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Women Professional Soccer Salaries

UEFA Annual Report 2014 / 2015

This season, 7% of all registered players are female. It is no surprise that more men are active in football than women. No national association has more female than male players, but four of them (DEN, FRO, ISL and SWE) report that more than 20% of their players are female

– 54 nations and 51 domestic leagues for women ( 32 in winter )
– 2625 professional players but admittedly a loose definition
– coaching levels : 36% UEFA Pro – 44% UEFA A –  14% UEFA B
– 101 women coaches with UEFA Pro certification
– top five national womens budgets, England – France – Germany – Norway – Sweden
– England has the largest budget $15 million Euro

Average attendance NT match / club match
Germany … 15K / 2500
France …….. 9.4K / 800
England …… 6.3K / 560
Sweden …… 4.3K / 800
Italy ………… 4.0K / 500
Ukraine …… 3.5K / 800
Netherlands3.0K / 300
Iceland ……. 3.0K / 130
Spain ………. 2.0K / 1000
Norway …… 2.0K / 250
Belgium …… 2.0K / 500
Poland …….. 2.0K / 200
Denmark …. 2.0K / 100
Scotland ….. 1.5K / 60
Portugal ….. 1.0K / 500

UEFA Womens Football News

Comments from an international forum on the subject.

Speaking for Germany it’s kinda hard to tell what they earn for playing footy cause e.g. there are players who are pro, semi-pro and amateurs. E.g. a player like Alex Popp is employed at Wolfsburg’s zoo. Clubs provide players with jobs. So it is hard differentiate what they earn from playing at what they get from their other jobs. Most players probably can get a long with their pay but there’s not much left for after the career. That’s why most go to university, make apprenticeships etc. For example a star player like Prinz is physical therapist now. I heard you have to be NT player regularly appearing in the CL to make a good living- whatever that may mean.

Most of female footballers I know also didnt start for becoming a star but for the love to the game. Turning your hobby into a career is considered a gift.

Sweden may be a candidate for point 3 since female Soccer players earn about the same as in Germany and France and male Soccer players far less.

2013 total salaries for the 16 clubs and our men’s top league (Allsvenskan) was 643 800 000 SEK and for the 12 clubs in out top women’s league (Damallsvenskan) was 69 776 000 SEK.

That is all salaries not just players but non-player’s part is normally very small.

So in average Allsvenskan pay their player seven times as well as Damallsvenskan pays theirs.

Top wages in the FA WSL are rumoured to be £40,000 per year plus what the FA gives for central contracts ie £20,000 per year.
In France l’equipe had a great article about the economy of women’s football.
Number of professional player is 96 out of 234 in the Division 1 feminine.
Highest wage is 17 000€/month for Lotta Schelin average wage is 3 700€ per month.
The average wage figure is distorted by the PSG and OL contracts, without those 2 teams the avarage wage is below 1 000€ per month.

Honduras completes Gold Cup field

by Paul Kennedy

Honduras survived its playoff series with French Guiana, rallying from 3-1 down after the first leg and move into the Gold Cup finals with a 3-0 win in the second leg. The Catrachos will open against the USA July 7 in Frisco, Texas.

Former MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar scored two goals to lead the Catrachos to the win in San Pedro Sula. Anthony Lozano had the other goal for Honduras to win the playoff of the fifth-place teams from the 2014 Central American and Caribbean championships.

Group A
July 7 in Frisco, Texas
5:00 p.m. ET Panama vs. Haiti (FOX Sports 2/UDN)
7:30 p.m. ET USA vs. Honduras (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)

July 10 in Foxboro, Mass.
6:00 p.m. ET Honduras vs. Panama (FOX Sports 2/UniMas)
8:30 p.m. ET USA vs. Haiti (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)

July 13 in Kansas City, Kan.
7:00 p.m. ET Haiti vs. Honduras (FOX Sports 1/UDN)
9:30 p.m. ET Panama vs. United States (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)

Group B
July 8 in Carson, Texas
8:00 p.m. ET Costa Rica vs. Jamaica (FOX Sports 2/UniMas)
10:30 p.m. ET El Salvador vs. Canada (FOX Sports 2/UniMas)

July 11 in Houston
6:30 p.m. ET Jamaica vs. Canada (FOX Sports 2/Univision)
9:00 p.m. ET Costa Rica vs. El Salvador (FOX Sports 2/Univision)

July 14 in Toronto
6:00 p.m. ET Jamaica vs. El Salvador (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)
8:30 p.m. ET Canada vs. Costa Rica (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)

Group C
July 9 in Chicago
7:00 p.m. ET Trinidad and Tobago vs. Guatemala (FOX Sports 2/UDN)
9:30 p.m. ET Mexico vs. Cuba (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)

July 12 in Glendale, Ariz.
6:30 p.m. ET Trinidad and Tobago vs. Cuba (FOX Sports 2/Univision)
9:00 p.m. ET Guatemala vs. Mexico (FOX Sports 2/Univision)

