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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

Canada falls to Spain in opening match of Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 13 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:5 Spain More

Canada Soccer to kick off Papua New Guinea 2016 against Spain (on TSN in Canada)

Posted on 12 November 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 More

Canada Soccer releases 21-player roster for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 26 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Women's U-20 National Team Roster More

Program synergy boosting Canada's future

Posted on 25 October 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

John Herdman on FIFA.com More

Recap of Canada’s U-20 Women’s Team camp in Mexico

Posted on 22 May 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Camp included two international friendlies against Mexico More

Canada’s Women’s U-20 team heads to Mexico to prepare for upcoming FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Roster released

Posted on 13 May 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

With two closed-door matches against Mexico More

Canada will face Japan, Nigeria and Spain in Group B at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 17 March 2016 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada’s Women’s U-20 team was drawn into position B2 More

Canada wins CONCACAF silver in San Pedro Sula

Posted on 14 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada runners up to USA after a narrow 0:1 defeat in the 13 December Final Match More

Canada qualifies for Papua New Guinea 2016

Posted on 12 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada won their spot in the global finals after a 5-4 win on kicks from the penalty mark gainst Mexico. More

Canada one win away from Papua New Guinea

Posted on 10 December 2015 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

With the region's field reduced to four nations, Canada will have a first shot at qualification at the CONCACAF semi-finals this Friday night. More

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Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program, in its final preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, has invited 26 players into an EXCEL camp running 11- 18 August in Burnaby, BC.

Coming off the back of a tournament in Australia where Canada Soccer’s U-20 Women’s Team split their two matches with a 4-1 over the USA and a 1-0 loss to home side Australia, the camp in Burnaby will be used to build on the learnings from those matches, and further develop the team’s connection and preparation ahead of the CONCACAF tournament that serves as the qualifier for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018.

“Each time we come together it is about maximising the opportunity to add the necessary jigsaw pieces which will help us on our journey towards the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National Excel Director 14-20. “Although there were parts of the Australia tour we were happy with, we have to keep pushing these players to new levels, not only to maximise the potential of the group but also to maximise the potential of individuals in their journey to the Women’s National Team for France 2019 and Tokyo 2020.”

With 17 players returning to camp from the Australia tournament, as well as other returning EXCEL players and four new additions to the National EXCEL Program, Priestman will be looking to gain more insight into the how the new and returning faces can enhance the group, with only one camp remaining in 2018 before the CONCACAF qualification tournament. The focus of the August camp will be on bridging gaps, pushing players to reach new levels, and providing some concentrated focus on what will be required of the players over the next three months in their daily training environment. The EXCEL staff will also be focused on refining and maximising what is required to make the group efficient and adaptable heading into the 2018 CONCACAF qualification tournament.

With major tournaments on the horizon for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Head Coach John Herdman, who also leads the Women’s EXCEL Program as its Director, will be in attendance for a portion of the August camp, providing additional insight and assessing Canada Soccer’s EXCEL players for future senior squad potential.

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. 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.

Roster (By Name, Year Born, Club and Hometown)

