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Canada Soccer announces departure of Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller

Posted on 10 June 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer have announced that Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller will leave his role after August 2020. Canada Soccer have begun the search for an immediate replacement to lead the Women’s National Team to the Olympic Games in July and August 2021, which we More

Canada earn 2:2 draw with Brazil in last match at Tournoi de France

Posted on 10 March 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Two second-half goals reversed a 0:2 halftime score as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team secured a 2:2 draw with Brazil in their last match at Tournoi de France. The second-half goals by Diana Matheson (74’) and Janine Beckie (87’) gave Canada their second draw of the tou More

Canada draw Netherlands 0:0 in second match at Tournoi de France

Posted on 7 March 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team secured a 0:0 draw with FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ finalists Netherlands in their second match at Tournoi de France. Canada will face Brazil in their third and final match of the tournament on Tuesday.“We wanted to have another ch More

Canada fall to hosts France 0:1 in opening match of Tournoi de France

Posted on 4 March 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada lost its opening match 0:1 at the Tournoi de France in Calais, France to host nation France on a goal from Vivianne Asseyi (55’). Canada will play three matches in seven days at the international tournament that will act as preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.&ldquo More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team ready for first edition of Tournoi de France

Posted on 3 March 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will kick off their campaign at the newly established Tournoi de France when they face host nation France on Wednesday in Calais, France. Canada will play three matches in seven days at the international tournament which will help Canada launch its p More

Canada Soccer announces squad for Tournoi de France

Posted on 25 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer have announced a 22-player squad for the upcoming newly established Tournoi de France which will take place in Calais and Valenciennes from 4-10 March 2020. Canada will face France, Netherlands and Brazil at the international tournament which will help Canada to launch its preparation More

Canada Soccer announces 2020 NWSL allocations

Posted on 24 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer has announced that nine Canadian Women’s National Team players were allocated to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) for the 2020 season. “Canada Soccer is pleased to continue its investment to support members of our Women’s National Team as allocated players w More

A piece of history: Christine Sinclair record-breaking match-worn jersey on display at BC Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on 19 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The Canada Soccer Hall of Fame has partnered with the BC Sports Hall of Fame to showcase Christine Sinclair’s record-breaking match-worn jersey before her return home to BC Place on Tuesday 14 April. The authentic match-worn jersey and other mementos from the game in which she set the world&rs More

Canada second in Concacaf after loss to USA in the confederation final

Posted on 10 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will advance to the Olympic Games ranked second in their region after an 0:3 loss to USA in the Sunday final of the 2020 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. Canada finished the confederation championship with four wins and one loss as Stephanie Labbé won the Golden Glove More

Canada qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Posted on 8 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada have qualified for the Olympic Games for the fourth consecutive cycle after a 1:0 victory over Costa Rica at the 2020 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. Jordyn Huitema scored the lone goal in the Concacaf semi-final victory as Canada also advanced to the Sunday championship fin More

Canada ready to face Costa Rica for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Posted on 6 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada is ready to face Costa Rica in a must-win Semi-final playoff match on Friday 7 February for a spot at Tokyo 2020. The two winners of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Semi-finals will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as advance to the Sunday 9 February More

Canada set to take on USA in Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final

Posted on 6 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Having achieved their primary goal of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Canada is now focussed on the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Final on Sunday 9 February in Carson, California where they will meet the current world champions USA.With the 1:0 win against Costa More

Canada win Group B after 2:0 win over Mexico at the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

Posted on 5 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will face Costa Rica in a must-win Semi-final playoff match for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after winning Group B at the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. Canada finished first in their group with a perfect nine points after a 2:0 win over Mexico in the group finale More

Canada to play Mexico for first place in Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship

Posted on 3 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will face Mexico for first place in the final group stage match for Group B at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. Both nations are tied with six points, although Canada has a +20 goals differential so can secure the first place in the group with a victory or a draw.&n More

