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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg and Toronto

Posted on 16 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June More

Canada Soccer Celebrates Women’s Leadership and puts upcoming home matches on sale

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer is celebrating International Women’s Day at home and abroad with activities and offerings aimed at promoting women’s soccer. More

Canada places second at Algarve Cup 2017

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:1 Spain More

Algarve Cup 2017 Final Preview: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces Spain

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada v Spain at the Algarve Cup final More

Canada Soccer to face Spain in Algarve Cup 2017 Championship Final

Posted on 6 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:0 Portugal More

Canada Soccer defeats Russia 2-1 in second Algarve Cup 2017 group stage match

Posted on 3 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 2:1 Russia More

Canada Soccer defeats Denmark 1-0 in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup

Posted on 1 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:0 Denmark More

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team's Diana Matheson elects surgery

Posted on 28 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Statement from Diana Matheson More

Preview: Canada Soccer faces Denmark in opening match of the Algarve Cup 2017

Posted on 28 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women's Cup features 12 nations broken out into three groups, with Canada facing Denmark, Portugal and Russia More

Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster

Posted on 21 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title More

Canada Soccer announces April Women’s National Team match against Sweden

Posted on 9 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will play Sweden 6 April 2017 in Trelleborg, Sweden. More

Canada wins 3:2 against Mexico in emotional Bronze Medal Celebration Match

Posted on 5 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:2 Mexico More

Preview: Canada Soccer to Celebrate Bronze in Emotional Farewell Match

Posted on 2 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will celebrate back-to-back bronze medals at Saturday’s match against Mexico More

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Vancouver Camp Roster

Posted on 31 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Women’s National Team camp roster in advance of the two upcoming Women’s National Team international friendly matches against Mexico in Vancouver More

Canada Soccer Bronze Medal Celebration Match to be Broadcast LIVE on TSN2 and RDS2

Posted on 27 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

On TSN2 and RDS2 at 15:00 PT/ 18:00 ET. More

Women’s National Team Kick-off 2017 with Conditioning and Assessment Camp

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The team will convene Friday, 20 January in Los Angeles for its first training camp of 2017. More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Olympic Champion Germany in April

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Friendly match in Erfurt, Germany on 9 April 2017. More

Wilkinson, Tancredi, and Nault announce retirements

Posted on 13 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The three Canadian soccer stars will all be celebrated this 4 February 2017 at Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver. More

Christine Sinclair was heart of magical 2016 campaign

Posted on 26 December 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Christine Sinclair scored winning goal at Rio 2016 More

Women's Nominees for the 2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 2 December 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

2016 Canada Soccer Player Awards More

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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“Getting to play in front of Canadian fans is really special, so we are obviously thrilled to be coming home for another June two-match series,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We’ll be coming off away games against both Sweden and Germany, Olympic Silver and Gold medalists respectively, so we’re confident the team will be in good shape to produce a winning performance for both sets of fans.”

The matches against the second-ranked Germans and sixth-ranked Swedes marks the start of a new cycle for the Women’s National Team. Competition against the Gold and Silver medalists from the Rio 2016 games will set Canada toward a new goal, who reached number four in the world post-Olympics, to be the top nation in the FIFA rankings.

“We are thrilled that the Women’s National Team will get to play in front of hometown fans as they begin their quest to be the top ranked team in the world, culminating at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “For many players, including Desiree Scott in Winnipeg, and several of our Toronto area players, there will be an added motivation to perform in front of hometown fans.”

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada.

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games.

“We’re looking forward to coming back to Winnipeg and Toronto,” Herdman said. “For the Toronto crowd especially, we want to deliver for the fans, they always come out and support us but we’ve yet to deliver a win for them. Rest assured we’ll be doing everything we can in the preparation to make that happen.”

