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A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada men back at practice after meeting with soccer federation

Canada set to play Thursday a week after refusing to play scheduled match due to a labour dispute

A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Bayern’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann, left, gives instructions to Tanguy Nianzou, center, and Alphonso Davies during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )

Canada-Panama match canceled in labor, equal pay dispute

Dispute includes a demand that the women’s national team get equal match fees

Bayern’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann, left, gives instructions to Tanguy Nianzou, center, and Alphonso Davies during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )
Pacific FC’s Josh Heard scored the equalizer against Ottawa but PFC quickly conceded to lose 2-1 in Ottawa. Pictured: Heard celebrates after scoring the team’s third goal against Valour FC on Sunday, April 17, 2022. (Simon Fearn/Special to Black Press)

Pacific FC lose tabletop clash against Ottawa

PFC’s comeback hopes were dashed late-on as Ottawa scored within 3 minutes of PFC equalizing

Pacific FC’s Josh Heard scored the equalizer against Ottawa but PFC quickly conceded to lose 2-1 in Ottawa. Pictured: Heard celebrates after scoring the team’s third goal against Valour FC on Sunday, April 17, 2022. (Simon Fearn/Special to Black Press)
A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada men’s soccer training session scrapped amid compensation talks

Dispute in part over how much the athletes will get for playing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

‘Soccer is my religion’: Nick Kollias built up the game he loves in northern B.C.

As a child in Greece, Kollias was gifted a soccer ball and the rest is history

Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Bayern's Alphonso Davies, front, duels for the ball with Stuttgart's Omar Marmoush during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )

Panama replaces Iran as Canada opponent in World Cup warmup

61st-ranked country will be opponent now for Sunday match in Vancouver

Bayern's Alphonso Davies, front, duels for the ball with Stuttgart's Omar Marmoush during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )
Drew Shaw has been a member of the Lake Side Buoys supporters group since 2009 and has been bringing the pipes since then. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Die-hard soccer fans are fuelling the surge in Pacific FC popularity

Tuesday’s lower attendance was a logistical anomaly, according to the club

Drew Shaw has been a member of the Lake Side Buoys supporters group since 2009 and has been bringing the pipes since then. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Photos of some of the victims stand among candles as members of Toronto’s Iranian community attend a vigil in Toronto on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, to mourn victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 that crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran. Canada Soccer has cancelled a planned friendly with Iran in the face of growing criticism. At issue is whether Canada should be hosting Iran given the Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down on Jan. 8, 2020, minutes after taking off from Tehran, by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada Soccer calls off planned friendly match with Iran in face of rising criticism

Soccer Canada gave no reason as it faced criticism tied to Iran’s shooting down of Flight 752 in 2020

Photos of some of the victims stand among candles as members of Toronto’s Iranian community attend a vigil in Toronto on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, to mourn victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 that crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran. Canada Soccer has cancelled a planned friendly with Iran in the face of growing criticism. At issue is whether Canada should be hosting Iran given the Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down on Jan. 8, 2020, minutes after taking off from Tehran, by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Gianni dos Santos of Pacific FC is tackle during the Canadian Champions match agaisnt York United at Starlight Stadium on May 24, 2022. Pacific FC failed to break down a physical York team. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Penalty heartbreak for PFC in Canadian Championship classic

Marco Bustos misses the crucial kick to give York United the win after 2-2 tie

Gianni dos Santos of Pacific FC is tackle during the Canadian Champions match agaisnt York United at Starlight Stadium on May 24, 2022. Pacific FC failed to break down a physical York team. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Iranian soccer player Omid Nor Afkan carries his national flag as he celebrates qualifying for 2022 World Cup after defeating Iraq, at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 27, 2022. Canada is set to host Iran in a friendly match in Vancouver on June 5, but controversy about the game has swirled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Vahid Salemi

Trudeau says CBSA will decide whether Iran soccer team can enter Canada

Prime minister reiterated how he thinks scheduled World Cup tuneup game in Vancouver was a bad idea

Iranian soccer player Omid Nor Afkan carries his national flag as he celebrates qualifying for 2022 World Cup after defeating Iraq, at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 27, 2022. Canada is set to host Iran in a friendly match in Vancouver on June 5, but controversy about the game has swirled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Vahid Salemi
Former Brazilian player Kaká, left, and former Spanish player Iker Casillas present the Qatar FIFA World Cup trophy during the Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with a first-stop event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

