Canada defeat Panama 1:0 to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

CANWNT Qualify for 2023 World Cup

Canada won 1:0 over Panama in their Friday night match to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023. Julia Grosso was the lone goalscorer while goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo and her backline posted the clean sheet. The 2022 Concacaf W Championship match was played at Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza, NL, Mexico and secured Canada a spot in the knockout stages of the Concacaf W Championship and an eighth-consecutive spot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Despite controlling the majority of the play, the first half resulted in few scoring chances for Canada.  The second half saw a more direct approach on net with the lone goal initiated by a Ashley Lawrence ball into Jessie Fleming in the box.  When the pass was cleared, Julia Grosso intercepted in the middle and took one touch before firing a low shot with the outside of her boot past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 for Canada. Impressive defensive performances by Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zadorsky provided Canada with the bulk of possession and chances that led to the win.

The win put Canada tied atop Group B with Costa Rica, who Canada will play on Monday 11 July in the final group match to determine the winner of the group.

hey’re going to drop in to a deep block, back fives, and we’ve got to learn how to deal with that and cope with that, but I was a lot more pleased with the second half after the intensity was lifted,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “We’re off to a FIFA World Cup and that’s the main thing.” 

The 2022 Concacaf W Championship features eight nations competing Mexico from 4-18 July. Canada has been drawn in Group B along with Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago while Group A features USA, Haiti, Jamaica and host Mexico. The group stage will be played from 4-11 July with the semi-finals scheduled for 14 July and the Concacaf Final for Monday 18 July.

The Concacaf W Championship is broadcast live on OneSoccer in English, French and Spanish, available as a linear channel on Telus’s Optik TV (Channel 980) and CBC (English only), as well as online at, through the OneSoccer app and on the fuboTV Canada platform. Fans will find extended coverage for the matches across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube featuring the hashtag #CANWNT.

Qualification for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Results from this critical championship will also determine qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The winner of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship will qualify for the women’s football tournament at Paris 2024. The runner-up and third-place teams will qualify for the Concacaf Olympic play-in, which will be held in September 2023.


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Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo 2020), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have qualified for eight consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2023) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.