Crawl Across the Ocean

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It Begins

Every 4 years, an intrepid and little known bunch of Canadians begins a quest to obtain, against overwhelming odds and the opposition of the entire world, the greatest prize in the sporting world, the world cup of soccer.

Canada's first test in qualifying is a home and home series with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (population ~120,000), with the away leg today and the home leg on the 20th.

Should Canada survive this test, we'll move on to a 4 team group, including Mexico, Honduras and likely Jamaica, out of which 2 will move on the final round of regional qualifying, a 6 team group from which the top 3 will automatically qualify, with the 4th place team facing a playoff with the 5th place team from South America. But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, last time Canada went out feebly at the 4 team group stage, and we first need to beat St.V&G to even get that far.

Wikipedia article on the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) qualifying group for the 2010 world cup.

Good luck team Canada - sooner or later (hopefully later), you're going to need it!



  • Another reason Canada needs luck to qualify - the officiating. Never in my life have I seen worse officiating than some of the road games Canada has had to play over the years in CONCACAF. It's not just bad officiating, it's been incredibly biased several times in crucial games. Worse than anything I've ever seen in the NHL, NBA, Olympic figure skating (seriously), you name it.

    By Blogger Adam, at 8:55 PM  

  • You don't have to tell me, Adam. Plus, the groups of 4 haven't exactly been laid out evenly with likely the 1st (Mexico), 3rd (Honduras), 4th (Canada) and 7th (Jamaica) best teams in the region all in the same group thanks to a deliberate decision to use outdated rankings for doing the seeding.

    Nevertheless, if the talent on the field is there, we can make it through. Looks like we'll make it past the Vincy Heat at any rate.

    By Blogger Declan, at 8:12 PM  

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