July 15 in Charlotte, N.C.
6:00 p.m. ET Cuba vs. Guatemala (FOX Sports 2/UniMas)
8:30 p.m. ET Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago (FOX Sports 2/UniMas)

July 18 in Baltimore
5:00 p.m. ET & 8:00 PM
1A vs. 3B/C* (FOX/Univision)
2A vs. 1B*(FOX Sports 2/Univision)

July 19 in East Rutherford, N.J.
4:30 p.m. ET & 7:30 PM
1C-3A/B*(FOX Sports 1/Univision)
2C-2B*(FOX Sports 1/Univision)

July 22 in Atlanta
6:00 p.m. ET SF 1* (FOX Sports 1/UniMas)
9:00 p.m. ET SF 2* (FOX Sports 2/UniMas)

Third-Pace Game
July 25 in Chester, Pa.
4:00 p.m. ET 3rd Place (FOX Sports 2/Univision)

July 26 in Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. ET Championship Final (FOX Sports 1/Univision)

*Order of games to be determined.

2015 MLS imports, by country

by Paul Kennedy,

Major League Soccer’s primary transfer window is still open, but its clubs have already signed 57 new imports — players from clubs outside the USA and Canada with no previous MLS experience — representing 33 different countries. Argentina and Colombia lead all countries with five players. Curiously, not one import is Mexican.

2015 MLS Imports, by Country:
5 Argentina
5 Colombia
4 Brazil
4 England
3 Spain
2 Cameroon
2 Finland
2 France
2 Honduras
2 Jamaica
2 Italy
2 Portugal
2 Uruguay
1 Belgium
1 Chile
1 DR Congo
1 Ecuador
1 Ghana
1 Guatemala
1 Haiti
1 Hungary
1 Iceland
1 Ireland
1 Nigeria
1 Northern Ireland
1 Norway
1 Poland
1 Scotland
1 Slovakia
1 Sweden
1 Switzerland
1 Trinidad & Tobago
1 Venezuela

All-time 2015 MLS opening-day crowds

New York City FC’s crowd of 43,507 for its opener at Yankee Stadium against New England ranks fifth among all-time MLS opening-day crowds behind those for the LA Galaxy, Orlando City, Montreal and, indeed, the MetroStars. The NYCFC crowd, it should be noted, topped the Yankees’ average of 42,520 for the 2014 American League season.

MLS Opening-Day Crowds:
69,255 LA Galaxy (1996)
62,510 Orlando (2015)
58,912 *Montreal (2012)
46,826 MetroStars (1996)
43,507 New York City (2015)
36,444 Chicago (1998)
35,032 D.C. United (1996)
34,870 *Philadelphia (2010)
32,864 New England (1996)
32,523 Seattle (1999)
31,683 San Jose I (1996)
27,779 Dallas (1996)
26,473 Tampa Bay (1996)
25,462 Houston (2006)
25,287 Real Salt Lake (2005)
25,266 Columbus (1996)
22,592 *Vancouver (2011)
21,711 Colorado (1996)
21,141 Kansas City (1996)
20,450 Miami (1998)
20,148 Toronto FC (2007)
20,038 *San Jose II (2008)
18,627 Portland (2011)
18,493 Chivas USA (2005)
*Opened at a venue other than its regular home stadium for its first season.



A closer look at the top 10 prospects in Canada’s national-team pipeline

By Daniel Squizzato ,


Photo Credit: MexSport

Let’s not sugar coat things: The recent history for the Canadian men’s soccer program has been pretty bleak.

The senior team is just now emerging from a two-year-long tailspin following its disastrous exit from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, while the U-20 side has not qualified for its age group World Cup since 2007 – when, as hosts, Canada bowed out without a point or even a goal scored.

But in the frozen north, hope springs eternal. Head coach Benito Floro has emphasized the importance of the U-23 squad qualifying for the 2016 Olympics, and with a promising crop of players born in 1993 or later coming through the pipeline, there may finally be light at the end of the tunnel for Canada’s men’s program.

While starlets such as Lucas Cavallini and Russell Teibert miss the Olympic age cutoff by mere days, Floro still has a variety of promising youngsters at his disposal. Of course, nothing’s ever guaranteed with young players. This list could look very different a year from now. Still, here are 10 up-and-comers who may not only help Canada in their quest to reach Rio 2016, but Russia 2018 as well.

10. Keven Alemán
Club: Herediano (Costa Rica)
Position: Midfielder
Birth date: March 25, 1994

The creative attacker made his senior team debut at last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup but falls down the list due to an uncertain club situation this past year. If Alemán can translate the flair and promise he showed as a Canadian youth player into a steady pro career, he’s one to watch out for.

9. Samuel Piette
Club: Deportivo La Coruna (Spain)
Position: Midfielder
Birth date: Nov. 12, 1994

Like Alemán, Piette seemed destined for a regular spot on Canada’s senior team until questions arose on the club side. Nicknamed “bulldog,” Piette has already become known for his rugged play in the center of the park. But how much further does he need to go – and how far can he go – in his development?

