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Full Canada w20 team arrives in Costa Rica

Posted on 17 February 2012 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canadian women's U-20 coach Andrew Olivieri has his full squad of 22 players in San José, Costa Rica in preparation for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. The last of the players arrived Friday and have now had their first session with the team. The 15-day camp runs 13-27 February in San José.

At the end of the camp, coach Olivieri will select 20 players for the trip to Ciudad de Panamá. The Canadian team faces Haiti on 1 March, Jamaica on 3 March and Mexico on 5 March, with all matches to be played at the Estadio Rommel Fernández. The top two teams in the group will advance to the semi-final stage; teams from Group A (which includes Canada) will face teams from Group B (which features USA, Cuba, Guatemala and host Panama) in the semi-final stage . From the field of four semi-finalists, three will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012 (19 August - 8 September).

As part of the pre-tournament camp, Canada will face Costa Rica's international "A" team as well as local club side Arsenal. While Costa Rica's youth team did not qualify as one of the final eight teams for the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship, the full "A" team is making early preparations for the next round of CONCACAF / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers in 2014. Costa Rica wants to make its FIFA Women's World Cup debut at Canada 2015.

To date, Canada has participated in four editions of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, including a silver-medal finish at Canada 2002. At the CONCACAF youth level, Canada has won two CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championships (2004 and 2008). This year's tournament runs 1-11 March 2012 and features players born 1992 or later.

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