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Canadian Soccer podcast from the Prairies, featuring Lars Lowther, Rob Notenboom and Jeff Salisbury.
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2018-05-29 18:00
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2018-08-03 06:00
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From the Black Hole Episode 100: Michael Findlay

For episode 100 we welcome back Michael Findlay. Formerly with Canada Soccer in a number of roles, Michael is now doing some work for the Canadian Premier League.

From the Black Hole Episode 99: Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

We welcome back Tommy Wheeldon Jr who now adds GM and Head Coach of Cavalry FC to his list of titles. Of course, he is on to discuss the newly announced Calvalry FC, Calgary's entry into CanPL and the events that led to its establishment.

Episode 98 - CanPL Halifax with Derek Martin

It’s been a long hiatus but we are finally back with Episode 98. I was joined by Derek Martin of Sports and Entertainment Atlantic to delve into the events that led to SEA pursuing a CanPL team, Derek’s personal conversion to soccer fandom, how a socce...

From the Black Hole Episode 97: Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

In Episode 97, Foothills TD Tommy Wheeldon Jr. joins us again to discuss all things Foothills, and a lot has happened. Foothills PDL went to the PDL final in 2016, the club established their UWS team, and they built a magnificent new indoor soccer faci...

From the Black Hole Episode 96: Joe Belan

On Episode 96 we have an exclusive podcast interview with Joe Belan who is leading the group who is looking to bring a Saskatchewan team to the Canadian Premier League. To say those of us in the province are excited about this is an understatement. Lik...

From the Black Hole Episode 95: Voyageurs Cup Special with Joe Guest

In episode 95 we were joined by Canada Soccer Deputy General Secretary Joe Guest. Joe take us through much of the behind the scenes game administration details involved with putting on National Team games and professional team games, as well as the dec...

From the Black Hole Ep 94: Jerson Barandica Hamilton

On our latest episode we welcome back Jerson to discuss all that has happened in Saskatoon futsal as well as his recent trip to Kingston to compete in the Canadian National Futsal Championship.

From the Black Hole Episode 93: TSS Rovers

In Episode 93 we were joined by Colin Elmes and Will Cromack of TSS Academy and also of the new PDL team TSS Rovers. Colin and Will recognize many of the issues plaguing Canadian player development and have been working for years to address those issue...

From the Black Hole Episode 92: In Conversation with Halifax Wanderers

It's been a busy week here at FTBH World Headquarters and we finish it off by chatting with James Covey and Andre Bourque who are working to establish Halifax Wanderers Supporters Group. This was another super fun conversation with excited soccer guys....

From the Black Hole Episode 91: Talking With FCE's Jay Ball

While the NASL and USL world was in disarray this off season, it was business as usual in the front office of FC Edmonton. And it now looks like staying the course and sticking to the message has things looking up for the team. Jay Ball joined us to di...

From the Black Hole Episode 90: In conversation with Grand River Union

In our latest episode we were joined by Levi Oakey and Adrian Martin of Grand River Union to discuss supporting in K-W and the prospects of a CanPL team.

From the Black Hole Episode 89: MLS Cup and CanPL Talk

We are back with another rambling discussion of reactions from the MLS playoffs, focusing on the tie between Toronto and Montreal, and then we slowly switch over to CanPL talk. However, at the end we spontaneously cooked up a way to wrap up 2016 and we...

From the Black Hole Episode 88: A Bunch of Stuff

Yes, stuff. Jeff and I had not done a podcast together since sometime in August. So this episode turned into us simply trying to catch up on stuff supplemented by several discussions of Jeff and Cheryl's Ukrainian cooking. Lars once again is absent, th...

From the Black Hole Episode 87: Catching Up With Tino Fusco

We originally talked to Tino in July right before he was about to take his Canadian University Women's Futsal Team to Brazil for the University Futsal Championships. Now we are following up with him to see what his experience was like. ** A brief note ...

From the Black Hole Episode 86: Michael Findlay

In advance of the Canadian Men's National Team's two upcoming friendlies in Morocco, we were joined by interim head coach Michael Findlay to discuss the lessons learned from the previous World Cup Qualifying round and how those lessons will be applied ...

From the Black Hole Episode 85: Steve Sandor on Canadian Soccer

From the Black Hole, Soccer Podcast, Soccer Canada, CANMNT, CANWNT, Ottawa Fury FC, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps, Women's World Cup, Voyageurs Cup, CCL, CONCACAF, FC Edmonton, Supporter Culture, Canadian Premier League, Steven Sandor

From the Black Hole Episode 84: Housecleaning and Bronze in Rio

When we look back at 2016, the Women's National Team's bronze medal at the Rio Olympics will be a massive story, not only because of the medal, but also because of the way it was won. This was no hold-on-by-your-fingernails-and-hope-to-score-a-late-win...

