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 coachBev Priestman
CaptainChristine Sinclair
Most capsChristine Sinclair (310)
Top scorerChristine Sinclair (189)
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady (March 25, 2022)[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 resultFourth place (2003)
CONCACAF Women's Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (1998, 2010)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultGold medal.svg Gold: (2020)

The team reached international prominence at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing in the bronze medal 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's most significant achievement has been winning the gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The team is also two-time CONCACAF Women's Championship winners, and two-time Olympic bronze medallists.[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 match 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 hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, where they reached the quarterfinals.[11] The Canadian team won the bronze medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics,[12] and its best finish in any major global tournament was its gold medal victory at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[13]

Captain Christine Sinclair has been called the "backbone" of the Canadian national team, earning her 250th cap in 2016, while ranking first worldwide in international goals scored by any player, man or woman.[14][15][16] 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.[17] Despite speculation otherwise, she confirmed in 2016 that she plans to compete in the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.[14] 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."[18]

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture

2021Edit

June 11 Friendly Canada   0–0   Czech Republic Cartagena, Spain
11:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Estadio Cartagonova
June 14 Friendly Brazil   0–0   Canada Cartagena, Spain
13:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Estadio Cartagonova
July 14 Pre-Olympic training Netherlands   3–3   Canada Kamogawa, Japan
Report (CBC)
Report (Oranje) Report (CanadaSoccer)
Stadium: Kamogawa Athletic Field
July 21 Olympics GS Japan   1–1   Canada Sapporo, Japan
19:30 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
July 24 Olympics GS Chile   1–2   Canada Sapporo, Japan
16:30 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
July 27 Olympics GS Canada   1–1   Great Britain Kashima, Japan
20:00 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Kashima Stadium
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
July 30 Olympics QF Canada   0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
  Brazil Rifu, Japan
17:00 Report Stadium: Miyagi Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
Penalties
August 2 Olympics SF United States   0–1   Canada Kashima, Japan
Report
Stadium: Kashima Stadium
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
October 23 Friendly Canada   5–1   New Zealand Ottawa
15:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: TD Place Stadium
Referee: Danielle Chesky (United States)
October 26 Friendly Canada   1–0   New Zealand Montreal
19:30 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Saputo Stadium
Referee: Diana Stephanía Pérez Borja (Mexico)
November 27 Friendly Mexico   2–1   Canada Mexico City, Mexico
11:00 UTC−6
Report
Stadium: Centro de Alto Rendimiento
Referee: Francia Maria Gonzalez (Mexico)
November 30 Friendly Mexico   0–0   Canada Mexico City, Mexico
16:30 UTC−6 Report Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de los Deportes
Referee: Katia García (Mexico)

2022Edit

February 17 Arnold Clark Cup England   1–1   Canada Middlesbrough, England
19:30 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 8,769
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
February 20 Arnold Clark Cup Canada   1–0   Germany Norwich, England
20:15 UTC±0
Report Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 119
Referee: Emikar Caldera (Venezuela)
February 23 Arnold Clark Cup Spain   1–0   Canada Wolverhampton, England
14:30 UTC±0
Report Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)
April 8 Friendly Canada   2–0   Nigeria Vancouver
19:30 UTC−7
Report Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 20,601
Referee: Lizzet Amairany García Olvera (Mexico)
April 11 Friendly Canada   2–2   Nigeria Langford
19:30 UTC−7
Report
Stadium: Starlight Stadium
Attendance: 5,434
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)

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 April 10, 2021[19]

StaffEdit

Current staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Bev Priestman
Assistant coach   Richie Kyle
Assistant coach   Melissa Tancredi
Goalkeeper coach   Michael Norris
Performance analyst   Jasmine Mander

Source:[citation needed]

[20][21]

Head coachesEdit

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 2020
Bev Priestman   England 2020 present

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following 29 players were named to the squad for the friendlies against   Nigeria on April 8 and 11, 2022.[22]
  • Caps and goals are current as of April 11, 2022 after the match against   Nigeria.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Erin McLeod (1983-02-26) February 26, 1983 (age 39) 123 0   Orlando Pride
1GK Stephanie Labbé (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 35) 87 0 Retired
1GK Kailen Sheridan (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 26) 24 0   San Diego Wave
1GK Sabrina D'Angelo (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 29) 10 0   Vittsjö GIK

2DF Kadeisha Buchanan (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 26) 118 4   Lyon
2DF Ashley Lawrence (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 26) 105 7   Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Allysha Chapman (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 33) 89 1   Houston Dash
2DF Shelina Zadorsky (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 29) 82 3   Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Gabrielle Carle (1998-10-12) October 12, 1998 (age 23) 34 1   Kristianstads DFF
2DF Jayde Riviere (2001-01-22) January 22, 2001 (age 21) 31 1   Michigan Wolverines
2DF Vanessa Gilles (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 (age 26) 19 2   Angel City FC
2DF Sura Yekka (1997-01-04) January 4, 1997 (age 25) 12 0   Le Havre
2DF Zoe Burns (2002-01-05) January 5, 2002 (age 20) 1 0   USC Trojans

