Canadian Soccer Association adds Para Soccer prize to annual player awards

November 27, 2012

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The Canadian Soccer Association has announced that it will honour a Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year for the first time in 2012. The award winner will be announced on Friday 7 December.

The introduction of the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year award coincides with the 20th year of the Canada Soccer Player Awards as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Soccer Association. The 2012 winner will be selected by the Canadian Para Soccer coaching staff.
The annual Canada Soccer Player Awards now recognizes the BMO Canadian Players of the Year, the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year, the Canadian U-17 Players of the Year, and the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year.

Canada's Para Soccer team features players who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury. Athletes that are interested in Canada's Para Soccer team may contact head coach Ferguson at dferguson@soccercan.ca.

Since 2004, the Canadian Para Soccer program has participated in the biennial CP-ISRA World Championship and qualification for both the quadrennial Paralympics and quadrennial Parapanamerican Games. In 2007, Canada won bronze at the Parapanamerican Games in Rio, Brazil.

Canadian Soccer Association to recognize missing winners
As part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial year and in advance of selection of the 2012 BMO Canadian Players of the Year, the Association will unveil 12 "missing" winners that were previously not awarded in six past seasons. The retro winners will complete the 20 player award seasons since the Canadian Player of the Year award was first introduced in 1993.

The retro winners were selected with the help of past Canadian national coaches for 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. Coaches were asked to consider performances at both the club and international levels. The winners - a male and female footballer for each season - will be announced on Tuesday 4 December.

Voting for the 2012 BMO Canadian Players of the Year runs 26 November through 7 December, with winners to be announced in the week of 10 December. Canadian media and coaches vote for the annual BMO Canadian Players of the Year.

In 1993, Alex Bunbury was voted the first-ever Canadian Player of the Year. One year later, both Craig Forrest and Charmaine Hooper were selected 1994 Canadian Players of the Year, with Hooper the first women's footballer selected.

Since 2005, the Canadian Soccer Association has annually selected two Canadian U-20 Players of the Year (male and female). Since 2007, the Association has annually selected two Canadian U-17 Players of the Year (male and female). In 2012, voting for the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year and Canadian U-17 Players of the Year will again be open to Canadian coaches.

Starting this year, the Association will recognize an annual Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year. The first winner will be selected by coaching staff of the Canadian Para Soccer program and be unveiled on Friday 7 December.
Also starting in 2012, the Canadian Soccer Association has recognized the Canada Soccer Players of the Month. In the first 10 months, five players have already won the honour twice, with Olivier Occean, Patrice Bernier and Atiba Hutchinson twice winning monthly honours on the men's side and both Christine Sinclair and Diana Matheson twice winning monthly honours on the women's side. The November 2012 Canada Soccer Players of the Month will be announced on Monday 3 December.

CANADIAN PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2012 - TBA
2011 - Dwayne De Rosario and Christine Sinclair
2010 - Atiba Hutchinson and Christine Sinclair
2009 - Simeon Jackson and Christine Sinclair
2008 - Julian de Guzman and Christine Sinclair
2007 - Dwayne De Rosario and Christine Sinclair
2006 - Dwayne De Rosario and Christine Sinclair
2005 - Dwayne De Rosario and Christine Sinclair
2004 - TBA (missing winners)
2003 - TBA (missing winners)
2002 - Jason deVos and Charmaine Hooper
2001 - TBA (missing winners)
2000 - TBA (missing winners)
1999 - TBA (missing winners)
1998 - Tomasz Radzinski and Silvana Burtini
1997 - TBA (missing winners)
1996 - Paul Peschisolido and Geraldine Donnelly
1995 - Alex Bunbury and Charmaine Hooper
1994 - Craig Forrest and Charmaine Hooper
1993 - Alex Bunbury

About the Canadian Soccer Association
The Canadian Soccer Association, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. The Canadian Soccer Association not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on the Canadian Soccer Association, visit www.CanadaSoccer.com

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