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Canada Soccer's Women’s National Team travel to Japan to face the former world champions

Posted on 20 August 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will face the former world champions Japan in a Women’s International Friendly match during the October international break. The 6 October 2019 match in Shizuoka, Japan will help both sides prepare for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with Canada’s qualification competition More

Canada fall to Sweden 0:1 in the Knockout Phase at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 24 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada left it all on the pitch before a narrow 0:1 defeat to Sweden in the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Canada created several chances and held the better part of possession, but were ultimately stopped by a Stina Blackstenius second-half goal and Hedvig Linda More

Canada is ready to face Sweden in the Round of 16 at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 23 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will look build on the foundation of an excellent season in order to advance past their first opponent in the knockout phase: a win-or-go home Round of 16 match against Sweden at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Canada have both the experience and quality to advance to the More

Canada finish second in Group E at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ with 2:1 loss to Netherlands

Posted on 20 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will face Sweden in the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ after finishing second in Group E with six points. Canada defeated Cameroon and New Zealand before falling 2:1 to Netherlands in the group stage finale. Against Netherlands, Player of the Match Christin More

Canada to play Netherlands for first place in Group E at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

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

Canada will face Netherlands for first place in the Group E finale at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Both nations are tied with six points and +3 goals difference, although Canada will need the victory to secure first place in the group for the second FIFA Women’s World C More

Canada defeat New Zealand 2:0 to earn place in Round of 16 at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 15 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are into the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 after earning their second Group E victory 2:0 over New Zealand on 15 June from Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, FR. Canada will look to secure top spot in Group E in their final Group St More

Canada to face New Zealand in second match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 14 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

On the heels of a 1:0 victory against Cameroon, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team is getting ready to face New Zealand in its second group stage match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ on Saturday 15 June at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France.The Group E match k More

Canada open FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ with 1:0 victory

Posted on 10 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team earned three important points in the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ against Group E opponent Cameroon. Kadeisha Buchanan’s goal in first half added time off a Janine Beckie corner gave Canada the halftime l More

Canada ready to kick off FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 against Cameroon

Posted on 9 June 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

An exciting summer of soccer officially begins Monday with Canada’s opening match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. On the world’s biggest stage, Canada will be striving for their best-ever performance under the banner “Together We Rise” with every match More

Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

Posted on 25 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer have announced their official 23-player squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Unveiled with the theme “Together We Rise”, Canada’s official squad will compete in their seventh consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup™ building on the pro More

Canada WNT extend unbeaten streak with away 0:0 draw against Spain ahead of France 2019

Posted on 24 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches - fourth longest in program history‎ - with an away 0:0 draw against Spain. The Friday night draw was Canada's last international test before this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019. MATCH CENTRE, More

Canada ready to face Spain in its last match before FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 23 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will have their last international test less than three weeks before their big summer event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The Friday 24 May Women’s International Friendly match will pit Canada against top European opposition Spain.The Canada away match kicks off More

Canada to face Spain in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup™

Posted on 20 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will face Spain in a Women’s International Friendly match in Logroñés, Spain on Friday 24 May as part of their final preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The match will be played at Estadio Las Gaunas, home of UD Logroñés.Cana More

Canada WNT wins 3:0 over Mexico in Send-Off Match ahead of France 2019

Posted on 18 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada won 3:0 over Mexico in their Send-Off match before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ at BMO Field in Toronto with goals by Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair and Adriana Leon. It was Canada's third win in a row and seventh match undefeated ahead of what will be Canada's seve More

Matheson and McLeod ruled out of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 through injuries

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer have confirmed that Diana Matheson and Erin McLeod have both been ruled out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 through injuries. The two Women’s National Team veterans will miss this summer global event for the first time since 2003 when they helped Canada finish fou More

Canada ready to play Send-Off match against Mexico in Toronto ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 16 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are ready to face Concacaf rivals Mexico in a Send-Off match before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The match, scheduled for Saturday 18 May in Toronto, will serve as an important tune-up before final squad selections are confirm More

Canada selects squad for send-off match in Toronto ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 9 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer supporters will be in full voice when Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces Concacaf rivals Mexico at BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday 18 May. The match will serve as Canada’s official send-off match before this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France More

Canada remains undefeated in 2019 after 2:1 win over Nigeria

Posted on 8 April 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team remain undefeated in 2019 after defeating Nigeria 2:1 at Pinatar Stadium in Murcia, Spain. Canada’s win over the CAF Champions brings its 2019 record to 4-2-0 and marks its first victory over Nigeria in three encounters.“It definitely was More

Canada faces Nigeria on heels of 1-0 win over England

Posted on 7 April 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team continues its FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ preparations with a match against reigning CAF champions Nigeria on Monday, 8 April at 16:00 local (10:00 ET, 07:00 PT) at Pinatar Stadium in Murcia, Spain LIVE via CanadaSoccer.com. Cana More

Canada earns important 1:0 win over England ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 5 April 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, ranked fifth in the FIFA World Rankings defeated number three ranked England 1:0 in an intense pre-FIFA Women’s World Cup encounter at sold-out Academy Stadium in Manchester, UK. Christine Sinclair pounced on a rebound of a Nichelle Prince sho More

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Canada will face the former world champions Japan in a Women’s International Friendly match during the October international break. The 6 October 2019 match in Shizuoka, Japan will help both sides prepare for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with Canada’s qualification competition scheduled for early next year in January/February 2020.
 