Canada secure spot in Concacaf semi-finals after convincing 9:0 win over Jamaica

Posted on 2 February 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada have secured their spot in the semi-finals of the 2020 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship after back-to-back wins in Edinburg, TX. Canada won 9:0 over Jamaica on Saturday night at H-E-B Park on goals scored by Jordyn Huitema (five), Janine Beckie (three), and Deanne Rose. Goalke More

Canada to face Jamaica in second match of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship

Posted on 31 January 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

On the heels of a 11:0 victory against St. Kitts & Nevis, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team is getting ready to face Jamaica in its second group stage match at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Saturday February 1 at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. More

Christine Sinclair breaks record as Canada open with 11:0 victory in Texas

Posted on 30 January 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Christine Sinclair set the world’s all-time international goalscoring record as Canada won 11:0 over St. Kitts & Nevis in the opening match of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. Sinclair scored two first-half goals to bring her count to 185 international goals More

Simply the greatest: Christine Sinclair breaks world record for international goals

Posted on 29 January 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Christine Sinclair stands apart from every other footballer in the history of the game after breaking the world’s all-time international goalscoring record. The Canadian captain scored her record-breaking 185th goal on Wednesday 29 January at the 2020 Concacaf Women&rsquo More

Tickets on sale for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team return to Vancouver

Posted on 29 January 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Tickets to the highly anticipated Canada-Australia Women’s International Friendly Match set for Tuesday 14 April at BC Place are on sale to the public today 29 January 2020 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.The home international soccer match will provide Canadian fans with an More

Canada ready to kick off Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship against St. Kitts & Nevis

Posted on 28 January 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will kick off their 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying journey when they face St. Kitts & Nevis on 29 January in Edinburg, Texas. The Wednesday match is the first of three group matches en route to the Concacaf semi-finals on Friday 7 More

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Canada Soccer have announced that Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller will leave his role after August 2020. Canada Soccer have begun the search for an immediate replacement to lead the Women’s National Team to the Olympic Games in July and August 2021, which were postponed from this year because of the world pandemic.

Heiner-Møller was hired as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and National Excel Program Director in January 2018 after which he posted an international record of 20 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses. During his tenure as Head Coach, he qualified Canada for both the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with second-place finishes at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship and 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship respectively. As an assistant coach with the Women’s National Team, he helped Canada win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Returning to his native country, Heiner-Møller will go back to the Danish Football Association as the Head of Coach Education. He had previously served as Denmark’s Women’s National Team Head Coach from 2006 to 2013 leading the team to a bronze medal at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013. As part of the transition, Heiner-Møller will continue to manage the program and provide support to the new Head Coach to ensure program continuity.

“Canada Soccer wishes Mr. Heiner-Møller all the best in his return to the Danish Football Association and thank him for his contributions to our Women’s National Team Program,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “He is a highly-regarded coach who gained the respect of the Canadian soccer community in his time with our organization and we thank him for his genuine approach with both players and staff.”

“This was not an easy decision to make because of the quality of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with since my time at Canada Soccer,” said Head Coach Heiner-Møller. “As a leader in the women’s game, Canada Soccer’s investment in the Women’s National Team Program will ensure its continued success. I would like to thank the players, staff and Canada Soccer for the opportunity to represent a great nation and program who I have every confidence will return to the podium at Tokyo 2020.”

Canada are one of just five nations in the world that has qualified for each of the past four Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments. Canada are also the only nation in the world to reach the podium at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. Canada qualified for next year’s Olympic Games through the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January and February 2020. At the same tournament, Canadian captain Christine Sinclair scored her world international record 185th career goal.

OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
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.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: https://www.canadasoccer.com/women-s-national-team-p144312

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).

 

Two second-half goals reversed a 0:2 halftime score as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team secured a 2:2 draw with Brazil in their last match at Tournoi de France. The second-half goals by Diana Matheson (74’) and Janine Beckie (87’) gave Canada their second draw of the tournament.

