Canada Soccer announced on Monday that three members of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX program - part of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System - have been called up to the women's U-17 national team camp in Mexico City, Mexico from November 25 to December 2. The eight-day camp, which will include international matches against Mexico on November 29 and December 1, will continue Canada’s preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020.
The Canada squad features Canadian players from across the country, notably through Canada Soccer’s Regional EXCEL Program. The camp features four players making their debuts in Canada colours: goalkeeper Leah Parsons, centre back Sheridan Michel, midfielder Vanessa Frelih, and forward Eden Bretzer.
The Canada squad also features nine players who took part in last year’s Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship led by head coach Rhian Wilkinson, a former women’s national team player. That squad finished in fifth place after posting three wins and one loss in four international matches in August 2018. Olivia Smith, who scored in the Concacaf fifth-place match, recently became Canada’s youngest women’s national team player by making her international “A” debut on November 7, 2019 in Yongchuan, China PR.
Beyond the two matches in November and December, Canada will compete in the next edition of the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship in 2020, from which the top-three teams will qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s EXCEL Program brings together the best with the best at the national youth level from the U-14 to U-20 age groups. The program delivers an aligned talent structure that produces more gold-medal standard players that progress to the Women’s National Team. Across Concacaf, FIFA, and other youth competitions, players develop the Women’s EXCEL Program Playing Model and benefit from invaluable tournament expertise.
Additionally, Canada Soccer’s most talented U-14 to U-18 players are offered a specialised daily training environment through the Women’s EXCEL Centres. The program delivers Canada Soccer’s national curriculum through a two-tiered talent system, with three EXCEL Super Centres in British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec supported by smaller Regional EXCEL Centres positioned across the country.
FIFA TOURNAMENTS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is held every two years, with the next edition in 2020. For the next edition, only players born 2003 or later are eligible to participate. The CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship serves as Canada's qualification route for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams have won four Concacaf 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 have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).
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 seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup (1995 to 2015) and three consecutive 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.
GK- Ann Stéphanie Fortin | CAN / CS Longueuil
GK- Leah Parsons | CAN / Calgary Blizzard SC
CB- Annika Leslie | CAN / Super REX Ontario
CB- Sheridan Michel | CAN / Super REX Ontario
CB- Nyah Rose | CAN / Super REX Ontario
FB- Nyema Ingleton | CAN / Calgary South West United
FB- Mia Pante | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX
FB- Taliyah Walker | CAN / Super REX Ontario
M- Florence Belzile | CAN / Super REX Ontario
M- Vanessa Frelih | CAN / Super REX Ontario
M- Florianne Jourde | CAN / AS Monteuil Laval
M- Thaea Mouratidis | CAN / Super REX Ontario
M- Isabella Muzzolini | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX
M- Nikayla Small | CAN / Super REX Ontario
F- Eden Bretzer | CAN / REX Alberta FC Edmonton
F- Audrey Chelsie François | CAN / CS Monteuil Laval
F- Nicola Golen | CAN / Super REX Ontario
F- Miya Grant-Clavijo | CAN / Super REX Ontario
F- Olivia Smith | CAN / Super REX Ontario
F- Holly Ward | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX