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Canada falls 1:0 to Haiti in final qualification match for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Posted on 28 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:1 Haiti More

Canada to face Haiti on Sunday in must-win match to secure FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup berth

Posted on 27 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will face Haiti on Sunday in a must-win match to secure a spot at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 after drawing Mexico 1:1 but falling 4:3 on penalty kicks in the Semi-Final match of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.  Mexico qualified More

Canada prepares for Semi-Final match versus Mexico at 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship

Posted on 25 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

With qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 on the line, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 team is preparing for Friday’s Semi-Final match versus Mexico where a win will automatically qualify Canada, and advance the team into the CONCACAF Championship Final More

Canada Soccer wins Group A with 4:0 victory over Haiti; Advances to Semi-Final at CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship

Posted on 22 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 4:0 Haiti More

Canada Soccer clinches Semi-Final berth with 4:1 win over hosts at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2018

Posted on 21 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 4:1 Trinidad and Tobago More

Canada Soccer opens group stage against Costa Rica at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2018

Posted on 18 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer will open its group stage at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship against Costa Rica today in Trinidad and Tobago.   The opening match will see Canada face one of the emerging CONCACAF powers, before taking on tournament hosts Trinidad and Tobago on 20 January in its More

Canada Soccer opens group stage with 3:1 win over Costa Rica at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2018

Posted on 18 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 3:1 Costa Rica More

Canada Soccer names roster for CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago

Posted on 12 January 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer has named the 20 players who will represent Canada at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, which serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 held later in the year.The tournament running from 17 January to More

Canada Soccer holds final National EXCEL U-20 camp ahead of CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship

Posted on 15 December 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer has invited 28 players to the final U-20 women’s camp of 2017 from 10 to 17 December in Burnaby, BC.   The camp is a key touchpoint ahead of January’s CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, which serves as the qualification tournament More

Canada draws hosts Trinidad & Tobago for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 8 November 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

The top three teams from the CONCACAF championship will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France More

Canada Soccer invites 26 players into EXCEL camp in preparation for 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

Posted on 10 August 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program has invited 26 players into an EXCEL camp running 11- 18 August in Burnaby, BC. More

Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 team take away valuable lessons from Australian tour

Posted on 10 July 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer U-20 Women’s Team leaves down under with valuable lessons learned against two very different opponents More

Canada Soccer Women’s U20 team prepare to face USA and Australia in a three nations tournament

Posted on 5 July 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Moscato and Wilkinson to co-coach games More

ROSTERS: Canada Soccer National EXCEL program kicks into high gear with two international tournaments in July

Posted on 22 June 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer’s U-20 Women’s National Team will take part in a tournament in Australia; the U-17 Women’s National Team will compete in a separate tournament in China More

Canada Soccer holds first NEX U-20 camp in lead up to 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

Posted on 15 March 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

The camp taking place from 12 -21 March 2017 in Burnaby, brings together players from throughout the EXCEL system. More

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL program leaves no stone unturned in search for talented young players

Posted on 9 February 2017 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada Soccer will hold a women’s EXCEL identification camp in Burnaby starting 9 February More

Canada Soccer takes away valuable lessons from Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 20 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:5 Japan More

Canada to take on Asian Champions in final PNG2016 group match

Posted on 19 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Live on TSN More

Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 team defeated by Nigeria at Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 16 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 1:3 Nigeria More

Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 team ready to take on Nigeria in second match at Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 15 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

The match will be broadcast LIVE on TSN1 and TSN5. More

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Despite winning its group with nine points and tying Mexico in regulation play of the Semi-Final, Canada’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup aspirations came to an end against Haiti as the Caribbean nation topped Canada 1:0 in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship to claim the final FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup spot.

“We’re obviously really disappointed not to qualify for France, especially in that there is an expectation for Canada to qualify in CONCACAF tournaments,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15-U-23 after the match. “These players will learn from this.  It’s a very young group, and many of them will go on to the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in April, so this tournament will bring massive experience for them that can only help propel them through the U-17 qualification process and later in their careers.”

Canada had a strong start to the tournament with wins over Costa Rica (3:1), Trinidad and Tobago (4:1), and Haiti (4:0) in the Group Stage.  In the Semi-Final, Canada drew Mexico 1:1 in regulation time to force a penalty shootout, which went 4:3 in Mexico’s favour. 

“We faced a really competitive Haiti team who played very direct football, and under the conditions we struggled with that,” said Priestman. “We came into this tournament knowing that Haiti would be a threat, and I think that speaks to the development of the game across CONCACAF, but also around the world. If you look at confederations like Europe, it’s not a guarantee for any team to qualify, and that helps the standard of the game, so I think it’s a good thing for women’s football but from our perspective we now need to go home and review the tournament, learn from it and work hard to ensure our place at future tournaments.”

Even with the disappointment of missing the podium at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, Canada’s Head Coach had some strong praise for the resilient Canadian team.

“I think we brought some great football,” she said.  “The last two games were difficult, losing on penalties and then today getting quality chances without the ball crossing the line, so the big picture is that there were some real positives from this tournament, some players really stepped up and for the system that is really important as we progress our youth players to the Women’s National Team.”

Canada will next see women’s youth action at the 2018 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship running 19–29 April 2018 in Nicaragua.

 
About Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout each year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 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. Major competitions which are viewed as staging posts to assess development, allows for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise, ultimately preparing players for when they do progress up the system.

Additionally, the most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada’s National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL System has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.

