. The president of the Canadian Soccer Association, Dominic Maestracci, said that "the Canadian Soccer Association is committed to the future of our men's national team program. We have made this decision to move the program in a new direction."[81] Technical director Stephen Hart was renamed as interim head coach. On December 9, 2009, Hart was named as head coach.

2010sEdit

Stephen Hart's first competitive action as the full-time head coach was a poor showing at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, not managing to get out of the group stage. However, during the early stages qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Canada topped their group in the second round but were eliminated in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, finishing one point behind Honduras and Panama after losing 8–1 in Honduras on the final match day.

After a series of interim coaching changes following Stephen Hart's dismissal on October 12, 2012 Benito Floro replaced Colin Miller as Canada's coach on August 1, 2013.[82] Being a coach with top-flight management experience in La Liga, he was expected to help Canada raise its competitiveness prior to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. In the midst of Floro's player identification and restructuring phase, the team experienced many difficulties including a 958-minute goal-scoring drought, which was finally broken by Atiba Hutchinson in a 1–1 draw with Bulgaria on May 23, 2014. Despite showing improvement with two draws in Europe, Canada continued to shed FIFA points having gone winless for nearly two years, and sank to their lowest ever FIFA ranking of 122 in August 2014. Canada ended a 16-match winless streak on September 10, 2014, defeating Jamaica 3–1 in Toronto.[83]

Canada was drawn into the 2018 FIFA World Cup second round of qualifying against Dominica in June 2015.[84] Canada entered the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifying against Dominica with a game at Windsor Park in Dominica which they won 2–0 with goals from Cyle Larin and a penalty converted by Russell Teibert. In the return leg at BMO Field in front of 9,749 fans they defeated Dominica 4–0 with two goals from Tosaint Ricketts and one each from Tesho Akindele and Cyle Larin.

The team did not score a single goal and finished last in their group in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup after two 0–0 draws to El Salvador and Costa Rica, while also suffering a 1–0 loss against Jamaica.[85]

Canada then advanced to the third round of 2018 World Cup qualifying against Belize, winning 4–1 on aggregate and advancing to the fourth round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. Canada was drawn into a group against Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. They played their first pair of matches in the fourth round on November 13 and 17, 2015. The first match was played in Vancouver at BC Place against Honduras, resulting in a 1–0 win for Canada thanks to a deflected goal by Cyle Larin. The crowd of 20,108 set a new record for the Canadian men's team in the province of British Columbia.[86] In their next game on November 17, away at El Salvador, Canada drew with El Salvador 0-0 as Julian De Guzman broke Canada's record for most caps for the national team with his 85th cap, passing Paul Stalteri's record of 84 caps.[87] With this result in Canada's last game of 2015, they ended off the year conceding just three goals in their final 12 games and in 14 games overall, they ended off with a record of 6 wins, 6 draws, and 2 losses.

On March 25, 2016, in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, 54,798 people were recorded in the stadium which set a new attendance record for a Canadian national team of any sport.[88] Ultimately, however, Canada lost the game 3–0, but remained in second place in the group, keeping them in contention for World Cup qualification. On September 6, 2016, after not being able to qualify for the fifth round of the 2018 World Cup qualifying despite a 3–1 win over El Salvador, head coach Benito Floro was sacked on September 14, ending his reign as manager of the national team.[89]

Canada recorded an historic 2–0 win against the United States at BMO Field on October 15, 2019

Canada announced Octavio Zambrano as the new coach of the national team on May 16, 2017,[90] replacing Michael Findlay who was the interim coach after Floro's departure.[91] He guided Canada to a quarterfinal finish at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the team getting out of the group stage for the first time since 2009.[92] However, on January 8, 2018, Zambrano was let go and was replaced with John Herdman,[93] who previously was the head coach of the Canadian women's national team.

