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Rhian Wilkinson named Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Team Head Coach

Posted on 8 August 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer has appointed Rhian Wilkinson as Head Coach of its Women’s U-20 and U-17 National Teams in the build up to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. As part of Canada Soccer’s fully aligned National Team Program, Wilkinson wi More

Canada Soccer announces squad for Women’s National U-20 Team Camp in Burnaby

Posted on 8 August 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the Women’s National U-20 Excel camp in Burnaby, British Columbia from 11-16 August. The six-day camp will continue Canada’s preparations for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2020. This will mark the first national camp with Rhian More

Canada Soccer wraps up promising women’s youth international camp in England

Posted on 17 July 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program won two of three matches at a youth international series in England, with six goals scored against their two opponents. After a narrow 2:3 loss to England in their first match, Canada won 2:0 over Northern Ireland and then 2:1 in a second match again More

Canada Soccer announces U-20 squad for international series in England

Posted on 5 July 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer has announced its roster for a three-match Women’s U-20 international series to be played in England from 9-16 July. The Canada squad, featuring players born 2000 or later, will face England twice at St. George’s Park in Burton and Northern Ireland once at Harrison Park in More

Canada Soccer announces squad for May camp in Markham

Posted on 26 April 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer will hold a six-day Women’s U-17 camp in Markham, Ontario as part of the Women’s EXCEL Program. The 5-10 May 2019 camp will feature players from Canada Soccer’s Super REX Centres in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec as well as Regional EXCEL Centres from acr More

Canada Soccer begins new women’s youth cycle after best-ever U-17 finish at Uruguay 2018

Posted on 1 February 2019 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

On the heels of a historic fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018, Canada Soccer opens a new cycle on the road to the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program will begin with their qualification journey with a week-long Regional EXCEL Program ide More

Canada finish fourth at Uruguay 2018 after falling 1:2 to New Zealand

Posted on 1 December 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada finished fourth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling 1:2 to New Zealand in the Match for Third Place at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. One of only three nations in the world to have finished top-10 in all six editions since 2008, Canada finished with thei More

Canada aiming for a podium finish at Uruguay 2018 in Match for Third Place against New Zealand

Posted on 30 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team is aiming for a podium finish at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 as it gears up for the Match for Third Place against New Zealand on Saturday 1 December at 16:00 local (14:00 ET/11:00 PT) LIVE on TSN1 and RDS2 in Canada.“This tea More

Canada to play for third place at Uruguay 2018 after 0:1 loss to Mexico

Posted on 29 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team will now play for third place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling 0:1 to Mexico in the Semi-final at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Canada will face New Zealand in the Match for Third Place on Saturday 1 December at More

Canada sets sights on Concacaf rival Mexico for Uruguay 2018 Semi-final

Posted on 27 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team will face-off against Mexico in an historic FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Semi-final when the Concacaf rivals clash at 19.00 local (17.00 ET / 14.00 PT) on Wednesday 28 November. Both teams will be making their Semi-final debut in this competition an More

Canada make history with 1:0 Quarter-final win over Germany at Uruguay 2018

Posted on 26 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team have earned a Semi-final berth at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 for the first time in program history. Canada defeated Germany 1:0 in the Quarter-final at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo on a goal by Jordyn Huitema (83’). More

Preview: Canada to face strong German side in Uruguay 2018 Quarter-final

Posted on 23 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team will face a strong German side in the Quarter-final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 on Sunday, 25 November 2018 at 19:00 Local time (17:00 ET/14:00 PT) at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. The match will be available on TSN.ca a More

Canada set sights on Quarter-final at Uruguay 2018 after final group stage match

Posted on 21 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team have taken second place in Group D at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after falling 5:0 to Spain in their final group stage match. Having already qualified for the Quarter-final with six points through their opening two matches, C More

Canada reach Quarter-finals at Uruguay 2018 after 2:0 win over Korea Republic

Posted on 17 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team remain undefeated after two matches at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Canada defeated Korea Republic 2:0 in their second group stage match at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo to move into first place in Group D with Spain and Col More

Canada open FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 with 3:0 victory over Colombia

Posted on 15 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team defeated Colombia 3:0 in the opening match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 at Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo. Jordyn Huitema’s 77’ minute goal earned Canada three points in Group D. Spain also earned three points i More

