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Canada women's national soccer team

The Canada women's national soccer team (French: Équipe du Canada féminine de soccer) is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Head coachKenneth Heiner-Møller
CaptainChristine Sinclair
Most capsChristine Sinclair (283)
Top scorerChristine Sinclair (182)
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 7 Decrease 2 (July 12, 2019)[1]
Highest4 (August–December 2016, June 2017, March 2018)
Lowest13 (December 2005)
First international
 United States 2–0 Canada 
(Blaine, United States; July 7, 1986)
Biggest win
 Canada 21–0 Puerto Rico 
(Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada; August 28, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 United States 9–1 Canada 
(Dallas, United States; May 19, 1995)
 United States 9–1 Canada 
(Sydney, Australia; June 2, 2000)
 Norway 9–1 Canada 
(Honefoss, Norway; June 19, 2001)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1995)
Best result4th place (2003)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions, 1998 and 2010
Olympics
Appearances3 (first in 2008)
Best resultBronze medal.svg Bronze: 2 (2012, 2016)

The team reached international prominence at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing in the third place match to the United States.[2] Canada qualified for its first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 2008, making it to the quarterfinals.[3] Canada are two-time CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions, and two-time Olympic bronze medalists from London 2012 where they defeated France 1–0 in Coventry and from Rio de Janeiro 2016, after defeating hosts Brazil 2–1 in São Paulo.[4]

A certain segment of the Canadian women's soccer fans are closely linked to the U-20 team (U-19 prior to 2006), partly due to Canada hosting the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, a tournament in which the team won silver in front of 47,784 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.[5] Canada also hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by England. Canada set the tournament and team record for attendance in the process, with 1,353,506 and 54,027 respectively.[6]

HistoryEdit

The Canada women's team played its first international on July 7, 1986, a 2–0 away loss to the United States.[7][8] The team's first major tournament was the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, where the team achieved one draw and two losses in group play and failed to advance.[9] Its first success in a major tournament was the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States, where Canada finished in fourth place, their first time reaching the semifinals of a major global tournament.[10] Canada's best finish in any major global tournament was its third-place finish at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[11] Canada hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, where they reached the quarterfinals.[12]

Captain Christine Sinclair has been called the "backbone" of the Canadian national team, earning her 250th cap in 2016, while ranking second worldwide in international goals scored by any player, man or woman.[13][14][15] She was named Canada Soccer's female player of the year every year from 2004 to 2014, and has been nominated for FIFA's Women's World Player of the Year.[16] Despite speculation otherwise, she confirmed in 2016 that she plans to compete in the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.[13] She also added prior to the 2016 Olympics that "The young players coming into this Olympic squad have brought an energy and passion to our team and they have risen the bar."[17]

RecordEdit

World CupEdit

Year Result Rank Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995 Group stage 10/12 3 0 1 2 5 13
  1999 Group stage 12/16 3 0 1 2 3 12
  2003 Fourth place 4/16 6 3 0 3 10 10
  2007 Group stage 9/16 3 1 1 1 7 4
  2011 Group stage 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 7
  2015 Quarter-finals 6/24 5 2 2 1 4 3
  2019 Round of 16 4 2 0 2 4 3
Total 7/8 27 8 5 14 34 52
 
The team defeated Brazil for the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Olympic GamesEdit

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000
  2004
  2008 Eighth place 4 1 1 2 5 6
  2012 Third Place 6 3 1 2 12 8
  2016 Third Place 6 5 0 1 10 5
Total 3/6 16 9 2 5 27 19

CONCACAF ChampionshipEdit

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1991 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 23 5
  1993 Third place 3 1 1 1 4 1
  1994 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 18 6
  1998 Champions 5 5 0 0 42 0
  2000 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 20 12
   2002 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 26 3
  2006 Runners-up 2 1 0 1 5 2
  2010 Champions 5 5 0 0 17 0
  2014 Did not participate
  2018 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 24 3
Total 9/10 39 29 1 9 179 32

Pan American GamesEdit

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1999 Fourth place 6 3 2 1 16 9
  2003 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 8 10
  2007 Third Place 6 4 0 2 25 11
  2011 Champions 5 3 2 0 7 3
  2015 Fourth place 5 1 0 4 6 9
  2019 Withdrew
Total 5/5 26 13 4 9 62 42

Minor tournamentsEdit

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[18]

Caps and goals are current as of June 24, 2019, after the match against   Sweden.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stephanie Labbé (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 32) 65 0   North Carolina Courage
18 1GK Kailen Sheridan (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 24) 7 0   Sky Blue FC
21 1GK Sabrina D'Angelo (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Vittsjö

2 2DF Allysha Chapman (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 30) 68 1   Houston Dash
3 2DF Kadeisha Buchanan (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 23) 92 4   Lyon
4 2DF Shelina Zadorsky (1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 (age 27) 56 1   Orlando Pride
5 2DF Rebecca Quinn (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 24) 51 5   Reign FC
8 2DF Jayde Riviere (2001-01-22) January 22, 2001 (age 18) 8 0   Markham SC
10 2DF Ashley Lawrence (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 24) 80 5   Paris Saint-Germain
20 2DF Shannon Woeller (1990-01-31) January 31, 1990 (age 29) 21 0   Eskilstuna United
22 2DF Lindsay Agnew (1995-03-31) March 31, 1995 (age 24) 11 0   Houston Dash
23 2DF Jenna Hellstrom (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 24) 4 0   KIF Örebro

