Canada women's national soccer team

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Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Head coachBev Priestman
CaptainChristine Sinclair
Most capsChristine Sinclair (304)
Top scorerChristine Sinclair (187)
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Increase 2 (August 20, 2021)[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 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 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 are Olympic gold medallists, two-time CONCACAF Women's Championship winners, and two-time Olympic bronze medallists 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 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 fixtures[edit]

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

2021[edit]

February 18 SheBelieves Cup United States  1–0  Canada Orlando, United States
19:00 ET
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 3,104
Referee: Francia González (Mexico)
February 21 SheBelieves Cup Argentina  0–1  Canada Orlando, United States
18:00 ET Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 1,348
Referee: Tori Penso (United States)
February 24 SheBelieves Cup Canada  0–2  Brazil Orlando, United States
16:00 ET Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 1,409
Referee: Danielle Chesky (United States)
April 9 Friendly Wales  0–3  Canada Cardiff, Wales
18:00 Report
Stadium: Leckwith Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kirsty Dowle (England)
April 13 Friendly England  0–2  Canada Stoke-on-Trent, England
19:15 Report
Stadium: Bet365 Stadium
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)
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 Japan
Report (CBC)
Report (Oranje) Report (CanadaSoccer)
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)
October 23 Friendly Canada  5–1  New Zealand Ottawa
15:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: TD Place Stadium

2022[edit]

July CONCACAF W Championship Canada  v TBD TBD
July CONCACAF W Championship Canada  v TBD TBD
July CONCACAF W Championship Canada  v TBD TBD

Head-to-head record[edit]

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]

Staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

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

Source:[citation needed]

[20][21]

Head coaches[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following 26 players were named to the squad for the friendlies against  New Zealand on October 23 and 26, 2021.[22]
  • Caps and goals are current as of July 24, 2021 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 35) 84 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
2 2DF Allysha Chapman (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 32) 84 1 United States Houston Dash
3 2DF Kadeisha Buchanan (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 25) 109 4 France Lyon
4 2DF Shelina Zadorsky (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 29) 78 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
5 3MF Quinn (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 26) 69 5 United States OL Reign
6 4FW Deanne Rose (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 22) 61 10 England Reading
7 3MF Julia Grosso (2000-08-29) August 29, 2000 (age 21) 30 0 United States Texas Longhorns
8 2DF Jayde Riviere (2001-01-22) January 22, 2001 (age 20) 26 1 United States Michigan Wolverines
9 4FW Adriana Leon (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 29) 76 20 England West Ham United
10 2DF Ashley Lawrence (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 26) 101 7 France Paris Saint-Germain
11 3MF Desiree Scott (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 34) 167 0 United States Kansas City
12 4FW Christine Sinclair (captain) (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 38) 304 187 United States Portland Thorns
13 4FW Évelyne Viens (1997-02-06) February 6, 1997 (age 24) 12 2 United States Gotham FC
14 2DF Vanessa Gilles (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 (age 25) 12 0 France Bordeaux
15 4FW Nichelle Prince (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 26) 72 12 United States Houston Dash
16 4FW Janine Beckie (1994-08-20) August 20, 1994 (age 27) 81 33 England Manchester City
17 3MF Jessie Fleming (1998-03-11) March 11, 1998 (age 23) 90 13 England Chelsea
18 1GK Kailen Sheridan (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 26) 16 0 United States Gotham FC
19 4FW Jordyn Huitema (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 20) 41 13 France Paris Saint-Germain
20 3MF Sophie Schmidt (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 33) 208 19 United States Houston Dash
21 2DF Gabrielle Carle (1998-10-12) October 12, 1998 (age 23) 29 1 United States Florida State Seminoles
22 1GK Erin McLeod (1983-02-26) February 26, 1983 (age 38) 122 0 United States Orlando Pride
2DF Jade Rose (2003-02-12) February 12, 2003 (age 18) 2 0 United States Harvard Crimson
3MF Victoria Pickett (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 (age 25) 0 0 United States Kansas City
3MF Nikayla Small United States Wake Forest Demon Deacons
4FW Marie Levasseur France FC Fleury