In celebration of International Women’s Day, individual tickets to the Canada v Costa Rica matches on will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, 8 March at 10:00 local time via Ticketmaster.ca. The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a presale for Canada Soccer Insiders and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via canadasoccer.com

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Tuesday, 21 February and running through Friday, 3 March. All group orders received by 3 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets - for complete group ticket information and to place your order today visit the group ticket info pages (Winnipeg | Toronto). The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

After making the final for the second time in as many tries, defending Champion Canada wasn’t able to convert on numerous chances and fell 0-1 to Spain in the Championship match of the Algarve Cup.

MATCH CENTER: CANADA 0:1 SPAIN
 
“Spain pressed well in the first half and disrupted our rhythm, but our goal in the first half was to catch them on the counterattack and exploit that high line and we had some good chances,” said Head Coach John Herdman.  “In the second half, we found our rhythm and established better control in the game, had a couple of good chances that should have gone in, and I have to think some of those players will be a bit disappointed with the opportunities lost.”

Canada clocked four crosses and shots on net in the first half, followed by 11 in the second, outshooting Spain by nine shots on net.

“I think Canada should have won the game on the chances that we had, but we haven’t been as clinical as we should be in this tournament,” said Herdman. “I can’t really fault our team on this one. Our girls gave one hell of an effort in the second half trying to pull it back, it’s just that some games are like that.  You can throw everything at it, but it won’t go in.  We’ll take away some learnings from these last two games, but at the same time it was a strong performance from Canada, and next year we’ll be back.”

Placing second, Canada leaves the Algarve Cup 2017 with a 2-1-1 record against four European teams preparing to compete in the UEFA Women’s Euro tournament later this year.

“The Algarve Cup is always a great tournament - one of the best in the world,” said Herdman at the closing press conference.   “It brings in a variety of teams, from Asia, Europe and the Americas, which gives it that little bit extra quality.  You get to play against different styles of play, and Spain was a good style for us to match up against tonight.  They were a really good opponent.  They’ve shown their quality throughout the tournament, and are peaking to be ready for the Euros, so they look a good prospect for that tournament.”

The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women's Cup featured 12 nations broken out into three groups.  Canada faced Denmark, Portugal and Russia in Group 1.  Group 2 consisted of Iceland, Japan, Norway and Spain; while Group 3 consisted of Australia, China PR, Netherlands and Sweden.

Canada next plays in Sweden on 6 April and in Germany 8 April, before coming home for a two game series against Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto.  Tickets are now on sale for both home matches.

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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team
 
Canada recently made history with back-to-back podium finishes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At the last three major women's tournaments, Canada finished third at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, sixth at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, and third at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team are the first Canadian team to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals since 1908, and the first-ever women’s Canadian team. 

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Home Matches
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg on 8 June and in Toronto on 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada.

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games.

Individual Tickets On Sale
Individual tickets to the Canada v Costa Rica matches will go on sale 8 March 2017 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000 (Buy Winnipeg | Buy Toronto). Fans will be able to take advantage of a special ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections for both matches, by purchasing three tickets in the eligible price category, fans will receive the fourth free. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. Canadian Supporters have been allocated a number of dedicated sections at both matches, fans wishing to sit in the Canadian supporter sections are encouraged to visit the Voyageurs website for more information and to purchase tickets through thevoyageurs.org. For complete ticket information and to place group ticket requests, visit the event information pages (Winnipeg | Toronto).

Canada Soccer is celebrating International Women’s Day at home and abroad with activities and offerings aimed at promoting women’s soccer. Individual tickets for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team June home matches in Winnipeg and Toronto go on sale today, while the Women’s National Team is competing in its second consecutive final at the Algarve Cup.   Additionally, Canada Soccer is celebrating Christine Sinclair and Sandra Gage who have been named to the CAAWS Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List, and former players Robyn Gayle, Rhian Wilkinson, Carmelina Moscato and Karina LeBlanc who have all taken up leadership roles after storied careers as members of the Women’s National Team.

