Soccer (also known as football) all began in the Mid 19th Century in England. As time progressed and the years passed, today we know soccer as the World Cup, Champions League, Euro Cup, Premiere League, amongst more and the governing body of all, FIFA. Soccer, although not traditionally a contact sport, does include small doses of pushes, trips, contact and overall interaction among players. Any time any sport involves contact, injury can occur. Although not as common as in hockey or lacrosse, soccer does cause many concussions and with the physicality of soccer, this injury could linger with players for long periods of time.
Jason deVos: Jason had a professional soccer career that spanned 18 years, signing his first professional contract at the age of 16. After a successful 18 month spell at Darlington FC, the defender moved on to play for Dundee United of the Scottish Premier League and Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town of the English Championship. He was recognized very early on in his career as a leader, and was named captain at Dundee United, Wigan and Ipswich. Jason also tasted success with Canada’s National Team playing for Canada 49 times over a seven-year period before retiring from international play in 2004. He was captain of Canada from 1999 until 2004 and scored the winning goal for his country in the 2000 Gold Cup Final.
After retiring as a player in 2008, Jason began his career as a broadcaster, joining CBC as a soccer analyst for their coverage of Major League Soccer and CBC’s FIFA properties, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Jason has taken on much more in recent months. In November, he became the Technical Director of Oakville Soccer Club, the largest youth sports organization in Canada. And in March, he added to his CBC broadcasting commitments when he joined TSN as a soccer analyst.