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 Sabrina D'Angelo (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 28) 8 0 Sweden Vittsjö GIK v.  Brazil; June 14, 2021
GK Rylee Foster (1998-08-13) August 13, 1998 (age 23) 0 0 England Liverpool v.  England, April 13, 2021

DF Bianca St. Georges (1997-07-28) July 28, 1997 (age 24) 1 0 United States Chicago Red Stars v.  Brazil; June 14, 2021
DF Lindsay Agnew (1995-03-31) March 31, 1995 (age 26) 15 0 United States North Carolina Courage v.  England, April 13, 2021

MF Jordyn Listro (1995-08-10) August 10, 1995 (age 26) 2 0 United States Kansas City v.  Brazil; June 14, 2021
MF Sarah Stratigakis (1999-03-07) March 7, 1999 (age 22) 6 1 United States Michigan Wolverines v.  Brazil; June 14, 2021
MF Samantha Chang (2000-07-13) July 13, 2000 (age 21) 1 0 United States South Carolina Gamecocks v.  England, April 13, 2021
MF Diana Matheson (1984-04-06) April 6, 1984 (age 37) 206 19 United States Kansas City 2021 SheBelieves Cup PRE

FW Cloé Lacasse (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Brazil; June 14, 2021
FW Jenna Hellstrom (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Sweden KIF Örebro v.  England, April 13, 2021
FW Olivia Smith (2004-08-05) August 5, 2004 (age 17) 2 0 Canada Super REX Ontario 2021 SheBelieves Cup PRE

Notes:

  • ALT = Alternate
  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Records[edit]

Bold players are still active.

As of August 6, 2021[23]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup record
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 Quarter-finals 6/24 5 2 2 1 4 3
France 2019 Round of 16 11/24 4 2 0 2 4 3
AustraliaNew Zealand 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 Games[edit]

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws* Losses GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
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
Japan 2020 Champions 6 2 4 0 6 4
Total 4/7 22 11 6 5 33 23
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

CONCACAF Women's Championship[edit]

CONCACAF Women's Championship record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws* Losses GF GA
Haiti 1991 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 23 5
United States 1993 Third place 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 Fourth place 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
United States 2018 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 24 3
TBD 2022 Qualified
Total 10/11 39 29 1 9 179 32
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws* Losses GF GA
Canada 1999 Fourth place 6 3 2 1 16 9
Dominican Republic 2003 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 8 10
Brazil 2007 Third place 6 4 0 2 25 11
Mexico 2011 Champions 5 3 2 0 7 3
Canada 2015 Fourth place 5 1 0 4 6 9
Peru 2019 Withdrew
Total 5/5 26 13 4 9 62 42
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Minor tournaments[edit]

SheBelieves Cup[edit]

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

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

FIFA World Ranking[edit]

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 Steady 8 Steady
8 2019 5 Steady 8 Decrease 2
5 2018 4 Increase 1 5 Decrease 1
5 2017 4 Increase 1 5 Decrease 1
4 2016 4 Increase 6 10 Steady
11 2015 8 Increase 1 11 Decrease 3
9 2014 7 Steady 9 Decrease 1
7 2013 7 Increase 1 8 Decrease 1
7 2012 7 Steady 7 Steady
7 2011 6 Increase 3 9 Decrease 2
9 2010 9 Increase 4 13 Decrease 2
12 2009 11 Increase 1 13 Decrease 2
11 2008 9 Steady 11 Decrease 1
9 2007 9 Increase 1 10 Steady
11 2006 10 Increase 1 12 Decrease 1
13 2005 11 Steady 13 Decrease 1
11 2004 11 Increase 1 12 Decrease 1
11 2003 11 Increase 2 12 Steady

Honours[edit]

Intercontinental[edit]

Med 1.png Gold medalist (1): 2020
Med 3.png Bronze medalist (2): 2012, 2016

Continental[edit]

Med 1.png Champion (2): 1998, 2010

See also[edit]

National teams
Women's
Men's
League system

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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