Football in Canada
For many years, Canada have been trying to make the breakthrough into the elite ranks of football on their continent in order to compete with the three powerhouses, Mexico, the USA and Costa Rica, but the sheer size of the country, also known for its unfavourable climatic conditions, has prevented Canada from reaching their goal, although they have certainly made progress in recent years. In 2000, the national team won the Gold Cup (the CONCACAF continental championship), ensuring the Canadians a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. Canada's youth teams are also regular features at FIFA's U-17 and youth events. Women's football has also taken strides forward, culminating in Canada hosting the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002 when Canada lost to the USA in the final. Canadian players ply their trade in a variety of leagues abroad, including China, the USA, England, Belgium, Scotland and Germany. Paul Stalteri, who left SV Werder Bremen in the summer of 2005, is probably the most well known.
The Goal  project
The current project - a football-only stadium in Toronto that hosted matches of the FIFA World Youth Cup in 2007 - was to be extended by laying of an artificial turf pitch (now known as a football turf pitch). The Goal Bureau approved this proposal at a meeting on 15 March 2006, thereby giving the Canadian Soccer Association greater scope to implement its development programmes on a training pitch that will be available all year round. Goal was helping to finance the project, but the Canadian Soccer Association did also make a sizeable contribution.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Football turf pitch in national stadium, Toronto
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Opened on 30 June 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 175,000 Total cost USD 575,000