Olympic champions Canada will open their 2022 calendar in England during the February international window at a four nations tournament alongside England, Germany and Spain. The three-match schedule will feature Canada against England on 17 February, Canada against Germany on 20 February, and Canada against Spain on 23 February.
Kickoff times and broadcast details will be announced ahead of the competition. The first matchday will be played at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough (England v Canada and Germany v Spain), the second matchday will be played at Carrow Road in Norwich (Canada v Germany and England v Spain), while the third matchday will be played at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton (Canada v Spain and England v Germany).
“The February Tournament starts 2022 with a fantastic Tier-1 test and another opportunity for Canada to gain critical tournament experience ahead of the Concacaf Women’s Championship in July,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “We know that the new 32-nation FIFA Women’s World Cup will feature 11 European teams, so beating Europeans at both group and knockout stages is something we need learn to master for us to podium at Australia & New Zealand 2023. We have three great opponents lined up and these sorts of tests will only help us to keep pushing forward. It will be a great tournament and spectacle for international football.”
All four nations competing in the new annual competition were ranked amongst the top-10 nations on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, with Germany at third (2,073 ranking points), Canada at sixth (2,021 points), England at eighth (1,973 points) and Spain at 10th (1,935 points). While Canada are preparing for the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship final round in July, Germany, England and Spain are all perfect midway through their respective group phases in UEFA qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.
CANADA SOCCER’S WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo 2020), two-time 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 four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.
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).
WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM CELEBRATION TOUR
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Celebration Tour will continue with home matches in the Spring of 2022, permitting that public health considerations will ensure the safety of all players and fans.
“We can’t wait to be back in Canada to continue the Women’s National Team Celebration Tour, but we will continue to push forward with important matches during the FIFA international window in November,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “Tokyo’s Gold Medal was incredible, but the way in which we got to celebrate with our fans in October made for unbelievable memories that will continue to spur us onto new heights. We can’t wait to be back in the spring on home soil to continue our journey and share the celebration with different parts of the country and our incredibly loyal fans.”
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