8. Jordan Hamilton
Club: Trofense (on loan from Toronto FC)
Position: Forward
Birth date: March 17, 1996

Hamilton told back in January that he hopes to become “what Canada needs up front.” With plenty of goals at the youth level and a number of appearances in USL PRO and Portugal’s Segunda Liga under his belt, the talented 18-year-old could be well on his way to doing just that.

7. Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé
Club: Montreal Impact
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Birth date: March 9, 1995

The big teenager – JGL for short – has already racked up five caps for Canada’s senior side and has clearly impressed Floro. His versatility has served him well thus far with Les Rouges and helped earned him a Homegrown Player contract with the Impact this past summer.

6. Marco Carducci
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps
Position: Goalkeeper
Birth date: Sept. 24, 1996

Along with Maxime Crépeau and Quillan Roberts, Carducci is part of a new wave of homegrown goalkeeping talent. The youngest of the three, Carducci has already made his pro debut (in the 2014 Canadian Championship) and looks set to confidently lead Canada into U-20 World Cup qualifying in January.

5. Fraser Aird
Club: Rangers
Position: Midfielder
Birth date: Feb. 2, 1995

While his national-team future remains in question, his talent does not. The 19-year-old has become a fixture for Rangers as they’ve risen back up the Scottish professional ranks. Eligible for both Scotland and Canada, Aird could be a massive piece of the puzzle for a rebuilding Canadian side – if he commits.

4. Marco Bustos
Club: Vancouver Whitecaps
Position: Midfielder
Birth date: April 22, 1996

After bursting onto the Canadian radar following a trial with Liverpool at age 14, this crafty playmaker has been full of promise for both club and country. After a brief flirtation with Chile’s U-20 team over the summer, Bustos appears to be back on board with his birth nation, Canada.

3. Cyle Larin
Club: University of Connecticut
Position: Forward
Birth date: April 17, 1995

Considered by many as a potential No. 1 pick in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, the impressive striker has spent the last few years bagging goals for the Huskies and League 1 Ontario’s Sigma FC. The 19-year-old also nearly opened his scoring account for Canada at the senior level in October’s friendly against Colombia.

2. Hanson Boakai
Club: FC Edmonton
Position: Midfielder
Birth date: Oct. 28, 1996

He made his NASL debut at age 16 and earned his first senior call-up at 17. The diminutive dynamo has the sort of skill set rarely seen in Canada and has already attracted interest from European clubs. Nothing’s guaranteed, but Boakai is one of the brightest lights in the Canadian system.

1. Michael Petrasso (pictured above)
Club: Notts County (on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
Position: Midfielder
Birth date: July 9, 1995

Proof positive that playing time can do wonders for a young player’s development, Petrasso has impressed on four different loan spells in the past 12 months. The attack-minded winger, an alumnus of the Toronto FC Academy, may be the most seasoned and well-rounded Canadian teenager in the game today.

Honorable mentions: This list is far from complete – Floro can still choose from MLS Homegrown Players like Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Manuel Aparicio (Toronto FC) and Sam Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps) and look across the pond to the likes of Luca Gasparotto (Rangers), Dylan Carreiro (Dundee) and Daniel Stanese (Augsburg II).

Top 20 U.S. Soccer Crowds (2014):
86,432 (1) LA Galaxy-Man. United
(July 23 in Pasadena, Calif.)
84,876 (2) Mexico-Ecuador (May 31 in Arlington, Texas)
68,212 (3) Mexico-Nigeria (March 5 in Atlanta)
64,207 (4) Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers (July 13)

62,462 (5) USA-Mexico (April 2 in Glendale, Ariz.)
60,707 (6) Mexico-Bosnia-Herzegovina (June 3 in Chicago)
56,385 (7) Seattle Sounders-Tottenham (July 19)
56,292 (8) Mexico-Portugal (June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.)
53,407 (9) Mexico-South Korea (Jan. 29 in San Antonio, Texas)
53,267 (10) Spain vs. El Salvador (June 7 in Landover, Md.)
52,033 (11) USA vs. Nigeria (June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.)
50,006 (12) San Jose Earthquakes-LA Galaxy (June 28 in Palo Alto, Calif.)
49,746 (13) Seattle Sounders-San Jose Earthquakes (May 17)

46,063 (14) Portugal-Ireland (June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.)
45,329 (15) England vs. Honduras (June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.)
39,245 (16) Seattle Sounders-Real Salt Lake (May 31)
39,240 (17) Seattle Sounders-Sporting KC (March 8)
38,582 (18) Seattle Sounders-Colorado Rapids (April 26)
38,516 (19) Seattle Sounders-Philadelphia Union (May 3)
38,469 (20) Seattle Sounders-Columbus Crew (March 29)


World Cup coaches, who’s staying, who’s leaving

by Paul Kennedy, Soccer America

Jorge Pinto became the 12th coach to definitively leave the team he coached at the World Cup as he resigned as head coach of Costa Rica, which he took to the quarterfinals. The shock move came after he said he was tired of sleeping “with the enemy for a year and a half” in reference to members of the coaching staff.