  1. Tanya Boychuck, 2000, FC Edmonton Girls REX, Edmonton, AB
  2. Emma Regan, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Burnaby, BC
  3. Ashley Cathro, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Victoria, BC
  4. Kaela Hansen, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Burnaby, BC
  5. Julia Grosso, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Vancouver, BC
  6. Rylee Foster, 1998, West Virginia University (NCAA), Cambridge, ON
  7. Jessica Lisi, 1998, University of Memphis (NCAA), Woodbridge, ON
  8. Lauren Raimondo, 1999, Harvard University (NCAA), St. Catharines, ON
  9. Samantha Chang, 2000, Unionville-Milliken SC (League1 Ontario), Mississauga, ON
  10. Kennedy Faulknor, 1999, UCLA (NCAA), Markham, ON
  11. Jayde Riviere, 2001, Markham Soccer Club, Pickering, ON
  12. Vital Kats, 1999, Kent State University (NCAA), Toronto, ON
  13. Maya Antoine, 2001, Vaughan Soccer Club (League1 Ontario), Vaughan, ON
  14. Lysianne Proulx, 1999, Syracuse University (NCAA), Boucherville, QC
  15. Marika Guay, 2000, Lakeshore SC, Châteauguay, QC
  16. Florence Laroche, 2000, Lakeshore SC, Laval, QC
  17. Hannah Taylor, 1999, University of Oregon, Edmonds, WA
  18. Nadège L'Esperance, 1999, University of Louisville (NCAA), Candiac, QC
  19. Shana Flynn, 2000, Unionville-Milliken SC (League1 Ontario), Brampton. ON
  20. Sarah Owusu, 1999, Eastern Kentucky University, Brampton, ON
  21. Caitlin Shaw, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Coquitlam, BC
  22. Mollie Eriksson, 2000, Ottawa South United, Ottawa, ON
  23. Malikae Dayes, 1999, University of Maryland, Brampton, ON
  24. Caleigh Boeckx, 2000, Calgary South West United / Calgary REX, Calgary, AB
  25. Anna Dunn, 2000, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  26. Anna Karpenko, 2002, Vaughan Soccer Club, Richmond Hill, ON (GK)

Canada Soccer’s U-20 Women’s Team leaves down under having learned valuable lessons against two very different opponents, after splitting their two matches with a 4-1 win over the USA and a 1-0 loss to home side Australia.

“Each game gave us an opportunity to bring it to another level, which will help us on our journey towards the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018, and for the players, their journey towards Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National Excel Director 14-20. “These players know that every time they put that shirt on they have to keep pushing to new levels and that’s what we will be continuing to asking of this group moving towards 2018.”

Canada 4:1 USA

Canada’s U-20 Women’s Team won their opening match in Australia 4-1 over the Americans with goals by Sarah Stratigakis (PK), Jordyn Huitema, Julia Grosso and Florence Laroche.

Both Canada and the Americans fielded young squads, Canada played three U-17 players and the majority of the team have at least two U-20 cycles ahead of them, while the Americans fielded a U-18 team.

Canada’s strong showing in its first match demonstrated how Canada Soccer’s investment in the EXCEL system is continuing to develop players evolved out of the regional EXCEL (REX) system.

“We are really happy to have scored four goals in an international fixture. To score four goals, Canada’s attacking qualities were on show. Overall, we are really happy,” said Priestman.

Canada’s goals came early, starting with a penalty kick from Sarah Stratigakis in the fifth minute. Jordyn Huitema made it 2-0 in the 22nd with a solo effort and a shot from the top of the box. Florence Laroche put Canada up 3-0 in the 73rd after getting past the defense and going one-on-one with the keeper before slipping it by her. Canada’s final goal was scored by Julia Grosso in a perfect free kick from just outside the USA box in the 81st minute. Emina Ekic scored the American’s lone goal in extra time (90’+3).

Canada’s Starting XI against the USA consisted of Rylee Foster in net; Emma Regan, Ashley Cathro, Kaela Hansen, Hannah Taylor on defense; Julia Grosso, Marika Guay and Sarah Stratigakis (Captain) in midfield; and Jordyn Huitema, Jayde Riviere and Florence Laroche up front. Subs for the Canadian side were Sam Chang for Guay and Tanya Boychuk for Huitema in the 46th minute; Gabrielle Carle for Riviere in the 66th; Maya Antoine for Regan in the 74th; and Vital Kats for Grosso in the 85th.

Canada 0:1 Australia

Canada fell 1-0 to Australia in its second match, despite a gritty effort with plenty of chances.

“The match against Australia was very different from the USA match in the sense that we got what we expected from the Australian team, a very physical, aggressive, high pressing team with good experience, and I think that showed,” said Priestman. “The USA played a deep block which allowed us to get our attacking rhythm and break them down, whereas the Australia match was much more chaotic and called upon much more of that Canadian grit, which the team did bring. We had several chances and it was one of those games where the ball just doesn’t find the back of the net, but regardless a great learning experience for the team.”

Australia’s goal came in the 53rd minute, when Alex Chidiac broke away from the defense and managed to slip the ball between the keeper’s legs as she advanced to cut the angle.

