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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg and Toronto

Posted on 21 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June More

Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster

Posted on 21 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title More

Canada Soccer announces April Women’s National Team match against Sweden

Posted on 9 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will play Sweden 6 April 2017 in Trelleborg, Sweden. More

Canada wins 3:2 against Mexico in emotional Bronze Medal Celebration Match

Posted on 5 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:2 Mexico More

Preview: Canada Soccer to Celebrate Bronze in Emotional Farewell Match

Posted on 2 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will celebrate back-to-back bronze medals at Saturday’s match against Mexico More

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Vancouver Camp Roster

Posted on 31 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Women’s National Team camp roster in advance of the two upcoming Women’s National Team international friendly matches against Mexico in Vancouver More

Canada Soccer Bronze Medal Celebration Match to be Broadcast LIVE on TSN2 and RDS2

Posted on 27 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

On TSN2 and RDS2 at 15:00 PT/ 18:00 ET. More

Women’s National Team Kick-off 2017 with Conditioning and Assessment Camp

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The team will convene Friday, 20 January in Los Angeles for its first training camp of 2017. More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Olympic Champion Germany in April

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Friendly match in Erfurt, Germany on 9 April 2017. More

Wilkinson, Tancredi, and Nault announce retirements

Posted on 13 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The three Canadian soccer stars will all be celebrated this 4 February 2017 at Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver. More

Christine Sinclair was heart of magical 2016 campaign

Posted on 26 December 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Christine Sinclair scored winning goal at Rio 2016 More

Women's Nominees for the 2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 2 December 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Tickets now on sale for Canada Soccer Women’s National Team celebration match 4 February in Vancouver

Posted on 3 November 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada v Mexico More

Canada’s Women’s National Team returns home for celebration match against Mexico

Posted on 17 October 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada to host Mexico in Vancouver 4 February 2017 at BC Place More

Canada scale new heights after Rio 2016 success

Posted on 4 September 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada ranked 4th in FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking More

Canada makes history at Rio 2016 after back-to-back Olympic medals

Posted on 19 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 2:1 Brazil More

Preview Canada v Brazil: Canada faces familiar foe in Rio 2016 bronze medal match

Posted on 18 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

LIVE on CBC at Noon ET / 09:00 PT More

Canada to play for Olympic bronze at Rio 2016

Posted on 16 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:2 Germany More

Preview: Canada takes on Germany in Olympic semi-final with gold medal match on the line

Posted on 15 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The Olympic semi-final match kicks off at 16.00 local (15.00 ET / 12.00 PT) More

Something special building at Rio 2016

Posted on 13 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

"We came here to get on the podium." More

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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title with a squad blending experience and youth. The 24th edition of the invitational 2017 Algarve Cup will take place from 1 to 8 March. Canada faces Denmark on 1 March, Russia on 3 March, and hosts Portugal on 6 March, with the final match scheduled for 8 March.

“This tournament will be our first opportunity to play consecutive competitive fixtures since the 2016 Rio Olympics and a chance to get our whole squad back together. The focus will be on winning the tournament, by firstly shaking off some rust and then pushing to recreate the tactical cohesion and off-field chemistry we saw in Rio,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We have six new additions to our squad, players who showed well on our assessment camp and who will add depth to key positions and challenge the Olympic core players for places. This is a fast paced tournament where we will face one day turnarounds between games, so we will need to hit the ground running and maintain a high pace if we want to win back-to-back Algarve titles.”

Canada won the 2016 edition of the Algarve Cup, its first appearance at the tournament since 2003, with a 2:1 victory over Brazil in the final match of the women's international competition. Canada reached the final after winning Group A with six points. Canada went on to face Brazil three more times in 2016, splitting a two-game home series in June before defeating Brazil for the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“There are a lot of really strong teams in this tournament including our first match against Denmark, a team we lost to last year, but we have a good opportunity to reach the final,” said Herdman. “Many of these teams are looking to peak for the European Championships later this year but our goal is clear: win the group and win the Algarve Cup. Our players are committed to taking Canada forward over these next four years and this is the first real test of that commitment”.

