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Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Davies has come a long way in a short time. Now the 22-year-old from Edmonton is set to shine on the world stage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

After eventful year, Canada’s Alphonso Davies set to shine on soccer’s biggest stage

The face of Canada’s national soccer program ready to step into the spotlight in Qatar

Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Davies has come a long way in a short time. Now the 22-year-old from Edmonton is set to shine on the world stage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Eden Hazard, left, and Tessa Wullaert, captains of the Belgian men’s and women’s national soccer teams, hold a globe during a farewell ceremony for the Red Devils, the men’s soccer team, at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The Belgian team leaves for Kuwait where it will play a friendly match on Friday against Egypt and then fly onto Qatar to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Gambling group estimates US will bet $1.8B on World Cup

Survey: Less than 3 in 10 Americans who plan to watch the tournament say they will bet on it

Eden Hazard, left, and Tessa Wullaert, captains of the Belgian men’s and women’s national soccer teams, hold a globe during a farewell ceremony for the Red Devils, the men’s soccer team, at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The Belgian team leaves for Kuwait where it will play a friendly match on Friday against Egypt and then fly onto Qatar to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
Canada celebrates a goal by Christine Sinclair during second half soccer action against Nigeria during the national team celebration tour in Langford, B.C., on April 11, 2022. Canadians face Brazil Nov. 11 for an international friendly series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada celebrates a goal by Christine Sinclair during second half soccer action against Nigeria during the national team celebration tour in Langford, B.C., on April 11, 2022. Canadians face Brazil Nov. 11 for an international friendly series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis predicts the ongoing labour talks with the Canadian men’s and women’s teams will produce “an epic historical deal for pay equity.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis predicts the ongoing labour talks with the Canadian men’s and women’s teams will produce “an epic historical deal for pay equity.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Canada’s Christine Sinclair reacts during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer semifinal match against Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Sinclair has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013, at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. Now the Thorns are preparing for Saturday’s NWSL championship game in Washington D.C. against the Kansas City Current, in a match broadcast in primetime on CBS.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Canada captain Christine Sinclair challenges Canada Soccer to step up in new memoir

‘My fear is that we will soon be surpassed by countries that support their youth programs’

FILE - Canada’s Christine Sinclair reacts during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer semifinal match against Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Sinclair has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013, at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. Now the Thorns are preparing for Saturday’s NWSL championship game in Washington D.C. against the Kansas City Current, in a match broadcast in primetime on CBS.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
The Vancouver FC logo is shown in this undated handout photo. The Canadian Premier League revealed its newest franchise on Wednesday night, Vancouver FC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Football Club *MANDATORY CREDIT*

CPL unveils newest franchise Vancouver FC, names first head coach

Vancouver is set to take to the pitch for the upcoming 2023 season

The Vancouver FC logo is shown in this undated handout photo. The Canadian Premier League revealed its newest franchise on Wednesday night, Vancouver FC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Football Club *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Crest design of the new Vancouver FC club, as filed with the Canadian trademark registry. (https://www.ic.gc.ca)

New Langley-based pro soccer team will be called Vancouver FC

Team reveals name, logo and coach

  • Nov 2, 2022
Crest design of the new Vancouver FC club, as filed with the Canadian trademark registry. (https://www.ic.gc.ca)
Former Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada U-20 women’s soccer coach Bob Birarda arrives at provincial court for a sentencing hearing, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Birarda, 55, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching for offences involving four different people between 1988 and 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

2-year sentence for former B.C. soccer coach Bob Birarda on sex charges

16 months to be spent in jail, 8 months in community

Former Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada U-20 women’s soccer coach Bob Birarda arrives at provincial court for a sentencing hearing, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Birarda, 55, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual touching for offences involving four different people between 1988 and 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Canada’s Scott Kennedy, left, and El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla compete for the ball during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Cuscatlan stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Canadian defender Scott Kennedy will miss the World Cup after injuring a shoulder. The 25-year-old, who has eight international appearances, was hurt Saturday, Oct. 29 while playing for Regensburg against Rostock in the German second tier. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Canadian defender Kennedy to miss World Cup

Training camp opening Sunday ahead of a Nov. 11 exhibition against Bahrain

FILE - Canada’s Scott Kennedy, left, and El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla compete for the ball during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Cuscatlan stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. Canadian defender Scott Kennedy will miss the World Cup after injuring a shoulder. The 25-year-old, who has eight international appearances, was hurt Saturday, Oct. 29 while playing for Regensburg against Rostock in the German second tier. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
UFV’s Nicolas Burret battles for the ball during Canada West playoff action in Calgary on Saturday (Oct. 29). (UFV Cascades photo)

UFV Cascades men’s soccer teams falls in extra time to Mount Royal Cougars

Cascades lose in Canada West quarterfinals in Calgary on Saturday

UFV’s Nicolas Burret battles for the ball during Canada West playoff action in Calgary on Saturday (Oct. 29). (UFV Cascades photo)
FILE- Young boys play soccer on a dusty field in Duduza, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 23, 2021. Soccer has embarked on probably its most ambitious global youth development program, an ultimate goal of delivering millions of soccer balls and a coaching program to 700 million children aged between 4 and 14 across the world. The Football For Schools project was launched in 2019 but came to a grinding halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been relaunched. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)

