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Canada to face USA, Costa Rica and Bermuda in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship

Posted on 1 February 2018 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17

Canada will face USA, Costa Rica and Bermuda in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship taking place at Estadio Nacional in Managua, Nicaragua from 19-29 April 2018. The confederation championship will qualify three teams to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

“It’s an exciting draw for Canada as we will have the opportunity to play two opponents we are familiar with in Costa Rica and USA, but also gain some experience with more of the unknown against Bermuda in our first match of the tournament,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer Women’s U-20 Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15-U-23 after the official draw in Miami on Wednesday. “Many of the squad who recently competed in the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship will be returning for the Under-17 event, so they will be hungry, experienced, and ready to apply what they learned in a similar environment, with heat and tight turnarounds.”

Canada will face Bermuda on Friday 19 April at 17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT), Costa Rica on Sunday 22 April at 17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT), and USA on Tuesday 24 April at 20.00 ET local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) in the Group Stage.

“We know quite a bit about USA, having drew them 1:1 last year in China, so we are excited to be playing a tier-one national team in the group stage. Additionally, we recently faced Costa Rica in the Under-20 competition with the same coach that will be headed to Nicaragua, so that will be familiar, too.”

2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship Nicaragua – Groups

Group A
Nicaragua
Mexico
Puerto Rico
Haiti

Group B
USA
Costa Rica
Canada
Bermuda 

2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship Nicaragua – Match Schedule

Thursday 19 April
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Puerto Rico v Haiti
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) Nicaragua v Mexico

Friday 20 April
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Canada v Bermuda
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) USA v Costa Rica

Saturday 21 April
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Mexico v Puerto Rico
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) Nicaragua v Haiti

Sunday 22 April
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Costa Rica v Canada
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) USA v Bermuda

Monday 23 April
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Mexico v Haiti
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) Nicaragua v Puerto Rico

Tuesday 24 April
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Costa Rica v Bermuda
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) USA v Canada

Friday 27 April – Semi-finals
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Group B Winner v Group A 2nd Place
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) Group A Winner v Group B 2nd Place

Sunday 29 April – 3rd Place Match and Final
17.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT) Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
20.00 local (22.00 ET / 19.00 PT) Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

 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 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 Québec 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.

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