7 3MF Julia Grosso (2000-08-29) August 29, 2000 (age 19) 16 0   Texas Longhorns
11 3MF Desiree Scott (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 32) 147 0   Utah Royals FC
13 3MF Sophie Schmidt (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 31) 188 19   Houston Dash
14 3MF Gabrielle Carle (1998-10-12) October 12, 1998 (age 20) 12 1   Florida State Seminoles
17 3MF Jessie Fleming (1998-03-11) March 11, 1998 (age 21) 69 9   UCLA Bruins

6 4FW Deanne Rose (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 20) 41 8   Florida Gators
9 4FW Jordyn Huitema (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 18) 22 6   Paris Saint-Germain
12 4FW Christine Sinclair (captain) (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 36) 286 182   Portland Thorns FC
15 4FW Nichelle Prince (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 24) 53 11   Houston Dash
16 4FW Janine Beckie (1994-08-20) August 20, 1994 (age 25) 60 25   Manchester City
19 4FW Adriana Leon (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 26) 60 15   West Ham United

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Erin McLeod (1983-02-26) February 26, 1983 (age 36) 118 0   SC Sand v.   Nigeria; April 8, 2019
GK Rylee Foster (1998-08-13) August 13, 1998 (age 21) 0 0   West Virginia Mountaineers 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO

DF Vanessa Gilles (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Bordeaux v.   Mexico; May 18, 2019
DF Jade Rose (2003-02-12) February 12, 2003 (age 16) 0 0   Unionville Milliken SC v.   Mexico; May 18, 2019
DF Emma Regan (2000-01-28) January 28, 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Texas Longhorns 2018 CONCACAF Championship
DF Maya Antoine (2001-08-08) August 8, 2001 (age 18) 0 0   REX Ontario 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
DF Kennedy Faulknor (1999-06-30) June 30, 1999 (age 20) 4 0   UCLA Bruins 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO

MF Diana Matheson (1984-04-06) April 6, 1984 (age 35) 203 18   Utah Royals FC v.   Mexico; May 18, 2019 PRE
MF Amandine Pierre-Louis (1995-02-18) February 18, 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Sky Blue FC 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
MF Sarah Stratigakis (1999-03-07) March 7, 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Michigan Wolverines 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
MF Danica Wu (1992-08-13) August 13, 1992 (age 27) 2 0   SGS Essen 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO

FW Maegan Kelly (1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 27) 5 0 unattached 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO
FW Kaila Novak (2002-03-24) March 24, 2002 (age 17) 0 0   FC London 2018 CONCACAF Championship PRO

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • PRO = Provisional roster

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Kenneth Heiner-Møller
Assistant coaches   Andrée Jeglertz
  Rhian Wilkinson
  Daniel Worthington
Goalkeeper coach   Simon Eaddy

Last updated: April 8, 2019
Source: [1]

ManagersEdit

Name Nation From To
Neil Turnbull   Canada 1986 1991
Sylvie Béliveau   Canada 1993 1995
Neil Turnbull   Canada 1996 1999
Even Pellerud   Norway 2000 2008
Carolina Morace   Italy 2009 2011
John Herdman   England 2011 2018
Kenneth Heiner-Møller   Denmark 2018 Present

Player recordsEdit

Bold players are still active. All records as of June 24, 2019[19]

All-time head to head recordEdit

Key
  Positive balance (more wins than losses)
  Neutral balance (as many wins as losses)
  Negative balance (more losses than wins)

The following table shows Canada's all-time official international record per opponent:

As of June 24, 2019[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Canadian soccer timeline from 2001 to 2004". Canada Soccer. May 27, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Canadian soccer timeline from 2005 to 2008". Canada Soccer. May 27, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "Women's Olympic Football Tournament, Rio 2016 - Matches - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 - Matches - Canada-USA - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Key figures from the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015". FIFA. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Larsen, Karin (June 6, 2015). "FIFA Women's World Cup brings back bittersweet memories for Canada's 1st national female soccer players". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Lisi, Clemente A. (2010). "The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story". Scarecrow Press. p. 131. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995 - Matches - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 - Matches - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Canadian women repeat as Olympic soccer bronze medallists". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "Canada gets 2015 Women's World Cup of soccer". cbc.ca. March 3, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Christine Sinclair says Rio Olympics won't be her last tournament – Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "Christine Sinclair gets heartfelt praise from Canadian soccer boss". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  15. ^ "Canadian soccer icon Christine Sinclair appointed to Order of Canada". CBC Sports. June 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Christine Sinclair". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. September 19, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  17. ^ "Christine Sinclair headlines Canada's Olympic soccer team". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  18. ^ "Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". CanadaSoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. May 25, 2019.
  19. ^ "Canada Soccer All-Time CANWNT List". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  20. ^ "Full Schedule & Results". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved June 24, 2019.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
1994 United States  
CONCACAF Champions
1998 (First title)
Succeeded by
2002 United States  
Preceded by
2006 United States  
CONCACAF Champions
2010 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2014 United States