Under Herdman, Canada qualified for the top division in the inaugural season of the CONCACAF Nations League following an undefeated qualifying campaign.[94] Competing in CONCACAF Nations League A, Canada earned a 2–0 victory over the United States at BMO Field, Canada's first win against their American rivals since 1985.[95] However, Canada would fall to a 4–1 defeat against the United States in the away leg and failed to qualify for the Nations League Finals.[96]

2020sEdit

Canada's campaign to qualify for the 2022 World Cup was marked by the arrival of a generation of new young players, led by the first Canadian UEFA Champions League winner Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich, the most expensive Canadian footballer in history, Jonathan David who joined Lille for a €30-million fee in 2020 and the establishment of the Canadian Premier League, the first fully professional soccer league in the country.[97][98] In the first round of World Cup qualifying, Canada finished with a 4–0–0 record to win Group B and progress to the second round.[99] The second round was two leg home-and-away tie against Haiti which Canada won 4–0 on aggregate with a 1–0 win in the away leg and a 3–0 win in the home leg, the latter being played at SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago due to COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.[100] The victory over Haiti led to Canada qualifying for the third and final round of World Cup qualifying for the first time since 1997.[100]

Canada began the third round of World Cup qualifying unbeaten in its first eight matches, finishing 2021 with its first win over Mexico in over 20 years to finish the year at the top of the table.[101]

StadiumsEdit

BC Place, Vancouver
BMO Field, Toronto

Soccer-specific stadiums in Canada include BMO Field in Toronto (home to Toronto FC) and Saputo Stadium in Montreal (home to CF Montréal). A 2007 FIFA report refers to BMO Field as Canada's national stadium.[102] Canada played its 2010 World Cup qualification home games at BMO Field, Saputo Stadium, and Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.[103] From 2011 to September 2015, Canada played all home games at BMO Field in Toronto except for a 2013 friendly against Costa Rica at Commonwealth Stadium. In November 2015 and in 2016 Canada played their World Cup qualifying games at BC Place in Vancouver.[104][105] Due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada played their home games for the first and second rounds of 2022 World Cup qualifying in stadiums in the United States.[106]

Schedule and recent resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

March 25 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying first round Canada   5–1   Bermuda Orlando, Florida
20:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
March 29 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying first round Cayman Islands   0–11   Canada Bradenton, Florida
18:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: IMG Academy
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
June 5 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying first round Aruba   0–7   Canada Bradenton, Florida
20:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: IMG Academy
Attendance: 45
Referee: Marco Ortíz (Mexico)
June 8 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying first round Canada   4–0   Suriname Bridgeview, Illinois
16:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: SeatGeek Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
June 15 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying second round Canada   3–0
(4–0 agg.)
  Haiti Bridgeview, Illinois
20:05 UTC−5
Report Stadium: SeatGeek Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez (United States)
July 11 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B Canada   4–1   Martinique Kansas City, Kansas
17:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 12,664
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
July 15 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B Haiti   1–4   Canada Kansas City, Kansas
18:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 7,511
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)
July 18 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B United States   1–0   Canada Kansas City, Kansas
16:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 18,467
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
July 25 Gold Cup QF Costa Rica   0–2   Canada Arlington, Texas
19:00 ET Report
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Attendance: 41,318
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
July 29 Gold Cup SF Mexico   2–1   Canada Houston, Texas
21:00 ET
Report
Stadium: NRG Stadium
Attendance: 70,304
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
September 2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   1–1   Honduras Toronto, Ontario
Report
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 14,822
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
September 5 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round United States   1–1   Canada Nashville, Tennessee
Report
Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 43,028
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
September 8 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   3–0   El Salvador Toronto, Ontario
Report Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 14,926
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
October 7 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Mexico   1–1   Canada Mexico City, Mexico
20:40 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Attendance: 61,200
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
October 10 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Jamaica   0–0   Canada Kingston, Jamaica
17:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Independence Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
October 13 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   4–1   Panama Toronto, Ontario
19:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 26,622
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
November 12 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   1–0   Costa Rica Edmonton, Alberta
19:05 UTC−7
Report Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
Attendance: 48,806
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
November 16 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   2–1   Mexico Edmonton, Alberta
19:05 UTC−7
Report
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
Attendance: 44,212
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

