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Canada Soccer holds first NEX U-20 camp in lead up to 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Posted on 15 March 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

The camp taking place from 12 -21 March 2017 in Burnaby, brings together players from throughout the EXCEL system. More

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program leaves no stone unturned in search for talented young players

Posted on 9 February 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer will hold a women’s EXCEL identification camp in Burnaby starting 9 February More

Canada Soccer takes away valuable lessons from Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 20 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:5 Japan More

Canada to take on Asian Champions in final PNG2016 group match

Posted on 19 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Live on TSN More

Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 team defeated by Nigeria at Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 16 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 1:3 Nigeria More

Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 team ready to take on Nigeria in second match at Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 15 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

The match will be broadcast LIVE on TSN1 and TSN5. More

Canada falls to Spain in opening match of Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 13 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:5 Spain More

Canada Soccer to kick off Papua New Guinea 2016 against Spain (on TSN in Canada)

Posted on 12 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 More

Canada Soccer releases 21-player roster for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 26 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Women's U-20 National Team Roster More

Program synergy boosting Canada's future

Posted on 25 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

John Herdman on FIFA.com More

Recap of Canada’s U-20 Women’s Team camp in Mexico

Posted on 22 May 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Camp included two international friendlies against Mexico More

Canada’s Women’s U-20 team heads to Mexico to prepare for upcoming FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Roster released

Posted on 13 May 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

With two closed-door matches against Mexico More

Canada will face Japan, Nigeria and Spain in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 17 March 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada’s Women’s U-20 team was drawn into position B2 More

Canada wins CONCACAF silver in San Pedro Sula

Posted on 14 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada runners up to USA after a narrow 0:1 defeat in the 13 December Final Match More

Canada qualifies for Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 12 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada won their spot in the global finals after a 5-4 win on kicks from the penalty mark gainst Mexico. More

Canada one win away from Papua New Guinea

Posted on 10 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

With the region's field reduced to four nations, Canada will have a first shot at qualification at the CONCACAF semi-finals this Friday night. More

Canada to face regular foe in first match of Natal 2015

Posted on 8 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

When Canada faces Mexico in the first match of the 2015 International Tournament of Natal, they will be stepping on the pitch with a team they know well, and that knows them. More

Canada w20 wins CONCACAF Group with perfect nine points

Posted on 8 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

A Canada 2:0 win was enough to clinch first place in Group A at the 2015 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras More

Schedule change at CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 6 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will next face Jamaica on Sunday 6 December at 10.00 local (11.00 ET / 08.00 PT) More

Canada w20 secures CONCACAF semi-final berth

Posted on 6 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada has six points from two matches after wins over Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday and Jamaica on Sunday More

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Canada Soccer has invited players into a Women’s National Excel (NEX) Camp as preparations begin for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2018 in France. The camp taking place from 12 -21 March 2017 at Fortius in Burnaby, brings together players from throughout the EXCEL system.

“We are building on our NEX curriculum foundation from the 2016 cycle with many of the players in this group having graduated from the NEX 14 to 17-year-old group who recently competing in Jordan, and some of the same players returning players from the U20 team that competing in Papua New Guinea,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer Women’s National Excel Director.

With six players (Carle, Stratigakis, Fleming, Rose, Taylor and Huitema) eligible for the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup having participated in the recent Women’s National Team silver medal performance at the 2017 Algarve Cup, Priestman and the Canada Soccer Excel staff have had an opportunity to bring in and assess new players, to support the growth and depth of the EXCEL program.

“This camp includes some new faces identified through the identification camps held in February,” said Priestman. “We are not only working on the Women’s EXCEL playing model curriculum but also on developing these players individually towards our system positional profiles with WNT in mind working towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

The next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup takes place in 2018 and the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019, both in France. The Olympics will take place in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-23 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.

Canada Soccer NEX U20 Camp Roster (Province | Name | Year of birth | Club)
AB | Tanya Boychuck | 2000 | FC Edmonton Girls REX
BC | Nicole Panas | 1999 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
BC | Emma Regan | 2000 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
BC | Ashley Cathro | 2000 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
BC | Kaela Hansen | 2000 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
BC | Julia Grosso | 2000 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
BC | Olivia Sheppard | 1998 | Princeton University (NCAA)
NS | Serena Dolan | 1998 | University of Memphis (NCAA)
ON | Riley Foster | 1998 | West Virginia University(NCAA)
ON | Jessica Lisi | 1998 | University of Memphis (NCAA)
ON | Lauren Raimondo | 1999 | Aurora United FC
ON | Samantha Chang | 2000 | Unionville-Milliken SC
ON | Jayde Riviere | 2001 | Markham Soccer Club
ON | Vital Kats | 1999 | Scarborough GS United
ON | Mikayla Dayes | 1999 | Toronto Blizzard
SK | Claire Abrey | 2000 | Saskatchewan REX
QC | Lysianne Proulx | 1999 | Syracuse University (NCAA)
QC | Anyssa Ibrahim | 1999 | Varennes SC
QC | Marika Guay | 2000 | Lakeshore SC
QC | Florence Larcohe | 2000 | Lakeshore SC

Canada Soccer will hold a women’s EXCEL identification camp in Burnaby starting 9 February as it seeks to find talented Canadian players.