The future of three more World Cup coaches with their teams is still up in the air:

Alejandro Sabella was still not certain about his future following a meeting with Argentine federation president Julio Grondona, who would like Sabella to stay on and insisted he has no “Plan B.”

Jose Pekerman announced this week he was taking a leave of absence as Colombia’s head coach. His future will be decided during talks that take place in early December.

— Following Nigeria’s exit from the World Cup in the round of 16, it was widely reported that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi had resigned, but he dismissed the reports, saying, “Resignations are not done on the pages of newspapers, but formally.” That proved to be prophetic as he is talking with the Nigerian Football Federation about renewing his contract.

Another coach still in charge to the surprise of many is Hong Myung-bo following South Korea’s poor showing in Brazil. Of the 17 coaches still in charge, nine coached teams that did not survive the first round.

Three coaches have already found new jobs, and the future of a fourth could be known on Saturday. That’s when South Africa will name its new coach. The South African media have reported that Carlos Queiroz will return to coach the Bafana Bafana for a second time, though the Iranian federation is making a late bid to convince him to return as the boss of Team Melli.

2014 World Cup Coaches:
Greece Fernando Santos, contract ended.
Replacement: Claudio Ranieri.
Netherlands Louis van Gaal, resigned, now Man United manager.
Replacement: Guus Hiddink.
Switzerland Ottmar Hitzfeld retired.
Replacement: Vladimir Petkovic.

Algeria Vahid Halilhodzic, resigned, now Trabzonspor coach.
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned.
Replacement: Dunga
Costa Rica Jorge Luis Pinto, resigned.
Ecuador Reinaldo Rueda, resigned.
Replacement (short term): Sixto Vizuete.
Honduras Luis Fernando Suarez, resigned.
Iran Carlos Queiroz, resigned.
Italy Cesare Prandelli, resigned, now Galatasaray coach.
Ivory Coast Sabri Lamouchi, resigned.
Japan Alberto Zaccheroni, resigned.
Replacement: Javier Aguirre.

Argentina Alejandro Sabella.
Nigeria Stephen Keshi.

Colombia Jose Pekerman.

Australia Ange Postecoglou
Belgium Marc Wilmots.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Safet Susic
Cameroon Volker Finke
Chile Jorge Sampaoli
Croatia Niko Kovac
England Roy Hodgson
Germany Joachim Loew
Ghana James Kwesi Appiah
France Didier Deschamps.
Mexico Miguel Herrera
Portugal Paulo Bento
Russia Fabio Capello
South Korea Hong Myung-bo
Spain Vicente del Bosque
Uruguay Oscar Tabarez
USA Juergen Klinsmann



Top Ten Richest Soccer Clubs

#10 Liverpool – $0.65 billion
According to en edition issued by the prestigious Forbes, Liverpool clinches the 10th place among the richest football clubs. A stunning season from Liverpool contributed to it’s own healthy finances. The club is reported to have a total value of $0.65 billions, with annual revenue of $296 million. They came second in the English Premier League title this season, and their participation in the Uefa Champions League will produce higher annual revenues.

#9 Manchester City $0.68 billion
The “Citizens” have made it to the top ten list of the richest football clubs in the world. According to Forbes, City is up 25%, with an estimated value of $0.68 billion and annual revenue of $362 million. Despite their growth, they could be cautious with their expenditures, otherwise they will risk a lot, based on UEFA Financial Fair Play policy. Winning two EPL titles in the last three seasons, and the participation in the UCL have contributed to their increased value.

#8 Juventus $0.69 billion
The “Old Lady” was recently crowned, for the third time in a row winner of the “Scudetto”. Juventus has a policy of low or medium wages, and low budget; a modus operandi established since the time of the reverend “Avvocato Agnelli”. With an estimated value of $0.69 billion, they are one of the most valuable squads in the “Serie A”, coming second only to A.C Milan. Their annual revenue has reported at $248 million.

#7 Chelsea $0.90 billion
Since the Russian magnate Roman Abramovic purchased the majority of shares of the “The Blues”, Chelsea has become one of the richest clubs in the world of football. He has spent lavishly, paying astronomical fees and salaries. Top-class players like Didier Drogba, Samuel Et’o, Fernando Torres and the “Special One”, Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho are a case in point. Chelsea are valued at $0.90 billion.

#6 AC Milan $0.94 billion
The “Devil” had a hellish season, coming up in the 7th “Serie A” season. Massimiliano Allegri was sacked for poor performances; former Milan player Clarence Seedorf took up the challenge of waking up the lethargic, sleeping beast. But the damage was done; there was already a vast gap in the squad, and he hopes to fill it the coming season. Nevertheless, “Rossoneri” finances are healthy; they are valued at $0.94 billion, with annual revenue of $326 million. place in the end of the 2013-2014

#5 Bayern Munich $1.3 billion
In the 2012-2013 season they made a treble, winning “Bundesliga”, the UCL title and the German Cup under manager Jupp Heynckes. The “Bavarians”, now under former Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola switched to his schemes and tactics, the famous “ tiki taka” among others. Bayern Munchen was knocked out by Real Madrid in the UCL semi- finals, with an aggregate of 0-5. Nonetheless, they are currently valued at $1.3 billion, with annual revenue of $468 million.