2022Edit

January 30 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   v   United States Hamilton, Ontario
Report Stadium: Tim Hortons Field
February 2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round El Salvador   v   Canada
Report
March 24 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Costa Rica   v   Canada
Report
March 27 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Canada   v   Jamaica
Report
March 30 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round Panama   v   Canada
Report

Coaching staffEdit

As of August 28, 2021.[107]
Name Nation Position
John Herdman   England Head coach
Mauro Biello   Canada Assistant coach
Remko Bicentini   Netherlands Assistant coach
Jason de Vos   Canada Assistant coach
Eric Tenllado   Spain Assistant coach
Simon Eaddy   New Zealand Goalkeeping coach

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico on November 12 and 16, 2021, respectively.[108]

Caps and goals as of November 16, 2021, after the match against Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK James Pantemis (1997-02-21) February 21, 1997 (age 24) 0 0   CF Montréal
16 1GK Maxime Crépeau (1994-04-11) April 11, 1994 (age 27) 14 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18 1GK Milan Borjan (1987-10-23) October 23, 1987 (age 34) 58 0   Red Star Belgrade

2 2DF Alistair Johnston (1998-08-08) August 8, 1998 (age 23) 18 1   Nashville SC
3 2DF Sam Adekugbe (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 26) 24 0   Hatayspor
4 2DF Kamal Miller (1997-05-16) May 16, 1997 (age 24) 18 0   CF Montréal
5 2DF Steven Vitória (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 34) 28 2   Moreirense
15 2DF Doneil Henry (1993-04-20) April 20, 1993 (age 28) 41 1   Suwon Samsung Bluewings
22 2DF Richie Laryea (1995-01-07) January 7, 1995 (age 26) 22 1   Toronto FC
23 2DF Derek Cornelius (1997-11-25) November 25, 1997 (age 24) 14 0   Panetolikos

6 3MF Samuel Piette (1994-11-12) November 12, 1994 (age 27) 60 0   CF Montréal
7 3MF Stephen Eustáquio (1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 (age 24) 18 3   Paços de Ferreira
8 3MF David Wotherspoon (1990-01-16) January 16, 1990 (age 31) 10 1   St Johnstone
10 3MF Jonathan Osorio (1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 (age 29) 49 7   Toronto FC
13 3MF Atiba Hutchinson (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 (age 38) 90 8   Beşiktaş
14 3MF Mark-Anthony Kaye (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 (age 26) 30 2   Colorado Rapids

19 4FW Alphonso Davies (2000-11-02) November 2, 2000 (age 21) 30 10   Bayern Munich
9 4FW Lucas Cavallini (1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 (age 28) 28 16   Vancouver Whitecaps FC
11 4FW Tajon Buchanan (1999-02-08) February 8, 1999 (age 22) 16 3   New England Revolution
12 4FW Iké Ugbo (1998-09-21) September 21, 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Genk
17 4FW Cyle Larin (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 26) 44 22   Beşiktaş
20 4FW Jonathan David (2000-01-14) January 14, 2000 (age 21) 24 18   Lille
21 4FW Liam Millar (1999-09-27) September 27, 1999 (age 22) 14 0   Basel

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dayne St. Clair (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Minnesota United   Panama; October 13, 2021
GK Jayson Leutwiler (1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 (age 32) 3 0   Oldham Athletic 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Thomas Hasal (1999-07-09) July 9, 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DF Zachary Brault-Guillard (1998-12-30) December 30, 1998 (age 22) 5 1   CF Montréal   Panama; October 13, 2021
DF Scott Kennedy (1997-03-31) March 31, 1997 (age 24) 5 0   Jahn Regensburg   El Salvador; September 8, 2021
DF Frank Sturing (1997-05-29) May 29, 1997 (age 24) 2 1   SV Horn 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Ashtone Morgan (1991-02-09) February 9, 1991 (age 30) 18 0   Real Salt Lake 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Marcus Godinho (1997-06-28) June 28, 1997 (age 24) 5 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Zorhan Bassong (1999-05-07) May 7, 1999 (age 22) 2 0   CF Montréal 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Ricardo Ferreira (1992-11-25) November 25, 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Unattached 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Clément Bayiha (1999-03-08) March 8, 1999 (age 22) 0 0   CF Montréal 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Cristián Gutiérrez (1997-02-18) February 18, 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Luke Singh (2000-09-12) September 12, 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Toronto FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Joel Waterman (1996-01-24) January 24, 1996 (age 25) 0 0   CF Montréal 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
DF Amer Đidić (1994-12-28) December 28, 1994 (age 26) 2 1   FC Edmonton Preparatory Camp, January 2021
DF Belal Halbouni (1999-12-30) December 30, 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Werder Bremen Preparatory Camp, January 2021

