Canada Soccer

Turning Brazil's Loss into a Teachable Moment for Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

While the players and fans from Brazil mourned their brutal loss, my son shared the same feelings of defeat. From his folded arms, sulky stare and giant pout -- he was clearly angry about the unfortunate outcome. My son's passionate reaction to the Brazil upset made me reflect on how difficult learning to lose gracefully can be for kids -- and even parents, too.

Watching the World Cup Is Shortening Your Life Span

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With the competition in full swing, millions spend hours sitting in front of TVs and computer screens, while their teams engage in grueling matches. Even if you discount all the drinking and snacking that typically comes with watching games on television, the fact that people sit for extended periods of time is disconcerting enough.

FIFA Attracts Racist Fans and Migrant Soccer Stars

Dana Wagner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada
Dana Wagner

In any place where race is tied to wealth, as it is almost everywhere, the stadium will likely look vastly different from the average neighbourhood. Clubs needs to invest in better representing the community in the stadium for their claim to be a true site of integration and inclusion. One way to do this is by changing ticket pricing and distribution.

WATCH: John Oliver Tries To Spot Fake Soccer Player Names

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada

Talk-show host and comedian John Oliver was the talk of the Internet last week for his scathing, and at times, hilarious rant about FIFA, the world go...

Which Team Is Canada Supporting?

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Business

Canadians may not have a home team to cheer on during the World Cup, but we’re still getting in on the action, buying flags for cars, jerseys for ou...

WATCH: This Ball Is Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen Before

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada

Soccer fans the world over have a saying to explain odd and unexplainable events that transpire during a game. The ball, they say, is round. Tha...

The Only Fever You Want To Get: Soccer Fever

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living

The World Cup is the holy grail and Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the prophets -- it's not just a game for the hundreds of thousands of footb...

I'm Only 12, But I'm Helping Make Clean Water A Reality In Africa

Nathaniel Crossley | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Nathaniel Crossley

In 2012, I started a project to build wells in Africa and my original goal was to raise $2,000 to build one well. I reached my goal, I decided to raise another $2,000 - and I kept fundraising until I raised over $9000 for clean water projects in Tanzania.

My Brush With Madiba... At a Soccer Game

Grant Gordon | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada
Grant Gordon

I have no idea if the man eulogized by Dr Maya Angelou last month as South Africa's "David...Man of strength Gideon", was actually in the press box that hot, sunny day at Ellis Park. But I believe he was. I could feel it in the pride his perceived presence stirred to a melodious roar.

Canadian Soccer Aims for the World Cup

Larry Leach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Larry Leach

It has been many years since Canada has qualified for the World Cup in soccer. It was 1986. Tony Waiters, who had moved from his English homeland working for Liverpool FC in 1977 to coach the NASL's Vancouver Whitecaps coached the Canadian squad.

Death And Mayhem Amid Celebration

CP | Aomar Ouali, The Associated Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

ALGIERS, Algeria - Celebrations for Algeria's victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's soccer team to the 2014 World Cup finals left 12 peopl...

SavvyMom Roundup: Jimmy Kimmel, the Real James Franco and More!

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Now that reality is the new fiction/entertainment, I find myself doubting what's true or false. Is everyone on Facebook really that perfect? Are we raising a generation of wimps? Can homegrown videos reach nine million people organically? Is bacon a food or an industry? And for the love of God, will the real James Franco please stand up.

When to Shove Your Baby Bird Out of the Nest

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Parenting is tiring, and fighting your kids' natural tendencies can be exhausting. Growth and change hurt, and there's risk of lasting resentment or shut down if you push kids too hard. But learning and greatness only come with tolerance for pain, and fear, and as parents we need to use the experience our kids don't have to help them push their limits. It's our job.

SavvyMom Roundup: the Jolie Gene, the Busy Trap and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It was another busy week. We announced our top 75 Most Influential Canadian Mom Blogs, parents were fighting on the sidelines and everyone's talking a...

Why Turbans Have No Place On The Soccer Field

Rachel Décoste | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Fédération de soccer du Québec (FSQ) caused quite a stir when it announced that a ban on headgear -- religious or not -- would be upheld. If a soccer club makes an exception for the turban, what other exemptions follow? The yarmulke? The kirpan? Why would regulations apply to some but not to others? As FIFA struggles to address persistent racism exhibited in the sport, is it wise to add additional bias to the field? By eliminating a religious symbol, the FSQ strengthens this cherished sporting sanctuary to which congregate almost half of all Canadian kids. In this oasis, there is room for only one religion: the one called "soccer."

Why No Kid Should Be Banned From Playing Sports

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This weekend the Quebec Soccer Federation votes on whether to lift a ban that prevents kids from playing soccer -- specifically Sikh players who wear turbans. In sports, you learn to participate and take risks. And you learn to include everyone. It is a lesson that some of the grown-ups still don't get.

FIFA Head Twitter Account Hacked?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada

It looks like hackers have gotten to the Twitter accounts of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the official FIFA 2014 World Cup Twitter account. Both...

Christine Sinclair Gets Cut From 'FIFA Player Of The Year' Shortlist

CP | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living

SAO PAULO - Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are the finalists for FIFA's male player of the year.But ...

The Canada vs. U.S. Soccer Game Proves Female Athletes Deserve Our Respect

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngMonday's Canada vs. the States soccer game was so good it made you forget you were watching women's soccer, or care (if you did). Too often, female athletes have to fight for airtime, and for recognition. It shouldn't be like that, but sports are sexist in nature. We're all guilty of slighting female athletes. So, thank God for Monday, because we can't now. Compared to this, Usain Bolt's thrilling 9.63 seconds was like a warmup to something better.

Canadian Soccer Coach Says US Teams Uses 'Illegal' Tactics

CP | Joseph White, The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

MANCHESTER, England - Call it a legitimate complaint. Or call it a big underdog trying to gain some sort of mental edge on the eve of a big game at th...

Bring On The Americans!

CBC | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada

Two early goals propelled the Canadian women's soccer team past the host Great Britain squad and into the semifinals at the London Games on Friday at ...

Euro 2012 is Euro 1939, the Sports Edition

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

When black Dutch players received their Jim Crow-inspired welcome in Krakow last week, we were shocked, stunned, and depressed -- but hardly surprised. This stuff ain't new in that part of the world. Meanwhile a portion of the 10,000 Russian fans who have bought tickets will be holding a march from central Warsaw to the stadium. Poles view it as "provocative." Can you really blame them?

You Know About Soccer Because of TSN

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 08.09.2012 | Canada
Vac Verikaitis

We stand on the verge of another sure to be historical event. The thousands who gathered in the streets to wave the flags and scream and shout, this tradition that started with a great street party on St. Clair in Toronto in 1982, it was all a result of what people saw on TV. Soccer is now regarded as a valuable sports property. But all of this came from very humble beginnings.

More at Stake at the 2012 Euro Cup Than Just a Trophy

Andrew Cooper | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

Most athletes see themselves as the first victims of sporting boycotts, as their opportunity for reward suffers. But their combination of high visibility and lows costs makes them the ideal social platform on which to protest.

Beckham Coming To Montreal

CBC | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada

More than 60,000 fans are expected to turn out for Saturday's soccer match between the Montreal Impact and L.A. Galaxy, starring David Be...