#4 Arsenal $1.32 billion
The “Gunners” have experienced long and dry seasons, and they finally gave an end to the decade of “drought” winning the FA Cup against Hull City. They have always been serious contenders in the EPL, UCL but they resigned to some 3rd the English Premier League, a final in the 2006 and some other semi-finals in the Uefa Champions League. Arsenal has usually produced fantastic play, with some very young and talented players. They are valued at $1.32 billion.

#3 Barcelona $2.6 billion
The “Catalans” claim the 3rd the 3-4 seasons or so, they have almost dominated in the “La Liga” and have been a menace in Europe as well.. In the last two seasons Real Madrid has had the upper hand over the “Blaugranas”, but they still have a great group of players. Among sponsorships, endorsements, and other assets Barcelona is valued at $2.6 billion, and a annual revenue of $613 million.

#2 Manchester United $3.16 billion
In the Premier League, it is hard to tell the dividing lines between finance and sport. The “Red Devils” have had a miserable season, which resulted in firing of the manager, David Moyes. Still, they are the most valuable Premier English club. They recently signed a ten-year contract with Nike, banking a total of $1 billion. Manchester United is valued at $3.16 billion with annual revenue of $502 million.

#1 Real Madrid $3.4 billion
Los Blancos finally claim the first place as richest football club, overtaking Manchester United. Real Madrid is owned by its own fans, and its shares saw an increase of 4% in value this year, according the issue of Forbes. The Spanish giants can rely on its successful financial strategy, but not only; the brilliant Portugese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, has contributed to the club healthy finances. Real Madrid total worth is estimated at $3.4 billion, with annual revenue of $650 million this year.



Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association – was donated to the British Columbia Football Association on November 5, 1891.* The cup was first awarded to the Nanaimo Rangers Association Football Club on June 4, 1892 after defeating the Northfield Athletics 3-2 in a re-played final.

People’s Shield – was presented by The People newspaper, of London England, in 1906.* The People’s Shield was emblematic of the Canadian Association football championship and was first awarded to the Toronto Thistles following their 1-0 victory over Dundas, on October 27, 1906.

Connaught Cup – was donated in 1912 by His Highness, the Duke of Connaught to the Dominion of Canada Football Association (formed on May 24, 1912).* The Connaught Cup replaced the People’ Shield in 1913, when it was first awarded to the Norwood Wanderers.

Challenge Cup – was donated by the Football Association of England to the Dominion of Canada Football Association, in 1926.* The Challenge Cup replaced the Connaught Cup as the trophy for the national championship.

Voyageurs Cup*-*is the only*trophy*for top-level professional*soccer in Canada.*From 2002 to 2007, the cup was awarded annually by the Voyageurs Canadian Soccer Supporters to the Canadian team finishing with the best record in the USL First Division,**In 2008, the trophy was handed over to the Canadian Soccer Association and*has since been presented to the winner of the Canadian Championship.

Stanley Cup – was donated by the Governor General of Canada Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892, and is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America.* The cup was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Hockey Club of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada at the end of the 1893 season for having placed first in the standings with a 7–1–0 record. The season ended on March 17, but Montreal was officially presented with the trophy on May 15.

Allan Cup – is the trophy awarded annually to the national senior amateur men’s ice hockey champions of Canada. It was donated by Sir Montague Allan of Ravenscrag, Montreal, and has been competed for since 1909.

Memorial Cup -* is*the junior ice hockey*club championship trophy awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League champion.* The cup was donated in 1919 by the Ontario Hockey Association in honour of the soldiers who died fighting for Canada in World War I.

Grey Cup – is named after Albert Grey, the Governor-General of Canada from 1904 until 1911. He donated the trophy to the Canadian Rugby Union in 1909 to recognize the top amateur rugby football team in Canada.* The cup was first awarded to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on December 4, 1909 after defeating the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26-6.

Vanier Cup*- is the trophy awarded to the Canadian Interuniversity*champions. *It is named after Georges Vanier, the former Governor General of Canada and was first awarded in 1965. *In 1967, the trophy was officially declared the*”CIAU (now CIS) National Football Championship” and a playoff system was instituted.

McKechnie Cup – symbolic of the*British Columbia rugby*championship was presented to the British Columbia Rugby Union by Dr. McKechnie of Nanaimo in 1895.

Minto Cup – was donated in 1901 by the Governor-General, Lord Minto, and from 1901 until 1909 awarded to the senior men’s lacrosse champion of Canada.

Mann Cup – was donated in 1910 by Sir Donald Mann prior to then, the Minto Cup*was the senior amateur lacrosse championship trophy.

