Canada men's national soccer team

The Canada men's national soccer team (CanMNT; French: Équipe du Canada de soccer masculin)[2][3][4] 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).[5]

Canada
Nickname(s)
  • The Canucks
  • Les Rouges (The Reds)
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF
Sub-confederationNAFU
Head coachJohn Herdman
CaptainAtiba Hutchinson
Most capsJulian de Guzman (89)
Top scorerDwayne De Rosario (22)
Home stadiumBMO Field, Toronto
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 70 (May 27, 2021)[1]
Highest40 (December 1996)
Lowest122 (August 2014, October 2014)
First international
Biggest win
  •  Cayman Islands 0–11 Canada 
  • (Bradenton, United States; March 29, 2021)
Biggest defeat
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1986)
Best resultGroup stage (24th place), 1986
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1977)
Best resultChampions, 1985 and 2000
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2001)
Best resultGroup stage (7th place), 2001
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Men's Soccer
Olympic Games
1904 St. Louis Team

Their most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup[6] and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.[7] Canada is the only national team to win a Gold Cup aside from regional powerhouses Mexico and the United States.[8] Canada also won a gold medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics.[9] The 1986 World Cup was their only successful qualification campaign in their history.[10] Canada will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Mexico and the United States.

History

Early years

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

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.[11] 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.[12] The American team won 3–2 in a return match one year later.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

In 1904 Galt F.C. represented the WFA at the Olympic Games in St Louis, Missouri.[16] 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.[17] 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."[17] 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,[18] with their match against Galt billed as the "championship of the world".[19] The match was played in front of 3500 fans in Galt, now part of Cambridge, Ontario, and ended in a 3–3 draw.[19] Earlier the Pilgrims had been beaten 2–1 by Berlin Rangers, in the city now known as Kitchener.[18]

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.[20] Canada also played Australia at the Jubilee Oval, Adelaide on Saturday July 12, 1924, and defeated them by 4 goals to 1.[21] In 1925, Canada played their old rivals, the United States, in Montreal, winning 1–0 on Ed McLaine's goal.[22] In a return match in November 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, Canada was defeated 1–6.[23] One year later, Canada lost 2–6 to the Americans in the same city[24] before playing four internationals in a 1927 tour of New Zealand.[15]

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).[25]

1957 to 1986

Following the lead of British football associations, Canada withdrew from FIFA in 1928 over a dispute regarding broken time payments to amateur players.[26] 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,[27] 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.[15]

Canada withdrew from World Cup qualifying for 1962 and did not enter a team for 1966.[28] They did compete in soccer however at the 1967 Pan American Games,[28] their first time to do so in the sixth edition of the games, which they hosted in Winnipeg. Canada finished a respectable fourth place,[28] 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.[29] Dinsdale was replaced by Frank Pike.[30] 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.[28] 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.[31] 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.[32][33] 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.[34][35]

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.[36] 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.[37] Canada finished fourth.[37]

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.[38] In the final round, the Canadians opened strongly with a 1–0 win over El Salvador,[39] 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.[40] 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.[41] 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,[42] hold Costa Rica scoreless in San José,[43] 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.[44] The victory not only secured their first World Cup finals berth,[45] 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.[46]

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.[47][48] 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,[49][50] to finish at the bottom of their group.[51]

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.[52][53]

1990s

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[54] while Canada prevailed in Vancouver 3–2.[55] Tied on goal difference, Los Chapines advanced on away goal rule.[56]

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.[57] Canada won the tournament after a 1–0 win over the United States on May 6[57] and a 2–1 win over Mexico on May 13.[57] All three Canadian goals were scored by John Catliff,[58] 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.[59] They entered the tournament at the second round stage and advanced as group runners-up.[60] 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.[61] Canada went up 1–0 on a goal credited to Alex Bunbury off a free kick, but Mexico scored twice to win, 2–1.[62] 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.[61] The Reds went up against Oceania Football Confederation's champions Australia. Canada won the first leg 2–1 in Edmonton.[63] 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.[64] Australia went on to lose 2–1 on aggregate to Argentina, who advanced to the World Cup.[65]

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.[66] The highlight of this set of matches—played against Morocco, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands all within 13 days[66]—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.[67]

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,[68] 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.

2000s

The Canadian Soccer Association turned to another German to lead the senior national team in 1998 with the signing of Holger Osieck.[69] Success came quickly with Canada winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in February 2000.[70] 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.[71] The win set the stage for an unprecedented run to the final, where Canada defeated Colombia 2–0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[72] 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.[73]

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.[74] 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.[75] 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.[76] The tournament was then reinstated and held on schedule.[77] The Canadian Soccer Association announced they would not be able to participate in the reinstated tournament.[78]

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.[79]

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."[80] Technical director Stephen Hart was renamed as interim head coach. On December 9, 2009, Hart was named as head coach.

2010s

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.[81] 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.[82]

Canada was drawn into the 2018 FIFA World Cup second round of qualifying against Dominica in June 2015.[83] 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.[84]

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.[85] 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.[86] 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.[87] 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.[88]

Canada announced Octavio Zambrano as the new coach of the national team on May 16, 2017,[89] replacing Michael Findlay who was the interim coach after Floro's departure.[90] 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.[91] However, on January 8, 2018, Zambrano was let go and was replaced with John Herdman,[92] who previously was the head coach of the Canadian women's national team.

Stadiums

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.[93] Canada played its 2010 World Cup qualification home games at BMO Field, Saputo Stadium, and Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.[94] 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.[95][96]

Schedule and recent results

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

For all Canada men's national soccer team results, see the team's results page.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

March 25 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Canada  5–1  Bermuda Orlando, Florida
20:00
  • Larin  19', 27', 69'
  • Laryea  53'
  • Corbeanu  81'
Report
  • Crichlow  63'
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)
March 29 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Cayman Islands  0–11  Canada Bradenton, Florida
18:00 Report
  • Sturing  6'
  • Larin  13'
  • Wotherspoon  25'
  • Davies  27' (pen.), 73'
  • Kaye  32', 63'
  • Johnston  44'
  • Cavallini  68', 74', 76'
Stadium: IMG Academy
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
June 5 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Aruba  v  Canada Bradenton, Florida
Stadium: IMG Academy
June 8 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Canada  v  Suriname Bridgeview, Illinois
Stadium: SeatGeek Stadium
July 11 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Canada  v  Martinique Kansas City, Kansas
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
July 15 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winner prelims match 7 v  Canada Kansas City, Kansas
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
July 18 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup United States  v  Canada Kansas City, Kansas
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park

Coaching staff

As of March 8, 2021.[97]
Name Nation Position
John Herdman  England Head coach
Mauro Biello  Canada Assistant coach
Remko Bicentini  Netherlands Assistant coach
Steven Caldwell  Scotland Assistant coach
Jason de Vos  Canada Assistant coach
Simon Eaddy  New Zealand Goalkeeping coach

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were named to the roster for Canada's World Cup Qualyfing matches against Aruba and Suriname on June 5 and 8, 2021.[98]

Caps and goals as of March 29, 2021 after the match against Cayman Islands.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Milan Borjan (1987-10-23) October 23, 1987 50 0 Red Star Belgrade
1GK James Pantemis (1997-02-21) February 21, 1997 0 0 CF Montréal
1GK Dayne St. Clair (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 0 0 Minnesota United

2DF Doneil Henry (1993-04-20) April 20, 1993 31 1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2DF Steven Vitória (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 15 2 Moreirense
2DF Sam Adekugbe (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 13 0 Vålerenga
2DF Richie Laryea (1995-01-07) January 7, 1995 8 1 Toronto FC
2DF Alistair Johnston (1998-08-08) August 8, 1998 2 1 Nashville SC
2DF Frank Sturing (1997-05-29) May 29, 1997 1 1 Den Bosch
2DF Scott Kennedy (1997-03-31) March 31, 1997 0 0 Jahn Regensburg

