Canada make history with 1:0 Quarter-final win over Germany at Uruguay 2018
Posted on 26 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team have earned a Semi-final berth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 for the first time in program history. Canada defeated Germany 1:0 in the Quarter-final at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo on a goal by Jordyn Huitema (83’). It was Canada’s first win in a FIFA women’s youth tournament knockout match since 2002.
“To be at the helm of this young team is just a privilege,” said Rhian Wilkinson, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 Head Coach. “Canada are a world-class team that can handle all types of formats and physical play. Our players really showed who they were today against a very strong German team.”
Canada will face Mexico in the Semi-final with a place in the 1 December Final in Montevideo on the line. The two teams met in the Semi-final of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with the Mexicans defeating Canada 2:1 to qualify for Uruguay 2018 before falling in the Final to the United States 3:2. Canada went on to defeat Haiti in the Match for Third Place to earn their place in Uruguay 2018.
The Canada-Mexico Semi-final kicks off at 19.00 local (17.00 ET / 14.00 PT) on Wednesday 28 November. It will mark the first-ever encounter between the two Concacaf nations at a FIFA women’s youth tournament. Mexico earned their place in the Semi-final after defeating Ghana 2:2 (4:2 on PK) in the earlier match on 25 November.
Canada defended well and had the majority of possession of the first half but were unable to create a quality scoring chance. Lara Kazadjian had the only threatening opportunity with her shot from 20 yards just over the bar.
The second half started with sustained pressure from the Germans, but Canada’s strong play in the back and through the midfied continued to keep Germany at bay. Jordyn Huitema nearly had a wide-open chance at goal in the 60’ but the ball got stuck in her feet on the feed from Andersen Williams. Almost immediately after, Germany had a counter attack that Vallerand came across to clear. On the ensuing corner, Germany nearly broke through but landed a header on top of Karpenko’s net.
Huitema broke through again and forced a save from the German goalkeeper Wiebke Willebrandt in the 71’. Balata had a chance on the ensuing scramble to clear the ball, but, her touch was heavy and went out for a goal kick.
Germany pinned Canada into their own third with a series of corner kicks won through the 79’, but they would soon break through off a long run from Caitlin Shaw during which she split three German defenders. Shaw’s run led to a brilliant ball onto the strong left foot of Kaila Novak whose first touch cross into the box and run of Jordyn Huitema (83’) was buried into the German net to put Canada ahead 1:0.
Of note, Huitema became just the third Canadian player to score in four different FIFA women’s youth matches, joining the elite company of Christine Sinclair and Brittany Timko.
“We are on the right path and it is the result of the great development that is happening across Canada and the investment by Canada Soccer,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s EXCEL Program Director. “It is a big congratulations to all the coaches in Canada and everyone who has helped teach these girls.”
Canada coach Rhian Wilkinson started Anna Karpenko in goal, Jayde Riviere at right back, Maya Antoine and Jade Rose at centre back, Julianne Vallerand at left back, Caitlin Shaw, Kaila Novak, Lara Kazandjian, Wayny Balata, Andersen Williams, and Captain Jordyn Huitema from midfield through attack.
Wilkinson replaced Williams with Jessica De Filippo (75’), Shaw with Ariel Young (90’), and Rose with Sonia Walk (90’+).
Since 2013, Canada Soccer’s investment in the Women’s EXCEL program and Regional EXCEL Centres has graduated 18 players to the Women’s National Team. Alongside the investment in player development, Canada Soccer’s Elite Player Elite Coach program launched in 2016 highlights the development of player-turned-coach Rhian Wilkinson, who has now led Canada to their first-ever Semi-final at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Having reached the Semi-final, this will be Canada’s highest finish in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Canada has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament, but, had previously reached a highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012. Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016.
Canada marks the 10-year anniversary of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup as one of only six nations to have qualified for every edition since it was launched in 2008, alongside Germany, Ghana, Japan, New Zealand and Korea DPR.
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018
- The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
- The tournament's four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
- A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.
- Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the tournament's most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016). Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world's top U-17 women's team. Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.
- Spain, whom Canada will play in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
- A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup since it started in 2008.
Background – Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team
- Canada Soccer's Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018: https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-selects-21-young-players-for-fifa-u-17-women-s-world-cup-uruguay-2018-p161906
- The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada's sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada's has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012. Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
- Canadians registered 14 goals at the competition prior to 2018, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
- Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship earlier this year.
- Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016. Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016. In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups.
Following Canada's successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women's youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to match the youth competition format for men. Notably, Canada Soccer Women's National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today.
About Canada Soccer's Women's National EXCEL Program
Canada Soccer Women's National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout the year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 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. Major competitions are viewed as staging posts to assess development and allow for the development of the Women's EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise which will ultimately prepare players to progress up the system.
Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which deliver Canada Soccer's national curriculum year-round through a two-tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada's National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
Canada Soccer's Women's National Team
Canada is two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada has participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three successive editions of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer's Women's National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
Canada will compete for an eighth FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year. The draw to determine the group stage opponents takes place 8 December in Paris, France.
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at www.canadasoccer.com