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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play in first edition of Tournoi de France in March 2020

Posted on 19 December 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team have confirmed their participation of the newly established Tournoi de France which will take place in Calais and Valenciennes from 4-10 March 2020. Canada will face France, Netherlands and Brazil at the friendly tournament which will take place during the March FIFA international window.

Canada will first face France on 4 March at 17.00 local (11.00 ET / 8.00 PT), then Netherlands on 7 March at 19.00 local (13.00 ET / 10.00 PT) before closing the tournament against Brazil on 10 March at 19.00 local (14.00 ET / 11.00 PT). The three matches will take place at Stade de l’Épopée in Calais, France.

This will be the 15th international meeting between Canada and France since they first met in 1995. The most recent meeting between the two nations, an April 2018 Women's International Friendly in Rennes, FRA, ended up in a 1:0 victory for France. Two years before, Canada defeated France in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Quarter-Finals.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faced Netherlands in the group stage finale of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ last summer. Canada fell 2:1 to Netherlands, with Christine Sinclair’s 60’ marking her fifth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup goal equaling the all-time record.

Canada recently faced Brazil at the International Women’s Football Tournament Yongchuan in November 2019. Four years ago, Canada defeated Brazil in the bronze medal match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to secure back-to-back podium finishes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada earned the distinction of becoming the first Canadian team to win back-to-back medals at the Summer Olympic Games since 1908 as well as the first-ever women’s Canadian team to repeat on the podium.

Before the Tournoi de France, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will compete at the eight-nation 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada will face Mexico, Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis in Group B after which the top two-nations in the group will cross over to alternate Concacaf Semi-finals against the top-two nations in Group A. The two winners of those Concacaf Semi-finals on Friday 7 February will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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 seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) 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.


Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth 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).

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