Canada begin defence of CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship
Posted on 8 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada will play their four group matches in five days at the 2016 CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship this week in Orlando, FL, USA. The 23-nation competition starts Tuesday 9 August, with Canada facing Venezuela (9 August), Costa Rica (10 August), Jamaica (11 August), and El Salvador (13 August) in Group B action.
All the matches will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The group phase is 9-15 August followed by the Quarterfinals on 17 August, the Semifinals on 19 August, and both the match for 3rd place and Final Match on 21 August.
The 23 nations are divided into five groups: three groups of five nations (Groups A-C) and two groups with four nations (Groups D-F). The first three groups will qualify two nations to the Quarterfinals while the last two groups will qualify only one nation to the Quarterfinals.
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Canada are defending champions in this age group from two years ago. Since 2004, Canada have won four CONCACAF women's youth championships: twice at the U-20 level (2004, 2008), once at the U-17 level (2010), and once at the U-15 level (2014).
Canada's roster features players born 2001 or 2002 as part of Canada Soccer's Women's EXCEL Program. Beyond this year's U-15 competition, these players will be eligible for CONCACAF and FIFA U-17 competitions in 2018 as well CONCACAF and FIFA U-20 competitions through 2020. The younger players born in 2002 will be eligible for CONCACAF and FIFA U-20 competitions through 2022.
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell, brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. Operating across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-23 age groups, the program is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team.
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