Jason de Vos

Jason de Vos
Personal information
Full name Jason Richard de Vos[1]
Date of birth (1974-01-02) January 2, 1974[1]
Place of birth London, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 London Lasers
1991 Kitchener Kickers
1992 London Lasers
1993–1996 Montreal Impact 55 (3)
1996–1998 Darlington 44 (5)
1998–2001 Dundee United 93 (2)
2001–2004 Wigan Athletic 90 (15)
2004–2008 Ipswich Town 171 (10)
National team
1997–2004 Canada 49 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jason Richard de Vos (surname also spelt 'De Vos'; born January 2, 1974) is a soccer commentator for TSN and former professional football player, most recently at Ipswich Town. He played international football for Canada. In 2012 as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial celebration, he was named to the all-time Canada XI men's team.[2]

Club career

The central defender began his professional career in 1990 as a 15-year-old high schooler with hometown club the London Lasers of the former Canadian Soccer League (CSL). When the club folded he joined the Kitchener Kickers, also of the CSL. When the latter club also folded he rejoined the re-established Lasers in 1992, the last year of operations for the CSL.

Known for his ability in the air, De Vos spent the next five seasons with the Montreal Impact of the then American Professional Soccer League, the last two on loan to English Third Division club Darlington. In 1998 De Vos first signed a contract with the Darlington before moving to Dundee United of the Scottish Premier League in October on a £400,000 transfer. He spent three seasons with The Terrors, captaining the side in 2000–01. He was then signed by Wigan Athletic of the then English Second Division for £500,000 in 2001. De Vos captained the side to its promotion to the First Division in 2002–03 and was named in that season's PFA Division Two Team of the Year.[3] Following an injury-plagued 2003–04, which saw Wigan just miss out on a FA Premier League play-off place, De Vos left on a Bosman transfer and joined Ipswich Town FC. Since joining Ipswich, he held down a regular place in the centre of defence, often playing through many injuries, often captaining the team in Jim Magilton's absence. In June 2006, Jim Magilton was appointed manager of Ipswich Town and made de Vos the new captain.[4] He retired from club and international soccer in 2008.[5]

International career

For Canada, De Vos has appeared in 49 full internationals, scoring 4 goals.[6] He debuted on August 19, 1997 in a 1–0 home loss friendly to Iran. He has represented Canada in 11 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and played at the 2001 Confederations Cup.[7] He captained the Canadian team from 1999 until his retirement from international football in 2004. De Vos was named a tournament all-star for both the 2000 and 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments, in which Canada were placed first and third respectively. He scored the winning goal in the final of the 2000 Gold Cup, a match Canada won 2–0 over Colombia.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 2, 1999 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Guatemala 2–0 2–0 Canada Cup
2 February 27, 2000 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Colombia 1–0 2–0 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 June 4, 2000 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 September 4, 2004 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Honduras 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification


After the final match of the 2007–08 season in the 1–0 win over Hull City, De Vos announced his immediate retirement from playing to take up a media role in his native Canada and was given a guard of honour and standing ovation during the teams parade lap of the pitch.[8][9]

De Vos recently stated on GolTV's "The Contenders", a Euro 2008 preview show, that when people ask him who was the best player and hardest to mark he ever played against, he "always says Henrik Larsson", the former Celtic striker whom he faced many times during his stint with Dundee United.

De Vos will also scout players from the MLS for former-club Ipswich Town.

De Vos provided commentary on the FIFA 2010 World Cup for CBC and on Toronto FC matches for CBC and GolTV Canada.

De Vos was the colour Commentator for CBC Sports's coverage of Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Fall of 2010 he accepted the position of Technical Director at Oakville Soccer Club.

On May 4, de Vos stepped down as Technical Director at Oakville Soccer Club after accepting a full-time position with TSN as a broadcaster.[10]

Since April 2013 is de Vos Member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.[11]

In January 2015, de Vos confirmed that he would begin work towards his UEFA Pro Licence in May of that year in Ireland.[12]

On August 30, 2016, he was named the Director of Development for the Canadian Soccer Association.[13]




Wigan Athletic






  1. 1 2 3 Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.
  2. "Association announces All-Time Canada XI - men's team - Canada Soccer". Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  3. "Wigan dominate PFA team". BBC Sport. April 28, 2003. Retrieved October 9, 2008.
  4. http://ipswichtown.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=911&p=2&stid=8413037
  5. "About Me…". Jason Devos. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  6. Canada - Record International Players - Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  7. Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
  8. "De Vos announces retirement". Sky Sports website. May 4, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
  9. "Skipper Says Goodbye". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Club Site. May 4, 2008. Archived from the original on May 6, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
  10. "Oakville Soccer Club technical director resigns". Insidehalton.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  11. "The Soccer Hall of Fame announces 2013 Inductees - Canada Soccer". Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  12. http://www.torontosun.com/2016/08/30/de-vos-in-charge-of-canadian-soccers-development
  13. Archived March 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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