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Canada in strong position to reach Quarter-finals at Uruguay 2018 with 2:0 win over Korea Republic

Posted on 17 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team remain undefeated after two matches at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Canada defeated Korea Republic 2:0 in their second group stage match at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo to move into first place in Group D with Spain and Col More

Canada open FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 with 3:0 victory over Colombia

Posted on 15 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team defeated Colombia 3:0 in the opening match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Jordyn Huitema’s 77’ minute goal earned Canada three points in Group D. Spain also earned three points i More

Canada looks forward to the opening match at FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 11 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer's Women's U-17 team is making final preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 taking place 13 November to 1 December.  The team has been training in Montevideo, where Canada's group stage matches will be held, since the beginning of the month.Drawn into Group D More

Canada Soccer selects 21 young players for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 29 October 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer has named the 21 players selected to represent Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 taking place 13 November to 1 December.   Canada’s team for the most prestigious women’s soccer event for players born before 2004 will be coached by two-ti More

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 ove More

Canada Soccer announces squad for CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship

Posted on 26 July 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer will have an opportunity to develop some of their youngest players from the Women’s EXCEL Program at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship from 6 to 13 August. Canada will play at least four international matches and hopefully a fifth as they aim to reach the confe More

Canada qualifies for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 12 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

A late goal from Andersen Williams gave Canada a 2:1 victory over Haiti and secured the young Canadians’ spot at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. All the scoring was done in the second half, with Canada's Jordyn Huitema and Haiti's Melchie Dumonay the goalscorers before the More

Canada to battle Haiti for last spot at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 10 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The young Canadians will have to wait until Tuesday to earn a spot at the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling to Mexico 1:2 in the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship semi-final. Teni Akindoju scored the lone goal for Canada, who will play for third place agains More

Canada to face Mexico for a spot at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 9 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 0:1 USA More

Canada secures spot in Concacaf semis with 2:1 win over Costa Rica

Posted on 6 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 2:1 Costa Rica More

Watch: Canada continues journey to Uruguay 2018 at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 4 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

There are six nations left on the road to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 with only three spots up for grabs at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship. Having been suspended because of civil unrest in Nicaragua, the competition this week resumes as Canada faces Costa Ric More

Canada wins opener 3:0 at Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 21 April 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada 3:0 Bermuda More

Watch: Canada begins journey to Uruguay 2018 at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 18 April 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada will open the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship this Friday in a Group B match against Caribbean opponent Bermuda. The Friday 20 April match is the first of three group matches in five days for the young Canadian team in Managua, Nicaragua. Fans can watch Canada’s o More

Canada Soccer announces squad for Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 6 April 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer have announced their official 20-player squad for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship. The young group will head to Mexico for training and then Nicaragua for the eight-nation competition, an important development step on the pathway to the Women’s National Team More

Canada Soccer announces squad for U-17 camp in Markham

Posted on 16 March 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program will come together in Markham, Ontario as Canada continues their preparations for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship in Nicaragua. The nine-day preparation camp runs 18 to 26 March and will be followed by a pre-tournament camp in e More

Canada to face USA, Costa Rica and Bermuda in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 1 February 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada will face USA, Costa Rica and Bermuda in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship taking place at Estadio Nacional in Managua, Nicaragua from 19-29 April 2018. The confederation championship will qualify three teams to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.“ More

Canada Soccer holds final National EXCEL U-17 camp of 2017 in Burnaby, BC

Posted on 24 November 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer has invited 27 players to the final U-17 women’s camp of 2017 More

Canada Soccer launches Ontario Regional EXCEL Super Centre to develop young female talent

Posted on 27 October 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The Ontario Regional EXCEL Super Centre will launch in January 2018 More

Canada Soccer Women’s U-17 National EXCEL Program invites 26 players into second last camp of 2017

Posted on 26 September 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

The NEX camp will take place in Burnaby, BC from 28 September to 5 October More

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program expands with opening of Vancouver Super REX Centre

Posted on 24 July 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and BC Soccer have partnered to open Canada’s second Super REX Centre in Vancouver More

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Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team remain undefeated after two matches at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Canada defeated Korea Republic 2:0 in their second group stage match at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo to move into first place in Group D with Spain and Colombia playing later today.

“We played a very strong South Korean team and I think we saw that in the first 45 minutes. They definitely were pinning us back in our half in the first half,” said Head Coach Rhian Wilkinson. “This is a team I’m so proud to be the coach of, obviously there was a red card but they also turned the game around and showed who they really were; resilient. Fantastic team performance today.”
 
Jordyn Huitema’s 59’ minute goal put Canada ahead 1:0. After a corner, Huitema’s volley of the deflected ball arced over the head of Korean GK Jiyeon Kang. However, Huitema saw a red card less than 10 minutes later after a mid-air challenge and Canada were down to 10 players. Canada stepped up and controlled much of the play despite being down a player.
 
Lara Kazandjian got Canada’s insurance goal in the 74’ when her 20 yard blast after some high Canadian pressure won the ball also went over the head of Kang.
 
