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Canada head coach John Herdman, left, and David Junior Hoilett walk off the field after the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian men continue climb up world soccer rankings, reaching No. 51

It’s the highest position for the Canadian men in more than a decade

Canada head coach John Herdman, left, and David Junior Hoilett walk off the field after the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch for Indigenous children ready for play

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion on Penelakut Island

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
LAU, WELNEW Tribal School, the site of the WSANEC School Board’s new community soccer pitch. (Google Maps)

WSANEC School Board to receive a new soccer pitch from Pacific FC

A new relationship between the board and football club will include sporting clinics for youth

LAU, WELNEW Tribal School, the site of the WSANEC School Board’s new community soccer pitch. (Google Maps)
Equipment manager Maeve Glass (top right) and head coach Bev Priestman (bottom right) – both Semiahmoo Peninsula residents – won Olympic gold with Canada’s national women’s soccer team in Tokyo last week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld photo)

Being part of Canada’s Olympic-champion soccer team an ‘out-of-body experience’ for B.C. woman

South Surrey’s Maeve Glass has been equipment manager for national women’s team since 2008 Games

Equipment manager Maeve Glass (top right) and head coach Bev Priestman (bottom right) – both Semiahmoo Peninsula residents – won Olympic gold with Canada’s national women’s soccer team in Tokyo last week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld photo)
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)

VIDEO: Game time changed for Olympic women’s soccer final between Canada and Sweden

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt are on the Canadian team, gunning for gold

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)
Canada’s Jessie Fleming, 17, celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during a women’s semifinal soccer match against United States at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, in Kashima, Japan, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute to help the Canadian women’s soccer team to a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States on Monday at the Tokyo Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Martin Mejia

Canada advances to Olympic women’s soccer final with 1-0 win over United States

The last time Canada and the United States met in Olympic soccer was in the semifinals of the London Game

Canada’s Jessie Fleming, 17, celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during a women’s semifinal soccer match against United States at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, in Kashima, Japan, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute to help the Canadian women’s soccer team to a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States on Monday at the Tokyo Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Martin Mejia
Vancouver Whitecaps FC play the Montreal Impact in an empty B.C. Place due to COVID-19 protocols during the second half of MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, September, 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadian MLS teams given green light to finish out season using home stadiums

Canada has approved a “National Interest Exemption” for MLS teams crossing the border

Vancouver Whitecaps FC play the Montreal Impact in an empty B.C. Place due to COVID-19 protocols during the second half of MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, September, 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada’s Steven Vitoria (5) kicks the ball next to Haiti’s Frantzdy Pierrot (20) during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Bridgeview, Ill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kamil Krzaczynski

Haiti missing 7 players due to COVID-19 ahead of Canada game at Gold Cup

Canada will face a depleted Haiti at the Gold Cup on Thursday

Canada’s Steven Vitoria (5) kicks the ball next to Haiti’s Frantzdy Pierrot (20) during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Bridgeview, Ill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kamil Krzaczynski
Premier John Horgan talks about the transit announcement at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. to ‘entertain’ hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup in Vancouver: premier

Hosting international event after pandemic could help put Vancouver back on the map, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan talks about the transit announcement at Surrey City Hall in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
England’s Marcus Rashford is embraced following their loss to Italy at the Euro 2020 soccer championship final at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (John Sibley/Pool Photo via AP)

Police investigate racist abuse of three England players after Euro final

All 3 players targeted are part of a young England squad that has been widely praised for its diversity

England’s Marcus Rashford is embraced following their loss to Italy at the Euro 2020 soccer championship final at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (John Sibley/Pool Photo via AP)
England’s Declan Rice, left, vies for the ball with Italy’s Bryan Cristante during the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Carl Recine/Pool Photo via AP)
England’s Declan Rice, left, vies for the ball with Italy’s Bryan Cristante during the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Carl Recine/Pool Photo via AP)
Italy soccer fans watch their team lose 4-0 to Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championship final, at Cafe Diplomatico in Toronto, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Owners of Italian restaurants and English pubs said they expect their patios to fill up for the final match of this year’s Euro cup between Italy and England, at least to the capacity allowed under remaining rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

Patios prepared for England and Italy fans as teams battle for Euro 2020 final

Owners of Italian restaurants and English pubs said they expect their patios to fill up

Italy soccer fans watch their team lose 4-0 to Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championship final, at Cafe Diplomatico in Toronto, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Owners of Italian restaurants and English pubs said they expect their patios to fill up for the final match of this year’s Euro cup between Italy and England, at least to the capacity allowed under remaining rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu
Canada’s Alphonso Davies (19) goes past Haiti’s Steeven Saba (10) during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Canada’s Alphonso Davies (19) goes past Haiti’s Steeven Saba (10) during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Madison Thomas manoeuvres the ball in the midfield for Cowichan United during a LIWSA match last fall. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island soccer leagues make plans to move forward

Schedules and cup draws are set in case adult soccer gets go-ahead

Madison Thomas manoeuvres the ball in the midfield for Cowichan United during a LIWSA match last fall. (Citizen file)
Rendering of the turf fields proposed to be constructed next to Spectrum Community School, a project spearheaded by the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) and the Greater Victoria School District. (Courtesy VISL)

Spectrum turf project built around Greater Victoria partnerships

Vancouver Island Soccer League sees twin fields as a new home for association

Rendering of the turf fields proposed to be constructed next to Spectrum Community School, a project spearheaded by the Vancouver Island Soccer League (VISL) and the Greater Victoria School District. (Courtesy VISL)
Midfielder Marco Bustos has re-signed with Pacific FC, as they head into their 2021 season set for spring. (Twitter/@MarcoBustos10)

Pacific FC completes roster with Marco Bustos, one of the league’s MVP finalists

24-year-old is one of the quickest players on the pitch, says head coach

Midfielder Marco Bustos has re-signed with Pacific FC, as they head into their 2021 season set for spring. (Twitter/@MarcoBustos10)
Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Vanderbilt K Fuller becomes first woman to play in NCAA’s Power 5 football conference

Soccer goalie joined gridiron team after kicker shortage due to COVID-19

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
FILE - In this March 26, 2006 file photo, former soccer player Diego Maradona smokes a cigar as he watches Argentina’s first division soccer match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Maradona struggled with substance use and doping accusations throughout his career

FILE - In this March 26, 2006 file photo, former soccer player Diego Maradona smokes a cigar as he watches Argentina’s first division soccer match between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, died from a heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 60. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
Members of Chilliwack FC’s premier women’s team put this patch on their jersey to recognize the LGBTQI2S+ and BIPOC communities. (Submitted photo)

B.C. women’s soccer team penalized by club for putting LGBTQI2S+ patch on jerseys

The Chilliwack FC board didn’t approve patches recognizing the LGBTQI2S+ and BIPOC communities

Members of Chilliwack FC’s premier women’s team put this patch on their jersey to recognize the LGBTQI2S+ and BIPOC communities. (Submitted photo)