Queen’s Plate – is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race, having been founded in 1860.** It received royal assent by Queen Victoria in 1859.* Though the trophy was indeed a plate in its early days, it has since been replaced by a gold cup. Plate winners earn a gift of 50 guineas from the monarch. *But the little purple bag of coins contains not guineas but sovereigns. *Minting of guineas was discontinued by George III, whose forebear, George I, instituted the royal gift of 50 guineas for thoroughbred race winners, a tradition that remains today.

The 10 provincial football associations were formed in the following chronological order:

1) The British Columbia Football Association was formed on November 7, 1891, in Nanaimo.
2) The Manitoba Football Association was formed on March 19, 1896, in Brandon.
3) The Ontario Association Football League was formed on May 18, 1901, in Toronto.
4) The Saskatchewan Football Association was formed on April 13, 1906, in Grenfell.
5) The Alberta Football Association was formed on April 19, 1909, in Red Deer.
6) The Province of Quebec Football Association was formed on April 12, 1911, in Montreal.
7) The Nova Scotia Football Association was formed on February 6, 1913, in ??????.
8) The Newfoundland and Labrador Football Association was formed on August 11, 1950, in ?????
9) The New Brunswick Football Association was formed on November 30, 1965, in Fredericton.
10) The Prince Edward Island Soccer Association was formed on ???? ??, 1979, Charlottetown.

The first national association, the Dominion of Canada Football Association, was formed on May 24, 1912, in Toronto.

The first Modern Olympics were held in 1896, in Athens, Greece.

Based on the information above, I feel cautiously confident in concluding that the GRAND CHALLENGE CUP OF THE NANAIMO FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION is indeed the oldest national and provincial soccer trophy in Canada.

The Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association is currently part of an estate for which offers are being considered. The executor of the estate has entrusted me with the responsibility of accepting inquiries pertaining to the cup. All inquiries may thus be sent to

Robert Janning

Footballers And Their Superstition

7. Kolo Toure
The Ivorian insists on being the last player to come onto the pitch. It sounds a harmless enough superstition.

6. Laurent Blanc and Fabien Barthez
One of the visual highlights of the 1998 World Cup was the sight of Laurent Blanc planting a kiss upon the shiny, bald head of the French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez before every game.

5. John Terry
The former England skipper admitted to John Cross of The Mirror that he has ‘around 50’ superstitions that he has to observe before a match. The list of rituals is so lengthy and involved that even Rain Man would consider it a bit strange.

Before a game John Terry listens to the same Usher CD in the car, parks in the same spot, sits on the same seat on the team bus, ties the tapes round his socks three times and cut the tubular grip for his shin-pads exactly the same length. Terry even used the same pair of ‘lucky’ shin pads for ten years before losing them at an away game in Barcelona.

4. Pele
The Brazilian legend once gave a match shirt to a fan, only to then suffer a dip in form. He instructed a friend to track down the old shirt and a week later it was returned to Pele, who immediately returned to his goalscoring ways.

3. Alan Cork
Back in the 1992-93 season, the Sheffield United striker Alan Cork decided that he was not going to shave until the Blades were knocked out of the FA Cup.

2. Sergio Goycochea
They say that goalkeepers are crazy and some would definitely put the former Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea in that category, due to his bizarre superstition. Before every penalty shoot-out, Goycochea would urinate on the pitch to bring himself good luck.

1. Johan Cruyff
Holland’s greatest ever player Johan Cruyff, had a string of bizarre pre-match rituals that he would strictly adhere to. These included slapping his Ajax teammate, the goalkeeper Gert Bals in the stomach, before kick-off.


The 10 most expensive footballers homes

#10 Kaka – $3 Million
Kaka purchased his Madrid mansion when he swapped the San Siro for the Bernabeu 4 years ago. It has been reported that he is currently renting the mansion to new Madrid signing Gareth Bale, who will pay approximately $12,000 per month to live there.

#9 Andre Iniesta – $4.6 Million
Andres Iniesta’s house took around 18 months to build, and with all his career achievements the inside looks quite like a museum. He has ‘Iniesta’ written above one of his windows and has been settled there for 8 years now.

#8 Lionel Messi – $5 Million
Lionel Messi’s $5m valued home measures at 1,300 square feet and is situated in Catalonia. Unsurprisingly he has an indoor football pitch, and he is currently in the process of upgrading to a new house built from scratch. This house would resemble the look of a football from above.

#7 Mario Ballotelli -$5 Million
When Mario Balotelli was departing Manchester City his Cheshire home was placed available for public renting for a huge £13,495 per month. He has a swimming pool, a cinema room and a grass top roof. If a house could tell stories, there’s no doubt that Balotelli’s would have plenty to tell.

#6 Cristiano Ronaldo – $6 million
This is Cristiano Ronaldo’s Cheshire home, where he lived between 2003 and 2009 during his spell at Man United. He had kept the house after leaving the club, but dashed hopes of a return to Old Trafford by putting it up for sale in the summer of 2013.

