Women's soccer in Canada
- For more in depth, albeit general information see Soccer in Canada.
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|Women's soccer in Canada|
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Soccer is not traditionally a major mainstream sport in Canada, but the sport is growing especially in places like Nova Scotia. Up to 85,000 girls participate in soccer, which is 41% of all youth in the country. The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was hosted in Canada.
Women's soccer was first introduced in Canada in 1922.
Soccer in Canada has often had to compete with Ice Hockey as a mainstream sport in Canada. In 1986 the Canadian Soccer Association designed a women's soccer program in preparation for the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament in China. Which acted as a qualifier for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup which Canada failed to qualify for. Canada won the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship tournament. In the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Canada played Japan in front off 23,000 people. In 2002 Canada lost in final of the Gold Cup to the US.
The senior women's national soccer team's best achievement is gaining a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, defeating France 1-0. The national team enjoys greater mainstream support than their male counterparts.
- Soccer in Canada
- Canadian Soccer Association
- National Women's Soccer League, the top U.S. women's league; the CSA is paying the league salaries of 16 Canadian national team members
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