Mohamed Farsi named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year

Farsi scored the 2:1 winner in his 31 January 2020 international debut as Canada beat Costa Rica

Mohamed Farsi of Montréal, Québec has been named the 2020 Canadian Futsal Player of the Year. The former Futsal Canadian Championship winner, still only 20 years old, made his first two international appearances for Canada in a historic away series against Costa Rica.

Farsi scored the 2:1 winner in his 31 January 2020 international debut as Canada beat the two-time Concacaf champions for the first time in the history of Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team Program. Farsi played in both matches, the 2:1 win on Friday night and the 2:2 draw on Saturday night. He was Canada’s man of the match in the Friday win against Costa Rica.

“Mohamed came into our January camp with a new mindset, someone who had matured and was now a young leader in our Canada squad,” said Kyt Selaidopoulos, Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team Head Coach. “Against Costa Rica, we were focused and at a good fitness level building towards the Concacaf Futsal Championship, but Mohamed just took it to another level through his maturity and his understanding of the responsibility of being a top player.”

Farsi was expected to be one of Canada’s key players for the 2020 Concacaf Futsal Championship, which was postponed because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with the new dates and location yet to be announced. This summer, he joined soccer side Cavalry FC of Calgary in the Canadian Premier League and won the league’s Best Under-21 Canadian Player of the Year award.

Farsi is the fourth winner of the Canadian Futsal Player of the Year award. Previous winners were Nazim Belguendouz in 2017, Jacob Orellana in 2018, and Luis Rocha in 2019.

The 2020 Canada Soccer Awards will be announced throughout the week of 30 November to 4 December. 

30 November – Canadian Futsal Player of the Year
1 December – Canadian Youth Players of the Year
2 December – Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award
3 December – Canadian Players of the Year presented by Allstate (1of2)
4 December – Canadian Players of the Year presented by Allstate (2of2)

Beyond the Player Awards, Canada Soccer will announce the Canada Soccer Nations Champions presented by Toyota on Monday 22 December, a new award that will honour individuals that have made a difference in their community at the grassroots level of the game. Nominations for the Canada Soccer Nations Champions are open from 24 November through 13 December.

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