Canada continues journey to Uruguay 2018 at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship.
There are six nations left on the road to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 with only three spots up for grabs at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship.
Having been suspended because of civil unrest in Nicaragua, the competition this week resumes as Canada faces Costa Rica and USA in a pair of group matches before qualification matches on Sunday and Tuesday.
Fans can watch the Canada-Costa Rica match live via Youtube.com/Concacaf this Wednesday 6 June at 14.45 local / 14.45 ET / 11.45 PT. Throughout the competition, fans can follow the Canadian team across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Canada already have one victory in Group B action, a 3:0 win over Bermuda back on 20 April. The competition has now shifted to Bradenton, FL, USA with Canada’s remaining group matches against Costa Rica on 6 June and host USA on 8 June. From those four nations, only two will advance to the semi-final phase with a chance to qualify for Uruguay 2018.
“They have been driving high standards off the pitch and working things through together on the pitch, so it is a very focused group ahead of this next match,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National EXCEL Director U-15 to U-23. “There is focus and excitement to get that (Wednesday) match underway.”
In the opposite group, two nations have already been eliminated, with an upcoming Mexico v Haiti match on 8 June to determine the group winner. Both Mexico and Haiti will advance to the semi-finals to face opponents from Group B on 10 June.
“Our girls are in a really good space and the pre-tournament camp has been great,” said Priestman. “We have been preparing in the Florida setting which has allowed us to get used to the rain, the wind, and the heat. We have put everything into making sure that this group is prepared.”
The Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship provides an important development step on the pathway to the Women’s National Team and future FIFA Women’s World Cups and Olympic Football Tournaments.
“The Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship is a great window and key development step for young, talented players to gain unique tournament experiences and be pitted against some good opposition in a major competition,” said Priestman. “We know and have seen that these competitions and environments provide young players with the chance to bloom and find new personal bests.”
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