“It’s always an honour to represent Canada,” said Kazandjian, who was named player of the match. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I did today without the team’s belief and they were really strong physically and emotionally.”

 
Sitting atop Group D after today’s win, Canada is in a strong position to advance out of the group stage and into the Quarter-finals set for November 24th or 25th.  

 
Canada’s third and final group stage match is against Spain on TSN5 and RDS2 Wednesday, 21 November at 14:00 local (12:00 ET/09:00 PT) at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo.
 
Canada’s second FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 match starting XI featured Anna Karpenko in net, Léonie Portelance at left-back, Maya Antoine and Jade Rose at centre-back, and Jayde Riviere at right-back. Lara Kazandjian, Sonia Walk, and Caitlin Shaw made up the midfield.  Kaila Novak, Captain Jordyn Huitema and Serita Thurton formed the frontline.
 
In the second half Wilkinson replaced Walk with Wayny Balata and Thurton for Andersen Williams (46’), and Kazandjian with Jessica De Filippo (83’).

 
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

  • The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
  • The tournament's four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
  • A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.
  • Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the tournament's most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016).  Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world's top U-17 women's team.   Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.  
  • Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
  • A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup since it started in 2008.

 
Background – Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team

  • Canada Soccer's Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018: https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-selects-21-young-players-for-fifa-u-17-women-s-world-cup-uruguay-2018-p161906
  • The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada's sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada's has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012.  Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
  • Canadians have registered 14 goals at the competition, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
  • Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship earlier this year.
  • Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016.  Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016.  In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups.

Following Canada's successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women's youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to match the youth competition format for men.  Notably, Canada Soccer Women's National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today.
 
About Canada Soccer's Women's National EXCEL Program

Canada Soccer Women's National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout the year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada's Women's National Team. Major competitions are viewed as staging posts to assess development and allow for the development of the Women's EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise which will ultimately prepare players to progress up the system.
 
Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which deliver Canada Soccer's national curriculum year-round through a two-tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada's National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
 
Canada Soccer's Women's National Team
Canada is two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada has participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three successive 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 and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
Canada will compete for an eighth FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year.  The draw to determine the group stage opponents takes place 8 December in Paris, France.
 
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at www.canadasoccer.com

 

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team defeated Colombia 3:0 in the opening match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Jordyn Huitema’s 77’ minute goal earned Canada three points in Group D. Spain also earned three points in their opening match of Group D action with a 4-0 victory over Korea Republic.
 
“Any FIFA World Cup match, a first one specifically, you’re going to see some nerves and some anxiety just to get the tournament going,” said Canada Soccer’s U-17 Women’s Head Coach Rhian Wilkinson “We definitely started slower than we’d like but they built into the game and the confidence kept going. I was really proud of the girls.”
 
After dominating possession in the first half, a Caitlin Shaw corner headed home by Huitema at the back post midway through the second half put Canada in front. Andersen Williams added a second after a poor clearance attempt by Colombia allowed her to tap home in the 88’. 
 
Williams’ substitute Jessica De Fillipo added a third just a minute after coming on in injury time bringing a Julianne Vallerand cross down in the box, then twisting and turning to make space for herself and bury the ball.
 
“The build-up was incredible, and the corner was drawn from an amazing play and opportunity,” said Huitema of the opening goal. “Shaw put in a great ball and I just had to get on the end of it.”

Colombia went down to 10 players after a second yellow card in the 70’ to Andrea Perez.
 
Canada started Anna Karpenko in goal with Maya Antoine, Jade Rose, Jayde Riviere, and Julianne Vallerand on the back line. Lara Kazandjian Wayny Balata and Caitlin Shaw in the mid and Andersen Williams, Teni Akindoju and captain Jordyn Huitema up top.
 
Wilkinson replaced Akindoju with Kaila Novak in the 59’, Balata with Sonia Walk in the 74’, and Williams with Jessica De Filippo in the 90’.
 
Canada’s second group stage match will take place on 17 November at 16:00 local (14:00 ET/11:00 PT) against Korea Republic who will be looking to rebound from their opening match loss.  Korea Republic have made two appearances in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 2008 and winning in 2010 before failing to qualify in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
 
Known as a very technical side, Korea Republic’s comfort on the ball combined with high physical stamina are certain to make Canada’s second group stage match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 one to watch. Fans in Canada can catch the action live on TSN3 and RDS2.    
 
Following Canada’s match against Korea Republic on Saturday, the team will play their final group stage match against Spain on Wednesday, 21 November at 14:00 local (12:00 ET/09:00 PT).

 
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

  • The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
  • The tournament's four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
  • A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.
  • Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the tournament's most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016).  Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world's top U-17 women's team.   Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.  
  • Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
  • A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup since it started in 2008.

 
Background – Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team

  • Canada Soccer's Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018: https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-selects-21-young-players-for-fifa-u-17-women-s-world-cup-uruguay-2018-p161906
  • The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada's sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada's has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012.  Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
  • Canadians have registered 14 goals at the competition, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
  • Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship earlier this year.
  • Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016.  Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016.  In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups.

