Canadian Soccer Association Hosts 2012 Launch Event in Toronto

Canadian Soccer Association

Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Soccer Association and Umbro Canada hosted a special evening in Toronto on 2 February with members of Canada’s National Teams, corporate partners and media to kick-off the 2012 season – the Association’s centennial year.

The Association, in conjunction with Umbro Canada, unveiled the new 2012 kits for Canada’s National Teams.

The new uniforms will be worn at London 2012 by Canada’s Women’s National Team and throughout the year’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ by Canada’s Men’s National Team.

“In this our Centennial year, the Canadian Soccer Association would like to congratulate Umbro on the launch of the official team kit for Canada’s National Teams,” said Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary.

“The engagement of Canadian soccer supporters to define the look and feel of what Canada will wear on the pitch is another indication of the tremendous interest and pride that Canadians have for the beautiful game in this country.

“The schedule for our National Teams in 2012 will continue the momentum from CONCACAF Round 2 of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ and the recent success of the Women’s National Team in qualifying for London 2012.”

The new Men’s and Women’s uniforms will be debuted on back-to-back nights later this month in Cyprus.

The Women’s National Team will wear the new Umbro kits on 28 February when Canada takes on Scotland to open the 2012 Cyprus Women’s Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus.

The Men’s National Team will debut the 2012 uniforms the following night on 29 February during the team’s Men’s International Friendly against Armenia in Limassol, Cyprus.

2012 Men’s National Team 2012 Schedule

In addition to unveiling the 2012 National Team kits, the Association also provided further information regarding the 2012 schedule for Canada’s Men’s National Team. The year kicks off with the 29 February Men’s International Friendly on the first FIFA International Date of the year.

As part of the celebrations being planned by the Canadian Soccer Association, Canada will host CONCACAF rivals USA in a special Centennial Match on 3 June at BMO Field.

In celebration of the history of Canadian soccer, the match against the Americans harkens back to the first official Canadian international match played at home: a 1:0 victory over USA on 27 June 1925.

It is also the first time that the North American derby will have taken place on Canadian soil since USA paid a visit to Burnaby, BC in 1997 as part of the 1998 FIFA World Cup France Qualifiers™.

Canada will also host its three home FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ in2012 at BMO Field on 12 June (Canada v Honduras), 7 September (Canada v Panama) and 12 October (Canada v Cuba). Canada also plays abroad in CONCACAF Round 3 on 8 June in Cuba, 11 September in Panama and 16 October in Honduras.

“2012, the Canadian Soccer Association’s centennial year, is a crucial season for our team as we continue towards our goal of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™,” said Stephen Hart, Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s National Team. “We will need the full support of the Canadian soccer community as we work towards the collective goal of reaching a FIFA World Cup™.”

2012 Women’s National Team Schedule

After securing a place at London 2012 with a second-place finish at CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, Canada will spend the first half of the year preparing for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. The Women’s Football event at London 2012 runs from 25 July through 11 August.

To kick-off its Olympic preparation, Canada will defend its title at the 2012 Cyprus Women’s Cup from 28 February through 6 March. Canada will take on Netherlands, Scotland and Italy during the group stage of the tournament. Further international competition, both at home and abroad, will be announced in the coming months.

“After a great start to the year at CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Vancouver, we are looking forward to keeping the momentum going throughout the rest of the Canadian Soccer Association’s centennial year,” said John Herdman, Head Coach of Canada’s Women’s National Team. “Our focus will be on preparing for London 2012 and ensuring that the program continues to develop positively ahead of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada™.”

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