Canada to face Japan in London 2012 opener on 25 July.
Canada has been on the pitch in the City of Coventry, with training sessions now scheduled every day in advance of the Wednesday Women’s Olympic Football Tournament opening match. Canada trained again on Sunday 22 July, followed by a meeting with some of the international media who will cover the London 2012 Olympics starting with the Canada-Japan group match on 25 July.
Group opponents Canada, Japan, South Africa and Sweden are all in Coventry before the start of the London 2012 Olympics. The Japan-Canada match kicks off at 17.00 local (12.00 ET / 09.00 PT) while the Sweden-South Africa match kicks off at 19.45 local (14.45 ET / 11.45 PT).
“We are working on the things that will hopefully take us through to the podium,” said Canadian head coach John Herdman. “We are constantly working on four or five things, so hopefully those will be the things that get us there in the end.”
On Monday, Canada’s training session will be followed by an Official Welcome Press Conference at the City of Coventry Stadium. All four Group F teams (Canada’s group) will be available to the media on Monday at the City of Coventry Stadium.
From the goal out, Canada’s Olympic squad features Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod as goalkeepers, Emily Zurrer, Carmelina Moscato, Robyn Gayle, Rhian Wilkinson, Candace Chapman, Chelsea Stewart and Lauren Sesselmann as defenders, and Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Melissa Tancredi, Kelly Parker, Jonelle Filigno and Brittany Timko from the midfield up through to the attack.
Twelve teams will compete at the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament from 25 July to 9 August. Teams are split into three groups, with Great Britain, Brazil, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E, Canada, Japan, South Africa and Sweden in Group F, and Colombia, France, Korea DPR and USA in Group G. In the London 2012 group phase, Canada will face Japan on 25 July, South Africa on 28 July, and Sweden on 31 July.
For full coverage of Canada’s road to the London 2012 Olympics, fans can follow all the news at CanadaSoccer.com/madeforthis. Fans are also encouraged to connect with Canada’s national teams via twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN, facebook.com/CanadaSoccer, flickr.com/canadasoccer, and youtube.com/canadasoccertv.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.