Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-15 side take 5th at 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship
Posted on 11 August 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada Soccer’s youngest players from the Women’s EXCEL Program gained invaluable tournament experience at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship, ending the tournament in 5th place.
Canada won three of its four matches, with a 1:0 win over Dominican Republic, a 7: 0 win over Panama, and a 2:0 win over a Haiti. Canada’s only defeat came in it’s first match, with a 2:1 loss to Costa Rica.
Canada’s squad featured 18 players born 2003 or later, which also makes them eligible for the next Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship in 2020. This year’s Canada U-15 squad was coached by Rhian Wilkinson, a Concacaf champion and two-time Olympic bronze medal who has been coaching in the Canadian program since 2014.
All 18 Canadian players for Canada are either currently part of Canada Soccer’s Regional EXCEL Program or will be as of the new season in September.
“I’m very impressed by the level of these young women the REX program produced”, said Wilkinson. “It was great watching them play and being tested, but also coming together as a group. They gain some experience, they learned something and we are very proud of them.”
The next major event for Canada’s Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program will be the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Uruguay from 13 November to 1 December. Canada qualified for the tournament after placing 3rd at the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship earlier this year.