From the Black Hole Episode 83: Bobby Lennox

In Episode 83 we were joined by the OSA's Manager of Player Development, Bobby Lennox. Bobby's role with the OSA takes him throughout Ontario working with clubs and coaches to support grassroots player development.

From the Black Hole Episode 82: In Conversation with Rob Gale

For Episode 82 we were joined by Canadian Men's U20 head coach Rob Gale. We discussed the unfortunate cancelation of the recent U20 camp in Costa Rica due to a volcano, the many new faces coming into the U20s, player database, tracking and evaluation, ...

From the Black Hole Episode 81: Jerson Barandicah

In today's episode we were joined by Saskatoon's Jerson Barandicah. To say Jerson is involved in a lot of Saskatoon's soccer scene would be an understatement. From coaching the U of S Women's Soccer Team to developing new futsal leagues, he seems to do...

From the Black Hole Episode 80: Talking Futsal with Tino Fusco

In Episode 80 we sat down with Tino Fusco, born and raised in Regina, played CIS in Saskatoon, and now coaches with Mount Royal University in Calgary. Tino has endeavoured to create a Canadian university women's futsal team and take them to the FISU Wo...

From the Black Hole Episode 79: Lots and Lots of Canadian Socce

Wow. Just wow. The Canadian Men played two friendlies. The Canadian Women played two home friendlies in front of mostly full stadiums. Both the men's team and the women's team won games ON THE SAME DAY!! And if that's not enough, we've just watched the...

From the Black Hole Episode 78: A Chat With James Hutton of Barton Street Battalion

No team? No league? No problem say the people in Hamilton supporters group Barton Street Battalion. In anticipation of a new soccer team in Hamilton in a new Canadian professional soccer league, James Hutton has gotten ahead of the curve by helping fou...

Episode 77: CSA talk with Clare Rustad and Dan Squizzato

The CSA just had their AGM, Victor Montagliani was just acclaimed CSA president, and then quickly won the presidency of CONCACAF, so we convinced Clare and Squizz to join us to chat about the ever evolving trajectory of Canadian soccer. Enjoy!

From the Black Hole Episode 76: At the Winnipeg PDL Pre-Season Tournament

We were very lucky to be able to sit down with a group of gentlemen who have established PDL squads in their communities when they got together for some pre-season friendlies in Winnipeg. All of them have their own motivation and purposes for having a ...

From the Black Hole Episode 75: Supporter Culture in Canada and a Other Stuff

While Lars is away exploring the history of the American Civil War (I'm not kidding), Jeff and I had a free Sunday night, so we recorded this ramble-y thing. It was fun but I suspect it will be hard to follow. Regardless, you should give it a listen.

From the Black Hole Episode 74: In Conversation with Percy Hoff of Astra Academy

In Episode 74 we welcome back Percy Hoff, who first joined us as part of our 'Focus on SK' series. With years of experience in Saskatchewan soccer under his belt, Percy has a lot to say about where we need to go developmentally on the prairies and as a...

Episode 73: CanMNT Wrap-Up

Well on the good side, Lars has rejoined us for our latest episode. On the bad side, discussing the Men's National Team's losses to Mexico was on the agenda. Not much else to say there that we didn't include in the podcast so have a listen.

From the Black Hole Episode 72: Michael Findlay

In Episode 72 we sit down for a feature interview with Canadian Men's National Team coach Michael Findlay. We discussed the current World Cup Qualifying campaign as well as items about the Men's National Team and CSA more broadly.

From the Black Hole Episode 71: Focus on SK with Kevin Holness and Markus Reinkens

Here is our last instalment of our Focus on SK series and last, but not least, we are joined by Kevin Holness and Markus Reinkens, TDs of FC Regina. Kevin has joined us before but Markus has returned to Regina from the warmer climes of BC to work with ...

From the Black Hole Episode 70: Tommy Wheeldon Jr Calgary Foothills Technical Director

Tommy Wheeldon Jr joins us again to look back on Foothills PDL inaugural year and discuss the many new developments at his constantly growing club.

From the Black Hole Episode 69: Focus on Sask Continues! Chantal Boudreau

We've had enough 'Focus on Sask' episodes now that I've officially lost count, and am also too lazy to go back and look it up. On today's episode we are joined by FIFA ranked official, Chantal Boudreau. Chantal has rocketed up the refereeing ladder att...

From the Black Hole Episode 68: Focus on SK with Percy Hoff

We continue our focus on our home province with Percy Hoff of Astra Academy. Percy has been involved with soccer in Saskatoon and provincially for many years as discusses the difficulties facing the sport locally and the potential solutions.

