Starting on Wednesday, Canada will begin play at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The Red and White are one of only six nations to have qualified for every tournament since it was launched in 2008, joining Germany, Ghana, Japan, New Zealand, and North Korea.
The Red and White bring a talented team to the world stage, featuring six players from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer.
Here is the run down:
HOW DO I WATCH?
All matches will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS!
WHO AND WHEN DO THEY PLAY?
Canada are in a tough Group D alongside Colombia, Korea Republic, and Spain. The Spaniards have been particularly strong in the youth ages of late, finishing in third place at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and runners-up at the recent 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Korea, meanwhile, won the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarterfinals, starting on Saturday, November 24. The semifinals will then take place on Wednesday, November 28. The third place match and final will conclude the tournament on Saturday, December 1.
WHO IS REPRESENTING THE ‘CAPS?
Both Huitema and Young have already debuted for Canada’s senior women’s national team, with the Chilliwack-born Huitema recently helping the senior team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with four goals in the Concacaf Women’s Championship tournament.
Shaw was recently named Whitecaps FC Female Most Promising Player for 2018, while Williams led Canada in scoring during qualification for this U-17 World Cup.
Annnnd congrats to Caitlin Shaw, our 2018 Most Promising Female Player! pic.twitter.com/ljPg2kCgjt— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) October 25, 2018
In addition to the players, Canada head coach Rhian Wilkinson will be coming to Vancouver after the tournament to take charge of the Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer REX program. Also on the staff is REX assistant coach Michael Norris.
"Going into this tournament, we are really excited and pumped,” Huitema told CanadaSoccer.com. “It's a new group, and I think we have a lot of experience balanced with players who still play off instinct. We know Colombia are very technical, and they love to play with the ball at their feet so that it will be a really defensive game and we will have to put the work into making transitions successful, but we are ready for the fight. Every game in a FIFA Women's World Cup is a fight so we have been putting in the work while we can, and we'll hopefully get a result."
Watch #Canw17 Coach Rhian Wilkinson and Captain Jordyn Huitema look ahead to Canada’s first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 match against Colombia (Live on TSN2 ans RDS2 at 17:00 ET/14:00 PT Wed. 14 November!) @rhirhi8 @JordynHuitema @FIFAWWC #U17wwc @TSN_Sports @RDSca pic.twitter.com/JKSMi10whk— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) November 12, 2018