• Daniel Squizzato

      As a kid, Squizz spent a lot of time playing soccer, writing and getting overly excited about frivolous things. Not much has changed: he still plays (badly), he still writes (having been published in outlets such as Maclean's and The Globe & Mail) and still has plenty of irrational passion (just wait until the next time the men's national team plays against Honduras).

    • Grant Surridge

      Grant has no soccer playing career to speak of, and probably hasn't been following Canadian soccer as long as you have, but he does spend vast amounts of time reading about soccer online. A proud, self-loathing ex-Winnipeger, Grant also supports Chelsea FC. He writes about the Canadian mens' national team, as well as Canada's rivals in Central America and the Caribbean.
    • Podcast: What's next for women's soccer in Canada (Part 2)

      In Part 2 of our latest interview with Ingrid Green, managing director of sport for Play3rSport.com, we discuss Canada's performance at the Women's World Cup, what we can learn from it, how to fix things here at home, what's next for Carolina Morace and whether or not a domestic women's league is (or will ever be) viable.

      If you missed Part 1, an overview of Germany 2011 thus far, subscribe to the Some Canadian Guys iTunes feed or just click below. The latter is easier, but the former is oh so rewarding.

      What's next for women's soccer in Canada -- Part 2 (mp3)
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      Comments 8 Comments
      1. Vic's Avatar
        Vic -
        Nice stuff Dan and Ingrid, enjoyed the conversation.

        As to the silver lining being youth, yes but not comparatively. Schmidt is 23, Kyle is almost 23, and Filigno is almost 21.

        Of the 73 young players (16-20) in the tournament, we sent 1. North Korea 14. Nigeria 10. Australia 9. Colombia 9. Mexico 7. The only countries to send less than us were England and the USA.

        16
        Kim Chol-Ok, North Korea
        Caitlin Foord, Australia
        Cecilia Santiago, Mexico
        Kim Su-Gyong, North Korea
        Uchechi Sunday, Nigeria

        17
        Teigen Allen, Australia
        Beatriz, Brazil
        Katie Bowen, New Zealand
        Yulieth Domínguez, Colombia
        Emily van Egmond, Australia
        Samantha Kerr, Australia
        Jon Myong-Hwa, North Korea
        Francisca Ordega, Nigeria
        Yoreli Rincón, Colombia
        Paek Sol-Hui, North Korea

        18
        Kristine Hegland, Norway
        Yun Hyon-Hi, North Korea
        Mana Iwabuchi, Japan
        Desire Oparanozie, Nigeria
        Ebere Orji, Nigeria
        Thaís G, Brazil
        Liana Salazar, Colombia
        Kim Un-Ju, North Korea
        Rosie White, New Zealand

        19
        Amenze Aighewi, Nigeria
        Lady Andrade, Colombia
        Katerin Castro, Colombia
        Josephine Chukwunonye, Nigeria
        Charlyn Corral, Mexico
        Casey Dumont, Australia
        Emilie Haavi, Norway
        Jon Hong-Yon, North Korea
        Alaba Jonathan, Nigeria
        Annalie Longo, New Zealand
        Emiliana Mangue, Equatorial Guinea
        Stephany Mayor, Mexico
        Choe Mi-Gyong, North Korea
        Hong Myong-Hui, North Korea
        Erin Nayler, New Zealand
        Christelle Nyepel, Equatorial Guinea
        Osinachi Ohale, Nigeria
        Nayeli Rangel, Mexico
        Kwon Song-Hwa, North Korea
        Ho Un-Byol, North Korea
        Hannah Wilkinson, New Zealand

        20
        Monica Alvarado, Mexico
        Tatiana Ariza, Colombia
        Tameka Butt, Australia
        Kim Chung-Sim, North Korea
        Elise Kellond-Knight, Australia
        Jonelle Filigno, Canada
        Natalia Gaitán, Colombia
        Alina Garciamendez, Mexico
        Antonia Göransson, Sweden
        Anna Green, New Zealand
        Betsy Hassett, New Zealand
        Ri Jin-Sim, North Korea
        Saki Kumagai, Japan
        Sarah Michael, Nigeria
        Sarah McLaughlin, New Zealand
        Daniela Montoya, Colombia
        Kim Myong-Gum, North Korea
        Cecilie Pedersen, Norway
        Ellyse Perry, Australia
        Laëtitia Philippe, France
        Alexandra Popp, Germany
        Wendie Renard, France
        Kenti Robles, Mexico
        Almuth Schult, Germany
        Kyah Simon, Australia
        Megumi Takase, Japan
        Helen Ukaonu, Nigeria
        Ingrid Vidal, Colombia
      1. CoachRich's Avatar
        CoachRich -
        Well done Ingrid and Dan.

