This Day in Football: 1-8 January

A look back at the history of Canada’s national teams.

EDITORS: This Week In Canadian Soccer will be published every Friday throughout the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centenary Year. Each edition will provide memorable events for the upcoming 10-day period (from Friday through to the following Sunday). Editors are encouraged to share day-by-day events to help celebrate Canadian football’s grand anniversary. Rights free photos (web and print resolutions) are available via our Photostream. For more information on these events or the history of Canada’s national teams, please contact Richard Scott at

THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 6 January 1989
Canada makes its debut at the 1989 FIFA Five-a-side World Championship (FIFA Futsal World Cup). Canada falls 1:3 to Argentina in its opening match at Sportcentrum Maaspoort in Netherlands. John Fitzgerald scores Canada’s first goal in a FIFA Futsal World Cup.

THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL: 8 January 1989
Canada wins 6:2 over Japan in its third and final match at the FIFA Five-a-side World Championship (FIFA Futsal World Cup) in Frieslandhal, NED. Six different players score for Canada, including John Fitzgerald who scores the winner.

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