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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

Canada secures spot in Olympic Semi-Finals with 1:0 win over France

Posted on 12 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:0 France More

Preview: Canada faces France 12 August in knockout Rio 2016 Quarterfinal match

Posted on 10 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

At 19:00 local (18:00 ET/15:00 PT) More

Perfect Canada wins Olympic Group F with 2:1 win over Germany

Posted on 9 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 2:1 Germany More

Preview: Canada faces European Champions Germany in third Rio 2016 group stage match

Posted on 8 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

15:00 ET / 12:00 PT More

Canada celebrates opening ceremonies in São Paulo

Posted on 6 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Rio 2016 Olympic Games More

Canada qualifies for Quarterfinals after 3:1 win at Rio 2016

Posted on 6 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:1 Zimbabwe More

Preview: Canada faces Zimbabwe in second Rio2016 match, Saturday 6 August LIVE on CBC

Posted on 5 August 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Kick off at 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT More

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As Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team gear up for the Bronze Medal Celebration Match against Mexico in Vancouver 4 February, Canada Soccer is already planning for its next match, announcing the team will play Olympic gold medalist Germany in Erfurt, Germany on 9 April 2017.

Canada and Germany clashed twice at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with Canada winning the first encounter in its third group stage match 2-1, and Germany edging out Canada in the semi-final to play Sweden for gold while Canada went on to defeat Brazil in the bronze medal match.

Canada’s come-from-behind group stage win over Germany, its first-ever result against the European champions, continues to feature in the public’s memory of the Rio Games and for Head Coach John Herdman, it’s his favourite moment of the tournament.

“It was just such a great moment for our team, beating the European Champions and securing first in our group, but for me watching the performance of Melissa Tancredi, who some people had written off in 2015, it was a moment I will never forget,” said Herdman. “She put everything out there and showed the world what she is all about. It was fantastic.”

Tancredi, wearing the captain's armband, scored on both sides of the half-time whistle. Down 0-1 after Melanie Behringer successfully converted a penalty shot, Tancredi equalised in the 25th minute after faking out the defenders and driving a left-footed strike at the top of the box. She then put Canada up 2-1 with a header off a long free kick from Rebecca Quinn in the 60th minute.

Canada’s Olympic performance earned it the position of fourth in FIFA World Rankings, up from ninth the previous year. While this is the highest position Canada has ever held, Herdman’s team has promised there is more to come.

“We want to take this team from fourth to first and the only way to do that is to consistently play tier-one, world-class teams like Germany,” said Herdman. “We’ve made a commitment to play the best and this match in April will give us an opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the world. Canada Soccer has made incredible strides over the last four years, earning back-to-back podium finishes, and we are ready to show the world we are a soccer nation by beating the best, and becoming the best.”

Fans will get one last opportunity to see Melissa Tancredi, the star of Canada’s first ever victory over Germany, when she plays her final match for Canada in the Bronze Medal Celebration match 4 February at BC Place. Along with defenders Rhian Wilkinson and Marie-Eve Nault, Tancredi announced last week that they will be retiring from international play.

Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico match are on sale via Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets to the match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans will once again be able to take advantage of a 'Me+3' offer in select sections.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home for Canada Soccer’s bronze medal celebration match Saturday, 4 February in Vancouver against Mexico, but before it does the team will convene Friday, 20 January in Los Angeles for its first training camp of 2017.

The training camp will serve as a reorientation and conditioning camp for core members of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team and as a key opportunity to assess additional players, some who have previously made senior team appearances as well as new faces who have come up through Canada’s EXCEL program.

“This training camp is an important step for us as we are at the beginning of a four-year cycle that will culminate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so we are keen to use this time to assess both existing and new players coming up through our EXCEL development pathway,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “This camp is about introducing and evaluating those players, physically testing the core squad, and creating connections both on and off the pitch.”

Since the implementation of Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program four years ago, the quality of experience for young, talented Canadian female players has improved. Gaining experience in the National Team environment is a key step in preparing the next generation of players by providing them with the tools to meet the demands and rigors of the ever improving international women’s game.

With three highly-decorated, veteran players retiring (striker Melissa Tancredi and defenders Rhian Wilkinson and Marie-Eve Nault) Canada Soccer is in a position to rejuvenate the Women’s National Team with talent cultivated through a system that has already proven successful in developing many of Canada Soccer’s current bronze medalists including Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle.

Herdman envisions great things to come from the next group as Canada Soccer continues the approach of developing players by design to meet future positional openings as the team senior team evolves.

“Many of the young players coming into this camp have just experienced FIFA youth international competition, so bringing them into the Women’s National Team environment now continues their development and gives them more opportunities to grow as players within the Canadian system,” said Herdman. “Giving young players this experience is an important part of their development and provides a critical assessment touch point for our technical staff.”