Recent EXCEL program call ups Lindsay Agnew (21), Jordyn Huitema (15), Alex Lamontagne (20), and Hannah Taylor (17) will look to make their first appearances for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team during the Algarve Cup joining returning EXCEL players Marie Levasseur (19) and Sarah Stratigakis (17).

The XXIV Algarve Women's Cup will feature 12 nations with matches to be played on 1, 3, 6, and 8 March 2017.

Group 1: Canada, Denmark, Portugal, Russia
Group 2: Iceland, Japan, Norway, Spain
Group 3: Australia, China PR, Netherlands, Sweden

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Algarve Cup Roster (in alphabetical order):
Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ FCF Olympique Lyonnais
Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lévis, QC/ CS Lévis-Est & Québec Soccer REX
Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
Sabrina D'Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
Jessie Fleming, age 18, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)
Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
Stephanie Labbé, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Alex Lamontagne, age 20, from Whitby, ON/ Durham United FC (League1 Ontario)
Ashley Lawrence, age 21, from Caledon, ON/ Paris St-Germain FC
Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)
Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Deanne Rose, age 17, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
Rebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
Sarah Stratigakis, age 17, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)
Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
Shelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“Getting to play in front of Canadian fans is really special, so we are obviously thrilled to be coming home for another June two-match series,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We’ll be coming off away games against both Sweden and Germany, Olympic Silver and Gold medalists respectively, so we’re confident the team will be in good shape to produce a winning performance for both sets of fans.”

The matches against the second-ranked Germans and sixth-ranked Swedes marks the start of a new cycle for the Women’s National Team. Competition against the Gold and Silver medalists from the Rio 2016 games will set Canada toward a new goal, who reached number four in the world post-Olympics, to be the top nation in the FIFA rankings.

“We are thrilled that the Women’s National Team will get to play in front of hometown fans as they begin their quest to be the top ranked team in the world, culminating at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “For many players, including Desiree Scott in Winnipeg, and several of our Toronto area players, there will be an added motivation to perform in front of hometown fans.”

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada.

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games.

“We’re looking forward to coming back to Winnipeg and Toronto,” Herdman said. “For the Toronto crowd especially, we want to deliver for the fans, they always come out and support us but we’ve yet to deliver a win for them. Rest assured we’ll be doing everything we can in the preparation to make that happen.”

In celebration of International Women’s Day, individual tickets to the Canada v Costa Rica matches on will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, 8 March at 10:00 local time via Ticketmaster.ca. The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a presale for Canada Soccer Insiders and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via canadasoccer.com

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Tuesday, 21 February and running through Friday, 3 March. All group orders received by 3 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets - for complete group ticket information and to place your order today visit the group ticket info pages (Winnipeg | Toronto). The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

Canada Soccer’s has added a second Women’s National Team international friendly to the April FIFA International window, announcing Canada will play Sweden 6 April 2017 in Trelleborg, Sweden.

“Adding this match against Sweden to our European schedule gives us a chance to play both the Rio silver and gold medalists in quick succession,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We haven’t played Sweden much over the past four years but we know their qualities and with the European Championships just around the corner they will be ready to peak, meaning this will be a tough away encounter. I’m looking forward to see how the squad gels, and manages the intensity of playing back-to-back tier one opponents. We will need to be back to our best to post results in these matches”.

Canada last played Sweden, the 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medalists, in a two match series in November 2014, winning 1-0 in the first match and tying the second match 1-1.

The April match will be the 20th between the two nations, the previous meetings have ended with twelve wins for Sweden, four for Canada, and three draws.

Canada is currently ranked fourth in the FIFA World Rankings, while Sweden is ranked 8th.

The match against Sweden will precede Canada Soccer’s previously announced match against Olympic gold medalist Germany in Erfurt, Germany on 9 April 2017.

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