        Great research as usual Vic and it opens up some interesting questions too.
      1. paul-collins's Avatar
        paul-collins -
        A question on indoor facilities:

        If our basic failing is skills on the ball, does it matter if the facilities in which kids play year-round are big enough for 11v11?

        The reason I ask is that making clearspan facilities becomes extremely expensive once you get out to a certain distance, as the beams grow in complexity and strength. (Straight shear strength is a linear function of length, but resistance to bending moment is a function of the square of the length)

        If you were to look at the skating oval Ingrid was coveting, for instance, I'd bet you would find columns in the infield to support the roof.

        The followup question is about whether it's more important to have a few indoor facilities that are full size, or for every community to have a smaller one (much like every community has a "community centre" aka an arena) for the same price.
      1. squizz's Avatar
        squizz -
        Vic, Rich, thanks for the kind words... and I echo Rich's sentiment, "great research as usual, Vic".

        And Paul, that's a good point you make, and a good question you pose. I think it depends on what your intent is for the facilities. If you're looking to use them to actually host games or attract pro/semi-pro talent for training, which is what I believe Ingrid was suggesting, you'd probably go with fewer, larger ones. But if the emphasis is on player development for young kids, yeah, the more the better, even if not full-size.

        But that's just my two cents.
      1. mtlfan's Avatar
        mtlfan -
        With all due respect Ingrid as a fan of women's soccer, I was hoping to hear something interesting. She really cannot give any more insight that any other fan and is not well infrorn=med about some issues as Vic pointed out. The tournament idea can only be a once a year event. Building indoor stadiums is not realistic or necessary. In quebec there are plenty of indoor facilities and many more are being buit which is exaclty what is needed for player developemnt. Let's all be realistic about Equatorial Guinea, they used Brazilians not home grown talent. she is right about one thing. 24 teams is really going to water down the quality at 2015.
      1. StrandOne's Avatar
        StrandOne -
        ...does it matter if the facilities in which kids play year-round are big enough for 11v11? ~Paul
        If you have to ask, Paul, I almost don't want to answer... almost. There's a huge difference between mini-field and 11v11 goal size, corner kicks, 20 yd passes at full sprint, long crosses. Yes, size matters.

        Thanks for the backup on this, Squizz. You're right. I'm suggesting ensuring one LARGE world-class clear span indoor facility in BC, AB, SK, MB, ONT, and QUE-- to be utilized for games such as football, soccer, track, etc. I'm not only looking towards hosting int'l soccer events. I'm also thinking of how CDN communities & other sports will benefit. PS. Paul show me a speed skating oval, built since 1980, that has "infield columns". Umm we don't HAVE to build 'em but we can afford it. Upgrade CDN health systems. It's not a hospital... but it may keep CDNS out of one.

        MTLfan, I've never claimed to be an expert. If you don't like it when Squizz interviews fans, or me, WHY DO YOU LISTEN TO THE PODCAST? Waste of your day buddy... and spare us all the comments.
      1. paul-collins's Avatar
        paul-collins -
        Hey, I'm just coming at it from a structural engineering point of view, Ingrid, no need to get testy. I'm in Ontario where we don't have any indoor skating ovals that I've seen, so I can't compare.

        It's not like I'm suggesting boarded soccer or something.

        Edited to add, I see from photos of the Calgary oval that it is a clear span structure with two regulation pads in the middle as well as the outside track. Records indicate that it cost $27m to build in 1987. Figure that to about quadruple in today's dollars (the Richmond Oval cost 7x that). I'm sure there's infrastructure (chilling) that is a big part of that cost - maybe 15%? Are towns supposed to spend $100m+ on a single soccer field? Niagara Falls just built a four pad arena for $38m.

        You're gonna have to sell towns on the expense.

        One last edit:

        Quote Originally Posted by StrandOne View Post
        PS. Paul show me a speed skating oval, built since 1980, that has "infield columns".
        Fort Saint John, British Columbia: Enerplex, completed in December 2009. Canada has three covered ovals; two for Olympics, and this one. (And didn't they convert the Richmond one to something else, leaving two?)
      1. paul-collins's Avatar
        paul-collins -
        Back to indoor soccer:

        The new Cambridge bubble cost $2.5m to build. If we want a lot of indoor infrastructure across the country, I think this is the way we will have to go about it.

        It's possible that we could see multiple permanent, full size indoor facilities in the long term, if soccer can generate the revenue necessary to pay for it, but in the short term you'd need to focus on a single location with various affiliated training facilities (I'm imagining Toronto or Montreal, given that Vancouver has BC Place) that could become a host to a few invitational tournaments a year... but again, you are going to have to find $100m to do it, minimum.
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