Canada will face Cameroon, New Zealand and Netherlands in the group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Canada are handing off the competition to France having hosted the most recent edition in six Canadian cities from coast to coast in 2015 when a record 1.35 million fans attended the competition.
Seeded in Pot A, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team were drawn into Group E at the Official Draw held on 8 December 2018 in Paris, France. Canada have most recently been ranked fifth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and finished second at the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship in October.
Canada’s campaign will begin on Monday, June 10 when they face Cameroon at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France. Canada will then travel to Grenoble for their second group match on Saturday, June 15 against New Zealand at Stade des alpes. Canada then conclude the group phase in Reims on Thursday, June 20 with a match against Netherlands at Stade August-Velaune.
“We are excited and really looking forward to the tournament, especially now that we know who we will face in the group stage,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “There are quite a few nations here that could win it and Canada are certainly one of them. We are confident and have shown that we can beat the best on the world stage, so we are now focusing primarily on pushing and challenging ourselves throughout the first half of 2019, then fine tuning in preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ next summer.”
Canada will face two familiar foes at France 2019 after previously facing both New Zealand and Netherlands in the group stage at Canada 2015. The opening match against Cameroon, meanwhile, will be the first-ever encounter between the two nations. Canada have a record of six wins, four draws and one loss in 11 international matches against New Zealand and nine wins, three draws in 12 international matches against Netherlands.
The draw was made at the La Seine Musicale in Paris, with the 24 competing nations spit into six groups from the four different pots, based on FIFA’s Women’s World Rankings. The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ kicks off on Friday, June 7 when hosts France play Korea Republic at the renowned Parc des Princes in Paris, four years and 1 day after Canada kicked off the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ against China in Edmonton, AB.
“FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ marked a watershed moment for the sport in our country with record setting attendance and global viewership figures,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli, who was the CEO of the National Organizing Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. “Four years later, we look to build on our historic performances on the field and pass the hosting baton to the France organizing committee.”
Monday 10 June - Canada vs Cameroon 21.00 local (15.00 ET / 12.00 PT) at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier
Saturday 15 June - Canada vs New Zealand 21.00 local (15.00 ET / 12.00 PT) at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble
Thursday 20 June - Canada vs Netherlands 18.00 local (12.00 ET / 09.00 PT) at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims
Group A: France, Korea Republic, Norway, Nigeria
Group B: Germany, China PR, Spain, South Africa
Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica
Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan
Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands
Group F: USA, Thailand, Chile, Sweden
Canada and FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Facts
- Canada hosted the record-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, where 1,353,506 fans attended matches, setting a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™. The highest attended match of the tournament was 54,027 for the Canada vs. England quarter-final in Vancouver.
- Canada have attended every FIFA Women's World Cup™ except for the inaugural edition and will be mounting their seventh title push at France 2019.
- Canada secured a place at France 2019 by downing Panama 7-0 in the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in Frisco, Texas.
- Of the 30 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ qualification matches Canada have contested in total, Canada have won 25 and lost only five, all against the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title holders USA.
- Canada’s best appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ was a fourth-place finish in 2003.
- Canada’s Captain Christine Sinclair has made the most FIFA Women’s World Cup™ appearances with 17 and scored the most goals with nine (9) of any Canadian player over four tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015). Sinclair is one of nine (9) players to have scored in four editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
- Canada is ninth (9th) in all-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ rankings with 23 matches played, six wins, five draws, 12 losses. Canada has scored 30 goals and conceded 49 goals in the competition over six editions.
Canada Soccer's Women's National Team
Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have 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.