Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Canada WCQs at home: All-time host cities

As a follow-up to Monday's post about home field advantage in World Cup qualifying, here's a (mostly) just-the-numbers look at how Canada has fared in the different cities that have hosted at least one WCQ match:

EDMONTON
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 5
Edmonton 2008-10-15 Mexico 2 2 draw draws 3
Edmonton 2004-09-04 Honduras 1 1 draw losses 1
Edmonton 2000-07-16 T & T 0 2 loss points 18
Edmonton 1997-10-12 Mexico 2 2 draw win % 56%
Edmonton 1997-06-01 Costa Rica 1 0 win pts % 67%
Edmonton 1996-10-13 Cuba 2 0 win

Edmonton 1996-10-10 Cuba 2 0 win

Edmonton 1996-08-30 Panama 3 1 win

Edmonton 1993-07-31 Australia 2 1 win


KINGSTON
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 2
Kingston 2004-06-16 Belize 4 0 win draws 0
Kingston 2004-06-13 Belize 4 0 win losses 0






points 6






win % 100%






pts % 100%

MONTREAL
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 1
Montreal 2008-06-20 St Vincent 4 1 win draws 0
Montreal 2008-06-09 Honduras 1 2 loss losses 1






points 3






win % 50%






pts % 50%

ST JOHN'S
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 2
St John's 1985-09-14 Honduras 2 1 win draws 0
St John's 1972-08-20 USA 3 2 win losses 0






points 6






win % 100%






pts % 100%

TORONTO

City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 4
Toronto 2008-08-20 Jamaica 1 1 draw draws 4
Toronto 2000-11-15 Mexico 0 0 draw losses 2
Toronto 1993-05-09 Mexico 1 2 loss points 16
Toronto 1992-11-01 Jamaica 1 0 win win % 40%
Toronto 1985-08-17 Costa Rica 1 1 draw pts % 53%
Toronto 1980-10-18 Mexico 1 1 draw

Toronto 1972-08-24 Mexico 0 1 loss

Toronto 1968-10-17 USA 4 2 win

Toronto 1968-10-06 Bermuda 4 0 win

Toronto 1957-06-22 USA 5 1 win



VANCOUVER
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 6
Vancouver 2004-10-13 Costa Rica 1 3 loss draws 3
Vancouver 2004-08-18 Guatemala 0 2 loss losses 4
Vancouver 1997-11-09 USA 0 3 loss points 21
Vancouver 1997-04-13 Jamaica 0 0 draw win % 46%
Vancouver 1997-04-06 El Salvador 0 0 draw pts % 54%
Vancouver 1996-11-03 El Salvador 1 0 win

Vancouver 1993-04-18 Honduras 3 1 win

Vancouver 1992-11-15 Bermuda 4 2 win

Vancouver 1992-11-08 El Salvador 2 3 loss

Vancouver 1988-10-15 Guatemala 3 2 win

Vancouver 1980-11-01 USA 2 1 win

Vancouver 1976-10-10 Mexico 1 0 win

Vancouver 1976-09-24 USA 1 1 draw


VICTORIA
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 2
Victoria 1985-04-20 Guatemala 2 1 win draws 0
Victoria 1985-04-13 Haiti 2 0 win losses 0






points 6






win % 100%






pts % 100%

WINNIPEG
City Date Opponent GF GA result wins 1
Winnipeg 2000-10-09 Panama 1 0 win draws 1
Winnipeg 2000-06-11 Cuba 0 0 draw losses 0






points 4






win % 50%






pts % 67%

ALL-TIME HOME
wins 23
draws 12
losses 7
points 81
win % 55%
pts % 64%


As always, it is a bit of a chore to comb through the stats on the CSA site. A number of matches played in Kingston, Jamaica, were listed as being played in Kingston, Ontario. Swangard Stadium seemed to move from Burnaby, BC to Vancouver almost weekly. But I am fairly confident of the numbers posted here.

I promised to refrain from reading too deeply into these numbers. The main reason is because they stretch over a period during which Canada's strength within CONCACAF has varied significantly. However, some items of note:
  • Only Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver have hosted more than 2 matches. Of these, Edmonton has the best record (56% winning percentage, 67% of available points). Vancouver (46% / 54%) and Toronto (40% / 53%) have done worse. Vancouver has hosted the most matches with 13 (Toronto 10, Edmonton 9).
  • Canada's all-time percentages (55% winning; 64% of points) compare favourably with CONCACAF's numbers over the last two WCQs (57% / 63%). However, a disproportionate number of wins came earlier in our history. We all know that our record is much worse in recent years.
  • Canada is unbeaten in WCQs in 4 cities: Kingston, St John's, Victoria and Winnipeg.
  • Canada's home record against the region's power, Mexico, is 1 win, 4 draws and 2 losses. The only 2 losses were in Toronto.
Any further interpretation of these stats is welcome in the comments.

1 comment:

qprcanada said...

Drag teams to St John's for qualifying. The sheer logistics of flying there for many CONCACAF teams will be worth points. The cold and fog won't be well liked either.

We need to use the every advantage we can employ in order to qualify. We don't have an Azteca stadium or crowds lobbing bags of piss so we need to use our geography !

We can't do anything about the dodgy CONCACAF officiating unless we can petition UEFA for membership !