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Canada Soccer begins new women’s youth cycle after best-ever U-17 finish at Uruguay 2018

Posted on 1 February 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

On the heels of a historic fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018, Canada Soccer opens a new cycle on the road to the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program will begin with their qualification journey with a week-long Regional EXCEL Program identification camp in Laval from 3-8 February.

The six-day REX camp brings together players, coaches and staff from Canada Soccer’s Regional EXCEL Centres from across Canada. The camp provides the group with an opportunity for both growth and development as Canada Soccer works hand in hand with Regional EXCEL Centre coaches as well as Québec Super REX Centre coaches and staff.

The Women’s REX identification camp runs 3 to 8 February. Players in this particular camp have been drawn from the Regional EXCEL Centres in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Just last December, Canada finished fourth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018, the nation’s second-best finish at a FIFA youth tournament since age-level competitions were introduced in 2002.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level from the U-14 to U-20 age groups. The program delivers an aligned talent structure that progresses players from the youth levels to the Women’s National Team. Across Concacaf, FIFA, and other youth competitions, players develop the Women’s EXCEL Program Playing Model and benefit from invaluable tournament expertise.

Additionally, Canada Soccer’s most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Women’s EXCEL Centres. The program delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum through a two-tiered talent system, with three EXCEL Super Centres in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec supported by smaller Regional EXCEL Centres positioned across the country.

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is held every two years, with the next edition in 2020. For the next edition, only players born 2003 or later are eligible to participate. The CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship serves as Canada's qualification route for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).

Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century.

Regional EXCEL Centre Players
GK- Chloe Bailey | CAN / Saskatoon Girls REX Saskatchewan
GK- Ellie Lancaster | CAN / Suburban FC & Nova Scotia REX
CB- Liza Gavalova | CAN / Winnipeg Valour FC Elite Girls & Manitoba REX
FB- Chloé Doiron | CAN / Moncton Codiac SC & New Brunswick REX
FB- Nyema Ingleton | CAN / Calgary South West United & Alberta South REX
M- Kaitlyn Fraser | CAN / Sherwood Park DSA & Alberta North REX
M- Annika Leslie | CAN / Halifax City SC & Nova Scotia REX
M- Nammi Nguyen | CAN / Saskatoon Girls REX Saskatchewan
M- Sydney Remington | CAN / Calgary South West United & Alberta South REX
M- Caitlin Stroeder | CAN / Saskatoon Girls REX Saskatchewan
F- Samantha Balcaen | CAN / Winnipeg South End United SC & Manitoba REX
F- Charity Cormier | CAN / United DFC SC & Nova Scotia REX
F- Sydney Slater | CAN / Calgary South West United & Alberta South REX
W- Sarah Doyle | CAN / Fredericton DSA & New Brunswick REX
W- Grace Somers | CAN / Suburban FC & Nova Scotia REX

Full list of Regional EXCEL Centre Players

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