Football Canada has appointed a new Junior National Team coach, and unveiled its roster for the upcoming Women’s World Championship.
York University’s Warren Craney, the new head coach of Canada’s Junior National Team, has been working with the team for more than five years as a defensive coordinator. Craney’s first big test will be the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U19 World Championship.
Craney served as defensive coordinator under former head coach Noel Thorpe’s Gold medal winning entry at the 2012 IFAF U19 World Championship. Craney served the same role under Glen Constantin at the inaugural event in 2009 as well as the 2007 NFL Global Juniors.
“Representing Canada as the head coach of the Junior National Team is a dream job for me,” said Craney.
“I have been working with the program for more than 5 years and I am a big believer in what Football Canada is doing to develop the sport in Canada. It is an honour to wear the red and white and this position gives me a tremendous opportunity to lead some of the best young players in the country.”
Craney has also been involved with the IFAF World Team since its inception in 2010. The three-time World Team defensive coordinator (2010-2012) most recently served as the team’s defensive backs coach in 2013.
Craney joined the York University Lions in 2010 as the ninth head (football) coach in school history.
Football Canada has also unveiled the Women’s National Team roster which will compete at the 2013 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championship, to be held June 28-July 7 in Vantaa, Finland.
The roster was chosen from a group of 75 players who attended final selection camps held in Fredericton, NB and Moose Jaw, SK.
The women earned invitations to the attend one of two final selection camps based on their performances at last summer’s Challenge Cup which hosted 175 players from four provincial and one regional team.
Canada, the defending silver medalist from 2010 will send a roster of 45 players to Finland to compete against the World. The roster features ten returnees from the inaugural event held in Stockholm, Sweden.
“It’s an honour to be able to represent my country for a second time,” said returning receiver Alex Black.
“Women’s football across the country has made great strides towards more knowledgeable and skilled athletes which has helped improve our game. I am looking forward to playing alongside women who share my passion for this wonderful game.”
The National Team will assemble for a training camp at the end of June to prepare for its competition in Vantaa.
“On behalf of the coaching staff, I would like to thank all the passionate players who tried out for our 2013 Women’s National Team,” said Jeff Yausie. “It was great exposure for the game across the country and has demonstrated to Football Canada how far the women’s program has grown since 2010.”
“The selection process was very difficult, however the coaching staff feels we are going into the World Championship with an excellent team comprised of athleticism, strength and toughness. There is no greater honor than being able to represent your country, we are all committed to representing Canadian Football on the gridiron at the international stage.”