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Canada ready to face Spain in its last match before FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 23 May 2019 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will have their last international test less than three weeks before their big summer event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. The Friday 24 May Women’s International Friendly match will pit Canada against top European opposition Spain.

The Canada away match kicks off at 19.00 local at Estadio Las Gaunas in Logroño, Spain and will be broadcast live on (13.00 ET / 10.00 PT). Extended match day coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to follow Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team every step of the way by using their social media handle, #CANWNT.


Canada are seven matches undefeated in 2019, including an inspiring 3:0 home victory over Mexico on Saturday 18 May. The Canada Send-Off Match was played in front of 19,610 fans at BMO Field.

“I hope we will continue building on our performances because this spring has been great,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “We are now focused on this final match before we go to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. For now, we are focused on what is in front of us, so we are very much looking forward to this test.”

Spain were the only European nation to post a perfect record in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers™, winning all eight of their qualification matches. Spain are preparing for their second FIFA Women’s World Cup™ after making their debut at Canada 2015. Canada and Spain have faced each other only once before, with Spain the 1:0 winners in that meeting in the 2017 Algarve Cup final.

“It’s the last match before the FIFA Women’s World Cup so it would be great to end it on some momentum,” said Allysha Chapman, a Canada WNT fullback. “Getting that win heading into France is definitely a priority for us.”

Canada’s most recent victory featured goals by Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair and Adriana Leon. For Sinclair, it was her 181st international goal, just four back of the all-time record. Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé and her backline, meanwhile, posted the clean sheet.

“Spain are really quick and their style of play is very creative, very fast, and very technical,” said Jayde Riviere, a Canada WNT fullback who is one of the youngest players on the team. “We are prepared to go in and face them, so that is all that we are focused on right now.”

Following Canada’s 10 June opener against Cameroon in Montpellier, Canada will face New Zealand on 15 June in Grenoble and Netherlands on 20 June in Reims. Beyond the group phase, two or three nations from Canada’s group will advance to the Round of 16 with those initial knock-out matches to be played from 23-25 June. Beyond the Round of 16, the Quarter-finals are 27-29 June, the Semi-finals are 2-3 July, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ Final in 7 July.


Fans are encouraged to be part of Canada’s journey at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ from 10 June to 7 July by watching all the action live on TSN and RDS. Fans can also follow the Women’s National Team both on and off the pitch across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and three consecutive 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.


Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).


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