The wait is finally over! Canada qualifies for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Canada's Men's National Team books its place with a resounding 4-0 win over Jamaica in Toronto.

In 1985, the average income in Canada was just shy of $16,000 and gas cost around 30 cents a litre.   On the 14th of September that year, Canada qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, with a memorable win in Newfoundland.  That was the last time…until now.

On Sunday, the Men’s National team ended that decades long drought, becoming the first CONCACAF Nation to confirm their place in November’s World Cup, with a 4-0 win over Jamaica.  It wasn’t just that they accomplished the monumental feat, it was how they did it.

Canada didn’t back in, nor rely on the fortunes of their rivals in the Confederation…they rampaged to the top of the group, with some “nice to have” business still to take care of in this qualification window (like finishing first, and improving their lot in the final draw April 1st for the World Cup groups).  During this intense qualification phase, The men in #CanadaRed pulled off impressive away performances at perennial regional powerhouses Mexico (1-1) and in Nashville (1-1).  They came from behind in both of those games.

At Honduras and El Salvador, notoriously difficult and historically futile fixtures, they won 2-0…and were fully deserving. 

And they’ve done it in style, with a very young squad, dotted with sage leadership, and top European League pedigree.  As exciting as this group is today, much of this team is nowhere near its prime…which could occur by the time the Confederation hosts the FIFA 2026 World Cup, which of course, will include games on Canadian soil. 

To now have some Canadian skin the game, will undoubtedly create a paradigm shift during the quadrennial event, which historically, forced many Canadian soccer fans to adopt their ancestral homeland during the month-long tournaments.

BC Soccer congratulates the players, the staff, the support personnel, and of course the Canadian Soccer fans…who have had to wait just over 36 years to experience this feeling again.  The countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is officially on!

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