Canada Soccer’s U-17 women’s national team begin their run in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship in Nicaragua this coming Friday, April 20 when they take on Bermuda at 4:30 p.m. PT. Fans can watch all matches live via Facebook.com/concacafcom. In addition, exclusive behind-the scenes content and post-match commentary are available on Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
The squad features nine players from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Super REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer. The list includes defender Maya Antoine, midfielders Stella Downing, Maya Ladhani, and Caitlin Shaw, and forwards Teni Akindoju, Jordyn Huitema, Jayde Riviere, Aaliyah Scott, and Andersen Williams.
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Following Saturday’s match, Canada play Costa Rica on Sunday, April 22 (4:30 p.m. PT) and the United States on Tuesday, April 24 (7 p.m. PT).Two nations from the group will then advance to the semifinal phase.
“We have an exciting draw with two familiar opponents in Costa Rica and USA along with an exciting opening match against Caribbean side Bermuda,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15 to U-23. “This competition provides a great opportunity for players to experience new styles of play, heat, quick turnarounds between matches, and ultimately perform and flourish under pressure to qualify for a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. It is a huge learning experience.”
Two teams from the Concacaf U-17 Championship will advance to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, running from November 13 to December 1.
Under an aligned Women’s EXCEL Program, the 20 Canadian players will have collectively accumulated more than 2,000 player days in Canada Soccer’s women’s youth program by the time their competition starts on 20 April. Three players (Teni Akindoju, Jayde Riviere, and Caitlin Shaw) have already accumulated more than 200 camp days and three players have already earned their first call up to the Women’s National Team (Riviere, Jordyn Huitema, and Ariel Young).
All 20 players are also currently enrolled at Canada Soccer’s Super EXCEL Centres in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec, with two players previously at Regional EXCEL Centres in Nova Scotia (Akindoju) and Alberta (Andersen Williams).
Also highlighted in the squad, 11 players have previous experience at a Concacaf youth competition, be it at the U-15, U-17, or U-20 level. Among the nine debutants, the three youngest are 15-year old players Stella Downing, Jade Rose, and Élisabeth Tsé.
“We have a really motivated group and the final 20 spots were very difficult to select, but I know the players selected can’t wait until that first whistle at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship,” said Priestman. “Our players will do everything they can to make Canada proud.”