FIFA plans to announce 2026 World Cup sites on June 16

Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto all in the running to host games

Former Brazilian player Kaká, left, and former Spanish player Iker Casillas present the Qatar FIFA World Cup trophy during the Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with a first-stop event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Gorge FC Team Sales forward Liz Gregg eyes up a pass during the BC Soccer women’s A Cup provincial final against Coastal FC in Burnaby on Sunday (May 15). Gorge won 5-3. (Casey Tepper/LIWSA)

Double B.C. Cup soccer victories for Saanich’s Gorge FC women

Premier and Div. 1 sides capture provincial championship crown in Burnaby

Gorge FC Team Sales forward Liz Gregg eyes up a pass during the BC Soccer women’s A Cup provincial final against Coastal FC in Burnaby on Sunday (May 15). Gorge won 5-3. (Casey Tepper/LIWSA)
Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

PM says inviting Iran to Vancouver soccer friendly is not “a very good idea”

Some call match slap in the face to Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Lucas Ricci playing for Pacific FC during a warm-up game at Starlight Stadium. (Courtesy of Sheldon Mack/Pacific FC)

Pacific FC signs draft pick Ricci to pro deal

The Montreal midfielder won a U Sports Championship with the University of Montreal in 2021

Lucas Ricci playing for Pacific FC during a warm-up game at Starlight Stadium. (Courtesy of Sheldon Mack/Pacific FC)
Canada head coach John Herdman celebrates the team’s win following second half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action against Jamaica, in Toronto on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Canada will host Iran in a men’s soccer friendly on June 5 in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canadian men to host Iran in June soccer friendly at B.C. Place Stadium

Canada, ranked 38th in the world, and No. 21 Iran are both preparing for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Canada head coach John Herdman celebrates the team’s win following second half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action against Jamaica, in Toronto on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Canada will host Iran in a men’s soccer friendly on June 5 in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Pacific FC’s Alejandro Diaz celebrating his late penalty goal against Halifax on Saturday, April 23, at Starlight Stadium in Langford. Diaz is the Canadian Premier League’s top scorer with four goals. (Simon Fearns/Black Press Media)

PFC steals win against Ottawa, remain top of league

Pacific FC faced a convoy of chances, but held on for the win

Pacific FC’s Alejandro Diaz celebrating his late penalty goal against Halifax on Saturday, April 23, at Starlight Stadium in Langford. Diaz is the Canadian Premier League’s top scorer with four goals. (Simon Fearns/Black Press Media)
Pacific FC struggled against Cavalry FC on May 1. In this file photo, Pacific FC’s Kadin Chung, left, and Cavalry FC’s Jose Escalante chase the ball during the 2021 Canadian Championship quarterfinal in Calgary. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Pacific FC struggled against Cavalry FC on May 1. In this file photo, Pacific FC’s Kadin Chung, left, and Cavalry FC’s Jose Escalante chase the ball during the 2021 Canadian Championship quarterfinal in Calgary. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
Christine Sinclair taking in the atmosphere during a pre-game ceremony recognizing the gold-medal winning team, at Starlight Stadium on April 11. (Sheldon Mack/Pacific FC)

Canada ties thriller with Nigeria in Langford

Canada’s women’s soccer team makes gold medal tour stop in Langford

Christine Sinclair taking in the atmosphere during a pre-game ceremony recognizing the gold-medal winning team, at Starlight Stadium on April 11. (Sheldon Mack/Pacific FC)
Goalscorer Diaz (right) pressures Forge FC during their season opener at Starlight Stadium on April 10. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Pacific FC wins season-opener against Forge FC

Goal from debut defender Amer Didic seals the deal

Goalscorer Diaz (right) pressures Forge FC during their season opener at Starlight Stadium on April 10. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Larry Stefanek will leave his job as teacher and athletic director at Ballenas Secondary to become the head coach of the University of Victoria men’s soccer program. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville teacher becomes new head coach of UVic men’s soccer program

Ballenas educator Larry Stefanek succeeds longtime coach Bruce Wilson

Larry Stefanek will leave his job as teacher and athletic director at Ballenas Secondary to become the head coach of the University of Victoria men’s soccer program. (PQB News file photo)