MF Junior Hoilett (1990-06-05) June 5, 1990 (age 31) 39 13   Reading   Panama; October 13, 2021
MF Liam Fraser (1998-02-13) February 13, 1998 (age 23) 11 0   Columbus Crew   Panama; October 13, 2021
MF Jacob Shaffelburg (1999-11-26) November 26, 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Toronto FC   Panama; October 13, 2021
MF Harry Paton (1998-05-23) May 23, 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Ross County 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Russell Teibert (1992-11-22) November 22, 1992 (age 29) 27 2   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Scott Arfield (1988-11-01) November 1, 1988 (age 33) 19 2   Rangers 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Jay Chapman (1994-01-01) January 1, 1994 (age 27) 3 1   Inter Miami 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Jayden Nelson (2002-09-26) September 26, 2002 (age 19) 3 1   Toronto FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Noble Okello (2000-07-20) July 20, 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Toronto FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Michael Baldisimo (2000-04-13) April 13, 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Mathieu Choinière (1999-02-07) February 7, 1999 (age 22) 0 0   CF Montréal 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Caniggia Elva (1996-07-14) July 14, 1996 (age 25) 0 0   FC Ingolstadt 04 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Ralph Priso (2002-08-02) August 2, 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Toronto FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Ryan Raposo (1999-03-05) March 5, 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
MF Patrick Metcalfe (1998-11-11) November 11, 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.   Aruba; June 4, 2021 PRE
MF Marco Bustos (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 (age 25) 6 0   Pacific FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021

FW Charles-Andreas Brym (1998-08-08) August 8, 1998 (age 23) 6 1   FC Eindhoven   Panama; October 13, 2021
FW Tesho Akindele (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 (age 29) 19 3   Orlando City 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Theo Corbeanu (2002-05-17) May 17, 2002 (age 19) 6 2   Sheffield Wednesday 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Tyler Pasher (1994-04-27) April 27, 1994 (age 27) 2 0   Houston Dynamo 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Ayo Akinola (2000-01-20) January 20, 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Toronto FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupINJ
FW Tosaint Ricketts (1987-08-06) August 6, 1987 (age 34) 61 17   Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
FW Theo Bair (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 22) 2 1   HamKam 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
FW Kris Twardek (1997-03-08) March 8, 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Senica 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
FW Marcelo Flores (2003-10-01) October 1, 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Arsenal 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
FW Daniel Jebbison (2003-07-11) July 11, 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Burton Albion 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
FW Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (2004-06-15) June 15, 2004 (age 17) 0 0   Toronto FC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE
FW Jules-Anthony Vilsaint (2003-01-06) January 6, 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Antwerp 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupPRE

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired

Player recordsEdit

As of November 16, 2021[109][110]
Players in bold are still active with Canada.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Atiba Hutchinson is Canada's most capped player with 90 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Atiba Hutchinson 90 8 2003–present
2 Julian de Guzman 89 4 2002–2016
3 Paul Stalteri 84 7 1997–2010
4 Randy Samuel 82 0 1983–1997
5 Dwayne De Rosario 81 22 1998–2015
6 Mark Watson 78 3 1991–2004
7 Lyndon Hooper 68 3 1986–1997
8 Alex Bunbury 66 16 1986–1997
9 Kevin McKenna 63 10 2000–2015
Nick Dasovic 63 2 1992–2004

