CBC’s 3rd Annual “Soccer Day in Canada”
Celebrating Soccer in the Community Live Saturday, June 20th, 2009 on CBC
Anchored for the 3rd year by CBC Sports’ Scott Russell, “Soccer Day in Canada” (SDIC) will be a six-hour celebration of the beautiful game airing on Saturday June 20th, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm est. Hosted from the Darlington Soccer Club Invitational Tournament in Bowmanville, ON, SDIC honours Canada’s fastest growing sport, from the grassroots game though to the highest levels of play. Scott will be joined on site throughout the day for interviews with some of the biggest names in Canadian soccer: - from the national women’s team, Olympians Kara Lang and Clare Rustad; - midfielder with the national men’s team and star of England’s Ipswich Town FC in the Champions League, Jaime Peters; - and, Toronto FC Academy’s head coach Jason Bent The day will be punctuated by visits to a handful of remote locations where Canada’s passion for the sport will be on full display. CBC Sports’ Jeff Marek is at BMO Field for an open practice with Toronto FC featuring Jim Brennan, Dwayne De Rosario and all the stars of the TFC team. We’ll also check in at some lively soccer events across the country. CBC News’ Kevin "Boomer" Gallant is live at the grand opening of PEI’s first ever-indoor facility, the PEI Indoor Soccer Complex, in the town of Stratford. The CBC’s Doug Dirks broadcasts from the 16th Annual Fathers Day Tournament in Medicine Hat, AB. This tournament sees competition from over 40 teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana, and this year features celebrations honouring the centenary of soccer in Alberta. Our final remote location has the CBC’s Karin Larsen providing updates from the 4 Annual More Sports World Mini Soccer Jam in Vancouver, BC. This exciting event started in 1999 as a program to bring sport to disadvantaged kids, and will see 1,500 players aged 5-12 take to the field, with 24 pitches seeing action at the same time.
Throughout the day, the CBC will present a variety of feature stories about soccer. Important in the selection of these stories is representation from a diverse cross section of the country, and adherence to our theme, which is “community.” We want to explore the inspirational and unexpected ways in which soccer unites and strengthens various communities across Canada. For examples of some feature stories we’re currently pursuing that invoke this theme, see below. SDIC also celebrates Canada’s professional teams and the global game with two live matches: - Vancouver Whitecaps at Montreal Impact, 1:30 – 3:30 pm est; - Spain vs South Africa, 3:30 – 6:00 pm est The former ignites one of the most exciting rivalries in Canadian soccer, as it pits the only two Canadian teams in the United Soccer League First Division against each other. Live from Saputo Stadium in Montreal, the match is one of the last opportunities for Canadian soccer fans to see the old rivals battle it out, with the Whitecaps slated to
become the second team in Major League Soccer in 2011. Impact fans are still reeling from the success of their team in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals. In February, the team received a standing ovation from 55,000 blue-and-white clad fans at Olympic Stadium, after a stunning 2-0 win over Mexico's Santos Laguna. The latter is a Confederation’s Cup match-up from the 2010 World Cup host country, South Africa. The tournament is a test-run of venues for 2010 and should spark the worldwide countdown to that event, taking place just under a year away from the kick off. The game will take place in the newly re-furbished Free State Stadium in the city of Bloemfontein, one of nine 2010 host cities, and will feature a report from South Africa from CBC Sports’ Brenda Irving. Expect a charged up South African crowd cheering on home team Bafana Bafana, as they face red-hot world number one Spain, led by one of the most dangerous goal scorers anywhere in the world, Fernando Torres.
Saving King George V St. John’s, Newfoundland: One of Canada’s most beloved and historically significant soccer pitches is more than just a little washed up. Newfoundland’s King George V field, the site of Team Canada’s memorable 1985 2-1 victory over Honduras that clinched a place in the 1986 World Cup (the only time Canada ever qualified for the tournament), was wiped out this past winter by a devastating flood. The challenges to save this $5 million facility have been great, but this community and its dedicated volunteers aren’t giving up without a fight. There’s too much at stake – home to 75 matches a month, the future of the province’s high performance program depends on saving King George. Pedro’s Team Winnipeg, Manitoba: Take one inspired coach, 18 talented soccer players, countless supportive parents and friends, and you might just take the soccer journey of a lifetime. Chilean-born coach Pedro Daza’s goal is to take Team Manitoba to the height of their potential - to win gold at the 2009 Canada Summer Games this August. In 2006, he planned a detailed program to get them there, which included a trip to soccer hotbed Brazil to learn from some of the very best. With the big tournament just weeks away, meet these classic underdogs as they relate what unfolded on the incredible trip, and the amazing man who believes Manitoba can go all the way.