Canada looks forward to the opening match at FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 11 November 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer's Women's U-17 team is making final preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 taking place 13 November to 1 December.  The team has been training in Montevideo, where Canada's group stage matches will be held, since the beginning of the month.Drawn into Group D More

Canada Soccer selects 21 young players for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 29 October 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer has named the 21 players selected to represent Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 taking place 13 November to 1 December.   Canada’s team for the most prestigious women’s soccer event for players born before 2004 will be coached by two-ti More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-15 side take 5th at 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship

Posted on 11 August 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s youngest players from the Women’s EXCEL Program gained invaluable tournament experience at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship, ending the tournament in 5th place.Canada won three of its four matches, with a 1:0 win over Dominican Republic, a 7: 0 win ove More

Canada Soccer announces squad for CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship

Posted on 26 July 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer will have an opportunity to develop some of their youngest players from the Women’s EXCEL Program at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship from 6 to 13 August. Canada will play at least four international matches and hopefully a fifth as they aim to reach the confe More

Canada qualifies for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018

Posted on 12 June 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

A late goal from Andersen Williams gave Canada a 2:1 victory over Haiti and secured the young Canadians’ spot at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. All the scoring was done in the second half, with Canada's Jordyn Huitema and Haiti's Melchie Dumonay the goalscorers before the More

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Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the Women’s National U-20 Excel camp in Burnaby, British Columbia from 11-16 August. The six-day camp will continue Canada’s preparations for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2020.
 
This will mark the first national camp with Rhian Wilkinson officially in charge as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National U-20 and U-17 Team Head Coach. Wilkinson was recently appointed to the position coming through Canada Soccer’s Elite Player-Elite Coach program. She has worked with several Canadian teams through the Women’s Excel Program since 2014, includes roles as an Assistant Coach at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ as well as Head Coach of Canada’s fourth-place finish at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.
 
The Canada camp features players from schools and clubs in Canada and the United States, notably before the start of the 2019-20 NCAA campaign. Every player in the camp also has experience coming through the Women’s National Excel Program, several since as early as 2014, as well as the Regional Excel Program Centres across Canada. Sixteen of the 20 players in this camp have participated at either a FIFA or Concacaf youth tournament over the past five years.
 
With the start of the new 2019-2020 cycle to the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, there are nine players in this camp that have just graduated into this age group from last year’s fourth-place finish at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Only players born 2000 or later are eligible for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
 
Just last month, Canada’s U-20 team held a 13-day camp in England featuring a pair of Canada victories against Northern Ireland and England.
 
 
Rhian Wilkinson hired as Women’s National U-20/U-17 Team Head Coach
Canada Soccer has appointed Rhian Wilkinson as Head Coach of its National U20 and U17 Teams in the build up to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. As part of Canada Soccer’s fully aligned National Team Program, Wilkinson will serve as Head Coach of both youth teams as well as an Assistant Coach to Kenneth Heiner-Møller for the Women’s National Team.
 
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“What an incredible honour to be able to lead the country I love at the U-20 and U-17 levels,” said Rhian Wilkinson of her appointment as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National U-20/U-17 Team Head Coach. “I have been very fortunate to have been mentored throughout my coaching journey. Canada Soccer developed the Elite Player-Elite Coach program from which I have benefited hugely and I have been guided by John Herdman and then Kenneth Heiner-Møller, two giants in the women’s game.”
 
CANADA SOCCER’S WOMEN’S EXCEL PROGRAM
Canada Soccer’s Women’s Excel Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level from the U-14 to U-20 age groups. The program delivers an aligned talent structure that produces more gold-medal standard players that progress to the Women’s National Team. Across Concacaf, FIFA, and other youth competitions, players develop the Women’s Excel Program Playing Model and benefit from invaluable tournament expertise.
 
Additionally, Canada Soccer’s most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Women’s Excel Centres. The program delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum through a two-tiered talent system, with three Excel Super Centres in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec supported by smaller Regional Excel Centres positioned across the country.
 
FIFA TOURNAMENTS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is held every two years, with the next edition in 2020. For the next edition, only players born 2000 or later are eligible to participate. The Concacaf Women's Under-20 Championship serves as Canada's qualification route for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
 
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf 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 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 2015) 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.
 
