Canada Soccer has announced their 11-player squad for the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Nassau, Bahamas. The Canadian squad will participate in the seventh edition of the continental championship from 20-26 February.
“The guys know the importance of this competition and they understand the effort that we are all putting behind this team,” said Kyt Selaidopoulos, Canada Soccer’s National Beach Soccer Coach. “We will be very organised and structured and we will represent Canada very well.”
Only two nations participating at this year’s CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship will qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will also be held in Bahamas this year from 27 April to 7 May. The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship features 16 nations, although neither the Bahamas (already qualified as hosts) nor Guadeloupe (not a FIFA member) will win CONCACAF’s two final spots for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.
All 16 nations will play six matches – three matches in the group phase and three matches in the classification phase. In the group phase, Canada will face Barbados (20 February), Mexico (21 February), and Guadeloupe (23 February). From there, the top two nations in each group will advance to the quarter-finals on 24 February, then four teams will advance to the Semi-finals on 25 February, and then two nations will advance to the Final on 26 February.
This will mark Canada’s fifth participation at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship since 2006, not counting their participation in a CONCACAF-CONMEBOL qualification tournament in 2005. Canada finished CONCACAF runners up in 2006 to qualify for the FIFA Beach World Cup in Brazil in that year.
1- GK- Vincent Cournoyer | CAN / Royal Sélect Beauport
2- D- Daniel Chamale | USA / Milwaukee Wave
3- M- Jacob Orellana | CAN / Toronto United
4- D- Adrian Cann | Unattached
6- M- Ian Bennett | USA / Milwaukee Wave
7- M- Milos Scepanovic | Unattached
8- M- Nazim Belguendouz | CAN / FC Grenadiers
9- F- Danilo Pessoa | CAN / FC Grenadiers
10- M- Marc Jankovic | Unattached
11- F- Robert Renaud | USA / Milwaukee Wave
12- GK- Anthony Alves | Unattached
Name | Birthyear | Age | Hometown | Active start/first club
Alves, Anthony | 1984 | 32 | Toronto, ON, CAN | North York Jets SC
Belguendouz, Nazim | 1991 | 25 | Montréal,QC, CAN
Bennett, Ian | 1983 | 33 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Mount Hamilton SC
Cann, Adrian | 1980 | 36 | Thornhill, ON, CAN | Thornhill SC
Chamale, Daniel | 1993 | 23 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Toronto Guatemala SC
Cournoyer, Vincent | 1987 | 29 | St-Hyacinthe, QC, CAN | CS St-Hyacinthe
Jankovic, Marc | 1980 | 36 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Northern Secondary School
Orellana, Jacob | 1995 | 22 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Toronto Club Uruguay
Pessoa, Danilo | 1990 | 26 | Kedgwick, NB, CAN | FC Guapira
Renaud, Robert | 1993 | 23 | Laval, QC, CAN | Delta Laval
Scepanovic, Milos | 1989 | 27 | Toronto, ON, CAN