Tomer Chencinski

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Tomer Chencinski
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Personal information
Full name Tomer Chencinski
Date of birth (1984-12-01) December 1, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Bat Yam, Israel
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Robert Morris 37 (0)
2005–2006 Fairleigh Dickinson 18 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Toronto FC 0 (0)
2007–2008 Detroit Ignition (indoor) 7 (0)
2008 Newark Ironbound Express 12 (0)
2008 Nistru Otaci 3 (0)
2009–2010 Harrisburg City Islanders 9 (0)
2011 VPS 28 (0)
2012 Örebro SK 14 (0)
2013–2014 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 (0)
2014Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 19 (0)
2014Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon 6 (0)
2015 RoPS 12 (0)
2015Santa Claus 2 (0)
2016 Helsingborgs IF 19 (0)
2017–2018 Shamrock Rovers 37 (0)
National team
2013 Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 2, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:58, July 17, 2014 (UTC)

Tomer Chencinski (Hebrew: תומר חנצ'ינסקי‎; born December 1, 1984) is a Canadian soccer player who most recently played for Irish club Shamrock Rovers.

Early life[edit]

Chencinski was born in Bat Yam, Israel, to Jewish parents originally from Poland.[1][2][3][4] He and his family lived in Israel until he was eight years old, before moving to Thornhill, Canada, where he grew up.[2][3][4] He attended Chapel School.[4]

He speaks both English and Hebrew fluently.[5][6][7][8]

Playing career[edit]


Chencinski played two years of college soccer at Robert Morris University, where in 2004 he ranked 16th in the nation in saves per game and recorded six shutouts.[9][4][10] He transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University as a junior, where he played his final two collegiate seasons.[11][12][4]

Toronto FC[edit]

Chencinski turned professional in 2007 when he signed with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC after impressing during a tryout,[13] but never made an appearance for the team, and left to play indoor soccer for Major Indoor Soccer League side Detroit Ignition.[3]

Nistru Otaci[edit]

He dropped down a division to play in the USL Premier Development League for expansion side Newark Ironbound Express in 2008, but left mid-season when he was offered a contract by Moldova National Division side Nistru Otaci.

Harrisburg City Islanders[edit]

After playing just three games for Nistru Otaci, he returned to the United States, and signed for the Harrisburg City Islanders in 2009.[3]

After completing his season with the Harrisburg City Islanders, Chencinski spent time training with Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union.[14]


Expecting to start another season with Harrisburg, Chencinski was given the chance of a week-long trial with Finnish side VPS.[3] After a successful trial, he was signed by the Finnish club to provide competition for the goalkeeper position.[15]

He made his debut for VPS on February 5, 2011 in a 2–2 draw with FF Jaro in the Finnish League Cup.[16]

Örebro SK[edit]

On December 5, 2011, he was confirmed for the Swedish Allsvenskan side Örebro SK for the 2012 season.[17][3]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

In late December 2012 Chencinski was transferred from Örebro to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League, for an undisclosed transfer fee.[5][6][18]


In January 2015, Chencinski left Israel and joined RoPS of Finland.[19] RoPS would eventually finish in 2nd place during the 2015 Veikkausliiga, one point behind league winners SJK.[20] Their finish earned the club entry into the first round of qualification for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

Helsingborgs IF[edit]

After his successful season in Finland, Chencinski joined Swedish club Helsingborg on December 8, 2015.[21]

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

Chencinski joined Irish club Shamrock Rovers on December 15, 2016.[22][23]

After being the starting goalkeeper for the 2017 season, Chencinski left Rovers midway through his second season with the club after they signed Alan Mannus as a replacement.[24]

International career[edit]

Chancinski is eligible to play for the national teams of both Canada, Israel and Poland.[7]

Chencinski represented Canada at the 2005 Maccabiah Games.[25]

On March 14, 2013, Chencinski received his first call up by the Canadian national team for friendlies against Japan and Belarus.[26] Chencinski made his debut for the national team on March 25 starting the game against Belarus after Milan Borjan was benched following the loss to Japan, the game ended in a 2–0 defeat to the European nation.[27][28]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2013, he was one of the coaches of Maccabi Canada's youth soccer team.[29][30]


Maccabi Tel Aviv

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Telegraph, Alex Harris - Jewish. "A JEWISH TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Canada Soccer". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Shamrock Rovers' Canadian keeper has played everywhere from here to the North Pole". January 24, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Tomer Chencinski - 2005-06 Men's Soccer - Fairleigh Dickinson University". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Bird, Liviu (January 18, 2013). "Peripatetic Goalkeeper Lands in Israel". New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Tomer Chencinsk signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv". Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. December 31, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Tomer Chencinski". Canada Soccer. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  8. ^ Sandor, Steven (March 14, 2013). "Chencinski's inclusion highlights Canadian national-team roster". The 11. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "HIF:s målvakter "lite för unga"". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Northeast Conference - FDU's Tomer Chencinski Signs With Toronto FC Of The MLS". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Canadian goalie Forrest says he won't join Toronto - The Star". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Möt ÖSK:s nya målvakt i stor intervju - Örebro SK - Allsvenskan -". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "FDU's Tomer Chencinski Signs With Toronto FC Of The MLS". Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "Tomer Chencinski training with the Union". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  15. ^ Meluzio, Derek. "Tomer Chencinski signs with VPS of the Finnish Veikausliiga". PA Media Group. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  16. ^ "Jaro vs. VPS". Soccerway. February 5, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  17. ^ Gravela, Lorenzo (June 18, 2018). "SOCCER WORLD 2012/2013". Retrieved June 18, 2018 – via Google Books.
  18. ^ "Chenciski transfer from Orebro agreed". Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. December 26, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  19. ^ Administrator. "RoPS vahvisti rivejään maalivahdilla ja topparilla". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Melander, Oscar (November 29, 2015). "Canucks Abroad: 2015 review of Finland's Veikkausliiga".
  21. ^ "TOMER CHENCINSKI NY MÅLVAKT I HIF". December 8, 2015. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015.
  22. ^ "Two new 'keepers". December 15, 2016.
  23. ^ Tomer Chencinski - 'The coaching staff have prepared us well and a clean sheet will get us through' - Irish Mirror
  24. ^ "Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski confirms Shamrock Rovers exit". The Irish Mirror. July 23, 2018.
  25. ^ Zer Aviv, Shimon (July 9, 2012). "And the winner is… Israel or Canada?". Shalom Toronto Online. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  26. ^ "Canada announces roster, additional match for camp in Qatar". Canada Soccer. Canadian Soccer Association. March 29, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  27. ^ "Canada vs Belarus - 2013-03-25". Canada Soccer. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  28. ^ Meluzio, Derek (March 27, 2013). "Chencinski records first cap with Canada, Union victory has City Islander flavor to it". PA Media Group. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  29. ^ Lungen, Paul (February 8, 2013). "Maccabi Canada's soccer program growing fast". The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  30. ^ Shear, David (January 7, 2013). "Soccer is Alive and Well and Living in Toronto". Shalom Life. Retrieved July 17, 2014.

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