Canada w15 look to extend stay at CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship
Posted on 16 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada hope to extend their stay at the 2016 CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship and maximize what could be a 17-day, seven-match month in Orlando, FL, USA. Already perfect with four straight wins, Canada will face Curaçao in the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday 17 August.
The Canada-Curaçao match kicks off at 09.00 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (09.00 ET / 06.00 PT). A Wednesday win will extend Canada's stay until the end of the tournament, which means a Semi-Final match on 19 August and either the match for 3rd place or Final Match on 21 August.
At the CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship, Canada featured their entire 18-player roster through four matches. Canada won 6:0 against Venezuela, 2:0 against Costa Rica, 5:0 against Jamaica, and 6:0 against El Salvador.
From 23 nations, only eight remain in the competition. Beyond the Quarter-Finals, the winner of the Canada-Curaçao match will face the winner of the Puerto Rico-Mexico match in one Semi-Final while the winner of the USA-Bermuda match will face the winner of the Costa Rica-St. Lucia match in the other Semi-Final.
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.