Canada's national football team, players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup 2022, trophies

Canada's national football team, players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup 2022, trophies

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM

Canada has returned to the men's World Cup almost four decades after their last appearance, becoming the first North American nation to secure a place in Qatar in 2022. Herdman, the Englishman who has almost single-handedly transformed the country into a men's football nation, saw his side conquer the climate and seal progress. Let us look at the Canadian national football team's players, the coach and captain, their rankings and some unknown facts.

Canada's national football team and players
Canada team celebrates after beating Jamaica 4-0 in their penultimate match for world cup 2022 qualification. Photo: @CanadaSoccerEN
Source: Twitter

Soccer is the most popular sport in the country in terms of participation. In 2006, approximately 2.7 million people played soccer there, according to FIFA's Big Count. The country's Premier League and Major League Soccer are the country's two professional soccer leagues. In addition, there are numerous semi-professional and amateur soccer leagues in Canada.

As of February 10, 2022, Canada's men's and women's national soccer teams are ranked 33rd and 6th, respectively, in the FIFA World Rankings. Would you like to know the names of the players that were chosen to play for Canada in 2022?

Profile summary

  • Full name: Canada national football team
  • Nickname: Les Rouges (The Reds)
  • Founded: 1958
  • Colours: Red, White and Black
  • Federation: FIFA
  • Confederation: CONCACAF
  • Head coach: John Herdman
  • Captain: Atiba Hutchinson
  • Top scorer: Cyle Larin (24 goals)
  • Most caps: Atiba Hutchinson (95)
  • Stadium: Various
  • FIFA code: CAN
  • FIFA ranking: 38
  • Instagram: @canadasoccer
  • Twitter: @CanadaSoccerEN

Canada's national football team: captain

As of 13 May 2022, Atiba Hutchinson has scored approximately 61 goals in his career. He is a professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Süper Lig club Beşiktaş, as well as his country's national team. He is the captain of both the club and the national team. Have a look at the profile summary of Canada’s current captain:

Profile summary

  • Full name: Atiba Hutchinson
  • Date of birth: 8 February 1983
  • Age: 39 (as of April 2022)
  • Place of birth: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Instagram: @atiba13
  • Height in inches: 6'2"
  • Height in centimetres: 187
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Current team: Besiktas
  • Jersey no: 13

Canada's national football team: coach

John Herdman (born July 19, 1975) is the current head coach of the country's men's national football team. He accepted the position in 2018. John Herdman's soccer profile includes becoming the first manager to have successfully led both the national women's and men's teams to qualify for a World Cup.

Profile summary

  • Full name: John Herdman
  • Date of birth: 19 July 1975
  • Age: 46 (as of April 2022)
  • Place of birth: Consett, County Durham, England
  • Height in inches: 5'5"
  • Height in centimetres: 165
"The squad selection shows the players' commitment, how they feel about these games, representing Canada and how important the games are for the country. Having been apart for so long, we are focused on being able to connect and ensuring we get the tactical clarity over the short window we have leading into the start of qualifying. It is about the off-field connection and getting the guys comfortable being together again.” So said Head Coach John Herdman in the World Cup 2022 selection.

Canada's national football team: players

Canada's national football team: roster
Canada's National Team poses for a picture during a game between El Salvador and Canada as part of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Final score; Canada 2:0 El Salvador. Photo: Camilo Freedman
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  • Milan Borjan
  • Maxime Crépeau
  • Dayne St. Clair


  • Doneil Henry
  • Steven Vitória
  • Sam Adekugbe
  • Richie Laryea
  • Cristián Gutiérrez
  • Derek Cornelius D
  • Kamal Miller
  • Alistair Johnston
  • Scott Kennedy


  • Atiba Hutchinson
  • Jonathan Osorio
  • Mark-Anthony Kaye
  • Liam Fraser
  • Stephen Eustáquio
  • Ismael Koné
  • Junior Hoilett


  • Tajon Buchanan F
  • Lucas Cavallini
  • Ike Ugbo
  • Liam Millar
  • Jonathan David

Canada's national football team in the World Cup 2022

The team made its first and only appearance at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, where they finished last in their group after suffering three defeats. However, they will compete in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 36 years in Qatar in 2022 after being put in Group F alongside Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco.

Canada's national football team: trophies

  • CONCACAF Championship in 1985
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000
  • Third place: in 2002 and 2007
  • Men's Olympic Soccer in 1904
  • North American Nations Cup in 1990

In 1985, they won the George Kafaty Trophy for top CONCACAF nation in World Cup qualifying (as hosts, Mexico did not participate).

Canada's national football team: world ranking

Despite clinching a top place in its group with three 2-0 victories, they are still rated third in North America, behind Mexico and the United States. They will be participating in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar for the second time in history.

Canada's national football team players FIFA world rankings
Canada national football team players celebrate qualifying for the world cup 2022. Photo: @CanadaSoccerEN
Source: Twitter

The men's national team has climbed to No. 33 in the FIFA World Rankings in February's 2022 update, putting them in contention for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Is Canada in the World Cup for 2022?

For the first time in 36 years, they will compete in the FIFA World Cup and are placed in Group F with Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco in Qatar 2022.

Is Canada a fanatical football country?

According to the Soccer Association, football is the most popular sport, with over 1 million registered players. After decades without a domestic league, the country's Premier Competition (CPL) debuted in 2019.

Does Canada have a team in FIFA? Since 1924, Canada's national football team has represented the country in senior men's international soccer games. The team qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 36 years, defeating Jamaica 4-0 at a sold-out BMO Field in Toronto to officially punch their ticket to Qatar.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.