Soccer’s ‘most important project’ begins, and it’s not the World Cup

Project aims to get soccer balls to 700 million children in poor and remote corners of the world

FILE- Young boys play soccer on a dusty field in Duduza, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 23, 2021. Soccer has embarked on probably its most ambitious global youth development program, an ultimate goal of delivering millions of soccer balls and a coaching program to 700 million children aged between 4 and 14 across the world. The Football For Schools project was launched in 2019 but came to a grinding halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been relaunched. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen in action during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Croatia and Denmark at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia, on Sept. 22, 2022. Denmark will wear team jerseys at the World Cup that protest the human rights record of host nation Qatar, with a black option to honor migrant workers who died during construction work for the tournament. “The color of mourning,” kit manufacturer Hummel said when releasing the black third-choice design. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

World Cup jerseys get mixed reviews ahead of Qatar

Millions at stake in retail sales, as soccer fans play rate the shirt

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen in action during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Croatia and Denmark at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia, on Sept. 22, 2022. Denmark will wear team jerseys at the World Cup that protest the human rights record of host nation Qatar, with a black option to honor migrant workers who died during construction work for the tournament. “The color of mourning,” kit manufacturer Hummel said when releasing the black third-choice design. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
FILE - Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty-kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match Thursday, June 9. 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Canada prepares for its 1st World Cup in 36 years

In 2021, the team went from No. 72 in the world rankings to No. 40

FILE - Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty-kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match Thursday, June 9. 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Abbotsford’s Emmy Curtis, shown here during a break at her job at TSN, has earned a job with FIFA at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Submitted)

Abbotsford’s Emmy Curtis: FIFA World Cup bound

Young journalist heading to Qatar to help FIFA with World Cup coverage

Abbotsford’s Emmy Curtis, shown here during a break at her job at TSN, has earned a job with FIFA at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (Submitted)
The UFV Cascades men’s soccer team has qualified for the Canada West playoffs. (Jordie Arthur/UFV Cascades)

UFV Cascades men’s soccer team punches ticket to Canada West playoffs

Cascades travel to Calgary to take on the MRU Cougars on Saturday in quarterfinal

The UFV Cascades men’s soccer team has qualified for the Canada West playoffs. (Jordie Arthur/UFV Cascades)
FILE - FIFA President Gianni Infantino, left, and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani leave the stage before the 2022 soccer World Cup draw at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar, Friday, April 1, 2022. The first World Cup in the Middle East is only one month away. Qatar has been on an often bumpy 12-year journey that has transformed the nation. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Qatar’s 12-year journey as World Cup host has 1 month to go

All 64 games over the course of 29 days involving 32 teams will be held in the Doha area

FILE - FIFA President Gianni Infantino, left, and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani leave the stage before the 2022 soccer World Cup draw at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar, Friday, April 1, 2022. The first World Cup in the Middle East is only one month away. Qatar has been on an often bumpy 12-year journey that has transformed the nation. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Cascades defender Sahib Sidhu goes up for a ball during Canada West soccer action on a smoky Saturday (Oct. 15) in Abbotsford. (Jordie Arthur/UFV Cascades)

UFV Cascades men’s soccer team closes in on playoff spot

Good results this weekend means a spot in the Canada West postseason

Cascades defender Sahib Sidhu goes up for a ball during Canada West soccer action on a smoky Saturday (Oct. 15) in Abbotsford. (Jordie Arthur/UFV Cascades)
Bayern's Leroy Sane, left, and teammate Alphonso Davies celebrate after scoring his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Oct. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matthias Schrader
Bayern's Leroy Sane, left, and teammate Alphonso Davies celebrate after scoring his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Oct. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matthias Schrader
Bayern’s Alphonso Davies, centre, leaves the field after getting injured during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Davies, who had to be helped off the field after taking a boot to the head, was back training Friday with Bayern Munich. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Martin Meissner

Canadian star Alphonso Davies back training with Bayern Munich after blow to head

Davies was diagnosed with a “cranial bruise” in taking a boot to the face

Bayern’s Alphonso Davies, centre, leaves the field after getting injured during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Davies, who had to be helped off the field after taking a boot to the head, was back training Friday with Bayern Munich. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Martin Meissner
UFV’s Taylor Richardson celebrates his game-winning goal at Abbotsford’s Rotary Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 9). (Jordie Arthur/UFV Athletics)

UFV Cascades men’s soccer team leaps into playoff picture

Cascades sweep TWU Spartans to go above .500 and enter the postseason conversation

UFV’s Taylor Richardson celebrates his game-winning goal at Abbotsford’s Rotary Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 9). (Jordie Arthur/UFV Athletics)