Preview: Canada's U-17 women ready for their next test against Germany
Posted on 2 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada will have to show their Canadian grit again and be defensively organised when they play Germany on Monday, 3 October in Amman, Jordan at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. The match will be broadcast in Canada on TSN1, TSN4 and RDS2 (12.00 ET / 9.00 PT).
After a 3:2 come-from-behind victory against Cameroon in their opening match on Friday 30 September, Canada are aiming for a win and another three points en route to the competition's quarter-finals.
“It will be a different game than the Cameroon match,” said Canada Soccer National EXCEL U-14 to U-17 Director and U-17 Coach Bev Humphries-Priestman. “Germany is known for producing technically gifted players and so we know we have to defend well in order to match them. If we do that, then we can bring our own identity to the game with the ball.”
Before the tournament, the team played England in a closed-door friendly, a match that provided critical insights and the opportunity to identify gaps against tier one opponents.
“In the England game, we had many final acts from both transition and in build up play which could have resulted in more goals” said Priestman. “While that game gave us some great confidence going into this game, we also learned that the chances you get you have to take, especially against well organised teams, which is something the group has worked hard on.”
The objective for Canada in Jordan is to advance out of the group stage and onto the knock out round, providing Canada’s youth players with invaluable international tournament experience as they continue on their journey to the Women’s National Team.
“If we can get three points out of the German team, which we almost did in 2014, that would put us in great space for game three against Venezuela,” said Humphries-Priestman. “That would allow us to prepare for the next stage and make sure we can put our best team out in the quarter-final match, fresh and ready to go.”
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 runs 30 September to 21 October, with 32 matches to be played at four stadiums in Amman, Irbid, and Al Zarqa. From 16 nations, eight will advance from the group phase to reach the quarter-finals, where Canada have landed three times in four previous trips.
Canada has qualified for every iteration of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and has made it to the quarter-finals, knock out stage of the competition in three of the four tournaments held to date.
Canada’s strength in women’s football is present at all levels. Canada is one of four countries in the world to have qualified for twelve or more FIFA women’s youth tournaments since 2002, including six trips to the quarter-finals and one silver medal at Canada 2002. Canada have also won four CONCACAF women's youth championships, with titles at the U-20 level (2004, 2008), U-17 level (2010), and U-15 level (2014).
From 2014-2016, Canada is the only nation in the world with top eight results in all women’s international competitions including the most recent FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Rio Olympics.
Canada Soccer's Women’s EXCEL Program, presented by Bell, brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-23 age groups, the program delivers an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.