3MF Sophie Schmidt (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 33) 213 19   Houston Dash
3MF Desiree Scott (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 34) 176 0   Kansas City
3MF Jessie Fleming (1998-03-11) March 11, 1998 (age 24) 99 15   Chelsea
3MF Quinn (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 26) 78 5   OL Reign
3MF Julia Grosso (2000-08-29) August 29, 2000 (age 21) 37 0   Juventus
3MF Sarah Stratigakis (1999-03-07) March 7, 1999 (age 23) 6 1   Vittsjö GIK
3MF Victoria Pickett (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 (age 25) 3 0   Kansas City
3MF Marie-Yasmine Alidou (1995-04-28) April 28, 1995 (age 27) 1 0   Sturm Graz

4FW Christine Sinclair (captain) (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 38) 310 189   Portland Thorns
4FW Janine Beckie (1994-08-20) August 20, 1994 (age 27) 88 34   Portland Thorns
4FW Adriana Leon (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 29) 80 23   West Ham United
4FW Nichelle Prince (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 27) 79 13   Houston Dash
4FW Deanne Rose (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 23) 68 12   Reading
4FW Jordyn Huitema (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 21) 49 14   Paris Saint-Germain
4FW Évelyne Viens (1997-02-06) February 6, 1997 (age 25) 13 2   Kristianstads DFF
4FW Cloé Lacasse (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 28) 6 0   Benfica

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 Devon Kerr (1997-03-07) March 7, 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Washington Spirit 2022 Arnold Clark Cup

DF Jade Rose (2003-02-12) February 12, 2003 (age 19) 2 0   Harvard Crimson v.   Mexico; November 30, 2021
DF Bianca St. Georges (1997-07-28) July 28, 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Chicago Red Stars v.   Brazil; June 14, 2021

MF Nikayla Small (2003-03-24) March 24, 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Wake Forest Demon Deacons v.   Mexico; November 30, 2021
MF Jordyn Listro (1995-08-10) August 10, 1995 (age 26) 2 0 Unattached v.   Brazil; June 14, 2021

FW Tanya Boychuk (2000-06-20) June 20, 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Memphis Tigers 2022 Arnold Clark Cup
FW Marie Levasseur (1997-05-18) May 18, 1997 (age 24) 9 0   FC Fleury v.   Mexico; November 30, 2021
FW Amanda West (2001-02-11) February 11, 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Pittsburgh Panthers v.   Mexico; November 30, 2021

RecordsEdit

Bold players are still active.

As of August 6, 2021[23]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
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 11/24 4 2 0 2 4 3
   2023 To be determined
Total 7/9 Best: 4th 27 8 5 14 34 52
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
 
The team defeated Brazil for the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Olympic GamesEdit

Summer Olympics record
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
  2020 Champions 6 2 4 0 6 4
  2024 TBD
Total 4/7 22 11 6 5 33 23
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

CONCACAF Women's ChampionshipEdit

CONCACAF Women's Championship record
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
  2022 Group stage 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10/11 39 29 1 9 179 32
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
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
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Minor tournamentsEdit

SheBelieves CupEdit

The SheBelieves Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted in the United States.

  SheBelieves Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
2021 Third Place 3 1 0 2 1 3   Bev Priestman
Total 1/6 3 1 0 2 1 3

Arnold Clark CupEdit

The Arnold Clark Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted in England.

  Arnold Clark Cup record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
2022 Third Place 3 1 1 1 2 2   Bev Priestman
Total 1/1 3 1 1 1 2 2

FIFA World RankingEdit

A line chart depicting the history of Canada's year-end placements in the FIFA World Rankings.

Last update was on June 25, 2021 Source:[24]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

  Canada's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
8 2021
8 2020 8   8  
8 2019 5   8   2
5 2018 4   1 5   1
5 2017 4   1 5   1
4 2016 4   6 10  
11 2015 8   1 11   3
9 2014 7   9   1
7 2013 7   1 8   1
7 2012 7   7  
7 2011 6   3 9   2
9 2010 9   4 13   2
12 2009 11   1 13   2
11 2008 9   11   1
9 2007 9   1 10  
11 2006 10   1 12   1
13 2005 11   13   1
11 2004 11   1 12   1
11 2003 11   2 12  

HonoursEdit

IntercontinentalEdit

  Gold medalist (1): 2020
  Bronze medalist (2): 2012, 2016

ContinentalEdit

  Champion (2): 1998, 2010

See alsoEdit

National teams
Women's
Men's
League system

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by CONCACAF Champions
1998 (First title)
Succeeded by
Preceded by CONCACAF Champions
2010 (Second title)
Succeeded by