Canada women's national soccer team

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Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Canadian Soccer Association
Confederation CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Head coach John Herdman[1]
Captain Christine Sinclair
Most caps Christine Sinclair (255)
Top scorer Christine Sinclair (167)
FIFA code CAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 5 Decrease 1 (March 24, 2017)
Highest 4 (August–December 2016)
Lowest 13 (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
Appearances 6 (first in 1995)
Best result 4th place (2003)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1991)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Winners: 2 (1998, 2010)
Olympics
Appearances 3 (first in 2008)
Best result Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 2 (2012, 2016)

The Canada women's national soccer team represents Canada in international soccer competitions at the senior women's level. The team is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

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]

History[edit]

The Canada women's team played its first international in 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]

Captain Christine Sinclair has been called the "backbone" of the Canadian national team, achieving her 250th cap in 16 years with the team in 2016.[12][13] 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.[14] Despite speculation otherwise, she confirmed in 2016 that she plans to compete in the 2019 Women's World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.[12] 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."[15]

Record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Year Result Rank Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995 Group stage 10/12 3 0 1 2 5 13
United States 1999 Group stage 12/16 3 0 1 2 3 12
United States 2003 Fourth place 4/16 6 3 0 3 10 10
China 2007 Group stage 9/16 3 1 1 1 7 4
Germany 2011 Group stage 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 7
Canada 2015 Quarterfinals 6/24 5 2 2 1 4 3
Total 6/7 23 6 5 12 30 49

Olympic Games[edit]

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

CONCACAF Championship[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Haiti 1991 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 23 5
Canada 1994 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 18 6
Canada 1998 Champions 5 5 0 0 42 0
United StatesCanada 2002 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 26 3
United States 2006 Runners-up 2 1 0 1 5 2
Mexico 2010 Champions 5 5 0 0 17 0
United States 2014 Did not participate
Total 6/7 26 22 0 4 131 16

Minor tournaments[edit]

Recent schedule and results[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been named to the squad for the 2017 Algarve Cup.[16]

Head coach: England John Herdman

Caps and goals are current as of March 8, 2017 after match against  Spain.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sabrina D'Angelo (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 23) 5 0 United States North Carolina Courage
1GK Stephanie Labbé (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 30) 40 0 United States Washington Spirit
1GK Kailen Sheridan (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 21) 2 0 United States Sky Blue FC

2DF Ashley Lawrence (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 21) 50 4 France PSG
2DF Kadeisha Buchanan (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 21) 67 3 France Lyon
2DF Rebecca Quinn (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 21) 29 3 United States Duke Blue Devils
2DF Shelina Zadorsky (1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 (age 24) 27 1 United States Washington Spirit
2DF Allysha Chapman (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 28) 41 1 United States Boston Breakers
2DF Hannah Taylor (1999-06-07) June 7, 1999 (age 17) 0 0 United States Eastside FC

3MF Jessie Fleming (1998-03-11) March 11, 1998 (age 19) 41 3 United States UCLA Bruins
3MF Marie Levasseur (1997-05-18) May 18, 1997 (age 19) 5 0 United States Memphis Tigers
3MF Sophie Schmidt (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 28) 159 18 Germany 1. FFC Frankfurt
3MF Desiree Scott (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 29) 122 0 United States FC Kansas City
3MF Sarah Stratigakis (1999-03-07) March 7, 1999 (age 18) 2 0 Canada Aurora United SC

4FW Lindsay Agnew (1995-03-31) March 31, 1995 (age 21) 2 0 United States Washington Spirit
4FW Janine Beckie (1994-08-20) August 20, 1994 (age 22) 30 14 United States Houston Dash
4FW Gabrielle Carle (1998-10-12) October 12, 1998 (age 18) 9 1 Canada CS Lévis-Est
4FW Jordyn Huitema (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 15) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4FW Alex Lamontagne (1996-07-27) July 27, 1996 (age 20) 2 0 United States Syracuse Orange
4FW Deanne Rose (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 18) 24 5 Canada Scarborough GS United
4FW Nichelle Prince (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 22) 25 6 United States Houston Dash
4FW Christine Sinclair (c) (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 33) 255 167 United States Portland Thorns FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

DF Josée Bélanger (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 30) 57 7 Unattached v.  Mexico, February 4, 2017
DF Ashley Cathro 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC v.  Mexico, February 4, 2017
DF Marie-Ève Nault (1982-02-16) February 16, 1982 (age 35) 71 1 Retired v.  Mexico, February 4, 2017
DF Rhian Wilkinson (1982-05-12) May 12, 1982 (age 34) 181 7 Retired v.  Mexico, February 4, 2017
DF Amandine Pierre-Louis (1995-02-18) February 18, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 United States West Virginia Mountaineers Conditioning and assessment camp, January 2017

MF Diana Matheson (1984-04-06) April 6, 1984 (age 32) 191 17 United States Seattle Reign FC v.  Mexico, February 4, 2017
MF Kaylyn Kyle (1988-10-06) October 6, 1988 (age 28) 101 6 Unattached 2016 Summer Olympics ALT

FW Melissa Tancredi (1981-12-27) December 27, 1981 (age 35) 125 27 Retired v.  Mexico, February 4, 2017
FW Adriana Leon (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 24) 38 5 United States Boston Breakers Conditioning and assessment camp, January 2017
FW Valérie Sanderson (1995-03-16) March 16, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Unattached Conditioning and assessment camp, January 2017
FW Summer Clarke (1995-09-15) September 15, 1995 (age 21) 1 1 Unattached 2016 Algarve Cup

Notes:

  • ALT = Alternate

Player records[edit]

Bold players are still active

Former coaches[edit]

  • Canada Neil Turnbull, 1986–1991 and 1996–1999 (including one FIFA Women's World Cup)
  • Canada Sylvie Béliveau, 1993–1995 (including one FIFA Women's World Cup)
  • Canada Ian Bridge, two matches in 2007 (with Even Pellerud at one FIFA Women's World Cup)
  • Norway Even Pellerud, 2000–2008 (including two FIFA Women's World Cups)
  • Italy Carolina Morace, 2009–2011 (including one FIFA Women's World Cup)

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of March 9, 2017 [citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada vs. France: Olympic soccer bronze medal made out of heart". National Post. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  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.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 - Matches - Canada-USA - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. 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". CBC. 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.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 - Matches - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Canadian women repeat as Olympic soccer bronze medallists". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Christine Sinclair says Rio Olympics won't be her last tournament – Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Christine Sinclair gets heartfelt praise from Canadian soccer boss". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Christine Sinclair". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. September 19, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Christine Sinclair headlines Canada's Olympic soccer team". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster | Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 

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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