 
CANADA
GK- Kayza Massey | USA / West Virginia University
GK- Emily McCue | USA / Florida Gulf Coast University
CB- Maya Antoine | CAN / Vaughan SC
CB- Kennedy Gray | USA / Miami University at Ohio
CB- Jade Rose | CAN / Unionville Milliken SC
FB- Olivia Cooke | USA / University of South Florida
FB- Élisabeth Tsé | CAN / CS Phénix des Rivières de Québec
FB- Julianne Vallerand | USA / West Virginia University
M- Marika Guay | USA / Santa Clara University
M- Lara Kazandjian | CAN / CS Mont-Royal Outremont
M- Maya Ladhani | CAN / Vaughan SC
M- Allison Remington | USA / University of Washington
M- Sonia Walk | CAN / North Toronto SC
F- Teni Akindoju | USA / University of Texas
F- Tanya Boychuk | USA / University of Memphis
F- Jessica De Filippo | USA / University of Louisville
W- Caleigh Boeckx | USA / Rice University
W- Shana Flynn | USA / UCLA
W- Mya Jones | USA / University of Memphis
W- Léonie Portelance | CAN / AS Varennes
 
CANADA A-Z
Player | Birthyear | Where they grew up | First club/active start
Akindoju, Teni | 2001 | Halifax, NS, CAN | Halifax Dunbrack SC
Antoine, Maya | 2001 | Vaughan, ON, CAN | Vaughan SC
Boeckx, Caleigh | 2000 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Calgary Blizzard Olympic
Boychuk, Tanya | 2000 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | McLeod Community League
Cooke, Olivia | 2001 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa South United SC
De Filippo, Jessica | 2001 | Montréal, QC, CAN | CS St-Lazare Hudson
Flynn, Shana | 2000 | Maple & Brampton, ON, CAN | Vaughan SC
Gray, Kennedy | 2001 | Grande Prairie and St. Albert, AB, CAN | Grande Prairie United SC
Guay, Marika | 2000 | Châteauguay, QC, CAN | AS Châteauguay
Jones, Mya | 2001 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Calgary South West United
Kazandjian, Lara | 2002 | Kirkland, QC, CAN | CS Lakeshore
Ladhani, Maya | 2002 | Guelph, ON, CAN | Guelph SA
Massey, Kayza | 2001 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa Gloucester Dragons
McCue, Emily | 2001 | Victoria, BC, CAN | Gordon Head SA
Portelance, Léonie | 2001 | Brossard, QC, CAN | AS Brossard
Remington, Allison | 2002 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Calgary South West United
Rose, Jade | 2003 | Markham, ON, CAN | Markham SC
Tsé, Élisabeth | 2002 | Québec, QC, CAN | CS Phénix des Rivières de Québec
Vallerand, Julianne | 2001 | Terrebonne, QC, CAN | CS Terrebonne
Walk, Sonia | 2002 | Toronto, ON, CAN | East York SC
 

Canada Soccer has appointed Rhian Wilkinson as Head Coach of its Women’s U-20 and U-17 National Teams in the build up to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. As part of Canada Soccer’s fully aligned National Team Program, Wilkinson will serve as Head Coach of both youth teams as well as an Assistant Coach to Kenneth Heiner-Møller for the Women’s National Team.
 
Wilkinson will lead Canada’s youth teams in the current cycle starting with the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship and Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, with dates yet to be announced. From there, Canada will aim to qualify for both the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. While her priority will be the national youth teams, she will also work with the Women’s National Team pending schedule availability.
 
 “We are very excited to have Rhian Wilkinson on board as Canada Soccer’s Women’s National U-20 and U-17 Head Coach because she is talented and has excelled as a Head Coach at pinnacle events like the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s National Excel Director. “She has been a great support to the Women’s National Team Program both on and off the pitch thanks to her great character, her insight, and competence.”
 
Wilkinson most recently served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program, which served as one of three Canada Soccer Super Excel Centres across the country. With the National Women’s Team, she was an Assistant Coach at both the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship and FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. She also served as Head Coach at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 when Canada posted a best-ever fourth-place finish.
 
