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Canada names its squad for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

A 21-member Canadian squad for the biennial FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Costa Rica from August 10 to 28 has been announced.

A 21-member Canadian squad for the biennial FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Costa Rica from August 10 to 28 has been announced. The Canada squad, selected by U-20 coach Cindy Tye, will travel to Costa Rica next month and be amongst the 16 nations participating in the biennial event.
“We know that the experience of competing and being exposed to different styles of play is critical for our young players’ development,” said Cindy Tye, Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-20 National Team Coach.

“It will be a great opportunity for this age group to be tested on the international stage and we can’t wait to get started, ” he added.

Canada has been drawn into Group C for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 and will face Korea Republic on August11,  France on August 14, and Nigeria on August 17.

Beyond the group phase, the quarter-finals are  scheduled for 20 and 21 August 20 and 21 , the semi-finals for  August 25, and both the match for third place and final on August 28.

Canada qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup earlier this year by finishing in third place at the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic. In seven matches in just over two weeks, Canada posted six wins and one loss with 32 goals scored and just one goal conceded in seven international matches in the Concacaf competition.

To be eligible for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022, players must be born in 2002 or later. Already this year, Canada Soccer has featured 40 different players in youth camps for this age category, including a recent camp in Ontario that provided coach Tye with an opportunity to assess and reassess players since the Concacaf tournament in February and March.

Of note, this will be the first FIFA youth tournament since the global pandemic cancelled  global tournaments in 2020 and 2021. Already this year, Canada has qualified for both the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. From the Concacaf region, Canada, Mexico, USA and hosts Costa Rica have all qualified for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

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 has 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 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 has qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all seven editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).

The squad:
Anna Karpenko,   Zoe Burns , Mia Pante,  Jade Rose,  Annika Leslie , Maya Ladhani,  Florianne Jourde, Sonia Walk, Miya Grant-Clavijo,  Nikayla Small , Kaila Novak,  Vivianne Bessette,  Simi Awujo, Brooklyn Courtnall,   Élisabeth Tsé ,  Keera Melenhorst,  Holly Ward,  Olivia Smith, Serita Thurton ,  Sierra Giorgio , and  Coralie Lallier.

 

 

 

Prabhjot Singh