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deVos: Lang still an inspiration for players young and old

Kara Lang's hope of playing in next year's FIFA Women's World Cup look much bleaker after suffering a serious knee injury this week. But as TSN soccer analyst Jason deVos writes, it won't stop her from being an inspiration for the game's players and fans across the country. ...more

deVos: Introducing a new plan to improve sporting culture

There are many pitfalls in youth soccer in our country. Over-invested parents; the pressure to win at too young an age, and others. But what if there was a different way to develop soccer players in Canada? What if we could simply teach kids to play better? TSN soccer analyst Jason deVos explains the founder of the 'Play Better' program has some big ideas. ...more

deVos: The 'Unwritten Rules of Football'

Every sport has a list of unwritten rules; a unique code of conduct by which the game is expected to be played. These rules get passed down from generation to generation, but you can't actually find them anywhere - until now. With a nod to my TSN colleagues and followers on Twitter, here are the 'Unwritten Rules of Football'. ...more

deVos: Is there a better way for Toronto FC to spend 100M?

What if the Toronto FC could create their own system similar to the Ontario Hockey League? Its goal would be to produce a continual stream of talented young players for its academy, and ultimately, for its first team. Do you think they would be perennial MLS Cup contenders? The cost? $100 million. Not very much for a club that just spent close to $100 million to sign two players, is it? ...more

deVos: Playing multiple sports beneficial for development

Year-round participation is trending younger and younger in all sports, including soccer, with players as young as eight now routinely chasing a ball for 12 months of the year. TSN soccer analyst Jason deVos explains that by focusing too narrowly on one sport and not diversifying, kids are losing out on a chance to expand their skill set. ...more

deVos: Is this the future of Canadian soccer?

TSN soccer analyst Jason deVos provides an interesting look at what soccer in Canada will looks like in the not too distant future - based on the Canadian Soccer Association's new five-year strategic plan. ...more

DeVos: CSA plan could mean big changes for the domestic game

The Canadian Soccer Association is planning to unveil its brand new 2014-2018 strategic plan sometime in January 2014. If that document contains what I've heard it contains, many of my wishes for Canadian soccer are about to become reality. ...more

deVos: Whitecaps find new head coach in-house with Robinson

The Vancouver Whitecaps have found a replacement for head coach Martin Rennie, who was fired at the end of the 2013 MLS season. And they didn't have to look very far. Rennie's former assistant coach, Carl Robinson, was officially announced as Vancouver's new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to the club's six-week search for Rennie's replacement. ...more

deVos: Talking tactics of defending wide free kicks

One of the talking points during Arsenal and Everton's fantastic 1-1 draw on Sunday was how high Arsenal were defending wide free kicks. The game commentator said it was a dangerous tactic from the Gunners, as it invited the ball to be played in behind the defenders. I disagree, for a number of reasons. ...more

deVos: Analyzing the results of the World Cup draw

The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw took place in Brazil on Friday, as the 32 qualified teams were drawn into eight groups of four. TSN's Jason deVos offers some quick thoughts on what it means for the tournament next summer. ...more

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Jason deVos

Jason deVos

As one of Canada's most accomplished soccer players, Jason deVos spent nearly 20 years on the pitch playing competitive soccer at the highest professionallevels in Canada and around the world. After retiring from international play, deVos began his broadcasting career as a soccer analyst with the CBC and GOLTV. Most recently he provided commentary and analysis for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for the CBC.

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