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Cyle Larin, along with Dwayne De Rosario, is Canada's top scorer with 22 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Cyle Larin 22 44 0.5 2014–present
Dwayne De Rosario (list) 22 81 0.27 1998–2015
3 John Catliff 19 43 0.44 1984–1994
Dale Mitchell 19 55 0.35 1980–1993
5 Jonathan David 18 24 0.75 2018–present
6 Tosaint Ricketts 17 61 0.28 2011–present
7 Lucas Cavallini 16 28 0.57 2012–present
Alex Bunbury 16 66 0.25 1986–1997
9 Ali Gerba 15 30 0.5 2005–2011
10 Junior Hoilett 13 39 0.35 2015–present

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 8
  1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966
  1970 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 8 3
  1974 4 1 1 2 6 7
  1978 10 4 3 3 12 11
  1982 9 2 6 1 10 9
  1986 Group stage 24th 3 0 0 3 0 5 8 5 3 0 11 4
  1990 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 3
  1994 14 6 4 4 22 20
  1998 16 6 4 6 15 21
    2002 8 2 3 3 2 8
  2006 8 3 2 3 12 8
  2010 8 2 2 4 13 14
  2014 12 7 3 2 24 11
  2018 10 5 2 3 15 9
  2022 To be determined 14 10 4 0 44 6
    2026 To be determined[c]
Total Group stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 0 5 131 58 38 35 200 141
  1. ^ This medal is recognized by the IOC, but not by FIFA.
  2. ^ Canada's national football team was represented by Galt Football Club.
  3. ^ FIFA has yet to decide whether the 2026 tournament co-hosts will qualify automatically or not.[111]

CONCACAF Championship / Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter Did not enter
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 7
  1977 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 7 8 5 2 2 1 5 3
  1981 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 6 6 4 1 3 0 4 3
1985 Champions 1st 4 2 2 0 4 2 Qualified by default
1989 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 3
  1991 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 6 9 Qualified automatically
    1993 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 3 11
  1996 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 4 5
  1998 Withdrew Withdrew
  2000 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 7 3 3 2 1 0 4 2
  2002 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 5 4 Qualified automatically
    2003 Group stage 9th 2 1 0 1 1 2
  2005 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4
  2007 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 9 5
  2009 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 3
  2011 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 2 3
  2013 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 0 3
    2015 Group stage 10th 3 0 2 1 0 1
  2017 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 6 5
      2019 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 14 6 4 4 0 0 18 1
  2021 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 11 5 4 3 0 1 10 4
Total 2 Titles 18/26 68 26 19 23 91 85 26 14 7 5 50 23
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
  2019−20 A A 4 3 0 1 10 4   5th
  2022–23 A To be determined
Total 4 3 0 1 10 4 5th
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999 Withdrew from 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
    2001 Group stage 7th of 8 3 0 1 2 0 5 Squad
  2003 Did not qualify
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 0 1 2 0 5
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Summer OlympicsEdit

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1900 Did not enter
  1904 Gold medalists 1st of 3 2 2 0 0 11 0
  1908 to   1964 Did not enter
  1968 Did not qualify
  1972
  1976 Group stage 12th of 13 2 0 0 2 2 5
  1980 Did not qualify
  1984 Quarter-finals 6th of 16 3 1 1 1 4 3
  1988 to   2020 Did not qualify
Total 1 title 3/27 7 3 1 3 17 8

UniformsEdit

First colours
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AlternativeEdit

Secondary uniforms
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Third coloursEdit

Tertiary uniforms/Combinations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Uniform sponsorEdit

Brand Period
  Adidas 1986–1992
  Score 1993–1995
  Umbro 1995–1998
  Adidas 1999–2009
  Umbro 2011–2018
  Nike 2019–present

HonoursEdit

Major competitions

Minor competitions

See alsoEdit

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Preceded by CONCACAF Champions
1985 (first title)
Succeeded by
Preceded by CONCACAF Champions
2000 (second title)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Inaugural
North American Champions
(CONCACAF era)

1990 (first title)
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