Canada Women’s National Team to play France on 9 April in Rennes.
Canada Women’s National Team will play France, ranked 6th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, in April as it continues to gear up for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.
The international friendly, against the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ hosts will take place at Roazhan Park, one of nine stadiums to be used during the tournament. The international match will kick off at 21.00 local (15.00 ET / 12.00 PT).
“The invitation to play the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts during their preparation for the tournament speaks to the high regard for Canada as a nation and a team,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “As we know from hosting in 2015, a lot of attention is given to the national team’s lead up, so the invitation to play France, in a FIFA World Cup venue, means we will have a well-attended match with strong opposition. It is an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with France and how it will be like in 2019.”
Canada has a long history with France, notably in the Olympics Games where Canada defeated France at the London 2012 Olympic Games to claim its first Olympic Bronze Medal. Canada again defeated France at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Quarter-final stage, before winning its second consecutive Olympic Bronze Medal.
“France are, first of all, one of these great nations that continues to improve and they are always a podium contender going into major tournaments,” said Heiner-Møller. “They are a great side with many skillful players on the ball. While they haven’t had a lot of success in recent tournaments, they are always a great team to face to push our team.”
Upcoming tournament: Algarve Cup
Canada have already announced they will be playing in the 2018 Algarve Cup, the prestigious annual international women’s tournament in Portugal running from 28 February to 7 March 2018. The tournament will mark newly-appointed Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller’s first competitive matches at the helm with Canada having won the 12-team tournament in 2016 and finishing as runners up in 2017.
Drawn into Group B, Canada will face Sweden in their opening match on 28 February at 19.00 local (13.00 ET / 10.00 PT) at Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, followed by Russia on 2 March at 19.00 local (13.00 ET / 10.00 PT) at Estádio Algarve, and Korea Republic on 5 on March at 15.00 local (09.00 ET / 06.00 PT) at Lagos Municipal Stadium. All teams will play a fourth match on 7 March to determine the tournament standings.
Upcoming Home Match in Hamilton, Ontario
Following the away match against France, Canada will return home to play Olympic winners Germany, ranked second in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, in Hamilton, Ontario on 10 June 2018. Canada, the two-time Olympic Bronze Medal winners and ranked fifth in the world, will welcome the reigning Olympic Champions to Tim Hortons Field for the Sunday afternoon match (14.00 ET / 11.00 PT).
Individual tickets to the Canada v Germany match will go on sale to the public on Thursday 8 March at 10.00 ET / 07.00 PT via Ticketmaster.ca. The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a 48-hour pre-sale for Canada Soccer Insiders. Tickets to the match start as low $20 (plus applicable fees) and fans will once again be able to take advantage of a ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections.