The Canada men's national soccer team (French: Équipe du Canada de soccer masculin) represents Canada in international soccer competitions at the senior men's level. They are overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).[25]

Their most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup[26] and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.[27] Canada is the only national team to win a Gold Cup aside from regional powerhouses Mexico and the United States.[28] Canada also won a gold medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics.[29] The 1986 World Cup was their only successful qualification campaign in their history.[30]

History

Early years

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.[31] In 1885, the WFA sent a representative 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.[32] The American team won 3–2 in a return match one year later.[33] 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.[25] 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.[3]

In 1904 Galt F.C. represented the WFA at the Olympic Games in St Louis, Missouri.[25] 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.[37] 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."[37] 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,[38] with their match against Galt billed as the "championship of the world".[39] The match was played in front of 3500 fans in Galt, now part of Cambridge, Ontario, and ended in a 3–3 draw.[39] Earlier the Pilgrims had been beaten 2–1 by Berlin Rangers, in the city now known as Kitchener.[38]

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.[25] Canada also played Australia at the Jubilee Oval, Adelaide on Saturday July 12, 1924, and defeated them by 4 goals to 1.[25] In 1925, Canada played their old rivals, the United States, in Montreal, winning 1–0 on Ed McLaine's goal.[25] In a return match in November 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, Canada was defeated 1–6.[25] One year later, Canada lost 2–6 to the Americans in the same city[26] before playing four internationals in a 1927 tour of New Zealand.[3]

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 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,[26] the first time they had played as a national team in 30 years. Under the guidance of head coach Don Petrie, Canada defeated the USA 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 USA 3–2 in St. Louis. Mexico advanced as group winners, meaning that Canada missed out on the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden.[3]

Canada withdrew from World Cup qualifying for 1962 and did not enter a team for 1966.[49] They did compete in soccer however at the 1967 Pan American Games,[49] their first time to do so in the sixth edition of the games, which they hosted in Winnipeg. Canada finished a respectable fourth place,[49] 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.[26] Dinsdale was replaced by Frank Pike.[26] 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.[49] 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.[26] At the Summer Olympics the following year, under head coach Colin Morris, Canada failed to get out of the first round, losing both of their games.[26] This despite the brilliant play of Jimmy Douglas, who scored a wonder goal against the USSR and another goal against North Korea, Canada's only two goals for the tournament.[26]

At 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.[27] 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.[56] Canada finished fourth.[56]

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 States. In tournament play, the Canadians opened strongly with a 1–0 win over El Salvador,[27] 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 with Mexico 1–1. 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 develop under the guidance of English manager Tony Waiters. So close in 1981, 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.[27] 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,[27] hold Costa Rica scoreless in San José,[27] 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.[27] The victory not only secured their first World Cup finals berth,[27] 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.[27]

At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Canada impressed defensively in their first game, allowing few chances and conceding a late Jean-Pierre Papin goal to lose to France 0–1.[27] They lost their next two matches to both Hungary and the USSR 0–2,[28][28] however, to finish at the bottom of their group.[28]

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[28] while Canada prevailed in Vancouver 3–2.[28] Tied on goal difference, Los Chapines advanced on away goal rule.[28]

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 USA sent a 'B' team.[70] Canada won the tournament after a 1–0 win over the United States on May 6[70] and a 2–1 win over Mexico on May 13.[70] All three Canadian goals were scored by John Catliff,[28] 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.[28] They entered the tournament at the second round stage and advanced as group runners-up.[28] 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.[75] Canada went up 1–0 on a goal credited to Alex Bunbury off a corner, but Mexico scored twice in the second half to win, 2–1.[29] 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 USA 94 World Cup.[75] The Reds went up against Oceania Football Confederation's champions Australia. Canada won the first leg 2–1 in Edmonton.[29] 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.[29] Australia went on to lose 2–1 on aggregate to Argentina, who advanced to the World Cup.[29]

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.[80] The highlight of this set of matches—played against Morocco, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands all within 13 days[80]—was Canada holding eventual World Cup champions Brazil to a 1–1 draw at Commonwealth Stadium, on 69th minute equalizer by Eddy Berdusco, on Canada's only real scoring chance in the game.[29] Also memorable were accusations by Dutch players after their match of the Canadians tackling too aggressively for a friendly.

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,[29] expectations were high for a second qualification in 12 years in the spring of 1997. The Canadians, however, fared miserably, losing their opening game to Mexico 0–4 and the following one to the US 0–3. At home in their next two matches to El Salvador and Jamaica they could only manage two 0–0 draws 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 end 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.[29] Success came quickly with Canada winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in February 2000.[29] 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.[30] The win set the stage for an unprecedented run to the final, where Canada defeated Colombia 2–0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[30] 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.[30]

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.[30] For the semi-final round two out of four teams advanced. Canada were 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 T&T 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.[30] 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.[30] The tournament was then reinstated and held on schedule.[30] The Canadian Soccer Association announced they would not be able to participate in the reinstated tournament.[30]

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 USA's 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.[30]

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."[30] 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.[31] Being a coach with top-flight management experience in La Liga, he is 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.[31]

Canada was drawn into the 2018 FIFA World Cup second round of qualifying against Dominica in June 2015.[31] 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.[31]

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.[31] 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.[31] 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.[31] 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.[31]

Stadiums

Soccer-specific stadiums in Canada include BMO Field in Toronto (home to Toronto FC) and Saputo Stadium in Montreal (home to Montreal Impact). A 2007 FIFA report refers to BMO Field as Canada's national stadium.[95] Canada played its 2010 World Cup qualification home games at BMO Field, Saputo Stadium, and Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.[31] 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.[32]

Schedule and recent results

As of October 8, 2017[32]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

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The team that toured Australia in 1924

Coaching staff

As of March 17, 2017 [32][32]
NameNationPosition
Octavio Zambrano EcuadorHead coach
Michael Findlay CanadaAssistant coach
Javier Livia PeruAssistant coach
Zak Abdel EgyptGoalkeeping coach
Norberto Salamanca ColombiaFitness coach
Morgan Quarry CanadaGeneral manager

Players

Current squad

The following is the 23-man squad for the friendly match against El Salvador on October 8, 2017.[32]

Caps and goals as of October 8, 2017, after the game against El Salvador.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKSimon Thomas(1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 80 Bodø/Glimt
181GKJayson Leutwiler(1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 30 Blackburn Rovers

152DFAdam Straith(1990-09-11) September 11, 1990 430 Sportfreunde Lotte
42DFDejan Jaković(1985-07-16) July 16, 1985 401 New York Cosmos
192DFSteven Vitória(1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 101 Lechia Gdańsk
202DFMichael Petrasso(1995-07-09) July 9, 1995 80 Queens Park Rangers
132DFMark-Anthony Kaye(1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 50 Louisville City
22DFJuan Córdova(1995-06-25) June 25, 1995 20 Huachipato
32DFKwame Awuah(1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 00 New York City FC
52DFMilovan Kapor(1991-08-01) August 1, 1991 00 Hapoel Hadera

63MFSamuel Piette(1994-11-12) November 12, 1994 370 Montreal Impact
213MFJonathan Osorio(1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 192 Toronto FC
83MFScott Arfield(1988-11-01) November 1, 1988 121 Burnley
163MFFraser Aird(1995-02-02) February 2, 1995 81 Dunfermline Athletic
243MFKeven Alemán(1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 40 Saprissa
173MFRaheem Edwards(1995-07-17) July 17, 1995 30 Toronto FC
123MFKris Twardek(1997-03-08) March 8, 1997 10 Millwall
233MFLouis Béland-Goyette(1995-09-15) September 15, 1995 00 Montreal Impact
143MFCaniggia Elva(1996-07-14) July 14, 1996 00 VfB Stuttgart II
73MFJordan Schweitzer(1994-04-19) April 19, 1994 00 Orlando City B