#5 Frank Lampard – $7 Million
Frank Lampard’s luxurious home has been occupied by him since 2004. He owns a surrounding three acres of land and has helped himself to a tennis court and putting green, too. He also recently forked out £800,000 into the creation of an underground swimming pool and gym.

#4 John Terry – $7.5million
After selling his old house John Terry built a new one in his own back garden. It has eight bathrooms, nine bedrooms, a swimming pool and a sauna. It also has a private cinema. His home was constructed by a private road and can only be seen properly from an above Arial view.

#3 Didier Drogba – $14.5 million
Didier Drogba’s luxurious mansion was constructed soon after he moved to London, as he settled into his new life at Chelsea. It possesses 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Drogba also made a room specifically for all the honours he has achieved in his career, which will no doubt be full to bursting.

#2 Wayne Rooney – $17.83 million
Wayne Rooney took down a 1930’s house when he moved to Man United in 2004 and had his luxurious home made from scratch. It turned into a 6 bedroom mansion with a huge indoor pool and a cinema. He spent £50,000 on the garden turf alone and another £30,000 on a CCTV system.

#1 David Beckham -$20 Million
Beckham bought the 12 acre estate dubbed ‘Beckingham Palace’ just three months after he married Victoria. It has been put up for sale by the Beckham family as he and his wife have the sights set on a move to new a four-storey property in West London.

All-Time US National Team Best XI
By Soccer America, December 20th, 2013

Landon Donovan led all players with 52 of 57 votes for U.S. Soccer’s All-Time Men’s National Team Best XI.
Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride were next in votes with 45 apiece.
For the US National Team Men’s Best XI.

Brad Friedel 25
Kasey Keller 14
Tim Howard 13
Tony Meola 4
Arnold Mausser 1
Frank Borghi 0
David Vanole 0

Marcelo Balboa 35
Eddie Pope 33
Carlos Bocanegra 25
Steve Cherundolo 25
Thomas Dooley 20
Paul Caligiuri 18
Jeff Agoos 16
Alexi Lalas 14
Frankie Hejduk 9
Harry Keough 6
Pablo Mastroeni 3
Fernando Clavijo 2
Tony Sanneh 2
Mike Windischmann 2
Gregg Berhalter 2
Desmond Armstrong 0
Jimmy Banks
Brian Bliss 0
Mike Burns 0
John Doyle 0
Mike Lapper 0
Oguchi Onyewu 0
Werner Roth 0

Landon Donovan 52
Claudio Reyna 45
Tab Ramos 42
Clint Dempsey 25
Michael Bradley 20
Cobi Jones 12
Walter Bahr 6
John Harkes 6
Hugo Perez 3
Adolf Bachmeier 2
Rick Davis 2
John O’Brien 2
Al Trost 2
DaMarcus Beasley 1
Ed McIlvenny 1*
Joe-Max Moore 1
Brian Quinn 1
Mike Sorber 1
Chris Armas 0
Chris Henderson 0
Eddie Lewis 0
Preki 0
Ed Souza 0
John Souza 0

Brian McBride 45
Eric Wynalda 43
Earnie Stewart 16
Billy Gonsalves 7
Jozy Altidore 6
Peter Vermes 3
Joe Gaetjens 2
Archie Stark 2
Roy Wegerle 2
Roy Lassiter 1
Clint Mathis 1
Benny McLaughlin 1*
Ed Murphy 1*
Bruce Murray 1
Kyle Rote Jr. 1
Willy Roy 1
David Brown 0
Brian Ching 0
Buff Donelli 0
Frank Klopas 0
Bill Looby 0
Bert Patenaude 0
Josh Wolff 0
*These three players were not on the eligible list, but were write-in votes.

Voting was done by 57 current or former players, coaches and administrators, as well as media members, for the team that was selected as part of the wrapup of U.S. Soccer’s centennial anniversary in 2013.

Clint Dempsey and Donovan are the only Best XI picks who made appearances on the U.S. national team in 2013. Three other choices — Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo — were also active in 2013.

Seven players were members of the 1998 and 2006 World Cup teams. Six were on the 2002 World Cup team that reached the quarterfinals.

Voting Committee:
Jeff Agoos (former player), Roger Allaway (historian), Bruce Arena (coach), Esse Baharmast (referee), Marcelo Balboa (former player), Roger Bennett (media), Paul Caligiuri (former player), Andres Cantor (media), Jeff Carlisle (media), Dr. Bob Contiguglia (administrator), Rick Davis (former player), Steve Davis (media), Frank Dell’Apa (media), JP Dellacamera (media), Anson Dorrance (coach), Julie Foudy (former player), Werner Fricker Jr. (administrator), Carin Gabarra (former player), Bob Gansler (former coach), Steve Goff (media).
Brian Hall (referee), Mia Hamm (former player), John Harkes (former player), April Heinrichs (former player), Chris Henderson (former player), Ted Howard (administrator), Clark Hunt (administrator), Cobi Jones (former player), Grahame Jones (media), Colin Jose (historian), Michelle Kaufman (media), Paul Kennedy (media), Alfred Kleinaitis (referee), Eddie Lewis (former player), Michael Lewis (media), Bob Ley (media), Ridge Mahoney (media), Kyle Martino (former player), Brian McBride (former player), Bora Milutinovic (former coach).
Len Oliver (former player), Kevin Payne (administrator), Hugo Perez (former player), Eddie Pope (former player), Tab Ramos (former player), Alan Rothenberg (administrator), Hank Steinbrecher (administrator), Rob Stone (media), Jamie Trecker (media), Jerry Trecker (media), Jim Trecker (administrator), Al Trost (former player), Peter Vermes (former player), Kelly Whiteside (media), Mike Woitalla (media), Alex Yannis (media) and Mark Ziegler (media).


