Canada Soccer

Why I'm Lucky Andre De Grasse Is My Son

Beverley De Grasse | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Beverley De Grasse

As a parent you don't set out to raise a high-performance athlete, you set out to raise a good kid who will mature into an honourable and productive adult. As he was growing up, I didn't really know that my son, Andre De Grasse, would be one of Canada's top track and field athletes on his way to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

You Play Like A Girl? Good For You

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Teamwork is of course one of the biggest benefits in sports for kids, but a recent study shows that while this is cited as one of the key benefits of girls staying in sports (as well as increased confidence and leadership skills), half of girls quit playing sports by the end of puberty.

The Secret To Cristiano Ronaldo's Success? Super Self-Confidence

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence as a skill that anyone can build, practice and master. It is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand, no matter the odds, no matter the difficulty, no matter the adversity. Self-confidence is like a muscle. The more you practice, the stronger it gets.

The One Thing I Want For My Canadian Olympian Son

Lucie Huot | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Lucie Huot

Normalcy is something we all take for granted sometimes as the comforts of our day-to-day lives often seem too simple. For a high performance para-athlete like my son, some days are far from the usual and so normalcy is the one thing I try to maintain in his life.

The Three Ways I Raised A Canadian Olympian

Beverly Labbe | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Beverly Labbe

We all want our children to reach their full potential and the same is true when you're raising an Olympic athlete. My daughter, Stephanie Labbe, started playing soccer when she was 12 and from that point on, a large part of the whole family's life was spent on sport fields and arenas.

How I Taught A Canadian Olympian To Reach New Heights

Jane MacLennan | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Jane MacLennan

Failure is essential to success. That was an important lesson for my daughter, trampolinist and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Rosie MacLennan.

How I Raised Canadian Olympian Mark Oldershaw

Connie-Lee Oldershaw | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Connie-Lee Oldershaw

Coming from a long line of athletes doesn't guarantee a medal, but doing whatever it takes to have your child succeed may be the thing that helps someone get there.

Soccer Should Not Be The Only Solace For Kids Living In War

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

In places like South Sudan, children are battered by the effects of war, long before they step onto the football field. Soccer, sometimes, is the one good thing in their lives. But no amount of football can change the basic facts of their lives.

Faking Your Way Through A Football Match

Mike Sholars | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

In my life, I've probably watched two or three football games to completion. I've played half a game of FIFA before politely insisting we play Mario Kart instead. Most player names I know are from a fictional commercial in The Simpsons.

Confident People See Setbacks As Feedback

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Ever wonder why some people crumble when they don't get something right and others take it as motivation to work harder? The best example I have comes from an inspiring and humble source -- a young man named Kyle who traveled from Jamaica to try out for my Ryerson Rams soccer team.

Synthetic Soccer Field Risks Appear Overblown

Blair King | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

As a chemist, the suggestion of a risk associated with an inert material like shredded tire crumbs seemed chemically implausible, but having seen the ESPN documentary The Turf War I chose to do a bit more research. What I found reassured me.

FIFA Women's World Cup Was a Triumph for Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

While the FIFA tournament was a national event, with six Canadian cities hosting games, Vancouver has been the big winner -- especially because the Americans made the final. While tickets for the championship match were sold out long ago, the influx of visitors from south of the border spiked spending this weekend.

FIFA Women's World Cup a Winner for Tourism

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

Last week, FIFA took centre stage in the world media for all the wrong reasons. This week, the beautiful game will rely on its most beautiful players to re-focus attention on the sport itself. That means eyes of the soccer world will be on Canada for the entirety of the 2015 Women's World Cup, which starts on June 6 with a pair of matches in Edmonton and culminates on July 5 in Vancouver.

Muslim School That Objected To Girls On Boys' Team Told To Follow Rules

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Parents

A Muslim high school in Ontario that complained about its boys' soccer team having to play against a team that included girls has been told it must abide by gender equity rules.

Turning Brazil's Loss into a Teachable Moment for Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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...