3MF Samuel Piette (1994-11-12) November 12, 1994 51 0 CF Montréal
3MF Jonathan Osorio (1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 34 5 Toronto FC
3MF Mark-Anthony Kaye (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 15 2 Los Angeles FC
3MF David Wotherspoon (1990-01-16) January 16, 1990 4 1 St Johnstone
3MF Liam Fraser (1998-02-13) February 13, 1998 4 0 Columbus Crew
3MF Stephen Eustáquio (1996-12-21) December 21, 1996 3 0 Paços de Ferreira
3MF Theo Corbeanu (2002-05-17) May 17, 2002 2 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
3MF Tajon Buchanan (1999-02-08) February 8, 1999 0 0 New England Revolution

4FW Cyle Larin (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 33 12 Beşiktaş
4FW Junior Hoilett (1990-06-05) June 5, 1990 29 9 Cardiff City
4FW Lucas Cavallini (1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 19 14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4FW Alphonso Davies (2000-11-02) November 2, 2000 19 7 Bayern Munich
4FW Jonathan David (2000-01-14) January 14, 2000 12 11 Lille
4FW Liam Millar (1999-09-27) September 27, 1999 10 0 Liverpool

Recent call-ups

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 Maxime Crépeau (1994-04-11) April 11, 1994 6 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.  Cayman Islands, March 29, 2021

DF Kamal Miller (1997-05-16) May 16, 1997 6 0 CF Montréal v.  Cayman Islands, March 29, 2021
DF Ricardo Ferreira (1992-11-25) November 25, 1992 1 0 Unattached v.  Cayman Islands, March 29, 2021
DF Cristián Gutiérrez (1997-02-18) February 18, 1997 0 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.  Cayman Islands, March 29, 2021
DF Joel Waterman (1996-01-24) January 24, 1996 0 0 CF Montréal v.  Cayman Islands, March 29, 2021
DF Derek Cornelius (1997-11-25) November 25, 1997 13 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021
DF Zachary Brault-Guillard (1998-12-30) December 30, 1998 4 0 CF Montréal Preparatory Camp, January 2021
DF Amer Đidić (1994-12-28) December 28, 1994 2 1 FC Edmonton Preparatory Camp, January 2021
DF Zorhan Bassong (1999-05-07) May 7, 1999 2 0 CF Montréal Preparatory Camp, January 2021
DF Belal Halbouni (1999-12-30) December 30, 1999 0 0 Werder Bremen II Preparatory Camp, January 2021

MF Jayden Nelson (2002-09-26) September 26, 2002 3 1 Toronto FC v.  Cayman Islands, March 29, 2021
MF Atiba Hutchinson (1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 85 7 Beşiktaş v.  Bermuda, March 25, 2021
MF Tesho Akindele (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 17 3 Orlando City Preparatory Camp, January 2021
MF Marco Bustos (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 6 0 Pacific FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021
MF Noble Okello (2000-07-20) July 20, 2000 2 0 Toronto FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021
MF Ralph Priso (2002-08-02) August 2, 2002 0 0 Toronto FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021

FW Theo Bair (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 2 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021
FW Jacob Shaffelburg (1999-11-26) November 26, 1999 1 0 Toronto FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021
FW Ayo Akinola (2000-01-20) January 20, 2000 0 0 Toronto FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021
FW Marcelo Flores (2003-10-01) October 1, 2003 0 0 Arsenal Preparatory Camp, January 2021
FW Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty (2004-06-15) June 15, 2004 0 0 Toronto FC Preparatory Camp, January 2021

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired

Player records

As of March 29, 2021[99][100]
Players in bold are still active with Canada.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

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
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 8
1962 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 2 2 0 0 16 1
2026 To be determined[lower-alpha 1]
Total Group stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 0 5 118 49 34 35 172 136
  1. FIFA has yet to decide whether the 2026 tournament co-hosts will qualify automatically or not.[101]