The beginning of 2017 marks the start of an exciting four-year period for Canada Soccer as Canada’s Women’s National Team seeks to rise from fourth place to first in FIFA’s World Rankings. This goal was set for Canada by Herdman after Canada repeated its bronze medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Upcoming Canada Soccer Women’s National Team home match


Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play at home for the first time since capturing back-to-back bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics when they take on Mexico in an international friendly in Vancouver on Saturday, 4 February 2017 at BC Place.

The match will be a celebratory homecoming for Canada’s soccer heroes, after they became the first Canadian team in over a hundred years to repeat a podium finish at a summer Olympics, and the final home match for retiring players.

Individual tickets to the Canada v Mexico match are on sale via Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets to the match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans will once again be able to take advantage of a 'Me+3' offer in select sections.


Canada Soccer Women’s National Team January Camp 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)
Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lévis, QC/ Dynamo Québec & Québec Soccer REX
Ashley Cathro, age 16, from Victoria, BC/Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex
Allysha Chapman, age 27, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
Sabrina D'Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ Western New York Flash (NWSL)
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
Adriana Leon, age 24, from King City, ON/ FC Zürich (Nationalliga A, SUI)
Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis
Diana Matheson, age 32, from Oakville, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Amandine Pierre-Louis, age 21, from Montreal, QC/ West Virginia University
Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Deanne Rose, age 17, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
Sarah Stratigakis, age 17, from Woodbridge, ON/Aurora United FC
Valérie Sanderson, age 21, from Boisbriand, QC/ Comètes de Laval
Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
Shelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)

A trio of Canada Soccer heroes will hang up their boots after international careers that included back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in London and Rio. The three Canadian soccer stars - Rhian Wilkinson, Melissa Tancredi, and Marie-Eve Nault - will all be honoured this 4 February 2017 at Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver.

"On behalf of Canada Soccer, we thank these three players for their years of commitment and dedication and wish them nothing but the best in the future," said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. "They have helped Canada Soccer's Women's National Team become our country's most celebrated summer Olympic team sport of all time. For our fans, our Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver provides us all with one more chance to say thank you to these incredible women."

Wilkinson (Pointe-Claire, QC), Tancredi (Ancaster, ON), and Nault (Trois-Rivières, QC) are all CONCACAF champions, FIFA Women's World Cup finalists, and Olympic bronze medal winners. The three players combined to represent Canada in 374 international matches.

"These women are leaders, role models and ambassadors for this game; they have driven this team to success in their own unique ways and we will miss them immensely," said John Herdman, Canada Soccer's Women's National Team Head Coach. "Their achievements on the pitch speak for themselves. They dedicated their life to this team and I’m just fortunate to have had the chance to work with them. This isn’t the end for these women. I genuinely believe it is just the beginning and I’m excited to see what else they are going to achieve in their lives”.

Wilkinson has made 180 appearances for Canada from 2003 to 2016, including four straight FIFA Women's World Cups. She played (and won medals) in six CONCACAF championships and played in three Olympic Games. Alongside winning a CONCACAF title and two Olympic bronze medals, she won a Norwegian Toppserien league title at the professional level in 2012. A two-time winner of Sport Québec's Le Maurice, she also won Québec Soccer's professional or senior player of the year six times. In 2012, she was named to Canada Soccer's All-Time Canada XI.


Tancredi had made 124 appearances for Canada from 2004 to 2016, including three FIFA Women's World Cup finals. She played (and won medals) in six CONCACAF championships and played in three Olympic Games. From an international career that has counted 27 goals, she scored the winner that qualified Canada for both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2012, she won the Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year.

Both Wilkinson and Tancredi will dress one last time for Canada on 4 February 2017 against Mexico. Of note, Wilkinson is ranked third all time amongst Canadian in international appearances while Tancredi is ranked fifth all time amongst Canadians in goals scored.

Together on the pitch at London 2012, they combined for one Canada's most important goals in the group phase against Sweden, with Wilkinson providing an electrifying run down the right before her cross was headed home by Tancredi. The entire sequence moved through six Canadian players, with Nault providing the initial pass in the build up.

Nault made 70 appearances for Canada from 2004 to 2016, including the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 and 2015. She won a CONCACAF championship in 2010 and Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016. She was Québec Soccer's junior elite player of the year in 1997 and professional player of excellence in 2014.

 

Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration match is 4 February 2017 at BC Place. Tickets to the home match in Vancouver are on sale now via canadasoccer.com/tickets starting at just $20 (plus applicable fees). A special ME+3 discount offer on ticket four-packs is available in select sections while groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. In addition, BC Place Club Seats are available for fans looking for a premium match day experience and include a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf with each ticket.

 

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