“We had a good performance, a winning performance for 90 minutes. We talked about finishing strong and I think we did finish strong." said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Women’s National Team Head Coach. “Overall, in a very short period of time we played three tier one, top ten teams in the world and it was a great test for us.”

Heiner-Møller used the Tournoi de France to give minutes to all 22 players in camp in preparation for final roster selection ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament this summer. Canada will play at home in Vancouver against Australia on Tuesday 14 April as its send-off match for Tokyo.

“You have to test players within a certain spine, so you cannot change everything every time. I think they got a good opportunity to show themselves and what they’re capable of doing right now, all 22 players in three matches against Top 10 teams in the world,” Heiner-Møller said. “This was a great step for us to be ready for the Olympics.”

MATCH CENTRE, QUOTES & PHOTOS

Canada were on the front foot early pressing high up the field and moving the ball well in possession. However, in the 8, Brazilian captain Marta slipped through Canada’s backline and scored. Canada immediately reasserted pressure on the Brazilians. After a pair of corner kicks for Canada in the 14’, Janine Beckie sent a third swinging corner kick towards the goal, forcing the Brazilian keeper to make the save with her outstretched hands.

Brazil made it 2:0 when Brazil’s Ludmila (18’) scored on a Bia Zaneratto cross.

Canada continued to push in the first half, Jayde Riviere sent Deanne Rose wide on the wing in the 40’, but her cross was blocked by a Brazilian defender.

After four halftime Canadian substitutions, Allysha Chapman swung an early second-half cross into the box but Nichelle Prince’s touch was just wide of goal. In the 58’, Christine Sinclair created an opportunity for Prince that was just out of reach. On the follow up, Diana Matheson took the ball down to the touch line and sent it back towards Prince who went narrowly wide.

Canada finally broke through in the 74’ as Prince ran down the right wing, evaded a defender and played a great ball to Diana Matheson who coolly finished.

Just after the re-start, Brazil’s Jucinara saw red after pulling down Sophie Schmidt at the top of the Brazilian 18-yard-box. Sinclair stepped up to take the free kick, but, her initial effort hit the wall and the rebound went just over the goal.

A clever ball through to Janine Beckie from Diana Matheson put Beckie into space alone and she equalized with a composed finish in the 87’ to draw the game at 2:2.

Canada’s starting XI featured Stephanie Labbé in goal, Jayde Riviere at right back, Shelina Zadorsky, Rebecca Quinn and Sophie Schmidt at centre back, Gabrielle Carle at left back, and Julia Grosso, Jessie Fleming, Janine Beckie, Deanne Rose and Christine Sinclair from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller replaced Carle with Allysha Chapman, Grosso with Desiree Scott, Rose with Nichelle Prince and Fleming with Ashley Lawrence (46’), and Riviere with Diana Matheson (53’), and Sinclair with Jordyn Huitema (87’).

With her 19th career goal, Diana Matheson became the second Women’s National Team player to score an international “A” goal in three different decades (2000s, 2010s, 2020s), following in the footsteps of captain Christine Sinclair. A substitute in all three matches in France, Matheson ranks second all-time with 206 appearances for Canada.

CANADA RETURN HOME IN APRIL

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will come home this Spring when they face Australia in Vancouver on Tuesday 14 April. The home international soccer match will provide Canadian fans will an opportunity to see their favourite players live in action at BC Place (19.30 local kickoff).

Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $20 via Ticketmaster.ca (or by calling 1.855.985.5000), with complete information available via CanadaSoccer.com/tickets. Group discounts of up to 30% off the regular price are available for orders of 10 or more tickets using the Group Order Form. A special Me+3 ticket package can be purchased directly via Ticketmaster.ca.

OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS

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. 

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

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).