Recognition of Canada Soccer’s leadership in women’s sport, both on and off the pitch, is reason to celebrate on International Women’s Day.   Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Captain Christine Sinclair (Player category) and Chief Marketing Officer, Sandra Gage (Builder category) were both honoured with inclusion in the CAAWS Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List announced on International Women’s Day 2017. The List is made up of leaders, game-changers and builders, recognizing them for their achievements and their contributions to a stronger sport and physical activity system for all Canadians.
 
As a world-leading nation in terms of female participation in sport, particularly soccer, Canada has an opportunity to channel this participation into leadership.   Canada Soccer’s vision includes achieving gender balance in soccer leadership, but also to ensure our Canadian values are continuously represented in the world’s game.

“When we decided to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, we committed TO A GREATER GOAL by focusing on legacies from the tournament that included putting women in leadership positions,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary.  “The world has come a long way in terms of opportunities for women in sport, but as leaders in this area we are in a position to ensure steps are taken to not only create opportunities in leadership for women, but to support them with training and development experience.  We are delighted to be celebrating the contributions of both Christine Sinclair and Sandra Gage, and their inclusion in CAAWS Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List, and also to be announcing that recently retired players Rhian Wilkinson and Robyn Gayle have assumed positions on staff of our women’s team.”

As Canada’s Women’s National Team seeks to win its second consecutive Algarve Cup Final on International Women’s Day, they’ll have the benefit of additional experience as both Wilkinson and Gayle are already in official capacities with the team in Portugal.  Wilkinson’s focus is on the technical aspects of the team’s performance and Gayle is focusing on effective team culture.

Hoping to again make history and take the cup home in 2017, Canada will face Spain at 18:30 local (13:30 ET/10:30 PT) in Lagos, Portugal

A repeat victory at the Algarve Cup would be a fitting celebration for a team that recently made history with back-to-back podium finishes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  At the last three major women's tournaments, Canada finished third at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, sixth at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, and third at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

As Head Coach John Herdman turns his attention to the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and Olympic Games in 2020, he is looking to ensure there is continuity of character and values within the women’s team. 

“A key goal of Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Plan is to have Elite Players Leading Elite Players by 2020, meaning having elite women’s players in core positions throughout our EXCEL system that have an impact on performance,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “This transition is about making sure we maintain the organisational knowledge that’s been amassed over a decade of experience, which is what you see from Rhian Wilkinson, Robyn Gayle, and Carmelina Moscato.  These women have experienced winning at the highest level and it’s really important to have that mindset in the organisation.  These three individuals are very high performers who can now step forward and take on some of the responsibilities on staff to ensure continuity in our culture.”

Another veteran of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, Karina LeBlanc, has also recently taken up a leadership positon in the game.  LeBlanc, was nominated by Canada Soccer to participate in the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme in February 2017.  She has appeared on television as a soccer analyst for the Rio Olympics as well as Women’s National Team broadcasts, and spoke at the FIFA Conference for Equality and Inclusion, which took place Monday 6 March at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich.

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team are the first Canadian team to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals since 1908, and the first-ever women’s Canadian team. 

As Canada Soccer celebrates the achievements and commitment of its Canadian women’s players and staff, it is also celebrating its fans by launching ticket sales for Canada Soccer’s two upcoming home games in Winnipeg and Toronto on International Women’s Day.

Individual Tickets On Sale
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg on 8 June and in Toronto on 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

In celebration of International Women’s Day, individual tickets to the Canada v Costa Rica matches are now on sale via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000 (Buy Winnipeg | Buy Toronto). Fans will be able to take advantage of a special ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections for both matches, by purchasing three tickets in the eligible price category, fans will receive the fourth free. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. Canadian Supporters have been allocated a number of dedicated sections at both matches, fans wishing to sit in the Canadian supporter sections are encouraged to visit the Voyageurs website for more information and to purchase tickets through thevoyageurs.org. For complete ticket information and to place group ticket requests, visit the event information pages (Winnipeg | Toronto).

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada. 

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games. 

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