From the Black Hole Episode 67: 2015 Canadian Soccer Review

Has there been a bigger year in Canadian soccer? I think a compelling case could be made that 2015 has been the biggest. Not only did Canada host the Women's World Cup, but there were tons of other notable events with clubs, national teams, and individ...

From the Black Hole Episode 66: Focus on SK Part 5 with Hugh Dooley and Chris Bailey

In part 5 we visit with Queen City United Soccer Club Technical Director, Hugh Dooley and the club's President, Chris Bailey.

Episode 65: Focus on SK Part 4 with Filipe Dos Santos

In part 4 of our focus on Saskatchewan, we chat with Filipe Dos Santos. After recognizing a deficiency in the technical abilities of Saskatchewan players, Filipe decided to do something to address the issue. His solution was to establish Ginga Soccer A...

From the Black Hole Episode 64: Focus on SK Part 3 with Josh Hartl

The focus on Saskatchewan continues with Regina's Josh Hartl. Josh is a local soccer coach and is also attempting to establish a Futsal league in Regina.

From the Black Hole Episode 63: Focus on SK Part 2 with Bob Maltman

We are back with the second part of our focus on Saskatchewan with University of Regina Women's Soccer head coach Bob Maltman. Bob discusses a whole range of topics from his immigration to Canada from Scotland, the ins and outs of the university soccer...

From the Black Hole Episode 62: CanMNT Analytics with Sam Gregory

In our latest episode we are joined by Sam Gregory. Currently Sam has a podcast, website, and consultancy called Analytics_FC, but to us, Sam is also one of our Voyageur friends who we've attended a bunch of Canada games with. He's written for Red Nati...

From the Black Hole Episode 61: Canada's World Cup Qualifying

Canada played two qualifiers against Honduras and El Salvador over the past week, and we are here to break the games down. At least, we break the games down after spending far too much time talking about other things. Oh well.

From the Black Hole Episode 60: Focus on SK Part 1 with Dave Nutt

It's part of the foundation of this podcast to poke fun at ourselves and where we are from, the so-called 'Black Hole of Soccer' i.e. the prairies. And although it may seem that there's not a lot going on, look closer and you'll find that you're so wro...

From the Black Hole Episode 59: A Conversation with Rob Gale

We were very lucky to be visiting Winnipeg and have the chance to sit down with Canadian Men's U20 head coach Rob Gale. The interview is in two parts, the first of which we recorded over beers in Winnipeg and the second over Skype. Rob is a very engagi...

From the Black Hole Episode 58: Talking Ontario Soccer with Dino Rossi

The Ontario soccer landscape has dramatically changed over the last several years. Dino Rossi joins us to discuss two of Ontario's major initiatives, OPDL and League 1 Ontario.

From the Black Hole Episode 57: The Quintessential Soccer Nerd Discussion with Clare Rustad

In our latest episode we have the great fortune of welcoming Clare Rustad to the podcast. Clare leads us through her development as a player and soccer analyst and also discusses her views on the state of women's soccer development in Canada. As an add...

From the Black Hole Episode 56: Men's National Team Reaction

It wasn't the most confidence inspiring display, but our Canadian Men's Soccer Team is moving on to the next round of World Cup Qualifying after defeating Belize in a two-legged tie over the previous several days. Both Lars and Jeff are back to discuss...

From the Black Hole Episode 55: Feature Interview with Mark Watson

On our latest episode we were lucky enough to spend some time with Orlando City SC assistant coach Mark Watson. Mark has a wealth of experience as a player in the former CSL, England, Sweden, and MLS, has coached with the Canadian National Teams, and h...

From the Black Hole Episode 54: Canadian Pro-Team Mid-Season Check-In

From the Black Hole Episode 54: Canadian Pro-Team Mid-Season Check-In With all of the Canadian Women's and Men's national team soccer going on this summer, we have neglected the Canadian Pro Clubs so we felt it was time o check in on them. So we twist...

From the Black Hole Episode 53: Bobby McMahon on Women's World Cup and Canadian Professional Soccer League

What do you do when the Women's World Cup, PanAm Games and Gold Cup are over and World Cup Qualifying is on a break? Fill the gap in your soccer emptiness with podcasting of course! In this episode we welcome Bobby McMahon back to the podcast. Most...

From the Black Hole Episode 52: Summer Soccer Wrap-Up with Daniel Squizzato

Even though the summer of soccer is over for us at FTBH, and even though we have already dealt with many of the topics in Episode 51, it seemed appropriate, especially given the number of high profile competitions in Canada this year, that we give thes...

From the Black Hole Episode 51: The Summer of Soccer

It's been quite the summer so far. Busy and exciting and sometimes painful. On the good side, we have had the densest concentration of Canadian team soccer games likely in Canada's history. On the bad side, being so busy trying to travel to these has m...