Canada: a leading soccer nation.
It has already been a strong start to the 2016 Canadian soccer season, but it is about to get bigger as Canada Soccer prepares for an incredible summer of soccer. Canada Soccer will help deliver the world’s game to Canadians from coast to coast to coast across the nation, with the Road to Rio Series, the Amway Canadian Championship, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers all part of the summer schedule.
Building on the record-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, soccer will once again own the summer months, with Canada continuing to establish itself as a leading soccer nation. Canada Soccer will also continue to work closely with Canada’s Sports Leader, announcing an extension of their partnership with TSN that will see the network showcase marquee matches this summer.
The momentum builds from record-breaking crowds over the last 12 months, including a full BC Place crowd for the Russia 2018 Qualifiers on 25 March – the 54,798 fans set a record for the largest attendance for the national team event – of any sport – ever held in Canada.
Since April 2015, the eight largest in-stadia sporting crowds in Canada have all been soccer matches – FIFA Women’s World Cup™, FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers, and CONCACAF Champions League. In 2015 and 2016, only soccer (eight) and baseball (two) have drawn crowds of 50,000+ spectators to in-stadia events.
Since March 2016, Canada Soccer will draw more than 100,000 spectators to three home international matches: the FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers in March (54,798) and the upcoming Road to Rio Women’s International Series in June. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers in September will add to this total.
Ticketing information for all upcoming Canada Soccer matches are available via CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.