“What an incredible honour to be able to lead the country I love at the U-20 and U-17 levels,” said Rhian Wilkinson. “I have been very fortunate to have been mentored throughout my coaching journey. Canada Soccer developed the Elite Player-Elite Coach program from which I have benefited hugely and I have been guided by John Herdman and then Kenneth Heiner-Møller, two giants in the women’s game.”
 
Wilkinson got her start in a coaching role with Canada in 2014 as an Assistant Coach with the Quarter-finalists at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014. As part of Canada Soccer’s Women’s Excel Program, it ensured Canada’s elite players were leading elite players in core positions throughout the Excel Program with a positive impact on performance. She has since obtained her Canada Soccer Coaching B Licence in 2015 and her UEFA A Diploma for Coaching in 2019. She has also served in the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Program alongside mentor coach Hope Powell.
 
As a player, Wilkinson spent 15 years on the Women’s National Team and won the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Championship as well as back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016. In all, she participated at four FIFA Women’s World Cups, three Olympic Football Tournaments and won medals at all six Concacaf tournaments and all three Pan American Games in which played. A six-time Québec Soccer Player of the Year, she made 181 international “A” appearances and recorded seven goals and 23 assists.
 
“I would like to thank Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” said Wilkinson. “The experience I have gained on and off the field, working with their top athletes as well as their staff, has been an important step in my development. They supported me from day one and encouraged me while I finished my UEFA A license, as well as supported me in my role as one of the Assistant Coaches for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.”
 
WOMEN’S EXCEL PROGRAM
Canada Soccer’s Women’s Excel Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level from the U-14 to U-20 age groups. The program delivers an aligned talent structure that progresses players from the youth levels to the Women’s National Team. Across Concacaf, FIFA, and other youth competitions, players develop the Women’s Excel Program Playing Model and benefit from invaluable tournament expertise.
 
Additionally, Canada Soccer’s most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Women’s Excel Centres. The program delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum through a two-tiered talent system, with three Excel Super Centres in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec supported by smaller Regional Excel Centres positioned across the country.
 
FIFA TOURNAMENTS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf 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.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program won two of three matches at a youth international series in England, with six goals scored against their two opponents. After a narrow 2:3 loss to England in their first match, Canada won 2:0 over Northern Ireland and then 2:1 in a second match against England.
 
The 13-day Canada camp featured a mix of Canadian players born 2000 to 2003, all of whom will be eligible for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2020. As the first national camp for the age group, the camp provided Canada’s young players with the opportunity to connect with each other both on and off the pitch as a team.
 
The matches against England were played on 9 and 16 July at St. George’s Park in Burton while the match against Northern Ireland was played on 11 July in Leek Town. Three different players made their first-ever appearances for Canada: Aleisha Ganief, Chloe Minas and Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal.
 
Across the three matches, Canada’s goals were scored by Caitlin Shaw and Tanya Boychuk in the first match, Kaila Novak and Andersen Williams in the second match, and Jessica De Filippo and Lara Kazandjian in the third match. All 20 players were featured across the three matches.
 
All 20 players in the Canada squad are currently or have previously been featured in Canada Soccer’s Regional EXCEL Program across the country. Thirteen of the 20 players have previously featured at a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, 10 of whom helped Canada finish fourth at last year’s edition at Uruguay 2018. Fifteen of Canada’s 20 players have previously featured at a Concacaf youth tournament.
 
CANADA SOCCER’S WOMEN’S EXCEL PROGRAM
Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level from the U-14 to U-20 age groups. The program delivers an aligned talent structure that produces more gold-medal standard players that progress to the Women’s National Team. Across Concacaf, FIFA, and other youth competitions, players develop the Women’s EXCEL Program Playing Model and benefit from invaluable tournament expertise.
 
Additionally, Canada Soccer’s most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Women’s EXCEL Centres. The program delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum through a two-tiered talent system, with three EXCEL Super Centres in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec supported by smaller Regional EXCEL Centres positioned across the country.
 
FIFA TOURNAMENTS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is held every two years, with the next edition in 2020. For the next edition, only players born 2000 or later are eligible to participate. The CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship serves as Canada's qualification route for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
 
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf 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 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 2015) 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 Ol

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