Soccer America’s Best Centerbacks (1996-2013)

2013 Jamison Olave (RCB), Jose Goncalves (LCB)
2012 Matt Besler
2011 Omar Gonzalez
2010 Jamison Olave
2009 Geoff Cameron
2008 Chad Marshall
2007 Eddie Robinson
2006 Jimmy Conrad, Michael Parkhurst
2005 Jimmy Conrad, Michael Parkhurst
2004 Robin Fraser
2003 Eddie Pope
2002 Alexi Lalas
2001 Jeff Agoos
2000 Peter Vermes
1999 Lubos Kubik
1998 Eddie Pope
1997 Eddie Pope
1996 Robin Fraser

Note: In 2005 and 2006, center backs were ranked in 3-man and 4-man backlines.

Future NSCAA Convention Sites

  • 2014 – Jan. 15-19, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2015 – Jan. 14-18, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2016 – Jan. 13-17, Baltimore, Md.
  • 2017 – Jan. 11-15, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2018 – Jan. 10-14, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2019 – Jan. 16-20, Site TBD
  • 2020 – Jan. 15-19, Baltimore, Md.

Soccer America’s Top 10 MLS Goalkeepers (2013)
1. (NR) Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)
2. (2) Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting KC)
3. (3) Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
4. (-) Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids)
5. (6) Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes)
6. (5) Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo)
7. (NR) Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)
8. (NR) Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
9. (2) Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders)
10. (7) Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Note: In parentheses 2012 ranking at position.
NR: not ranked in 2012; – not in MLS in 2012.



Sir Alex Ferguson’s 10 best signings
1. Peter Schmeichel: £750,000 from Brondby
2. Eric Cantona: £1.2m from Leeds
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: £12.25m from Sporting Lisbon
4. Wayne Rooney: £25.6m from Everton
5. Roy Keane: £3.75m from Nottingham Forest
6. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: £1.6m from Molde
7. Steve Bruce: £825,000 from Norwich
8. Edwin van der Sar: £2m from Fulham
9. Nemanja Vidic: £7m from Spartak Moscow
10. Robin van Persie: £22.5m from Arsenal


A look at World Cup bids in order of finish:


  • 1. Russia (Received 13 of 22 votes)
  • 2. Spain/Portugal
  • 3. Netherlands/Belgium
  • 4. England


  • 1. Qatar (Received 14 of 22 votes)
  • 2. U.S.
  • 3. South Korea
  • 4. Japan
  • 5. Australia


Expected bids from Colombia, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Expected bids from Argentina/Uruguay and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (10 countries)




The first World Cup, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had an adventurous life of its own.

In service from the first World Cup in 1930 until 1970, the trophy was hidden from
occupying troops during the Second World War by the Italian Vice-President of FIFA,
Dr Ottorino Barassi, who kept it safe in a shoe box under his bed.

In 1966, the cup went missing from display in the run-up to the World Cup tournament
in England but was eventually found, buried in a garden, by a little dog called Pickles.

It was stolen again in Rio de Janeiro in 1983 and apparently melted down by thieves.
The Brazilian Football Association, who had earned the right to keep the trophy after
three World Cup victories, had a replica made.


Who are Soccer’s Priciest Stars?

Gareth Bale $132 million at Real Madrid
Christiano Ronaldo $124 million at Real Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 94 million at Paris Saint Germain
Kaka $92 million at AC Milan
Zinedine Zidane (retired) made $64.5 million at Real Madrid

Did You Know?

The Peel Halton Soccer Association was the dominant district in 2013. Of the 19 divisions, PHSA was represented in 12 Finals, walking away with eight Ontario Cups. These eight trophies were taken home by seven different clubs, demonstrating a wide range of highly successful organizations within the district.

In past years, it has not been uncommon to have one District Association stand out in terms of the number of Ontario Cup Champions.  The remaining 11 Ontario Cups were won by eight other districts, with EODSA, Scarborough S.A., and Toronto S.A. each bringing home two titles.

                                   Ontario Cup Champions by District

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Did You Know?

Over the past 18 months, starting with January/February 2012, in the FIFA rankings, Canada’s men’s national team has ranked 72nd, 71st, 79th, 75th, 77th, 68th, 73rd, 61st, 64th, 71st and 79th.  But in July of 2013 we dropped to 88th, and in August to 91st.

Well today the September rankings place the men’s national team at 106.