Just as background to this, Canada's WNT has undergone, and is undergoing, quite a transformation under the guidance of new WNT coach Carolina Morace.
We garnered success many years earlier on the world stage, when many women's programs internationally were but in nascent form.We were physical, athletic and very, very direct.Very much like recruiting the biggest baddest girls at U/10 and setting them loose to run over people.This was the leitmotif of our program for many years.
Then everyone grew up.
They grew up learning a more refined technical game and we found ourselves adrift.The ironic part of this was the complete disconnect between our national program and the club level.Frankly, there were club teams that could have schooled our national team, if they had been given the opportunity.Many fine coaches were and continue to teach creative, technical soccer at the grass roots.
Morace has invigorated, enlivened and restored the integrity and effectiveness of the WNT and brought the team into the 21st century.
There is a looooong way to go, but at least there is game intelligence at the helm, now.