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualifying record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1963Did not enter Did not enter
1965Did not enter Did not enter
1967Did not enter Did not enter
1969Did not enter Did not enter
1971Did not enter Did not enter
1973Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 7
1977Fourth place4th521278 5 2 2 1 5 3
1981Fourth place4th513166 4 1 3 0 4 3
1985Champions1st422042 Automatically entered
1989Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 3
1991Group stage6th310269 Qualified automatically
1993Group stage6th3021311 Qualified automatically
1996Group stage5th210145 Qualified automatically
1998Withdrew Withdrew
2000Champions1st532073 3 2 1 0 4 2
2002Third place3rd522154 Qualified automatically
2003Group stage9th210112 Qualified automatically
2005Group stage9th310224 Qualified automatically
2007Semi-finals3rd530295 Qualified automatically
2009Quarter-finals5th421143 Qualified automatically
2011Group stage9th311123 Qualified automatically
2013Group stage11th301203 Qualified automatically
2015Group stage10th302101 Qualified automatically
2017Quarter-finals6th412165 Qualified automatically
2019Quarter-finals6th4202146 4 4 0 0 18 1
2021 Qualified 4 3 0 1 10 4
Total 2 Titles 17/25 63 23 19 21 80 80 26 14 7 5 50 23

CONCACAF Nations League

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

FIFA Confederations Cup

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 -

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1900 Did not enter
1904 Gold medal 1st of 3 2 2 0 0 11 0
1908 Did not enter
1912
1920
1924
1928
1936
1948
1952
1956
1960
1964
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 – 2020 Did not qualify
Total1 Title3/247313178

Manager history

Name Nation From To
Don Petrie  Canada 1957 1957
Peter Dinsdale  England 1968 1970
Frank Pike  England 1970 1973
Eckhard Krautzun  West Germany 1973 1977
Barrie Clarke  Canada 1979 1981
Tony Waiters  England 1981 1985
Bruce Wilson (interim)  Canada 1985 1985
Tony Waiters  England 1985 1986
Bob Bearpark  England 1986 1987
Tony Taylor  Scotland 1988 1989
Bob Lenarduzzi  Canada 1989 1990
Tony Waiters  England 1990 1991
Bob Lenarduzzi  Canada 1992 1997
Bruce Twamley (interim)  Canada 1998 1998
Holger Osieck  Germany 1999 2003
Colin Miller (interim)  Canada Fall 2003 Fall 2003
Frank Yallop  Canada 2004 June 2006
Stephen Hart (interim)  Trinidad and Tobago July 2006 June 2007
Dale Mitchell  Canada June 2007 March 2009
Stephen Hart (interim)  Trinidad and Tobago April 2009 December 2009
Stephen Hart  Trinidad and Tobago December 2009 October 2012
Colin Miller (interim)  Canada January 2013 January 2013
Tony Fonseca (interim)  Portugal March 2013 March 2013
Colin Miller (interim)  Canada May 2013 July 2013
Benito Floro  Spain August 2013 September 2016
Michael Findlay (interim)  Canada September 2016 March 2017
Octavio Zambrano  Ecuador March 2017 January 2018
John Herdman  England January 2018

Bruce Wilson coached two matches at the 1985 President's Cup in the Republic of Korea during Tony Waiters' first term.

Uniform history

First colors

Alternative

Secondary uniforms

Third colors

Tertiary uniforms/Combinations

Honours

Major competitions

  • CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup
    • Winners: 1985, 2000
    • Third place: 2002, 2007
  • Summer Olympics
    • Winners: 1904

Minor competitions

  • North American Nations Cup
    • Winners: 1990

See also

  • Canada men's national under-17 soccer team
  • Canada men's national under-20 soccer team
  • Canada men's national under-23 soccer team
  • Canada women's national soccer team
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup squad
  • The Voyageurs
  • Canada men's national youth soccer teams
  • Québec official soccer team

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Preceded by
1981 Honduras 
CONCACAF Champions
1985 (first title)
Succeeded by
1989 Costa Rica 
Preceded by
1998 Mexico 
CONCACAF Champions
2000 (second title)
Succeeded by
2002 United States 
Preceded by
Inaugural
North American Champions
(CONCACAF era)

1990 (first title)
Succeeded by
1991 Mexico 
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