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-17
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 and TSN Direct, as well as RDS Info and RDS.ca in Canada.
“Germany are a fantastic team and very strong at any level, so we’ve been diligently doing our homework on their last few games and making sure that our players are as prepared as they can be while still focusing on our core strengths,” said Rhian Wilkinson, Head Coach of Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 team.
In Group D action, Canada defeated Colombia 3:0 in its opening match, followed by a second clean sheet victory over Korea Republic 2:0. Going into the third match having already qualified for the Quarter-final, Canada took the opportunity to rest several key players and give important development opportunities to the extended roster against a technically skilled Spanish side that are current European Champions and have finished in the top three at each of the last three FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups. The 5:0 loss to Spain placed Canada second in the group and set up the knockout Quarter-final match against Germany.
“The mood heading in to the Quarter-final is very good. Coming out of the loss in our last game, it’s a check for these young players; it’s painful, but it’s not always a bad thing to be reminded that we are not the finished product and we want to get better every game we play,” said Wilkinson. “A great thing about working with young players is how quickly they rebound to get over a loss like our last match. With the Quarter-final around the corner, it’s part of my job as their coach to make sure they are feeling relaxed but focused today and I think that’s something we have been successful at.”
Heading into the Quarter-final, 20 of the 21 players on Canada’s roster have seen the pitch at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Jordyn Huitema (2), and Jessica De Feilippo, Lara Kazandjian, and Andersen Williams have scored through the group stage. The valuable experiences these players have gained against the best international players in their age group will further reinforce the Canada Soccer Women’s EXCEL Program curriculum being taught at the Regional EXCEL (REX) Centres across Canada. Having had the opportunity to put in action the lessons learned in REX, Canada Soccer’s U-17 players have taken another big step in their development towards Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.
Drawn into Group C, Germany won its first match against Korea DPR 4:1; lost to Cameroon 1:0 in its second; and, defeated the United States 4:0 in its third and final group stage match to take first place in the group heading into the Quarter-finals.
Germany have featured at every previous edition of the competition, having qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup as European champions on four occasions. Germany have reached the knockout stages in four of their last five appearances at the tournament, only failing to progress beyond the group stage in Costa Rica in 2014. Germany’s best finish to date was third place in New Zealand back in 2008.
Germany’s only defeat in its qualification campaign came against Spain, when they fell 2-0 in the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship Final. The highest-scoring team at that competition with 20 goals in five games, Germany’s scoring prowess is well known, specifically that of Shekiera Martinez who netted nine goals in the qualifiers.
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018
- The official slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is Same Game Same Emotion. (A slogan to unite the generations).
- The tournament's four groups are Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland; Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan; Group C: USA, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany; and, Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Canada, Colombia.
- A total of 32 matches, across four groups containing 16 teams, will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018.
- Korea DPR are the reigning champions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the tournament's most successful competitor with two titles (2008, 2016). Japan (2014), South Korea (2010), and France (2012) have also raised the coveted youth trophy as the world's top U-17 women's team. Korea DPR was also the runner-up in 2012 and Japan was the runner-up in both 2010 and 2016.
- Spain, whom Canada played in its final group stage match, were runners-up in 2014 and third place winners in 2010 and 2016.
- A total of 32 nations have competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup since it started in 2008.
Background – Canada Soccer Women's U-17 National Team
- Canada Soccer's Roster for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018: https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-selects-21-young-players-for-fifa-u-17-women-s-world-cup-uruguay-2018-p161906
- The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 is Canada's sixth appearance in the penultimate competition for players born before 2004. Canada has placed in the top ten participating nations in each edition of the tournament reaching its highest position of seventh in New Zealand 2008 and Azerbaijan 2012. Canada placed tenth at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, eighth at Costa Rica 2014, and ninth in Jordan 2016, with a historical total of six wins, six draws and six losses.
- Canadians registered 14 goals at the competition prior to 2018, with Marie Levasseur topping the goal-scoring list with four in 2014.
- Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 by capturing third place at the Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship earlier this year.
- Canada has twice before placed third in the Concacaf qualifier for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, in Trinidad and Tobago 2008 and Grenada 2016. Canada won the qualifier in Costa Rica 2010 and placed second in both Jamaica 2013 and Grenada 2016. In total, Canada has 17 wins, two draws and six losses in qualification campaigns for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cups.
Following Canada's successful hosting of the inaugural FIFA women's youth tournament, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, FIFA began making plans to hold both the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to match the youth competition format for men. Notably, Canada Soccer Women's National Team Captain Christine Sinclair won the golden boot for most goals at the 2002 tournament as Canada placed runners-up to the USA and launching a rivalry that thrives today.
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 the 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 are viewed as staging posts to assess development and allow for the development of the Women's EXCEL Team Playing Model and tournament processes and expertise which will ultimately prepare players to 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 deliver 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 Quebec from smaller provincial licenced Centres.
Canada Soccer's Women's National Team
Canada is two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada has participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three successive 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 and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
Canada will compete for an eighth FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year. The draw to determine the group stage opponents takes place 8 December in Paris, France.
About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at www.canadasoccer.com