Canada prepares for its 1st World Cup in 36 years
The Canadian Football League is hoping it will put on its own version of the 2006 World Cup, the first to occur since it was played in Australia.
It will be played in Toronto next August on a field that once was used as a football pitch. But the Canadian Football League has been a pioneer in trying to get a national team tournament down under.
The CFL previously had a tournament in the United States in 1991, and has a few more teams participating in Europe and other corners of the world.
The idea of a global tournament is a new innovation for the game. No Canadian team has ever played in multiple tournaments on more than one continent.
“I would love to see it here,” said Rob Buoy, a CFL player for more than 15 years. “For us, it’s great. It’s a huge honor to represent Canada at the international level.”
Buoy is a former University of Alberta football player and plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He moved to Toronto from Alberta. He grew up in a rural part of Saskatchewan. He remembers the time when his father was a farmer.
That was in the 1950s and 60s.
“It was always a dream to play in the CFL,” Buoy said. “It was always my dream as a kid.”
His dream started about two years after his high school graduation, when he was offered a spot on a U of A football team. He says he never regretted his decision.
“It was a great opportunity for me,” he said. “Everything kind of fell into place. My football career took off and I’ve had an incredible career.”
Before he was a superstar at U of A, Buoy said he had a good life as an amateur football player and the coach of his school