Thursday, October 17, 2013
FIFA Ranking Oct 17, 2013 - Canadian Men's Soccer
Triple AAA rating is better than just one A, right ???
I hope this bad news won't deter the youngsters who are participating in soccer games organized at the community level !!!
Source: TSN CANADA
TORONTO -- One year after an 8-1 humbling in Honduras that signalled yet another early end to World Cup qualifying, there seemingly has been little to celebrate in Canadian men's soccer.
Canada fell to an all-time low in the FIFA rankings Thursday for the second straight month, dropping five positions to No. 111. The Canadians stand 12th in the CONCACAF region, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Going into the Honduras game at San Pedro Sula on Oct. 16, 2012, Canada was ranked 61st in the world and sixth in CONCACAF.
Today, the Canadian men stand a hair above No. 112 Antigua and Barbuda, whose population is some 90,000 compared to Canada's 35 million.
Canada is below Angola, Botswana, both Congos, Gabon, Guinea and Niger, to name just a few.
The FIFA rankings are not the be-all and end-all in soccer, but it's hard to argue with Canada's decline given results over the last 12 months.
The Canadians have gone 0-8-3 and scored just once since being thumped in Honduras. They have been outscored 16-1 and have only Marcus Haber's goal in a 2-1 loss to Japan in March to avoid a total shutout on the year.
As it stands, Canada has not scored in 12 hours 32 minutes.
The rebuilding job has fallen to Benito Floro, who has just three games under his belt since officially taking as coach on Aug. 1. With an eye to the future, his focus has clearly been on changing the national team culture while educating a squad that is brimming with youth.
Floro, a 61-year-old Spaniard whose coaching career has taken him from Real Madrid to Mexico's Monterrey, has used long classroom and videos sessions to educate the Canadians in his two camps to date.
"I think it's been great," said 20-year-old defender Doneil Henry.
"I'm definitely optimistic and positive for Benito," he added. "He's been great so far and he really does know the game."
Henry's optimism extends to the Canadian squad, which he sees as "a team for the future."
Henry, who already has nine senior caps to his credit, was one of four of Toronto FC players aged 23 or younger in the Canadian squad that lost 3-0 to Australia on Tuesday.
Other youngsters who saw action included 18-year-old Samuel Piette, 20-year-old Russell Teibert and 21-year-old Stefan Cebara.
"If we can start getting these players the professional experience they need at the international stage, it will definitely benefit us in the long run," said Henry.
Recent losses, while painful, have shown the youngsters "that this is a man's game," according to Henry.
"There's so much more to learn," he added. "Especially myself going up against, playing against top players in the world. These are the games that we need.
"It's going to build our character and build us as individual professionals in the long run. I understand that results right now are hurting us but eventually there's going to be a turn."
Henry is certain that with the growth of the three MLS teams' academies and Canadians continuing to go overseas, "we're going to eventually be there with the top countries in the world."
Longtime leader Spain -- the defending World Cup champion --remains atop the FIFA rankings released Thursday, followed by Germany, Argentina, Colombia and Belgium.
The Canadian men reached a high of No. 40 in December 1996.
Canada last won in October 2012 when it defeated Cuba 3-0 in Toronto.