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 Kenneth Heiner-Møller
Captain Christine Sinclair
Most caps Christine Sinclair (268)
Top scorer Christine Sinclair (173)
FIFA code CAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 5 Decrease 1 (June 22, 2018)
Highest 4 (August–December 2016, June 2017, March 2018)
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 (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).

The team reached international prominence at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing in the third place match to the United States.[1] Canada qualified for its first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 2008, making it to the quarterfinals.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

History[edit]

The Canada women's team played its first international in 1986, a 2–0 away loss to the United States.[6][7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Canada's best finish in any major global tournament was its third-place finish at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[10]

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.[11][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.[11] 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
France 2019 To Be Determined
Total 6/8 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
United States 1993 - 3 1 1 1 4 1
Canada 1994 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 18 6
Canada 1998 Champions 5 5 0 0 42 0
United States 2000 Group stage 5 2 0 3 20 12
CanadaUnited States 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 8/9 34 25 1 8 155 29

Pan American Games[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Canada 1999 4th place 6 3 2 1 16 9
Dominican Republic 2003 2nd place 4 2 0 2 8 10
Brazil 2007 3rd place 6 4 0 2 25 11
Mexico 2011 1st place 5 3 2 0 7 3
Canada 2015 4th place 5 1 0 4 6 9
Peru 2019 Qualified
Total 5/5 26 13 4 9 62 42

Minor tournaments[edit]

Recent schedule and results[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were named to the pre-tournament camp for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.[16] A 20-player final roster will be named prior to the start of the event.

Head coach: Denmark Kenneth Heiner-Møller

Caps and goals are current as of September 2, 2018, after the match against  Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Erin McLeod (1983-02-26) February 26, 1983 (age 35) 116 0 Germany SC Sand
1GK Sabrina D'Angelo (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 25) 5 0 United States North Carolina Courage
1GK Stephanie Labbé (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 31) 52 0 Sweden Linköping

2DF Allysha Chapman (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 29) 53 1 United States Houston Dash
2DF Ashley Lawrence (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 23) 63 5 France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Emma Regan (2000-01-28) January 28, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 United States Texas Longhorns
2DF Jenna Hellstrom (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Sweden Växjö
2DF Kadeisha Buchanan (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 22) 78 3 France Lyon
2DF Lindsay Agnew (1995-03-31) March 31, 1995 (age 23) 8 0 United States Houston Dash
2DF Rebecca Quinn (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 23) 39 3 United States Washington Spirit
2DF Shelina Zadorsky (1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 (age 26) 40 1 United States Orlando Pride

3MF Desiree Scott (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 31) 135 0 United States Utah Royals FC
3MF Diana Matheson (1984-04-06) April 6, 1984 (age 34) 196 17 United States Utah Royals FC
3MF Jessie Fleming (1998-03-11) March 11, 1998 (age 20) 53 6 United States UCLA Bruins
3MF Julia Grosso (2000-08-29) August 29, 2000 (age 18) 6 0 United States Texas Longhorns
3MF Sophie Schmidt (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 30) 171 18 Unattached

4FW Adriana Leon (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 25) 50 8 United States Seattle Reign FC
4FW Christine Sinclair (captain) (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 35) 269 173 United States Portland Thorns FC
4FW Deanne Rose (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 19) 33 7 United States Florida Gators
4FW Gabrielle Carle (1998-10-12) October 12, 1998 (age 19) 9 1 United States Florida State Seminoles
4FW Janine Beckie (1994-08-20) August 20, 1994 (age 24) 44 22 England Manchester City
4FW Jordyn Huitema (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 17) 12 2 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
4FW Nichelle Prince (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 23) 39 7 United States Houston Dash

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
GK Kailen Sheridan (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 23) 5 0 United States Sky Blue FC 2018 Algarve Cup

DF Ariel Young (2001-08-30) August 30, 2001 (age 17) 1 0 Canada Ottawa Fury FC v.  United States; November 12, 2017
DF Jayde Riviere (2001-01-11) January 11, 2001 (age 17) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite v.  Brazil; September 2, 2018
DF Maya Antoine (2001-08-08) August 8, 2001 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite v.  Brazil; September 2, 2018
DF Shannon Woeller (1990-01-31) January 31, 1990 (age 28) 20 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United v.  Brazil; September 2, 2018

FW Amelia Pietrangelo (1993-07-14) July 14, 1993 (age 25) 6 1 Germany Jena v.  Norway; November 28, 2017
FW Maegan Kelley (1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 26) 5 0 unattached 2018 Algarve Cup


Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Denmark Kenneth Heiner-Møller
Assistant Coach Canada Bev Priestman

Last updated: January 8, 2018
Source:[1]

Former head 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)
  • England John Herdman, 2011–2018 (including one FIFA Women's World Cup)

Player records[edit]

Bold players are still active

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of June 10, 2018

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian soccer timeline from 2001 to 2004". Canada Soccer. May 27, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Canadian soccer timeline from 2005 to 2008". Canada Soccer. May 27, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ FIFA.com. "Women's Olympic Football Tournament, Rio 2016 - Matches - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 - Matches - Canada-USA - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Key figures from the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015". FIFA. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Lisi, Clemente A. (2010). "The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story". Scarecrow Press. p. 131. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup Sweden 1995 - Matches - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 - Matches - FIFA". FIFA. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Canadian women repeat as Olympic soccer bronze medallists". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Christine Sinclair says Rio Olympics won't be her last tournament – Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Christine Sinclair gets heartfelt praise from Canadian soccer boss". Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Canadian soccer icon Christine Sinclair appointed to Order of Canada". CBC Sports. June 30, 2017. 
  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. Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  16. ^ https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-set-to-open-pre-tournament-camp-in-texas-ahead-of-2018-concacaf-women-s-championship-p161809

External links[edit]

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