The five-day camp will give Canada Soccer’s National EXCEL Director Bev Priestman and EXCEL staff an opportunity to review the progress of newly identified players who have performed well at the university level, club level and in Canada Soccer Licensed Regional EXCEL programs (REX).

“Our goal is to provide the Women’s National team with a constant flow of talented young players,” said Priestman-Humphries. “By identifying and bringing these players together, we are further uniting and strengthening the talent pathways, programs and systems that will propel elite women’s soccer in Canada.”

The camp in Burnaby has been designed to assess players ages 18 to 20, some who have made international appearances for Canada at the youth level, as Canada prepares for the next FIFA youth tournaments in 2018.

“Over the last four years the quality of experience for young, talented, Canadian female players has improved immensely due to the alignment and delivery of our EXCEL system,” said Priestman. “Camps like these are ensuring we are leaving no stone unturned in the identification and development of young talent, to ultimately support the Women’s National Team in continuing to succeed at Olympic Games and FIFA Women’s World Cups.”

Canada Soccer’s Excel System, designed by Women's Excel Programme Director and Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman, has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists, in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell, brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-23 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.

Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL Identification Camp Roster

Mollie Eriksson, Ottawa South United SC
Nicole Panas, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex
Marissa Zucchetto, Aurora United FC (League 1 Ontario)
Samantha Chang, Unionville-Milliken SC
Olivia Sheppard, Princeton University (NCAA)
Nadège L’Esperance, University of Louisville
Brooke Lang, FC Edmonton Girls REX
Serena Dolan, University of Memphis (NCAA)
Kaela Hansen, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex
Madicynn Harnish, Suburban FC
Kayla Mostowich, FC Edmonton Girls REX
Tanya Boychuk, FC Edmonton Girls REX
Saje Brar, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex
Shanya Dhindsa, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex
Lauren Dluzewski, FC Edmonton Girls REX
Nadya Gill, Quinnipac University (NCAA)
Nicole Kozlova, Scarborough GS United
Jessica Lisi, University of Memphis (NCAA)
 

Canada Soccer’s development pathway appears secure as Canada wrapped up the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016. Having chosen to field a young team, with an average starting lineup age of 18.4, Canada have tested its talent and is buoyed by the prospects coming through the EXCEL Program.

While Canada ended its tournament with a 5-0 final group match loss to Japan, the team boasted some impressive stats that suggest the future is bright indeed. Six of the starting lineup, including the goalkeeper, featured for Canada’s U-17 team at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016, while seven members of the squad can return for the next FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup cycle in 2018. Emma Regan, a starting fullback in all three of Canada’s matches, is eligible to return to this tournament in 2018 and 2020.

“Our goal going into Papua New Guinea was to test our players against strong teams, and we got that playing against Spain, Nigeria and Japan; and to ensure key players in our EXCEL Program that are tracking towards our Women's National Team gained experience against various styles of international football,” said Daniel Worthington, Canada Soccer National Women’s U-20 Team Coach and Women’s U-23 EXCEL Program Director. “Playing three confederation champions, in the heat of Papua New Guinea, tested these players and gave us an opportunity to assess how they responded to various conditions and styles of play.”

The timing of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 comes at an ideal time for Canada as the Women’s National Team enters into a new four-year cycle, which will see some of the fresh faces of the U-20 National Team establish themselves within the senior squad, but also come back for another FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in two years.

“The current player funnel for the Women’s National Team is very solid, and we are excited to see these players continue to develop through our EXCEL Program,” said Worthington. “Players like Gabrielle Carle, Deanne Rose, and Sarah Stratigakis can come back to this tournament again in two years, and our young fullback Emma Regan can return twice. This bodes well for the Women's National Team in the future as our other youth players, will be well-developed internationals before they reach the senior ranks.”

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program, designed by Women's EXCEL Program Director and Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman, has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists, in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.

“Canada Soccer’s EXCEL philosophy is not geared towards only winning tournaments, but rather towards developing individual players to meet the future needs of Canada’s Women’s National Team,” said Herdman. “The program has proven successful in developing many of our current bronze medalists, and we see great things coming from the next group. It’s an approach that develops players by design to meet future positional openings as the team senior team evolves.”

Over the last four years the quality of experience for young, talented, Canadian female players has improved, inspiring them to reach greater heights, while at the same time providing them with the tools to meet the demands and rigors of the ever improving international women’s game. Attracting and helping to retain more talented players to soccer, the EXCEL Program is widening and strengthening the talent base in Canada and creating more opportunities for Canada to excel in future Olympics and FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Canada Soccer is looking forward to an exciting four-year period as Canada’s Women’s National Team seeks to rise from fourth place to first in FIFA’s World Rankings. The exceptional, yet attainable, goal was set for Canada by Herdman after Canada repeated its bronze medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“The EXCEL Program is key to our goal of putting Canada on top of the podium, not just on it,” said Herdman. “Work already completed has provided the Women’s National Team with a constant flow of young players, in all positions, with the requisite physical, technical, mental and emotional qualities required to achieve consistent podium performances, and it’s on this foundation that we are looking to further unite and strengthen the talent pathways, programs and systems to propel elite women’s soccer towards the number one goal.”

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell, brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-23 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.

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