This will in fact mark Canada’s first international appearance since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The 6 October match kicks off at 14.30 local (01.30 ET on 6 October / 10.30 PT on 5 October). Extended coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to follow Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team every step of the way by using the social media handle #CANWNT.
 
“It is crucial as a program that we qualify and deliver a massive performance at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Japan next year,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “From the FIFA Women’s World Cup forward, there are elements that we need to keep doing, but we also need to improve and focus our attention on those solutions to put together an even better performance in 2020.”
 
This will be the 14th international meeting between the two sides since they first met on 5 May 1995 in Tokyo, Japan. After winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011, Japan won three straight matches against Canada before Canada won 2:0 over Japan at the 2018 Algarve Cup, the most recent meeting between the two nations. All time, Japan hold a slight edge with six wins and three draws to Canada’s four wins and three draws.
 
So far this year, Canada have posted an record of seven wins, three draws and two losses in 12 international matches. Reaching back to September 2018, Canada’s record is 12-3-3, with their only three losses against the top three nations from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 (USA, Netherlands and Sweden). Earlier this year, Canada posted a 10-match unbeaten streak, the second longest in program history.
 
At the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Japan and Canada had the second and third youngest national teams, respectively. Both nations reached the Round of 16. Of the 16 Canadians that featured in the final competition, eight of them made their FIFA Women’s World Cup debuts including teenagers Jordyn Huitema and Jayde Riviere.
 
Canada’s roster for the October window will be announced in late September.
 
OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
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.
 
WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: https://www.canadasoccer.com/women-s-national-team-p144312
 
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).

Canada left it all on the pitch before a narrow 0:1 defeat to Sweden in the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Canada created several chances and held the better part of possession, but were ultimately stopped by a Stina Blackstenius second-half goal and Hedvig Lindahl penalty save.

This marked Canada’s seventh consecutive participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and third trip to the Knockout Phase.

We only had one request to leave it all out on the pitch and we did that,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “I’m proud of the team (because) I think they did a fantastic job. We didn’t get the result we wanted and it’s very disappointing.”

“I think this is an exciting group and we have a lot of young players that have a bright future that have many more matches in front of them,” said Heiner-Møller. “Just being at an event like this will make them ready for the next time. I think the program that we have at Canada Soccer helps push that development. Having players go to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is important for this program. We had the third youngest team here so the future is very bright.”

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius scored in the 55th minute on a long ball in behind Canada’s defence. Canada had a chance to tie the game in the 69th minute as Janine Beckie stepped up to take a penalty kick after Desiree Scott’s shot hit a Swedish defender’s arm in the box. Beckie stepped up to place a ball hard and low to the right of Swedish GK Hedvig Lindahl who guessed correctly and stretched to put the ball wide of her net. With wave after wave in attack to close the game through seven minutes of added time, Canada worked for an equalizer but Sweden held on for the win.

Canada held the majority of possession in the first half. Ashley Lawrence, Nichelle Prince and Jessie Fleming had positive spells wide right swinging balls in the box. Allysha Chapman found space on the left wing moving into the attacking third multiple times in the first half in combination with Beckie. Shelina Zadorsky, Kadeisha Buchanan and Sophie Schmidt held the backline at times as Sweden’s wide defenders moved up the pitch to create opportunities. The teams went into halftime even at 0:0.

“To our Canadian fans, thank you for the continued support,” said Canadian captain Christine Sinclair. “It has been an amazing ride this World Cup and for me having family in the stands for every game has been incredible. I just wish we could have played a few more matches. You think of the veterans on this team, our goal has been to inspire the next generation. Hopefully some little kids watching the game tonight will dream of playing for Canada and one day win the World Cup.”

“I think that we’ve shown in this tournament how much we’ve grown and improved as a team,” said Canadian fullback Ashley Lawrence. “I think every year we are evolving and you know having younger players coming through and even the veterans leading the way I think there’s a fine balance. I just hope that with our performance we were able to inspire future generations just like the team was able to do for me back in 2012. I just hope that we can continue to fuel that fire so that those little girls looking up can see themselves representing Canada one day.” 