114FWTosaint Ricketts(1987-08-06) August 6, 1987 5715 Toronto FC
104FWCyle Larin(1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 235 Orlando City
94FWAnthony Jackson-Hamel(1993-08-03) August 3, 1993 93 Montreal Impact

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKJames Pantemis(1997-02-21) February 21, 1997 00 Montreal Impactv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
GKMilan Borjan(1987-10-23) October 23, 1987 370 Red Star Belgrade2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GKMaxime Crépeau(1994-04-11) April 11, 1994 20 Montreal Impact2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GKCallum Irving(1993-03-16) March 16, 1993 10 Ottawa Furyv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017
GKSean Melvin(1994-07-09) July 9, 1994 10 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2v.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017
GKMarco Carducci(1996-09-24) September 24, 1996 00 Rio Grande Valley FC Torosv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE

DFMarcel de Jong(1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 553 Vancouver Whitecaps FCv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
DFNik Ledgerwood(1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 501 FC Edmontonv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
DFManjrekar James(1993-08-05) August 5, 1993 142 Vasasv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
DFSam Adekugbe(1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 60 IFK Göteborgv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
DFAmer Didic(1994-12-28) December 28, 1994 00 Sporting Kansas Cityv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
DFWandrille Lefèvre(1989-12-17) December 17, 1989 30 Montreal Impact2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFAndrés Fresenga(1992-10-13) October 13, 1992 00 Suchitepéquez2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFTyler Pasher(1994-04-27) April 27, 1994 00 Sporting Kansas City2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFMaxim Tissot(1992-05-13) May 13, 1992 130 San Francisco Deltasv.  Scotland, March 22, 2017
DFLa'Vere Corbin-Ong(1991-04-22) April 22, 1991 10 Johor Darul Ta'zimv.  Scotland, March 22, 2017
DFLuca Gasparotto(1995-03-09) March 9, 1995 00 Greenock Mortonv.  Scotland, March 22, 2017
DFNana Attakora(1989-03-27) March 27, 1989 100 San Francisco Deltasv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017
DFKarl Ouimette(1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 180 San Francisco Deltasv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE
DFAshtone Morgan(1991-02-09) February 9, 1991 130 Toronto FCv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE
DFJamar Dixon(1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 30 Ottawa Furyv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE

MFAtiba Hutchinson(1983-02-08) February 8, 1983 786 Beşiktaşv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
MFJunior Hoilett(1990-06-05) June 5, 1990 171 Cardiff Cityv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
MFTesho Akindele(1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 132 FC Dallasv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
MFAlphonso Davies(2000-11-02) November 2, 2000 63 Vancouver Whitecaps FCv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
MFJay Chapman(1994-01-01) January 1, 1994 21 Toronto FCv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
MFDavid Choinière(1997-02-07) February 7, 1997 00 Montreal Impactv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017
MFWill Johnson(1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 434 Orlando Cityv.  Jamaica, September 2, 2017 INJ
MFPatrice BernierRET(1979-09-23) September 23, 1979 562 Montreal Impact2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFRussell Teibert(1992-12-22) December 22, 1992 201 Vancouver Whitecaps FC2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFMarco Bustos(1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 60 Vancouver Whitecaps FC2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFKianz Froese(1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 20 Fortuna Düsseldorf II2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFNicolas Galvis(1997-04-09) April 9, 1997 00 Deportivo Pereira2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFCharlie Trafford(1992-05-24) May 24, 1992 30 Inverness Caledonian Thistlev.  Scotland, March 22, 2017
MFBen Fisk(1993-02-04) February 4, 1993 20 FC Edmontonv.  Scotland, March 22, 2017
MFKyle Bekker(1990-09-02) September 2, 1990 180 San Francisco Deltasv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017
MFBen McKendry(1993-03-25) March 25, 1993 10 FC Edmontonv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017
MFCarl Haworth(1989-07-09) July 9, 1989 10 Ottawa Furyv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE

