Soccability Canada launches Canada's first-ever National Blind Soccer Team!
The Women's National Team is the first-ever blind soccer team of either gender to be launched in Canada.
Pickering, Ontario, November 14, 2022: Soccability Canada announces the launch of the Canadian Women's National Blind Soccer Team. The Women's National Team is the first-ever blind soccer team of either gender to be launched in Canada.
Blind soccer, also known as 5-a-side, is a Paralympic sport played by blind athletes and arguably the most exciting of the Paralympic sports. Extensive development of the sport in recent years has resulted in deeper competition on the male side and fantastic participation growth in the female game.
The launch of the team comes at a time when soccer is exploding in Canada. In 2021, the Canadian Women's National Team won Gold at the Olympics in Tokyo. 2022 also marks the return of the Men's National Team to the World Cup in 36 years.
Head Coach, Matt Greenwood explained this project has been years in the making and despite the challenges of the pandemic players have stayed engaged and developing throughout. 'The depth of our talent pool was noted earlier in the year and that got us thinking about speeding up the formal process of creating a team for competition. We are very close now and really excited about the future'.
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