Canada’s Starting XI against the Australians consisted of Lysianne Proulx in net; Emma Regan, Ashley Cathro, Olivia Sheppard, Hannah Taylor in defense, Vital Kats, Samantha Chang and Gabrielle Carle (Captain) in midfield; and Lauren Raimondo, Jayde Riviere and Tanya Boychuk up front. Subs for the Canadian side were Sarah Stratigakis for Riviere, Jessica Lisi for Cathro, and Marika Guay for Chang in the 46th minute, Julia Grosso for Kats in the 54th; Kaela Hansen for Sheppard in the 64th; and Florence Laroche for Carle in the 70th.

Retired Women’s National Team players Carmelina Moscato and Rhian Wilkinson served as coaches during the matches, with Moscato heading up the game against the USA and Wilkinson leading the match against the Australians.

The three nations tournament in Canberra, Australia was a key touchpoint prior to CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018, and provided Canada Soccer’s technical staff with an opportunity to assess the group and better understand the curriculum needs going in to 2018’s major events, as well as the development needs of individuals in their journey towards the Women’s National Team.

Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. 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.
 

Canada Soccer’s National EXCEL program’s U20 team will take part in a three nations tournament in Canberra, Australia, with matches against USA on 6 July and Australia 8 July.

“The USA in their nature always give teams a real test, but that is exactly what we are looking for,” said Canada Soccer National EXCEL Director Bev Priestman. “This first match will really provide players with an opportunity to step up and demonstrate what they can bring. The USA are an aggressive team that like to hunt the ball, so this is a great opportununity to apply the different strategies players have learned in the National EXCEL system to enable us to play the way we want to play against the sorts of teams we will face in the future at key events.”

Canada has less experience against Australia’s youth side, who have failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup since 2006, but with qualifiers for the highly competitive Asian conferderation coming up, Priestman expects the home team will put it all out on the pitch.

“We certainly know less about Australia than the USA in terms of historical games, but we do know they reguarly face FIFA Women’s Youth World Cup winners in Asia. We expect them to also be aggressive like the Matildas, that Canada faced at the Olympic games with some Matildas players present at this tournament,” said Priestman. “They will be using this tournament to sharpen their tools for qualification, so we expect another good test in game two, with both teams requiring us to bring alive our Canadian grit while applying our style of play and attacking qualities.”

A key touchpoint prior to CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup France 2019, the tournament in Canberra, Australia will provide Canada Soccer’s technical staff with an opportunity to assess the group and better understand the curriculum needs going in to 2018’s major events as well as the development needs of individuals in their journey towards the Women’s National Team..

“This is a great opportunity to test where the group is at as a team but also to take a look at individual players with the Women’s National Team positional needs in mind for 2019 and beyond.” said Priestman. “We have a good mix of players, some of who have had experience with the Women’s National Team within the National Excel program including Gabby Carle, Sarah Stratigakis, and Jordyn Huitema, and we have identified and brought in some new faces to the program that we believe can bring something to this group. It’s always important to leave that door open for young players to emerge, and I think selections for this competition have proven that.”

Retired Women’s National Team players Carmelina Moscato and Rhian Wilkinson to gain experience leading the series games as co-coaches

Retired Women’s National Team players Moscato and Wilkinson will both gain invaluable experience as co-coaches for the Australia tour. Members of Canada Soccer’s Elite Player to Elite Coach program, Moscato and Wilkinson have already both served as assistant coaches, but will a lead role for the first time in July.

“Both Rhian and Carm have experienced many, many games and tournaments as elite players and have previously seen game time as assistant coaches for our EXCEL teams, but this tour will provide them with an opportunity to get hands on experience leading the group,” said Priestman. “As part of their journey in the Elite Player Elite Coach Program, Canada Soccer targeted this tour as an excellent opportunity to give them opportunity at the helm, knowing this experience will give them key knowledge to draw from as they continue their coaching journey.”
Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level. 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.

Roster substitution: Olivia Sheppard, 19, from Delta, BC (Princeton University) has replaced Kennedy Faulknor due to injury.

 

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