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 (319)
Top scorerChristine Sinclair (190)
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 7 Steady (October 13, 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
Appearances8 (first in 1995)
Best resultFourth place (2003)
CONCACAF Women's Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (1998, 2010)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultGold medal.svg Gold: (2020)
WebsiteOfficial website

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'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]

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]

November 27 Friendly Mexico  2–1  Canada Mexico City, Mexico
11:00 UTC−6
  • Mayor 19' (pen.)
  • Cervantes 76'
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)

2022[edit]

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)
September 3 Friendly Australia  0–1  Canada Brisbane, Australia
14:45 UTC+10 Report
Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 25,016
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
September 6 Friendly Australia  1–2  Canada Sydney, Australia
19:40 UTC+10
Report
Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 26,997
Referee: Park Sejin (South Korea)
October 6 Friendly Canada  2–0  Argentina Cádiz, Spain
19:30 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Estadio El Palmar
October 10 Friendly Canada  4–0  Morocco Jerez, Spain
16:30 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Chapín
November 11 Friendly Brazil  1–2  Canada Santos, Brazil
1:15 PM Debinha 33' Report Zadorsky 21'
Leon 29'
Stadium: Vila Belmiro
Attendance: 3768
Referee: Gabriela Coronel
November 15 Friendly Brazil  2–1  Canada São Paulo, Brazil
Beatriz 41'
Ana Vitória 90+1'
Report Lawrence 60' (pen.) Stadium: Neo Química Arena
Attendance: 19,589
Referee: Laura Fortunato

2023[edit]

September CONCACAF Olympic play-in 1st Leg Jamaica  v  Canada Jamaica
Stadium: TBD
September CONCACAF Olympic play-in 2nd Leg Canada  v  Jamaica Canada
Stadium: 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 November 11, 2022[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 Jen Hurst
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 players were called up for the friendlies against  Brazil on November 11 and 15.[22] Caps and goals are current as of November 15, 2022 after the match against  Brazil.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sabrina D'Angelo (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 29) 12 0 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
1GK Lysianne Proulx (1999-04-17) April 17, 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Portugal Torreense
1GK Kailen Sheridan (1995-07-16) July 16, 1995 (age 27) 31 0 United States San Diego Wave

2DF Kadeisha Buchanan (1995-11-05) November 5, 1995 (age 27) 128 4 England Chelsea
2DF Gabrielle Carle (1998-10-12) October 12, 1998 (age 24) 35 1 Sweden Kristianstads DFF
2DF Ashley Lawrence (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 27) 113 8 France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Marie Levasseur (1997-05-18) May 18, 1997 (age 25) 9 0 France FC Fleury
2DF Ella Ottey (2005-08-12) August 12, 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Canada NDC Ontario
2DF Bianca St-Georges (1997-07-28) July 28, 1997 (age 25) 7 0 United States Chicago Red Stars
2DF Sura Yekka (1997-01-04) January 4, 1997 (age 25) 18 0 France Le Havre
2DF Shelina Zadorsky (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 30) 87 4 England Tottenham Hotspur

3MF Jessie Fleming (1998-03-11) March 11, 1998 (age 24) 111 19 England Chelsea
3MF Julia Grosso (2000-08-29) August 29, 2000 (age 22) 46 3 Italy Juventus
3MF Quinn (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 27) 88 5 United States OL Reign
3MF Sophie Schmidt (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 34) 218 20 United States Houston Dash
3MF Desiree Scott (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 35) 185 0 United States Kansas City Current
3MF Christine Sinclair (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 39) 319 190 United States Portland Thorns

4FW Amanda Allen (2005-02-21) February 21, 2005 (age 17) 1 0 Canada NDC Ontario
4FW Annabelle Chukwu (2007-02-08) February 8, 2007 (age 15) 0 0 Canada NDC Ontario
4FW Jordyn Huitema (2001-05-08) May 8, 2001 (age 21) 60 15 United States OL Reign
4FW Cloé Lacasse (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 29) 15 1 Portugal Benfica
4FW Clarissa Larisey (1999-07-02) July 2, 1999 (age 23) 4 1 Scotland Celtic
4FW Adriana Leon (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 30) 92 28 England Manchester United
4FW Nichelle Prince (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 27) 90 13 United States Houston Dash
4FW Evelyne Viens (1997-02-06) February 6, 1997 (age 25) 14 3 Sweden Kristianstads DFF

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 Anna Karpenko (2002-04-10) April 10, 2002 (age 20) 0 0 United States Harvard Crimson v.  South Korea; 26 June 2022
GK Erin McLeod (1983-02-26) February 26, 1983 (age 39) 119 0 United States Orlando Pride v.  Nigeria; 11 April 2022
GK Stephanie LabbéRET (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 36) 87 0 Retired v.  Nigeria; 11 April 2022
GK Devon Kerr (1997-07-03) July 3, 1997 (age 25) 0 0 United States Washington Spirit 2022 Arnold Clark Cup

DF Allysha Chapman (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 33) 93 2 United States Houston Dash v.  Morocco; 10 October 2022
DF Vanessa Gilles (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 (age 26) 22 2 France Lyon v.  United States; 18 July 2022
DF Jayde Riviere (2001-01-22) January 22, 2001 (age 21) 36 1 United States Michigan Wolverines v.  United States; 18 July 2022
DF Jade Rose (2003-02-12) February 12, 2003 (age 19) 4 0 United States Harvard Crimson v.  Morocco; 10 October 2022

MF Marie-Yasmine Alidou (1995-04-28) April 28, 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Austria Sturm Graz v.  South Korea; 26 June 2022
MF Simi Awujo (2003-09-23) September 23, 2003 (age 19) 3 0 United States USC Trojans v.  Morocco; 10 October 2022
MF Zoe Burns (2002-01-05) January 5, 2002 (age 20) 2 0 United States USC Trojans v.  Morocco; 10 October 2022
MF Victoria Pickett (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 (age 26) 3 0 United States NJ/NY Gotham FC v.  Nigeria; 11 April 2022
MF Nikayla Small (2003-03-24) March 24, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 United States Wake Forest Demon Deacons v.  Mexico; November 30, 2021
MF Sarah Stratigakis (1999-03-07) March 7, 1999 (age 23) 5 1 Sweden Vittsjö GIK v.  Morocco; 10 October 2022

FW Janine Beckie (1994-08-20) August 20, 1994 (age 28) 98 36 United States Portland Thorns v.  Morocco; 10 October 2022
FW Tanya Boychuk (2000-06-20) June 20, 2000 (age 22) 0 0 United States Memphis Tigers 2022 Arnold Clark Cup
DF Deanne Rose (1999-03-03) March 3, 1999 (age 23) 73 10 England Reading v.  United States; 18 July 2022
FW Amanda West (2001-02-11) February 11, 2001 (age 21) 0 0 United States Pittsburgh Panthers v.  Mexico; November 30, 2021

  • INJ = Injured
  • RET = Retired
  • NE = No longer eligible

Records[edit]

Bold players are still active.

As of October 10, 2022[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 Qualified
Total 8/9 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
France 2024 TBD
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
Mexico 2022 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 12 1
Total 10/11 44 33 1 10 191 33
*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 soccer 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

Arnold Clark Cup[edit]

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

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

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 July 12, 20221 Source:[24]

  Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

Canada's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
6 2021 6 Increase 2 8 Steady
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