In 2012, Soccer Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary. As part of their celebrations, they outlined the top moments in Soccer Canada’s history. We have shared female hockey stories, the hockey hall of fame and the history of the CFL so now, its time to share some soccer’s biggest moments with you!
The Decade in Review
– 30 big moments for Canadian soccer from the past 10 years – by Soccer Canada
It has been an incredible decade of growth for the beautiful game in Canada, from winning a Concacaf Women’s Championship and reaching the podium in back-to-back Olympic Games to hosting the world’s biggest women’s sporting event, setting global and national attendance records, and securing the bid to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
We’ve picked out 30 big moments from across the decade and shared them in chronological order, from our Concacaf women’s youth title in March 2010 to our historic Concacaf Nations League victory over USA in October 2019.
● Just two days after eliminating USA, Canada won the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship with a 1:0 victory over Mexico on 20 March 2010. It was Canada’s third Concacaf women’s youth title.
● Héctor Vergara was appointed as an assistant referee to the FIFA World Cup™ for the third time. In the match for third place on 10 July 2010, he officiated his record 14th FIFA World Cup™ finals match.
● Canada wins the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Championship
Canada won their second Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 1:0 win over the tournament hosts Mexico. Canada won all five of their matches at the tournament, including a 4:0 win over Costa Rica to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fifth consecutive time. In the 8 November Concacaf final in front of 16,005 fans at the Estadio Quinatana Roo in Cancún, Karina LeBlanc posted her fifth-straight clean sheet and captain Christine Sinclair scored the winning goal on a penalty in the 54th minute.
In May 2012 as part of Canada Soccer’s Centennial Celebrations, Canada’s 2010 Concacaf title was recognised as one of Canada Soccer’s Top-10 Moments of the Association’s first 100 years.
● On 3 March 2011, Canada Soccer was awarded the rights to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ along with the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014.
● Canada participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fifth consecutive time in 2011, but finished last out of a ‘Group of Death’ that featured three confederation champions (Canada, Germany, Nigeria). Less than four months with new head coach John Herdman in charge, Canada won gold at the Pan American Games after beating Brazil 4-3 on kicks in the 27 October 2011 final.
● From 19-29 January, Canada hosted the record-setting 2012 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, BC. The hosts qualified for the Olympic Games, won Concacaf silver, and set a tournament record with 162,223 cumulative spectators across 15 matches.
● During the Association’s centennial year, Canada Soccer implemented a revamped governance structure that took effect at the Annual Meeting of the Membres on 5 May 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.
● Canada inspires a nation with medal-winning performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Canada captured the hearts and imagination of a country as they won 1:0 over France to win the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It marked the first time in 76 years that a Canadian team won a medal at the Summer Olympic Games. Captain Christine Sinclair scored a legendary hat trick in the incredible Canada-USA semi-finals, which drew a record average audience of 2.4 million television viewers on TSN. The country stopped, held its breath and cheered three days later when Canada won Olympic bronze, with Diana Matheson the goal-scoring hero in the final minute.
In 2019, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team from the London 2012 Olympic Games was honoured by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in the Team Category as part of their Class of 2019 celebrations. READ MORE
CLICK HERE to visit the Soccer Canada website to read more of the top moments in the last decade and see some video that captures these events!