Canada will be hoping for another big win at the Women’s World Cup this summer.
Two years ago Canada were crowned Olympic champions after beating Sweden on penalties in the gold medal match, having knocked bitter rivals USA out of the semi-finals. Now, Bev Priestman’s side will be hoping they can build on that win and take over the world in Australia and New Zealand, proving themselves to be more than just USA’s less successful neighbours (as some may see them).
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|Canada to win the Women’s World Cup||33/1|
|Canada to beat Nigeria||1/4|
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Canada’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage fixtures
|Nigeria vs Canada||Melbourne Rectangular Stadium||21 July, 3:30am BST|
|Canada vs Ireland||Perth Rectangular Stadium||26 July, 1pm BST|
|Canada vs Australia||Melbourne Rectangular Stadium||31 July, 11am BST|
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Who could Canada meet in the knockout rounds?
If Canada win Group B, they would face the runners-up of Group D, most likely to be Denmark or China (if England don’t falter). Then, it’s a quarter-final clash against the winners of Group F or Group H’s runners-up, most likely to be France or Brazil.
Things don’t get any easier in the semi-finals as the possibility of England or Germany pops up, before a match-up in the final against the final boss and rivals USA.
|Route as Group B winners||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Denmark|
Canada Women’s World Cup squad
|Kailen Sheridan||Goalkeeper||28||San Diego Wave|
|Allysha Chapman||Defender||34||Houston Dash|
|Gabrielle Carle||Defender||24||Washington Spirit|
|Jayde Riviere||Defender||22||Man Utd|
|Olivia Smith||Midfielder||18||North Toronto Nitros|
|Sophie Schmidt||Midfielder||35||Houston Dash|
|Simi Awujo||Midfielder||19||USC Trojans|
|Christine Sinclair||Forward||40||Portland Thorns|
|Adriana Leon||Forward||30||Portland Thorns|
|Nichelle Prince||Forward||28||Houston Dash|
|Evelyne Viens||Forward||26||Kristianstads DFF|
|Jordyn Huitema||Forward||22||OL Reign|
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Canada players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
Canada World Cup Golden Boot contender – Jordyn Huitema
Christine Sinclair may be fancied by some to lead the Golden Boot race for Canada, being the top goalscorer in international football with 190 goals, but she’s not the leading woman anymore, actually dropping deeper to allow fellow forwards to push forward. Instead, Jordyn Huitema may be the option to lead the line and she’s finally thriving in league football. One of the most promising Canadian players, the 22-year-old was stagnating slightly at PSG, struggling to make an impact in a competitive squad. But last year she returned to North America, signing for NWSL side OL Reign where she is getting herself amongst the goals again. In the current NWSL season, Huitema has four goals in 11 games plus two in three in the Challenge Cup.
This could be the tournament Huitema truly announces herself as the future of Canada’s attack.
Canada player to watch – Julia Grosso
Canada have a lot of interesting players who could make their mark this summer, particularly in midfield. Jessie Fleming is the big name and will carry a lot of Canada’s matches, but Julia Grosso comes into the World Cup off the back of a good season with Juventus. Good might be an understatement to be honest, as Grosso was named Serie A Midfielder of the Season for 2022/23, playing 20 games across the campaign for Juventus as they finished second behind Roma. On a national level, Grosso was the player to score the winning penalty at the 2021 Olympics, securing the gold medal against Sweden. But she won’t want to be defined by that one moment when she was 20, instead hoping it is just the start of a long period of success for Canada.
Canada emerging player to look out for – Olivia Smith
One of the best things about Canada is that they aren’t afraid to get young players in early on, which leads to the likes of Huitema and Grosso combining for over 100 caps despite being just 22.In October 2019 she became the youngest ever player to debut for the senior side at just 15 years and 94 days old. She has a real eye for goal and scored 18 goals in just 11 games for the North Toronto Nitros last campaign, as well two hat-tricks in the U20 qualification matches for Canada in April.
Canada tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
The good thing about Canada’s depth in attack is that they could line up in a number of ways, but Bev Priestman has been favouring a 4-2-3-1 of late, which allows for that extra body up front. As mentioned earlier, Christine Sinclair drops slightly deeper now so she can play just behind Jordyn Huitema, allowing the OL Reign forward to lead the line. Joining them in attack will most likely be Cloe Lacasse and Adriana Leon, with the former also able to play through the middle, bringing together a real fluid attack.
Deeper in midfield, Jessie Fleming and Julia Grosso are building a good partnership, both being able to sit back and push forward — with Quinn also a possibility for when games need someone more defensive-minded. At the back, Kailen Sheridan is the top choice between the sticks and, presuming everyone is fit, Kadeisha Buchanan and Vanessa Gilles should be the centre-back pairing with Ashley Lawrence and Allysha Chapman the full-backs.
Where are Canada in the FIFA world rankings?
Canada are currently seventh in the FIFA world rankings, sandwiched between Spain and Brazil.
Who is the Canada manager?
Bev Priestman is the current Canada manager, holding the role since 2020 and leading them to Olympic glory in 2021.
Who is the current Canada captain?
Christine Sinclair is Canada’s captain as well as the nation’s most-capped player (by over 100 games) and all-time top scorer.
How many times have Canada won the World Cup?
Canada are yet to win the World Cup, with their best finish being fourth at the 2003 tournament, losing to USA in the third-place playoff.
How many times have Canada competed in the World Cup?
Canada have played at World Cups so far, with this being their eighth appearance. The North American nation have only been absent at one World Cup, the debut edition in 1991.
Who has scored Canada’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Unsurprisingly, Christine Sinclair has scored more World Cup goals than any other Canadian player, netting 10 across five tournaments.