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Canada clinches Semi-Final berth with 4:1 win at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2018

Canada defeated Trinidad and Tobago, hosts of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, 4:1 to secure a spot in the knockout round with six points.  Canada will now face Haiti, also with six points, in its final match to determine first and second place in Group A.

Despite an early goal by Trinidad and Tobago in the third minute and a loud home crowd for the opponent, Canada maintained its composure and brought a tactical approach that proved the game-changer. Canada used the wings to move the ball up the field and deep, putting a number of crosses into the box, as well as building in from the sides and forcing Trinidad and Tobago to play deep in their end.

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Josh Sargent and Sean Boyle Win 2017 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Awards

U.S. Under-17 and Under-20 Men's National Team forward Josh Sargent has been voted the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year, while U.S. Paralympic National Team goalkeeper Sean Boyle has been voted the 2017 U.S. Soccer Disabled Player of the Year.

Votes were collected from Men's National Team players that earned a cap in 2017, Men's National Team and Youth Men's National Team coaches, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and United Soccer League head coaches, as well as select former players, administrators and media members.

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FIFA Appeal Committee reduces the sanction imposed on Paolo Guerrero to a six-month suspension

On 20 December 2017, the FIFA Appeal Committee decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero. The decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 7 December suspending the player for one year was therefore partially set aside and the initial period of ineligibility of one year imposed against the player has been reduced to six months.

The FIFA Appeal Committee after taking into account all the circumstances of the case, in particular the degree of fault of the player, considered a six-month period of ineligibility to be a proportionate sanction.

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American Forward Alex Morgan Named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that U.S. Women's National Team forward Alex Morgan is the 2017 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year.

The award was announced tonight at the fourth addition of the Premios Univision Deportes which was held at the Univision Studios in Miami.

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Australia hit all-time high as USA end 2017 on top in FIFA Women's World Ranking

The USA will ring in another new year as the top-ranked women’s national team after holding on to top spot in the final FIFA Women’s World Ranking of 2017.

This is the third year in succession that has ended with the Stars & Stripes on top, but this month’s edition of the ranking also includes some less predictable moves further down the order.

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Twardek & Fleming named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year for Canada Soccer

Kris Twardek and Jessie Fleming have been named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year after outstanding campaigns highlighted by Canada Soccer's 2017 National Teams international season. Canada’s two young footballers won the honour from a vote by National Teams coaches as well as Canadian clubs and coaches.

At the international level, Jessie Fleming was a key midfielder with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team as she made 11 appearances and scored a goal and an assist. She also earned Player of the Match honours against USA in a 1:1 draw at BC Place in November. At the college level, she helped UCLA reach the NCAA College Cup final and she is a top-three finalist for M.A.C. Hermann Trophy honours (with the winner to be announced in January 2018).

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US Juniors crush Finland 10-1 in International Friendly

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team scored early and often, powering home eight goals in the first half on the way to an impressive 10-1 win against Finland in its second match of the 2017 Women's Nike International Friendlies.

U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made seven changes from the starting lineup that tied England 3-3 on Dec. 7 and this combination of players came out on fire. The USA took a few minutes to find its rhythm, but then scored four goals in a seven-minute span and were up 5-0 before the 25th minute. The USA out-shot Finland 18-2 in the first 45 minutes and 29-3 for the match.

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2017 Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards kick off with Para Soccer and Futsal Awards

Jamie Ackinclose and Nazim Belguendouz have been named winners as part of the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards, with Ackinclose named the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year and Belguendouz named the Canadian Futsal Player of the Year. The two Canada Soccer national team players excelled in their respective sports in 2017.

Jamie Ackinclose won Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year honours after another standout season which was highlighted at the IFCPF World Championships. He was versatile at different positions, notably scoring four goals and three assists and earning Player of the Match honours three times in seven international matches. Throughout the IFCPF World Championships, Ackinclose was the veteran leader on a young Canadian squad that finished 13th overall.

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FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions Paolo Guerrero with a one-year suspension

On 7 December 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided, after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, to suspend the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero for one year. The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”, following a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2017.

By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

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Canada Soccer Women’s National Team set to take on Norway in final match of 2017

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will take on Norway in its final match of 2017 on Tuesday, 28 November at 13:00 ET/10:00 PT.

Coming off an exciting series against the world’s No.1 team USA earlier this month, Canada’s squad for the international friendly match against Norway has been fine tuned to include players who were unavailable against the USA due to professional commitments.

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