Canada took an important first step in qualifying for next year’s IFPCF World Championship with a 10:0 win over Denmark on the opening day. Canada collected three points with the victory in the 29 July opener at the 2016 IFCPF Qualification Tournament in Vejen, Denmark.

Canada lead the four-nation group with three points (+10) ahead of Japan (three points, +3), Finland (no points, -3), and Denmark (no points, -10). Only the top two nations in the group will qualify for the 2017 IFCPF World Championships.

“Scoring a bullet in the first couple of minutes help us,” said coach Drew Ferguson, Canada Soccer’s National Para Soccer Team Head Coach. “There are not too many nations that can stop Liam (Stanley) and Sam (Charron) when they get running.”

In the 10:0 win over Denmark, Canada’s goals were scored by six different players: captain Samuel Charron (three), Jamie Ackinclose (two), Lucas Bruno (two), Matthew Brown, Liam Stanley, and Nicholas Heffernan. Goalkeeper Damien Wojtiw posted a clean sheet over 50 minutes before he was replaced by debutant Sam Denton for the last 10 minutes of the match.

“We wanted to show the other nations how strong we were,” said Ferguson. “This win helps us fight for first place.”

From 13 nations in Denmark, eight will qualify for next year’s 16-nation IFCPF World Championships in Argentina (with eight nations previously qualified in 2015). In Denmark, the top-two nations from each group will qualify for Argentina 2017.

Canada’s next group matches are 30 July against Finland (18.00 local /12.00 ET / 09.00 PT) and 1 August against Japan (11.30 local / 05.30 ET /02.30 PT). The top two nations will then advance to the Quarterfinals on 3 August. The 30 July match at Field 1 will be broadcast live (CP Football Denmark 2016 on Youtube) while the third match at Field 2 will be broadcast on delay.

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