A centre back that has represented Canada at youth level, Jackson Farmer became one of the first three players on the inaugural WFC2 roster on February 17, 2015. Farmer originally joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 following a successful youth career in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. The defender earned his first cap for the Canadian national team at the senior level in a scoreless affair versus Mauritania on September 8, 2013.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
2014: Spent the early part of the 2014 USL PRO season on loan to Whitecaps FC affiliate Charleston Battery, starting three of his four appearances before being recalled by Vancouver on May 3.
USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
2014: Started all seven of his appearances for Whitecaps FC U-23, including the team's 7-2 playoff win over rivals Victoria Highlanders FC.
UNITED STATES SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
2013-14: Started all 19 of his appearances for Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency, scoring one goal. 2012-13: Farmer started 33 of 35 regular season games for Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency, scoring one goal on the season against Santa Cruz Breakers Academy on November 18, 2012 in a 6-0 win. 2011-12: Farmer started all 27 of the games he played for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, scoring one goal on the season against Cal Odyssey in a 3-0 win on February 4, 2012.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RESERVE LEAGUE
2013: Farmer started twice for the ‘Caps in reserve league play, playing the full 90 minutes on both occasions. 2012: As a 17-year-old, Farmer made his MLS Reserve League debut as a second-half substitute in Whitecaps FC Reserves’ 2-1 home defeat to San Jose Earthquakes Reserves on September 10, 2012.
Senior: Farmer was called up by head coach Benito Floro to a 10-day training camp from September 1 to September 10; the red and white played two friendlies versus Mauritania during that span. The centre back earned his first cap at the senior level in the first of the two matches, he came on as a late second half substitute replacing Doneil Henry. U-20: Represented the Red and White at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship tournament, starting Canada's final two matches and and scoring a goal against Cuba. Also represented the Canadian U-20 national team at the 2014 Milk Cup. U-18: In Nov. 2011, Farmer took part in a 10-day training camp in San Jose, Costa Rica, with Canada’s U-18 development squad. In October 2013, he was also called up to the Canadian U-18 team for an October 8 to October 14 camp in Guatemala. U-15: As a member of Canada's U-15 national team, Farmer took part in a 10-day camp at The Home Depot Center complex in Carson, California in Oct. 2010. The camp included friendly matches versus the United States U-15 squad, with the defender serving the squad as captain.
Farmer started his soccer career with hometown club Edmonton Xtreme FC, where he played at youth level from 2004 to 2009. The defender then spent time with Edmonton Juventus Soccer Club in 2009 and 2010 before returning to Xtreme FC to play senior men’s soccer in 2010 and 2011. Farmer then joined Whitecaps FC's Residency program, playing for the U-16 side for the 2011-12 season. He is currently enjoying his second season with the U-18 squad for the 2013-14 season. The centre back also represented his home province of Alberta from U-13 to U-16 levels, having served in the role of captain during his time in the program. He was also a member of the Canadian Soccer Association's National Training Centre (Prairies region) program.
From Edmonton, Alberta, the centre back’s parents are Lora and Glen Farmer, while he has a sister named Taylor. As a student in Edmonton, Alberta, Farmer attended St. Leo Elementary School before spending a year at Archbishop O’Leary High School. Farmer then switched high schools when coming to play for the 'Caps' Residency program, graduating from Burnaby Central Secondary School in 2013.
The 6-foot-2 defender is a fan of English Premier League giants Chelsea FC, while his favourite player is Swedish sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The centre back hopes to play at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge one day in the future. Off the soccer pitch, Farmer enjoys playing all other sports, and his favourite food is chicken.