Coach pleased with Women's National U-17 Team performance in China
Posted on 19 July 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
Canada Soccer National EXCEL 14-17 director and Women's National U-17 Team Coach Bev Priestman is very pleased with Canada’s U-17 team after a challenging, yet promising, CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament in Weifang, China PR.
Priestman, who had a stated goal of taking a look at some new faces during the competition, was effusive in her praise for the young side after the competition was over.
“The tournament went well and we had some good outcomes, but more importantly we had the opportunity to assess some new faces – who did really, really well,” said Priestman. “We got to see them for a lot of minutes in the tournament and they impacted the games massively, scored some goals, and definitely added to the team.”
Canada fought to a 3-1 loss in its opening match against Japan, but led for much of the match. Canada outplayed New Zealand to a 3-0 win in the second match before falling in the third match 1-0 to hosts China PR.
In addition to getting great tournament experience as the young Canadians continue on their journey towards the Women’s National Team, the CFA tournament was used to fine-tune the squad ahead of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. It also provided coach Priestman with some critical insight into what Canada needs to do to perform well on one of the biggest stages in youth soccer.
“We targeted this tournament to become a much more balanced team and I think we defended really well, while at the same time we built on our attacking style, were an attacking threat, and scored goals,” she said. “Now as we get closer to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup we have a better idea of what the make-up of that squad could look like, and the team is more confident, having led the FIFA U-17 World Cup champions Japan for 85 minutes, scored some good goals against New Zealand, and had a really tight game against China PR. Overall, we are really happy with the tournament and looking forward to moving the group forward towards the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.”
Canada will play in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 running 30 September to 21 October, with the 32 matches to be played at four stadiums in Amman, Irbid, and Al Zarqa. Canada will face Cameroon on 30 September in Irbid, Germany on 3 October in Amman, and Venezuela on 7 October again in Amman in the group phase.