Canada w15 ready to defend title at CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship
Posted on 19 August 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada will defend their title at the 2016 CONCACAF Girls' Under-15 Championship on Sunday 21 August in Orlando, FL, USA. Following a 3:1 win over Mexico in the Semi-Final, Canada have progressed to the Final Match to face tournament hosts USA.
Down early 0-1, Canada quickly equalised and reversed the lead within 10 minutes, then added a third and shut down their opponents for a sixth-straight win at the competition. Jordyn Huitema (7', 31') and Jayde Riviere (15') were the goal scorers.
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.