 
Following Canada's successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women's youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to match the youth competition format for men.  Notably, Canada Soccer Women's National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today.
 
About Canada Soccer's Women's National EXCEL Program

Canada Soccer Women's National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout the year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada's Women's National Team. Major competitions are viewed as staging posts to assess development and allow for the development of the Women's EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise which will ultimately prepare players to progress up the system.
 
Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which deliver Canada Soccer's national curriculum year-round through a two-tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada's National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
 
Canada Soccer's Women's National Team
Canada is two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada has participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three successive 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 and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
Canada will compete for an eighth FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year.  The draw to determine the group stage opponents takes place 8 December in Paris, France.
 
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at www.canadasoccer.com

 

Canada Soccer's Women's U-17 team is making final preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 taking place 13 November to 1 December.  The team has been training in Montevideo, where Canada's group stage matches will be held, since the beginning of the month.

Drawn into Group D, Canada will face off against Colombia, South Korea and Spain at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Canada's first game is against Colombia on 14 November at 19:00 local (17:00 ET/14:00 PT LIVE on TSN2 and RDS2 in Canada) who have made three appearances at the tournament without having exited the group stage.  Colombia qualified for the tournament by placing second at the South America Under 17 Women's Championship.

"We are feeling confident and comfortable here in Montevideo, so we are really looking forward to our opening match against Colombia on Wednesday," said Rhian Wilkinson, Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team Head Coach. "A lot of investment has been made in the South American teams on the women's side, and Colombia like a lot of the teams now coming up are exciting, like to be on the ball and have skilled dribbling players, so we will have to be primed and be at our best on Wednesday."

Canada's roster features players born 2001 or later and all 21 are part of Canada Soccer's Regional EXCEL Program, which brings together the best with the best at the national youth level throughout the year.  Four players already gained valuable FIFA U-17 World Cup experience in Jordan 2016 and four have also featured for the Women's National Team.  Jordyn Huitema, named Captain for Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018, already has 15 appearances for the Women's National Team and is excited about the U-17’s team chemistry and how the team has come together in the lead up to the competition. 

"Going into this tournament, we are really excited and pumped. It's a new group, and I think we have a lot of experience balanced with players who still play off instinct.  We know Colombia are very technical, and they love to play with the ball at their feet so that it will be a really defensive game and we will have to put the work into making transitions successful, but we are ready for the fight.   Every game in a FIFA Women's World Cup is a fight so we have been putting in the work while we can, and we'll hopefully get a result."

Canada will face the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Champions in its second group stage match on Saturday 17 November at 16:00 local (14:00 ET/11:00 PT LIVE on TSN3 and RDS2 in Canada).  Korea Republic, who placed second at the AFC U-16 Women's Championship, has made two appearances with a quarterfinal loss in 2008 before winning in 2010 and failing to qualify in 2012, 2014 and 2016. 

Canada's final group stage match will take place against Spain on Wednesday 21 November at 14:00 local (12:00 ET/09:00 PT LIVE on TSN5 and RDS2 in Canada). The reigning UEFA Women's U-17 Champions failed to qualify in 2008 and 2012 but were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016. 

The top two teams from each group will progress to the Quarter-final and knockout stage of the preeminent youth tournament beginning 24 November with the Semi-final taking place 28 November and the Final and Third-place matches slated for 1 December.

"We've been in Uruguay for over a week and have put in many good training sessions, so now we are just looking forward to getting out there and testing ourselves against the best young women in the world," said Wilkinson.  "This team is a lot of fun, they love the game and love learning about it, their energy is infectious and motivating. I can't wait to get this tournament started."

Canada marks the 10-year anniversary of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup as one of only six nations, and the only in Group D, to have qualified for every edition since it was launched in 2008, alongside Germany, Ghana, Japan, New Zealand and North Korea.

 
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018
  • The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
  • The tournament's four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
  • A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.
  • Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the tournament's most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016).  Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world's top U-17 women's team.   Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016. 
  • Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016. 
  • A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup since it started in 2008.
 
Background – Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team
  • Canada Soccer's Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018: https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-selects-21-young-players-for-fifa-u-17-women-s-world-cup-uruguay-2018-p161906 
  • The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada's sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada's has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012.  Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
  • Canadians have registered 14 goals at the competition, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
  • Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship earlier this year.
  • Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016.  Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016.  In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in its qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups. 

 

Following Canada's successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women's youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to match the youth competition format for men.  Notably, Canada Soccer Women's National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today. 

About Canada Soccer's Women's National EXCEL Program

Canada Soccer Women's National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout the year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada's Women's National Team. Major competitions are viewed as staging posts to assess development and allow for the development of the Women's EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise which will ultimately prepare players to progress up the system.

Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which deliver Canada Soccer's national curriculum year-round through a two-tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada's National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres. 

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team

Canada is two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada has participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three successive 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 and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium. 

Canada will compete in its eighth FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year.  The draw to determine the group stage opponents takes place 8 December in Paris, France.

About Canada Soccer

Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at www.canadasoccer.com

 

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