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Canada started Stephanie Labbé in goal, Ashley Lawrence at right back, Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zadorsky at centre back, Allysha Chapman at left back, and Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming, Nichelle Prince and Captain Christine Sinclair from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller replaced Prince with Adriana Leon (64‘), Chapman with Jayde Riviere, and Beckie with Rebecca Quinn (84’).

Canada will leave the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ with a 2-0-2 record having appeared in seven FIFA Women’s World Cups and reaching the knockout phase three times. As the third youngest team in the tournament, 22 of 23 players on the team roster had experience at FIFA youth Women’s World Cups with a total of 1,463 caps amongst the France 2019 roster.

OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS

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.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: https://www.canadasoccer.com/women-s-national-team-p144312
 
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).
  
SUMMER OF SOCCER: TOGETHER WE RISE

Canada’s National Teams have embarked on an incredible month of competition during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Your National Teams are united as “Together We Rise” with the momentum for our game stronger than ever. We urge Canadians to rally behind your National Teams as our Canada Soccer Nation strives for best-ever performances. 

TOGETHER WE RISE: https://www.canadasoccer.com/together-we-rise-p162202

Two teams, one badge, standing shoulder to shoulder.

Canada will look build on the foundation of an excellent season in order to advance past their first opponent in the knockout phase: a win-or-go home Round of 16 match against Sweden at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Canada have both the experience and quality to advance to the Quarterfinals, but they face an equally tough opponent in Sweden who like Canada posted two wins and one loss in the group phase.

The Canada-Sweden match kicks off at 21.00 local and will be broadcast live across Canada on TSN, CTV and RDS at 15.00 ET / 12.00 PT. Extended match day coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to follow Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team every step of the way by using their social media handle, #CANWNT.

Canada won group matches against Cameroon and New Zealand before falling to European champions Netherlands in the group finale. Opening with back to back wins for the first time ever, Canada equaled their best record with six points in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ group stage. This marks the third time that Canada have reached the knockout phase of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (2003, 2015, 2019).

“We had some great quality games in the group stage and I think that now, coming out of this loss against Netherlands, we’ve got a bit of that fire,” said Canada Soccer midfielder Desiree Scott. “It’s not that the tournament hadn’t started, but it’s real now. It’s do or die. We want to go out there and reckon that performance we gave and give it our all for this Round of 16.”

Over the past ten years, Canada have faced Sweden 10 times, posting four wins, three draws and three losses in those matches. Canada most recently faced the 2016 Olympic silver medallists in the Bronze Medal match of the 2019 Algarve Cup, winning on kicks from the penalty mark after an 0:0 draw.

“Sweden is a hard-working, solid, defensive team,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “They have good pace wide and up front and very skillful players. It is definitely a tier one opposition. They had good results lately, not just here, but also at the last Olympics, so it will be a tough match, but I think we will be primed for it.”

At the group stage of France 2019, Kadeisha Buchanan was the player of the match and goalscorer in the 10 June victory at Montpellier while Jessie Fleming was the player of the match and opening goalscorer in the 15 June victory at Grenoble. Nichelle Prince was Canada’s other goalscorer in the second match while Christine Sinclair was the player of the match and Canada’s goalscorer in the third match against Netherlands.

“When you look at the players we have, there are different players scoring goals for us,” said Canada’s captain Christine Sinclair. “Nichelle (Prince) has been incredible in this tournament and Jessie (Fleming) got onto the scoreboard, so it shows we’ve got a lot of weapons going forward. For me, that’s exciting.”

The winner of the match will head to Rennes to face Germany in the Quarter-finals on 29 June at Roazhon Park.

Four years ago, Canada won 1:0 over Switzerland in the Round of 16 in front of 53,855 fans at BC Place, at the time a new record for the largest in-stadia crowd for a Canadian national team match of any sport played in Canada.
 
CANADA AT THE FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™
At France 2019, Canada have the third-youngest side at average 25.33 years (nearly 25 years, 4 months) across 23 players. Within the group, 22 of 23 players have featured in a previous FIFA youth World Cups before France 2019, including three teenagers who helped Canada finish fourth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

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Fans are encouraged to be part of Canada’s journey at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ from 10 June to 7 July by watching all the action live on TSN and RDS. Fans can also follow the Women’s National Team both on and off the pitch across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including CanadaSoccer.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Beyond the Round of 16, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ Quarter-finals are 27-29 June, the Semi-finals are 2-3 July, and the Final is 7 July.

OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
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.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: https://www.canadasoccer.com/women-s-national-team-p144312

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).

SUMMER OF SOCCER: TOGETHER WE RISE
Canada’s National Teams have embarked on an incredible month of competition during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. The National Teams are united as “Together We Rise” with the momentum for our game stronger than ever. We urge Canadians to rally behind the National Teams as our Canada Soccer Nation strives for best-ever performances.

TOGETHER WE RISE: https://www.canadasoccer.com/together-we-rise-p162202
 
Two teams, one badge, standing shoulder to shoulder.
 

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