France face Canada on Thursday 4th April 2013 for the first time since the London 2012 Bronze medal match which saw Canada win 1-0.


The International Friendly on 4th April will be hosted at the Stade du Ray in Nice. Kick-off  18:30 local time / 12:30pm ET.


France head coach Bruno Bini has announced his roster as: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon), Céline Deville (Lyon), Laure Boulleau (Paris Saint-Germain), Anaïg Butel (Juvisy), Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), Corine Franco (Lyon)
Laura Georges (Lyon), Jessica Houara (Paris Saint-Germain), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Camille Abily (Lyon), Camille Catala (Juvisy), Louisa Necib (Lyon), Sandrine Soubeyrand (Juvisy), Gaëtane Thiney (Juvisy), Marie-Laure Delie (Montpellier), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon), Elodie Thomis (Lyon), and Laëtitia Tonazzi (Lyon).


Canada travel to France with a 19-player rosterErin McLeod (USA / Chicago Red Stars), Karina LeBlanc (USA / Portland Thorns FC), Emily Zurrer (USA / Seattle Reign FC), Carmelina Moscato (USA / Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Sesselmann (USA / FC Kansas City), Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16), Robyn Gayle (USA / Washington Spirit), Rhian Wilkinson (USA / Boston Breakers), Ashley Lawrence (CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles), Chelsea Stewart (USA / UCLA), Kaylyn Kyle (USA / Seattle Reign FC), Diana Matheson (USA / Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (USA / FC Kansas City), Sophie Schmidt (USA / Sky Blue FC), Jonelle Filigno (USA / Rutgers University), Tiffany Cameron (USA / Seattle Reign FC), Christine Sinclair (USA / Portland Thorns FC), Adriana Leon (USA / Boston Breakers), Jodi-Ann Robinson (USA / Western New York Flash).


France are preparing for the UEFA Women’s European Championship which takes place in Sweden this summer.


France Starting Line-up Canada Starting Line-up

Le Sommer,

Sinclair (c),


Referee: Jana Adamkova (Czech Republic)
Assistant: Adriana Secova & Gabriela Hanakova (Czech Republic)
4th: Manuela Nicolosi (France)


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France 1-1 Canada

(Elodie Thomis 45+1′, Kaylyn Kyle 90+3′)



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  1. Author
    Women's Soccer United 8 years ago

    @Gromit – I was wondering about some of the players being exhausted. The majority (especially the Lyon players) have had an extremely long season with the addition of Champions League, Coupe de France and their various International commitments throughout the year. 

    I think Bini made the best choice to rest players like Necib, they definitely do not want to risk injury!

  2. Jean-Paul Abidogoun 9 years ago


    Lyon merely scores easily against easy opponents? Yes they do, they wouldn’t be a great team if they wouldn’t do; but to sum up Gromit;

    Lyon’s french players play too few strong opponents during their season (4-5 games may be) and yet these players are the best of this NT.

    It is up to the clubs to get its players ready for high intensity games that National teams meetings require, not the contrary.

    The all FRWNT situation shows how deep is the problem with the French D1…

    for now

  3. Ken Suzuki 9 years ago

    @Jean-Paul and Gromit,

    Let me give you quick thanks for your replies. So, Lyon merely scores easily against easy opponents? Hmmmm.

    Forgive me I can’t think of this issue further now. It’s Friday 8:45am for me. I’m leaving…..

  4. gromit 9 years ago

    @Ken – Thanks for your sollicitude :o) First thing I did when back home was going under the shower. Yes, more water !! But a warm one ;o)

    As Jean-Paul said, the missing goals is a real French speciality at any age (but we also noticed the same with the men’s NT very often). If you look at the FIFA’s data of Euro 2009, you’ll see that it was already the same as at WC2011 and OG2012 (with more or less the same players).

    Unlike you, I think that Schelin, Dickenman, Cruz until this year, are or were extremely important concerning OL’s efficiency, even when they don’t score themselves. But what I believe is that it is also a consequence of the deep unbalance of D1 and even C1. When do French players have to force themselves to score during the regular season with their clubs ? For the Lyonnaises, maybe two or three times when they meet top foreign teams in C1’s semi or Finale (Potsdam, Frankfurt, Arsenal). Only since this year, you can add PSG who has a very good defense. They score most of the times with marks from 4-0 to 11-0… There is a French expression saying “ça rentre comme dans du beurre”. Can’t remember the English translation but litteraly that means “That  goes in as in butter”. I was struck at the training session by, how could I say, a kind of thoughtlessness with which the players (mainly the Lyonnaises) trained to shoot at the goal. And they missed a lot… They missed again in match, no real surprise. When they meet a very strong foreign team, they rarely score more than two goals, as with the FNT. But usually it’s enough since those team’s attacks are less good than any NT’s attacks with maybe the exception of INAC Kobe (who could have won against OL, remember). That’s why I hope that OL will be confronted to much stronger opposition in D1 and C1. It’s not a wish “against” OL of course ! but “for” the NT.

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