FWLucas Cavallini(1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 70 Puebla2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWSimeon Jackson(1987-03-28) March 28, 1987 496 Walsall2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWMarcus Haber(1989-01-11) January 11, 1989 273 Dundee2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWJordan Hamilton(1996-03-17) March 17, 1996 20 Toronto FCv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE
FWMolham Babouli(1993-01-02) January 2, 1993 00 Al-Ittihadv.  Bermuda, January 22, 2017 PRE

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Most capped and top scorers

Caps and goals updated as of September 2, 2017. Bold notes player is still active with the national team.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup
Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1930Did not enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958Did not qualify420288
1962Did not enter
1966
1970Did not qualify421183
1974411267
1978104331211
19829261109
1986Group stage24th of 243003058530114
1990Did not qualify210133
1994146442220
1998166461521
2002823328
20068323128
201082241314
2014127322411
201810523159
2022To be decided000000
TotalGroup stage1/20300305117483435161136

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup Record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
1963Did not enter
1965
1967
1969
1971
1973Did not qualify
1977Fourth place4th of 6521278
1981Fourth place4th of 6513166
1985Champions1st of 9422042
1989Did not qualify
1991Group stage6th of 8310269
1993Group stage6th of 83021311
1996Group stage5th of 9210145
1998Withdrew
2000Champions1st of 12532073
2002Third place3rd of 12522154
2003Group stage9th of 12210112
2005Group stage9th of 12310224
2007Semi-finals3rd of 12530295
2009Quarter-finals5th of 12421143
2011Group stage9th of 12311123
2013Group stage11th of 12301203
2015Group stage10th of 12302101
2017Quarter-finals6th of 12412165
Total2 Titles16/24592119196674

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGASquad
1992Did not qualify
1995
1997
1999Withdrew from 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2001Group stage7th of 8301205Squad
2003Did not qualify
2005
2009
2013
2017
TotalGroup stage1/10301205-

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
1900Did not participate
1904Gold medal1st of 32200110
1908Did not participate
1912
1920
1924
1928
1936
1948
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968
1972
1976Group stage12th of 13200225
1980Withdrew
1984Quarter-finals6th of 16311143
1988Did not participate
Total1 Title3/197313178

Manager history

NameNationFromTo
Don Petrie Canada19571957
Peter Dinsdale England19681970
Frank Pike England19701973
Eckhard Krautzun West Germany19731977
Barrie Clarke Canada19791981
Tony Waiters England19811985
Bruce Wilson (interim) Canada19851985
Tony Waiters England19851986
Bob Bearpark England19861987
Tony Taylor Scotland19881989
Bob Lenarduzzi Canada19891990
Tony Waiters England19901991
Bob Lenarduzzi Canada19921997
Bruce Twamley (interim) Canada19981998
Holger Osieck Germany19992003
Colin Miller (interim) CanadaFall 2003Fall 2003
Frank Yallop Canada2004June 2006
Stephen Hart (interim) Trinidad and TobagoJuly 2006June 2007
Dale Mitchell CanadaJune 2007March 2009
Stephen Hart (interim) Trinidad and TobagoApril 2009December 2009
Stephen Hart Trinidad and TobagoDecember 2009October 2012
Colin Miller (interim) CanadaJanuary 2013January 2013
Tony Fonseca (interim) PortugalMarch 2013March 2013
Colin Miller (interim) CanadaMay 2013July 2013
Benito Floro SpainAugust 2013September 2016
Michael Findlay (interim) CanadaSeptember 2016March 2017
Octavio Zambrano EcuadorMarch 2017

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

Honours

* In 1985, Canada won the George Kafaty Trophy for top CONCACAF nation in World Cup qualifying[32] (as hosts, Mexico did not participate).

See also