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team secured a 0:0 draw with FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ finalists Netherlands in their second match at Tournoi de France. Canada will face Brazil in their third and final match of the tournament on Tuesday.

“We wanted to have another chance at the Netherlands after the FIFA Women's World Cup and I think we showed some good perseverance," said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Women’s National Team Head Coach. "Sometimes when you’re playing against 10 players, you force things. I think we had some great opportunities, but unfortunately couldn’t find the back of the net."

In battling to the draw, Sabrina D’Angelo posted the fourth clean sheet of her career while central defender Vanessa Gilles earned her first start and second international cap for Canada.

"We drew the FIFA Women's World Cup silver medallists and even 11v11 in the first half I think we looked the better team. I think with this performance, we’re stepping up our game and will be ready for Brazil on Tuesday,” Heiner-Møller said.

MATCH CENTRE, QUOTES & PHOTOS

All of Canada’s matches at Tournoi de France will be broadcast LIVE in Canada on OneSoccer.ca. Canada's last match is Tuesday 10 March against Brazil in Calais, France (19.00 local / 14.00 ET / 11.00 PT). Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter featuring the social media hashtag #CANWNT.

Jessie Fleming sent Ashley Lawrence out along the wing in the 8’, but her cross in fell to the feet of a Dutch defender and was sent away from danger.

Allysha Chapman showed her speed down the far side, and her effort in the 16’ almost created an opportunity for Fleming right in front of the Dutch net, but the ball was handled by the defender.

Fleming sent a cross to Sinclair in front of the net in the 27’, but she wasn’t able to keep the ball. Less than a minute later, it was Adriana Leon’s turn to send a cross to Deanne Rose who got a head on it, but the attempt went wide of the net.

Sinclair returned the favour and sent a ball in to Fleming whose shot in the 33’, was saved by Netherlands goalkeeper Lize Kop.

In the second half after three substitutions, Netherlands goalkeeper Kop was sent off after being shown a red card for a challenge on Nichelle Prince at the top of the box. Jordyn Huitema’s following free kick for Canada was blocked by the Dutch wall upon a restart minutes later.

Fleming slipped in behind Netherlands substitute goalkeeper and had a shot across the line that rattled off of the far post in the 69’. A minute later, Julia Grosso charged in towards net but her shot towards goal was deflected by a defender.

Ashley Lawrence had Canada’s best chance had the 68’. After receiving the ball from Huitema, she found space at the top of the box to get a shot off which was tipped just over by the goalkeeper and out for a corner. The ensuing corner kick was cleared by Netherlands.

Canada continued creating opportunities in the Netherlands box. In the 88’, Beckie sent a cross in front of the net that nearly found Huitema. In stoppage time, Vanessa Gilles had an opportunity inside the Dutch box, but her shot went over the cross bar.

Canada’s starting XI featured Sabrina D'Angelo in goal, Ashley Lawrence at right back, Vanessa Gilles and Shelina Zadorsky at centre back, Allysha Chapman at left back, and Desiree Scott, Jessie Fleming, Sophie Schmidt, Adriana Leon, Deanne Rose and Christine Sinclair from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller replaced Leon with Nichelle Prince, Sinclair with Jordyn Huitema and Schmidt with Diana Matheson (46’), and Rose with Janine Beckie and Scott with Julia Grosso (65’).

CANADA RETURN HOME IN APRIL

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will come home this Spring when they face Australia in Vancouver on Tuesday 14 April. The home international soccer match will provide Canadian fans will an opportunity to see their favourite players live in action at BC Place (19.30 local kickoff).

Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $20 via Ticketmaster.ca (or by calling 1.855.985.5000), with complete information available via CanadaSoccer.com/tickets. Group discounts of up to 30% off the regular price are available for orders of 10 or more tickets using the Group Order Form. A special Me+3 ticket package can be purchased directly via Ticketmaster.ca. 

OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS

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.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: https://www.canadasoccer.com/women-s-national-team-p144312

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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