Canada qualifies for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016
Posted on 13 March 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada have qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 after finishing in third place at the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship. Canada qualified after a 4:2 victory over Haiti on Sunday 13 March in St. George's, Grenada.
This marks Canada's fifth qualification for the biennial FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which includes every edition since the competition was inaugurated in 2008. Canada joins USA and Mexico from the CONCACAF region at the 16-nation world finals.
"We learned so much more and it means so much more that we qualified this way," said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer Women's National U-17 Coach. "The learning experiences we've picked up along the way are so much more valuable. Now the girls can cherish the fact that they are going to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup."
In the decisive Sunday match, Lauren Raimondo (two), Vital Kats, and Shana Flynn were the goal scorers for Canada, all in the second half. Canada built a 4-0 lead before Nerilia Mondesir scored a pair of late goals to cut the Canadian lead in half.
"I think we were very pumped for this match," said goalscorer Raimondo. "We knew that we would give everything we could and we were going to come out and get so much hard work and passion. I have never met a group of girls so passionate in my life."
In the Grand Final, USA won the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship after a 2:1 victory over Mexico. Ashley Sanchez and Civana Kuhlmann were the American goalscorers in the victory. After the last match, CONCACAF selected Sanchez as the Golden Ball winner, USA goalkeeper Laurel Ivory as the Golden Glove winner, and Mexico as the Fair Play winners. Haiti's Nerilia Mondesir won the Golden Boot with a tournament-best seven goals.
One Canadian, left back Julia Grosso, featured on the tournament's Best XI. Grosso was selected alongside goalkeeper Ivory, right back Kennedy Wesley, centre backs Naomi Girma and Kimberly Rodriguez, midfielders Mondesir, Brianna Pinto, Jaelin Howell, and Jacqueline Ovalle, and forwards Sanchez and Kuhlmann.
Later this year, Canada will participate at both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 and the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016. Between 2014 and 2015, Canada were the only nation in the world to finish top-8 in three FIFA women's competitions (sixth place at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, sixth place at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014, and eighth place at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014).
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 runs 30 September to 21 October, with the 32 matches to be played at four stadiums in Amman, Ibid, and Al Zarqa.