“Players to be Part of History”, says Dwayne De Rosario

Canada’s first ever National Arena Soccer Team will make its international debut in a friendly match against the Mexican National squad this Sunday, October 1st, at 4pm (EDT) at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Established by the Canadian Arena Soccer Association (CASA), the National Arena Soccer Team will be building towards competing at the next Arena World Championships in Mexico in 2018. Under the guidance of Technical Director Hector Marinaro and Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero, two very experienced former indoor players and now coaches, the Canadian National Arena Team will begin a new era in Canadian soccer development and open a new path for Canadian soccer players.

“This is another platform to grow the game across Canada”, said CASA Pro Committee Member Dwayne De Rosario (pictured below). “Arena soccer is another environment for players to make a living”, continued De Rosario, a former Canadian international and Major League Soccer All-Star. “To compete at the national level, we need multiple outlets and support from all organizations.”

The game is expected to attract a boisterous crowd with Canadian supporters groups such as the Voyageurs guaranteed to be in attendance at the 5500-seat Hershey Centre, which will feature pre-game entertainment and in-venue promotions. The match will expose the arena game to millions of viewers across the country as it will also be televised live on CHCH-TV.

“There is the potential for players to be a part of history”, De Rosario said. “We know there was an appetite at one time for the indoor game. I believe this is the right time to re-introduce the arena game to Canada.”

De Rosario believes that the technical team of Marinaro and Oliviero will bring together a talented group of Canadian arena players.

“They’re bringing in players that have indoor experience”, DeRo said. “I’m confident the coaches will put together a squad that can compete.”

Tickets for the October 1st match are still available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at and by phone at 1-855-985-5000. You can also purchase tickets from the Hershey Centre box office. For more information, please visit the CASA website at

Photo credit: Les Jones (Covershots)



Alf De Blasis, CASA Communications


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