 

Canada will face Haiti on Sunday in a must-win match to secure a spot at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 after drawing Mexico 1:1 but falling 4:3 on penalty kicks in the Semi-Final match of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.  Mexico qualified for France 2018 with the win, and the USA has also qualified after beating Haiti 3:0 in penalty kicks in their Semi-Final earlier today.  The 2018 edition of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship is the first time both teams have qualified through the Semi-Final on penalty kicks.
 
Mexico struck first scoring off a set play just outside Canada’s box in the 34th minute.  Canada rallied and tied it up 1:1 in the 80th minute on a Huitema cross tapped in by Captain Gabby Carle. Canada’s keeper Rylee Foster stood on her head in the last few minutes of the game, making two big saves before stopping a penalty kick in extra time.
 
The semi-final went straight to a penalty shoot-out without an overtime period. Canada and Mexico both scored on the first two shots, Canada scored on the third and Mexico went wide to make it 3-2, but Mexico’s keeper earned her player of the match honours by saving Canada’s next two shots, while her team scored on both their efforts to give Mexico the 4:3 win. 
 
“We are disappointed in the loss and particularly the nature of penalty kicks, but this group has shown incredible resilience and determination throughout the tournament, so I am confident we will rally to the task ahead on Sunday,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15-U-23.  “Our goal coming into this tournament was to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, so all of our energy is focused on that and coming out on top against Haiti on Sunday.  We’ve had the opportunity to play Haiti in the group stage and we know their strengths, so we are prepared for the challenge, but we are also prepared to put everything on the line to earn our spot in France.”


Canada’s match against Haiti will take place Sunday, 28 January at 14:00 local (13:00 ET/10:00 PT) available in Canada LIVE via CONCACAF at https://www.youtube.com/concacaf.

Canada Soccer Roster: CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2018
 
About Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout each year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 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. Major competitions which are viewed as staging posts to assess development, allows for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise, ultimately preparing players for when they do progress up the system.

Additionally, the most talented U14 to U18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which is delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada’s National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.

Canada Soccer’s EXCEL System has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.

 

With qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 on the line, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 team is preparing for Friday’s Semi-Final match versus Mexico where a win will automatically qualify Canada, and advance the team into the CONCACAF Championship Final match. A loss would force Canada into a critical must-win match for third place to qualify. Haiti and the USA face each other in the other Semi-Final match also to be played on Friday.
 
“We’ve come out of our group with nine points, that’s what we set out to do – to top our group,” said Bev Priestman Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director U15-U23. “We’ve also shown our attacking quality, with the leading tournament scorer (Jordyn Huitema) on our team, which is always a great confidence boost going into a knockout round.”
 
Canada won Group A, going undefeated across its three matches: 3:1 against Costa Rica, 4:1 against hosts Trinidad and Tobago, and 4:0 against Haiti.   Leading the tournament in points, goal differential and goals scored, Canada is using the confidence the team has built over the group stage having outscored their opponents 11-2.   Huitema leads the tournament with five goals, followed by Canada’s Shana Flynn and Haiti’s Nérilia Mondésir with three goals each. The top scorer of the tournament will be presented with the Golden Boot following the Final match on Sunday.
 
“I think we set ourselves up well for the tournament during our opening game against Costa Rica, and then we went into the host nation, which was a hostile environment, but Jordyn Huitema got a hat-trick in that game, and then going into the last game we had some really tired legs but Shana Flynn, who has just returned from an ACL injury, went out and got another hat-trick for this team,” reflected Priestman on the team’s group stage performance.
 
Canada’s next match against Mexico is expected to be much different from the group stage matches, but will be a familiar situation for some of the players, as it is a repeat of who Canada faced to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship.  Canada drew Mexico 0:0 but won 5:4 win on kicks from the penalty mark to qualify and earn a spot in the final.
 
“I’ve been really happy with our attacking quality, but going into the next match we are clear we are going to have to take it up a notch,” said Priestman.  “Mexico are a well organised team with excellent offensive capabilities, so we know we have to bring more now and set ourselves up for what we hope to be a final match in the CONCACAF Championship.”
 
Canada’s match against Mexico will take place Friday, 26 January at 18:30 local (17:30 ET/14:30 PT) available in Canada LIVE via CONCACAF at https://www.youtube.com/concacaf.
 
Canada has advanced to the semi-finals in every CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship since it’s inception in 2004, with the exception of 2014 when Canada automatically qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as hosts.  Canada has won the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship twice before in 2004 and 2008, and placed second in 2006, 2012, and 2015. 
 
About Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Program
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level, throughout each year. Operating across the U-14 to U-20 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. Major competitions which are viewed as staging posts to assess development, allows for the development of the Women’s EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise, ultimately preparing players for when they do progress up the system.
 
Additionally, the most talented U14 to U18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Regional EXCEL Program, which is delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum year-round through a two tiered talent system, with three Super Centres streamlining Canada’s National EXCEL Players into training environments in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
 
Canada Soccer’s EXCEL System has already produced eight Women’s National Team players, and Olympic bronze medalists in Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Rebecca Quinn, Janine Beckie, Shelina Zadorsky, Deanne Rose, and Gabrielle Carle, three of whom are still eligible for youth competition.
 
CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2018 – Canada’s Match Schedule (all times local to Trinidad and Tobago in AST).

  • Friday, January 26, 2018 – Semifinals:
    • 16:00 United States vs Haiti
    • 18:30 Canada vs Mexico
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 3rd Place Match and Final:
    • 16:00 3rd Place
    • 18:30 Final

 

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